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Skin Collagen and Thickness in Simple Obesity

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: (Published 16 October 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:149
  1. Martin M. Black,
  2. Eva Bottoms,
  3. Sam Shuster


    The effects of stretching of the skin on its collagen content and thickness have been studied in a group of subjects with chronic obesity. Despite the increase in skin surface a normal skin thickness, collagen content, and density were maintained. It is concluded that the skin stretching induced by prolonged obesity led to hypertrophy of collagen and that this had maintained both skin thickness and collagen content. It is not known whether this is due to enhanced synthesis or decreased degradation.