Hyperelastic skin is skin that can be stretched beyond what is considered normal. Skin then returns to normal.
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 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. People with this disorder have very elastic skin and joints that can be bent more than is normally possible. For this reason, they are sometimes referred to as rubber men or women.
Other diseases that may cause skin that is easily stretched include:
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:
Your doctor will do physical exam to assess your skin, bones, muscles, and joints.
Some questions you may be asked include:
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Updated by: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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