Most people who have stretch marks wish that they would go away without any effort. However, this doesn’t always happen. It actually depends on the individual in question.
Some people may see significant fading over time while others may not notice a massive difference. However you can be sure that they will at least change a bit.
Stretch marks appear on different parts of the body because of the skin expanding too quickly. This can be caused by multiple reasons. When the dermis, the layer that lies below the top layer, suffers excessive stress the result is scarring of the skin that resembles reddish or even purple streak on the body.
We however need to make a distinction between stretch marks “going away” and “fading”. Sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably which causes confusion. You have probably seen different website claiming different things. Let us clarify for you.
Stretch marks will never go away 100% by themselves over time. They won’t even be completely gone with the best treatments. However over time they will fade. There are also treatments which can help them fade faster.
So How Long do You Need to Wait?
The time taken for the marks to fade depends on factors such as:
- How bad they are.
- How you got them.
- Your skin type.
- Your age.
But typically speaking you can expect the stretch marks to begin to fade 4 months to 1 years after you first got them. So if you’re considering serious treatment like surgery, it’s best to wait a bit to see if they get better with time.
Can you Speed the Process Up?
There are a variety of treatment options that people with stretch marks can use to be able to get rid of them faster. It is important that treatment commences as soon as the stretch marks are noticed – it makes sense to start helping your body as soon as you can. The most common treatment options are listed below however we look at some good treatments here and here.
- Topical creams.
- Laser therapy.
- Chemical peels.
The chances of having the stretch marks fade away over time are also increased by regular exercise and the eating of healthy meals. This makes sense – the more healthy you are, the faster your body can work to repair any damage. These two activities are crucial in the maintenance of consistent weight which in turn is very important in the prevention of stretch marks on the body. For pregnant women, the prevention of the appearance of stretch marks may be impossible but the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle in this period will minimize them on the skin. Always stay well hydrated. This will help your skin with elasticity. Note – a balanced diet can also increase the elasticity of your skin.
Helping the stretch marks fade also requires that you don’t put them under further stress. If you have a good idea about what caused them, try not to let it happen again. Although this is unavoidable in the case of pregnancy! However if they were caused by being overweight, try to keep a nice and consistent diet. If you’re still losing weight, do it gradually. This will give your skin time to adapt.