Stretch marks are red, pink or purple dented striae which develop on the abdomen, hips, breasts, buttocks and thighs and, in due course they tend to fade to white. They are especially common in pregnant women, more so, during the latter half of pregnancy.
Stretch marks don’t all look alike. They differ depending upon how long you have had them, what caused them, where they are on your body, and the type of skin you have.
What Causes Stretch Marks On Hips?
Stretch marks are caused because of stretching of your skin. They appear in a variety of circumstances, such as:
- Pregnancy: Pregnancy makes you develop stretch marks due to the actual stretching of the skin, along with the hormonal changes.
- Gaining weight: When you have had considerable weight gain, stretch marks develop.
- Disorders: Cushing’s syndrome and adrenal gland disorders cause widespread stretch marks, as can, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other genetic conditions.
- Certain medicines: Corticosteroid creams and a chronic use of oral steroids are known to trigger stretch marks.
Treatment Options For Stretch Marks On Hips
Stretch marks are a cosmetic concern, but they are harmless and tend to fade away over time. They do not need any medical treatment. Treatments are only partly effective and will not get rid of the stretch marks entirely.
The following treatments are known to help improve the appearance of stretch marks. You could confer with your health care provider / dermatologist and see what is suitable for you. Work with your dermatologist / cosmetologist to select the most suitable treatment for you. Factors that you need to take in to account are:
- The age of your stretch marks.
- The length and frequency of your therapy sessions.
- The total cost that you will incur.
- Tretinoin cream: Tretinoin cream is known to enhance the appearance of recent acquired stretch marks; i.e. those which are only a couple of months old and are pink in color. If you’re pregnant or nursing, your healthcare provider will recommend delaying the topical retinoid therapy. Tretinoin will help to rebuild the collagen in your skin, and make the stretch marks look like your normal skin. On the other hand, tretinoin is not effective for old stretch marks.
- Laser therapy: This technique makes use of intense wavelengths of light to encourage collagen and elastin growth. Your dermatologist will decide for you which type of laser technology is most appropriate, depending upon the age and location of your stretch marks and your skin color.
- Microdermabrasion: For this therapy, a hand-held machine is used which blows crystals on to your skin. These crystals polish / abrade your skin’s surface very gently. Then, a vacuum tube gets rid of all the crystals and skin cells. Microdermabrasion removes the topmost layer of your kin, thereby encouraging the growth of new, supple and elastic skin. This therapy works well for older striae.
- Also, the market is flooded with a host of products which promise to banish stretch marks. These products contain vitamin E, vitamin A, cocoa butter, or glycolic acid; they aren’t harmful, but they may not help much, either. Nonetheless, you could try them.
- Stretch marks customarily fade and get less conspicuous over time and do not need any particular therapy.