Tips for Preventing and Treating Stretch Marks

Experts claim that more than 90% of women get stretch marks by their seventh month of pregnancy. They result from an individual gaining weight quicker than the skin is able to naturally stretch over the growing area. They most frequently appear on the belly, breasts, thighs, and buttocks.

While there is no miracle prevention or stretch mark treatment that gives women instant results, there are numerous things they can do both before and after giving birth to help their body and skin better adjust. If you're pregnant, consider these tips to help your skin stay healthy and beautiful:


Keep skin hydrated - Use a thick body cream to ensure your belly and other affected areas have plenty of moisture. If you notice dry, itchy skin, a very common experience for many pregnant women, invest in a high-quality body cream to get relief.

Drink lots of water - Staying hydrated is important in all phases of life and can keep many illnesses and health problems at bay. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is an excellent goal, and you'll be doing yourself a favor by exceeding that amount now, when your skin needs it most.


Laser Heat - Your dermatologist may suggest in-office laser sessions for your stretch mark treatment. After several sessions, many patients see noticeable results.

Retinoid - This prescription encourages faster cell turnover. It can stimulate new collagen growth which leads to the appearance of fuller, healthier skin.

Topical Gels - Hyaluronic acid is a powerful ingredient in topical gels that can fade stretch marks. Interestingly, onion extract is often added to these gels for even greater results.

Microdermabrasion - This popular cosmetic procedure can also be used on the midsection, thighs, and buttocks of women who have recently given birth and are looking for improved skin texture.

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Further Reading

  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports Americans spend nearly $10 billion on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments every year. However, it’s not the elite of Hollywood that are spending big bucks to achieve their ideal figures or youthful look. Doctors say that most of plastic surgery patients are actually middle-class moms who want to take years of their appearance.

  • Many men and women with noticeable stretch marks cannot hide them easily with makeup or by tanning. However, some dermatology professionals and cosmetic surgeons are recommending a series of laser skin resurfacing procedures that can help reduce or even eliminate stretch marks.

  • Today’s lineup of stretch mark treatments include skin tightening procedures such as Thermage, and skin rejuvenation procedures such as microdermabrasion that help to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of stretch mark scars over time.