Stretch Marks on Breasts: Why They Appear and How to Treat Them

Have you ever noticed streaks or lines on your breasts that seem to have appeared out of nowhere? 

These marks, known as stretch marks, can be a source of concern and self-consciousness for many individuals. But why do they appear on the breasts, and what can be done to treat them? 

In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons behind stretch marks on breast and discuss effective treatment options to help you feel more comfortable in your skin. 

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are streaks or lines that appear on the skin when it’s stretched. While the skin is naturally flexible, excessive stretching can disrupt collagen production, a protein crucial for skin elasticity. This disruption leads to the development of stretch marks.  

Stretch marks are often pinkish, purple, or red when they first form and fade to a paler or whiter colour over time. 

Stretch marks can affect anyone at any age, especially after periods of rapid weight gain or growth, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or when gaining a lot of muscle. Hormonal changes, which are common during these times, may also contribute to the development of stretch marks. 

Why Do I Have Breast Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks on the breast develop for many reasons, and those reasons aren’t the same for everyone.  

These skin changes happen due to several factors:  

  • Pregnancy – These are a result of the increase in the size of the expectant mother’s breasts because of the hormonal changes she is going through. The volume of blood increases, and the mammary glands grow to prepare for breastfeeding. This state continues for as long as the mother continues to breastfeed her child. 
  • Puberty – The growth spurt and hormonal changes teens go through during puberty bring about weight gain and bodily development, which includes the enlargement of breasts. This sometimes happens at a very rapid rate, causing the skin in that area to develop these marks. 
  • Sudden Weight Loss/Gain – Weight loss or gain is often reflected in the size of your breasts. When this happens too quickly, the skin in this area cannot cope and adjust to the new size, which can result in the appearance of stretch marks. 
  • Breast Surgery – When a person goes in for surgical methods to increase or decrease the size of the breasts via implants or breast augmentation, the skin stretches or contracts to adjust to the new size, sometimes leaving marks. 
  • Effects Of Ageing – As you age and near menopause, your breasts tend to lose their firmness and fullness, leading to this. 

Can Stretch Marks Change Over Time?

Just like scars, stretch marks change in appearance the longer you have them: 

Stage 1 

Purple to red stretch marks on breast appear in the first stage. They are usually very light, raised lesions. 

Stage 2 

As stretch marks mature, they tend to fade to a lighter colour. 

Stage 3 

As stretch marks become older, they may turn whitish and become slightly depressed, smaller marks. The surface may also become more wrinkled. 

Most stretch marks have a veiny or branched pattern. These marks often appear red, pink, or purple during their earliest stage. Over time, they may change to become thin and pale. 

The way stretch marks appear depends partly on the individual’s skin colour. For example, on darker skin tones, stretch marks may appear as either dark or light streaks in comparison to the surrounding skin. 

How to Treat Stretch Marks on Breast?

Treatments for breast stretch marks include: 

Topical Treatments 

Topical creams and lotions with ingredients such as tretinoin, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, cocoa butter, and coconut oil can help prevent the appearance of stretch marks on breasts. 

These ingredients are thought to promote collagen production and improve skin elasticity. While some people may see improvement in the appearance of stretch marks with these products, they do not offer a guaranteed solution. 

Laser Treatment 

Laser treatment is a non-invasive method that uses beams of light to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. This approach is often used to improve the appearance of stretch marks and address other skin concerns like acne scars and wrinkles.  

A variety of laser options is available, and Prof Dr Robert will decide on an appropriate type depending on how intense and old the stretch mark is, as well as your skin type. 


Microdermabrasion involves using a hand-held device to exfoliate the skin gently. This process can help remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, thus minimising the appearance of stretch marks.  

While microdermabrasion can be effective for reducing the visibility of stretch marks, it often requires multiple sessions to achieve noticeable results. 


Microneedling involves a hand-held device with tiny needles to create small punctures in the skin. This procedure stimulates the skin to produce more collagen, which can reduce the appearance of breast stretch marks.  

In addition to reducing the stretch marks appearance, microneedling can leave your skin looking smoother, firmer, and more youthful. 

Chemical Peels 

Chemical peels are a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution that burns off the top layers of your skin to get rid of dead and damaged cells and boost new skin growth.  

This treatment can make stretch marks look better by improving the texture of your skin. However, it’s essential to know that chemical peels can be tough on your skin and might need some downtime for your skin to heal afterward. 

Can I Prevent Stretch Marks on Breast?

The only way to prevent stretch marks is to prevent rapid volume increase. There are no so-called stretch-mark cremes or oils. 

  • Keep your skin well-hydrated and moisturised. 
  • Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight. 

Consult Prof Dr Robert Hierner Today for Breast Stretch Marks Removal in Dubai

While stretch marks on breasts may not pose any health risks, they can impact one’s self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, various treatment options are available to help improve their appearance and texture. Whether you opt for topical creams, laser therapy, or any other cosmetic procedures, consulting with a qualified healthcare professional is essential.  

With over 30 years of experience, Prof Dr Robert Hierner, is a board-certified plastic surgeon specialising in stretch marks removal in Dubai. His expertise and commitment ensure that patients ensure that the highest standard of care and achieve optimal results. 

If you’re seeking effective treatment for breast stretch marks in Dubai, schedule a consultation with Prof Dr Robert Hierner today.