Hyperelastic skin is skin that can be stretched beyond what is considered normal. Skin then returns to normal.
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Hyperelasticity occurs when there is a problem with how the body makes collagen fibers. Collagen is a type of protein that makes up much of the body’s tissue.
Hyperelastic skin is most often seen in the
Other diseases that may cause skin that is easily stretched include:
Subcutaneous T-cell lymphoma
Sun-related changes of older skin
You need to take special steps to avoid skin damage when you have this condition because your skin is more delicate than normal. You are more likely to get cuts and scrapes and scars may stretch and become more visible.
Talk to your doctor about steps you should take for this problem and get skin check ups often.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if:
Your skin appears to be very stretchy
- Your child appears to have delicate skin
What to expect at your health care provider’s office
Your doctor will do physical exam to assess your skin, bones, muscles, and joints.
Some questions you may be asked include:
- Did the skin appear abnormal at birth, or did this develop over time?
- Is there a history of the skin becoming damaged easily, or being slow to heal?
- Have you or any member of your family been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
- What other symptoms are present?