They first appear as red or purple lines but generally fade to a lighter skin colour over time. They can appear anywhere on the body, but most common areas are where there are larger amounts of fat such as the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts, hips and upper arms. They do not pose any risk to health, but it is the cosmetic appearance that is usually most distressing. Stretch marks are very common and 75-90% of women will develop stretch marks of some description during pregnancy.
Stretch marks seem to be influenced by genetic factors and hormones, although diet and exercise also have impact. There are various treatments that can be used to lessen or remove stretch marks, such as Dermaroller/Dermapen, Platelet Rich Plasma, and PLEX R. Although, often several sessions are required.