What is a Stretch Mark?
Stretch marks look like pinkish, purplish or reddish linear streaks you see in certain parts of your skin. Normally, stretch marks are rampant in areas where body fat is high such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, shoulders, lower back, upper arms, back of the knees, and breast. Stretch marks fade on their own, but they do not go away unless you resort to abrasive methods.
The outermost layer of the skin called the epidermis is thin. The succeeding layer is composed of connective tissues, which gives the skin its elastic property. The skin is normally elastic, but when stretched beyond its limit the connective tissues underneath are torn and damaged. Stretch marks are the ruptured connective tissues in the dermis.
Causes of Stretch Mark on Breast
There are a variety of reasons why stretch marks suddenly appear on your breasts. There are 6 possible causes of breast stretch marks:
- Overexpansion of the skin in the breast area during pregnancy. When pregnant your blood volume expands, as well as your mammary glands to prepare for the impending breastfeeding.
- Breast implants can cause overstretching of the skin in the breast section. If your breasts are in modest size and all of sudden you decide for a breast augmentation, your breast size increases. This also means the skin involved is stretched beyond its normal limit.
- Rapid weight loss or gain. The skin is not able to adapt to your new body size as supposed to be. Losing or gaining weight should be gradual even in the case of pregnancy.
- Stretch marks in the breast can be inherited. If your mother had them, you will probably experience the same thing. The reason why you have them now is maybe due to your mother’s genes.
- Puberty also causes teenage boys and girls to gain weight because of the hormones. This stage is called growth spurt. Enlargement of the breasts is also a product of the growth spurt. Along with the breast development comes with stretching of the skin, hence leading to stretch marks.
- Stretch marks could also be an effect of a medical condition such as Cushing’s disease, Marfan syndrome or steroid abuse. Cushing’s disease happens when the body produces too much cortisol. Cortisol inhibits collagen formation, leading to defective connective tissues.
Marfan syndrome occurs when the gene’s ability to produce collagen is disrupted, leading to the same problem with the connective tissues. Cortisol can be produced synthetically and they are called corticosteroids. People taking them have underlying conditions, such as arthritis, psoriasis, and brain tumor. In cases of prolonged intake of synthetic cortisol, the body reacts by inhibiting collagen production.
When do Breast Stretch Marks Occur?
Stretch marks on the breast occur on three general events. First, stretch marks occur when there are significant cortisol changes, just like in the cases of pregnancy, diseases, menopause, and abuse of steroid therapy. Second, stretch marks are widely expected during growth spurt. Third, stretch marks are very likely to appear during periods of massive and rapid weight gain and loss.
Treatment Methods for Stretch Marks on Breasts
The best natural method for reducing stretch marks is keeping your weight at a desired scale. The more you keep on quickly losing or gaining pounds, the higher your chance of getting breast stretch marks.
Apply anti-stretch marks creams, or any lotion that is designed to reduce its appearance. With natural methods, you cannot expect for the results soon. It takes time before the lotions and creams take effect. Moisturizing your skin on a regular basis also helps your skin to become resistant to future stretching. Other drastic measures to remove the stretch marks are laser therapy and microdermabrasion.
Prevention Options for Stretch Marks on Breasts
Keeping track of your diet definitely help in the prevention of getting stretch marks during puberty. When you maintain your weight on a healthy scale, the difference between the original sizes of the body parts in pre and post puberty is not that intense, hence skin overstretching is avoided.
Likewise, when you lose weight properly via healthy diet and active lifestyle, you are helping your skin to adapt and tighten to its new shape, thus preventing loose skin and additional stretch marks.
If you are a steroid therapy, follow what the doctor said, and do not self-medicate without the go signal from a medical expert.
Breast stretch marks are linear streaks you can see on the chest area. The reasons vary. It could be structural damage to the connective tissues due to skin expansion like what happens in pregnancy, puberty and breast transplant surgeries. It could also be due to hormonal changes like in cases of Cushing’s disease and Marfan syndrome.
Another reason could be genetics. Losing and gaining weight gradually is a proven and tested method in avoiding stretch marks on your breast. If you are taking corticosteroid, take them accordingly. Topical anti-stretch marks creams and lotions can help reduce the appearance of breast stretch marks. If you really want methods with faster results try laser therapy or microdermabrasion.