Striae distensae
Striae distensae are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely. Striae are caused by tearing of the dermis during periods of rapid growth of the body, such as during puberty or pregnancy, in which they usually form during the last trimester. Usually on the stomach, these striae also commonly occur on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back, and buttocks. Striae may also be influenced by the hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, or hormone replacement therapy. There is no evidence that creams used during pregnancy prevent stretch marks.

It happens when you gain weight too quickly. In this case, losing weight immediately can help prevent symptoms from getting worse.

  • The most common location is around the belly.
  • Striae distensae (stretch marks)
  • Striae distensae (stretch marks)
  • Associated with severe obesity.