skin will not bounce back in its pure state if it'sbeenstretched by
rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss.
Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks,
or striate. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color,
then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white. Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin
that allows it to retain its shape. However, when constantly stretched,
the dermis can break down leaving behind stretch marks.
Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies,
including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower