What are thigh stretch marks?
Streaks or stripes on the skin usually caused by the skin stretching from an unexpected weight gain, growth spurt (as in during puberty) or from pregnancy. Bodybuilders are also prone to stretch marks from the rapid change that building muscle can produce.
There is a decreased supportive structure of the stretched skin and small tears occur. At first stretch marks can be reddish or purple and have a different texture from the surrounding skin. Fortunately, most fade or disappear over time but some can stick around for life.
What can be done?
There are many creams on the market claiming to get rid of stretch marks but few have been reported to actually make a difference. If treated early, tretinoin (retin A) cream and glycolic acid peels or creams can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative laser which penetrates into the skin and stimulates the production of new collagen. The new collagen thickens the skin of the stretch marks making it more closely resemble normal skin. Fraxel also improves the red discoloration of new stretch marks and can soften the silvery colour of mature stretch marks.
A series of treatments is necessary and improvements can be seen for up to 6 months. Any area of the body can be treated and a recent study has shown that Fraxel laser improved the appearance of stretch marks by as much as 75%.
- Fraxel Dual 1550/1927
- Venus Viva
- SkinMedica’s Scar Recovery Gel has been proven to make a noticeable improvement in stretch marks and scars, both old and new. It contains Centella Asiatica which is a herbal extract and highly effective antioxidant which helps re-balance cells and promote healthy recovery.