How to get rid of stitch marks

How to get rid of stitch marks

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How to get rid of stitch marks

Are the stitch marks making you conscious about your appearance in public? We understand that stitching can sometimes be extremely necessary to treat your wounds. But, often it leaves ugly scars behind.

If these scars are on your face, they may disturb your facial aesthetics. But fortunately, there are ways to remove stitch marks on your face.

So, read on and take note of how you can get rid of the stitch marks through some medical treatments and home remedies.


  • What Is A Stitch Mark?
  • What Are The Different Types Of Stitch Marks?
  • How To Remove Stitch Marks On The Face?
  • Home Remedies For Stitch Marks
  • Tips To Remove Stitch Marks
  • How Long Do Stitch Marks Take To Fade?
  • What Happens If You Leave Stitches In?

What Is A Stitch Mark?

Stitches are usually required when you have some serious injury or a deep cut. When your skin gets wounded, the natural structure of your skin gets disturbed. Stitches are done to hold the separated parts together and this gives a chance to heal the wound properly.

But even after stitching, sometimes the skin does not go back to its original state and leaves a scar. Also, not everyone’s skin reacts in the same way to stitches. Some people get scars as a result of the healing process.These are called stitch marks.

What Are The Different Types Of Stitch Marks?

There is no specific difference between stitch marks. They solely depend on the intensity of your wound and the affected body part. For example, your facial skin is thinner than the rest of your body, so stitches on your face would leave a deeper scar compared to other areas.

Also, depending on whether the doctor uses traditional sutures or the more modern method of staples, stitch marks can look like simple brown dots or long criss crossed lines on your skin.

How To Remove Stitch Marks On The Face?

As mentioned earlier, there are ways to treat your stitch marks by both clinical treatment and home remedies. Here are details about these treatments.

Clinical Treatments For Stitch Marks

1. Chemical Peel

Chemoexfoliation is locally known as chemical peel, and is commonly used to remove stubborn spots and scars from your skin. Stitching scars are among the most common marks chemical peels are used for. Chemical peels are made of caustic agents that cause a blister on your skin. Eventually, the blistered skin peels off and you get fresh, rejuvenated, scarless skin.[1]

2. Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is technically an exfoliating process using a rotating tool called a dermabrader. It is a small motorized tool that removes the topmost layer of your skin. To remove scars over a broader area of your face such as cheeks, the dermatologist would use a circular tool. For delicate areas like lips and around the eyes, the dermabrader has a smaller tip. Once the top layer of the targeted area is removed, fresh skin would appear, thereby reducing the scar.[2]

3. Laser Treatment

Laser treatment is a highly professional way to remove scars from your skin. It can definitely reduce the stitch marks on your face. The method is performed under the supervision of expert professionals who use control laser glint on the targeted stitching mark. Slowly, the laser beams work on regenerating the skin by stimulating cell growth.[3]

4. Microneedling

Microneedling is done using a tool named derma roller that has several small needles to prick the upper layer of your skin. This process generates new skin cells and boosts collagen production. Once the new cells are generated, the stitch marks would go away.[4]

5. Plastic Surgery

You can get scar removal surgery to get rid of your scar. The plastic surgeon would perform surgery on the targeted area and reduce the stitch marks as much as possible. This process is slightly expensive and painful as compared to other options. The cost would depend on the size of the stitch marks.[5]

6. Injections

In many cases, if you have got bumpy stitch marks on your face, your doctor will give you injections to improve the condition of the scar. The swollen-up stitches would become flat, post the injections.

7. Scar Removal Creams

After getting stitches, your doctor may give you a scar removal topical cream. Arbutin glycoside and kojic acid, hyaluronate are the ingredients you should look for in your scar removal cream. Long term usage of the creams will reduce the stitch marks.

Home Remedies For Stitch Marks

1. Lemon Juice

It is well known that lemon juice has vitamin C and citric acid which work great in removing scars. In fact, lemon juice is known to be the best natural remedy for scars. Applying lemon juice over a long period, will eventually reduce the scars. But please note that your stitches need to be completely dry before you apply any natural remedies to them.

2. Potato Juice

Potato juice is another miracle natural ingredient that offers the solution for scars. It naturally bleaches away the scar’s appearance. Slowly but eventually, the marks will fade away. The best part of this kind of bleaching is that it is not harmful at all. It is a completely natural way to remove scars from your face.

3. Aloe Vera

Known for its soothing and skin lightening effects, aloe vera is loved by all. You can get aloe vera gel from the market or use the extract from the leaf of an aloe vera plant. Apply it to the scar regularly for best results.

Tips To Remove Stitch Marks

1.Do not scratch the affected area at any cost. It may feel itchy but avoid touching it with your nails.

2. Let the stitches dry completely before you apply any skincare or beauty product.

3. While the stitches are still wet, use only the medicine and creams suggested by the doctor.

4. Get your stitches removed on time.

5. Apply topical creams or use mentioned home remedies on your marks once your skin has healed.

How Long Do Stitch Marks Take To Fade?

There is no exact answer to this. Everyone has their own unique skin type and each one maintains a different skin routine. It completely depends on how much you care for your stitch marks and of course, the size of the scars also matters. If you have a huge scar after surgery, it may take longer to heal as compared to smaller scars that may heal sooner.

What Happens If You Leave Stitches In?

When you get a surgery done, doctors usually suggest a certain period to keep the stitches. After that, once your skin is healed, they remove the stitches. Stitches that are left for too long cause deep scarring. It may leave severe stitch marks on your skin. Also, if the skin starts growing around your stitches, your doctor may face difficulty to remove them. It can also lead to a serious skin infection.

Wrapping Up

Stich marks can make you conscious of your appearance. But you can get rid of it through some clinical treatments and home remedies. It is however advisable to consult a dermatologist so you can choose the right option for treating stitch marks. Meanwhile, do not forget to take care of your skin and follow good skin care practices.

How to get rid of stitch marks

They say you have not had an active childhood if you do not have a stitch mark. Whether you have a stitch mark that you got in your childhood or recently, they can be at the wrong places and could possibly make you uncomfortable. While most of them are generally in places that do not really matter, few stitch marks may be at a place that makes you self-conscious. Therefore, if you have a stitch mark that makes you uncomfortable and you want to get rid off them, here are a few options that you might want to try.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is known to heal many types of scars because of its ability, to not only moisturize the upper layer of your skin but also the dermis layer. Cocoa butter is fat extracted from cocoa seeds and it melts at body temperature, which can be easily absorbed by your skin. Since it goes in the dermis layer of your skin, it is able to retain the moisture of the fat. Its unique properties make it one of the best options to lessen the scars you have got from any injury not just stitches.

Laser Treatment

If the stitch marks are protruding or making a dent on the affected area, then you might want to go for the option of laser treatment. Laser burns the upper layer of the skin tissue where there is a scar. Once the upper layer is burnt, the fresh skin automatically starts developing. However, you might need more than one sitting to really get rid off the scar or lessen it, as in every sitting a part of the upper layer of your skin tissue is burnt near the affected area and then new skin tissue is formed, which may be time consuming. Lastly, there are two downsides to this treatment. Firstly, it is expensive and secondly you might face some side effects like inflammation of the skin due to burning of the tissue.

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery may be the last resort if the stitch marks are too big. However, do not expect the scars to go away completely. Most often than not, you might get rid off the old scar but you might get a new one. However, most probably the new one might be a better scar than the old one. This is because plastic surgeons try as much as possible to hide the scar along the natural dent or curve of your face or the affected part. Secondly, plastic surgeons close the stitches in two layers of your skin against a normal surgeon. The stitches are actually in the lower layer of the skin, which is dissolvable and they put fine stitches or glue on the upper layer, which is much better than those big stitch marks you might currently have. However, weigh your options well before going for the plastic surgery, as this is a very expensive option and may come with some side effects.


If you do not want to go for such expensive options, then you can opt for the home remedy like exfoliating your skin with a scrub. Exfoliating your skin removes the dead skin cells around the scar and lets the new skin tissue to be formed. Moreover, it lets your skin breathe and opens the clog. This is a very prudent idea if you have dark patches around the scar caused due to closing of the pores. Moreover, massage your skin with creams and scrub to increase the blood circulation around the affected area. If there is blood circulation in and around the scar area, it will be healed more quickly. This process may be time consuming but it is a very safe way to get rid off the stitch mark. However, make sure that you do this only once the skin is 100 percent healed and stitches have been removed. In the beginning, you might need to be extremely gentle and you can raise the intensity of the massage as the days pass.


Dermabrasion is a type of a surgery on your skin typically performed by a trained doctor or a dermatologist. It sands away the upper layer of the skin using abrasive devices like wire brush, diamond wheel, sterilized sandpaper and/or salt crystals. The advantage of this surgery is that it does not only work on the upper most layer of the skin but also goes deep into the epidermis. However, there is a big negative to this type of treatment. Since it goes into the epidermis and it is like sand blasting your face, it may lead to a lot of bleeding and even leaving its own scar. In some cases, it also leads to discoloration of your skin. Therefore, consult a dermatologist before going for this option.

What exactly is a stretch mark?

How to get rid of stitch marksStretch marks fade with time; however, treatment may make them less noticeable more quickly. A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear.

Not everyone develops these narrow bands on their skin. Fluctuating hormone levels seem to play a role. You may also have a higher risk if people in your family get stretch marks.

If you develop stretch marks, you’re most likely to do so during these times:

Growth spurts that happen in puberty

Rapid weight loss or gain

Weight training when you have rapid muscle growth

Applying a corticosteroid to your skin for a long time can also cause stretch marks. If you have Cushing’s disease or Marfan syndrome, you may see stretch marks.

When stretch marks first appear, they tend to be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown, depending on your skin color. Early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and can be itchy.

In time, the color fades and the narrow bands sink beneath your skin. If you run your finger over a mature stretch mark, you often feel a slight depression.

What can get rid of stretch marks?

Like any scar, stretch marks are permanent, but treatment may make them less noticeable. Treatment can also help alleviate the itch.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before treating stretch marks. Some products contain ingredients, such as retinol, that can harm your baby.

How to get rid of stitch marks

It’s important to understand that no single treatment works for everyone — and many products don’t seem to work at all. Here’s what researchers have discovered about the many treatments for stretch marks.

Stretch mark creams, lotions, and gels: Researchers have studied many of the creams, lotions, and gels sold to treat stretch marks. While no one product seems to help all of the time — and some don’t seem to help at all — researchers have discovered some helpful hacks.

If you want to try one of these creams, lotions, or gels to fade stretch marks, be sure to:

Use the product on early stretch marks. Treatment seems to have little effect on mature stretch marks.

Massage the product into your stretch marks.Taking time to massage the product gently into your skin may make it more effective.

Apply the product every day for weeks.If you see results, they take weeks to appear.

Home remedies: In studies, popular home remedies have not worked. Researchers found that none of the stretch marks faded when people massaged almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, or vitamin E into their stretch marks.

Tanning cannot get rid of stretch marks. When you tan, stretch marks become more noticeable because they don’t tan.

How to get rid of stitch marks

Self-tanner: While tanning can make stretch marks more noticeable, a self-tanner can camouflage stretch marks — both early and mature ones. A self-tanner cannot get of rid of stretch marks.

Prescription medicine you apply to your skin: In studies, two ingredients seem to offer some relief:

In two large studies, applying hyaluronic acid to early stretch marks made the stretch marks less noticeable.

Tretinoin is a retinoid, which may also make early stretch marks less noticeable. In one study, people who applied this prescription cream every night for 24 weeks had less noticeable stretch marks. Those who didn’t apply the cream saw their early stretch marks grow. Other studies have found similar results.

Retinol, another type of retinoid, may also help fade early stretch marks.

Procedures that dermatologists perform: Dermatologists use the following procedures to make stretch marks less noticeable, but none of these can get rid of stretch marks:

To give you the best results, your dermatologist may use more than one procedure. For example, your dermatologist may treat you with radiofrequency and a pulse dye laser.

With all procedures, side effects are possible. In the skilled hands of a board-certified dermatologist, side effects tend to be minor and temporary. It’s common to have some redness and swelling after a procedure. The redness and swelling tend to disappear in a few hours or days.

A dermatologist can tell you if any of these treatments would be suitable for you, given your health, age, and how long you’ve had the stretch marks.

Can anything prevent stretch marks?

Short answer: Maybe.

Researchers have discovered that many remedies said to prevent stretch marks don’t actually work. In studies, neither almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, nor vitamin E prevented stretch marks.

Other ingredients may work. Researchers have found that products containing centella or hyaluronic acid may help prevent stretch marks. Centella is an herb, and our skin naturally contains hyaluronic acid.

When to seek a dermatologist’s expertise

Stretch mark treatments that you can buy at a store or online can be expensive. If you find yourself spending a lot of time and money without getting any results, seeing a board-certified dermatologist can be helpful.

The in-office procedures have proven more effective than the creams, lotions, and gels. Dermatologists can also tell you about any new product or procedure that may help.

Are all dermatologists board certified?

No. See what it takes to become board certified.

How to get rid of stitch marks

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Here’s what does—and doesn’t—work.

How to get rid of stitch marks

Okay, consider this your daily reminder that stretch marks are 100 percent normal (seriously though, over 80 percent of Americans have them)—as is the decision to embrace or disguise them. And if you happen to fall into the camp of people who want to get rid of their stretch marks, you’re probably well aware of the fact that there is a lot of misinformation out there. Bc despite what your Insta feed might be telling you, there’s actually no at-home product or in-office treatment that’ll completely destroy your stretch marks. Which, yeah—not exactly what you wanted to hear.

That said, there are a handful of things you can do to minimize the appearance of stretch marks—think: slathering on a retinol-spiked body cream or booking a laser appointment—so long as you go into the process knowing what they can (and can’t) do for your skin. Down to learn more? Keep reading for 12 expert-approved tips, tricks, and product recs for safely (and effectively!) reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

What causes stretch marks?

According to dermatologist Arash Akhavan, MD, stretch marks are caused when there’s a period of rapid growth in your body (like growth spurts, pregnancy, weight gain, or increased muscle mass) that suddenly stretches the skin, and, in turn, causes the collagen bundles under your skin to tear away from each other. So when the skin returns to its usual state (i.e., when it stops growing), “it can look wrinkled and lined, because it’s not supported by the same collagen structure underneath,” he says.

Do stretch marks ever really go away?

Considering the cause of stretch marks is literal tearing deep beneath the skin, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that there’s no tried-and-true cure. “It’s literally impossible to 100 percent get rid of your stretch marks,” says Dr. Akhavan. But don’t freak—there are steps you can take to reduce their appearance, namely by rebuilding the collagen in your skin with some excellent OTC products and a committed skincare routine, like.

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  • Medical Reviewer: Pallavi Suyog Uttekar, MD

What do stretch marks mean?

How to get rid of stitch marks

A stretch mark (striae or striae distensae) is a form of scarring on the skin with a pinkish or whitish hue that appears when your skin stretches or shrinks quickly.

Collagen is a protein underneath your skin that makes it more elastic and supports your skin. Your skin tries to heal any abrupt change or tear in your skin collagen, and in that process, stretch marks may appear on your skin.

They often appear on your belly, arms, breasts, back, shoulders, torso, hips, buttocks or thighs. These grooves or lines aren’t painful or harmful. However, some people may feel awkward about their appearance. Over time, they become less noticeable.

What do stretch marks look like?

A stretch mark varies depending on when they form, the cause, the location and the type and color of your skin. They may appear as follows

  • Slightly depressed, parallel lines or long, thin, rippled streaks on your skin
  • With pink, red, black, blue, silver or purple hue
  • Bright dark streaks that may fade to a lighter shade over time
  • Whitish and scar-like appearance over time
  • Several centimeters long and one to 10 mm wide, usually
  • Different texture than your normal skin and may look wrinkled
  • Stripes covering large parts of your body, especially the tummy, torso, breast, hips, buttocks or thighs
  • Slightly raised and can be itchy, especially early new marks

Why do they appear?

Anyone can develop stretch marks, but you may get stretch marks due to the following reasons

  • Being a woman
  • Pregnancy (especially last trimester)
  • Sudden rapid excessive weight gain
  • Rapid loss of weight
  • Puberty (sexual maturity)
  • Hormonal treatment (steroids)
  • After breast enhancement surgery
  • Bodybuilding
  • Family history
  • Certain diseases or conditions such as
    • Cushing syndrome (a disorder due to a high level of the hormone cortisol)
    • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a disorder with very stretchy skin that bruises easily)
    • Marfan’s syndrome (a disorder that weakens your skin fibers and causes unusual growth)

How do I permanently get rid of stretch marks?

Stretch marks are usually considered a cosmetic issue. Rarely, they can be extensive where they may tear easily in an accident. Like any scar, stretch marks are permanent and may fade with time. Because stretch marks are caused due to a tear deep inside your skin, there is no absolute cure for it. However, some treatments may make them less noticeable. Some treatments can help you with the itch. There is no single treatment that works for everyone and some treatments don’t work at all.

Stretch marks may diminish with the help of certain over-the-counter products or procedures, but will never disappear completely. If you are concerned about the look of the skin, then some treatments may be effective.

  • Moisturizers:Hyaluronic acid-based cream is most often prescribed. If applied in the early stage of stretch marks, it may make the stretch marks less noticeable.
  • Topical retinoid therapy:Tretinoin (retinoid) or retinol works best for some people. If applied in the early stage every night for 24 weeks, it may make them less noticeable. However, it may be associated with side effects if not used as directed. It should be avoided in pregnancy because it can be harmful.

To help your skin to produce more collagen, a skin doctor (dermatologist) or plastic surgeon may suggest or perform one or more of the following procedures to give you the best results.

  • Pulsed dye laser therapy: This is a painless blast of light used to relax blood vessels under your skin that cause stretch marks.
  • Fractional CO2 laser therapy: Old white marks may smooth out with this therapy. It may be more effective than topical creams such as glycolic acid and tretinoin.
  • Excimer laser therapy: Stretch marks are targeted by a safe ultraviolet-B light. It may take more than one to four months to correct the pigmentation of your stretch marks.
  • Microdermabrasion: Tiny crystals or microneedles are used to rub off the upper layer of your skin to help fade new stretch marks. If combined with skin-peeling treatment, it may give better results.
  • Chemical peels: Burning of the top layer of your skin with glycolic acid (an acidic solution) may boost new skin growth. This may provide a slight improvement in appearance, but it may not permanently get rid of stretch marks.
  • Radiofrequency: Radio wave energy creates heat and triggers your body to produce more collagen. It is found to be safe and can improve the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Ultrasound treatment: This works similar to radiofrequency treatment. In this procedure, sound waves are sent deep into your skin to create heat and tighten and trigger your skin to produce collagen.
  • Cosmetic surgery: Surgeries such as a tummy tuck may help to remove the skin with stretch marks. However, the surgery itself could leave a new, painful scar and surgery is expensive.

Can I prevent stretch marks?

You may try to prevent stretch marks, but there is no guarantee. The best way to prevent stretch marks is to maintain a healthy weight, even during pregnancy. You can ask for an exercise and a healthy diet plan from your doctor. This is the best way to reduce your chances of getting stretch marks.

Researchers say many remedies such as almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil and vitamin E do not help to prevent stretch marks. Using products containing Centella asiatica herb and hyaluronic acid may help you prevent stretch marks, but only to a certain extent.

This article was co-authored by Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, MD. Dr. Adarsh Vijay Mudgil is a board certified Dermatologist, Dermatopathologist, and the Owner of Mudgil Dermatology, a state-of-the-art dermatology practice based in New York, New York. As one of the few dermatologists in the area to achieve board certification in both dermatology and dermatopathology, Dr. Mudgil specializes in all aspects of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He received his Bachelor’s degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Emory University and earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. In medical school, Dr. Mudgil was among a handful of students nationwide to receive a coveted Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Scholarship. He then completed his residency in dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, where he served as chief resident. Additionally, Dr. Mudgil went on to complete a fellowship at the prestigious Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society of Dermatopathology. Dr. Mudgil is also a member of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine teaching faculty.

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Stretch marks, or striae, develop when your skin suddenly needs to stretch beyond the limits of its natural growth rate. The middle layer of your skin breaks in places, causing the lower layers of your skin to show through. “Active” stretch marks tend to be red or purple, fading toward silvery white over time, although colors will vary depending upon your skin tone. [1] X Trustworthy Source National Health Service (UK) Public healthcare system of the UK Go to source Up to 90 percent of pregnant women develop stretch marks over the course of their pregnancies. Stretch marks may also develop when you hit a growth spurt as an adolescent, lose a lot of weight fast, or if you build muscle exceptionally quickly. Most medical professionals regard time as the best “treatment” for stretch marks. They will eventually fade and diminish in prominence. Active stretch marks may respond to a variety of treatments, but keep in mind that the effectiveness of any treatment may be limited. [2] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world’s leading hospitals Go to source

How to get rid of stitch marks

This section will teach you how to get rid of stretch marks on your skin.

Stretch marks are a type of scar that develops when the skin is stretched too quickly and becomes damaged. It is a form of connective tissue damage that usually appears as red or purple lines on the skin. How do you get stretch marks? Stretch marks are more likely to happen after any big weight change or growth spurt where the body’s cells have been stretched too quickly and become damaged.

t is not necessary to get rid of stretch marks as they are common and harmless skin reactions to rapid growth periods during pregnancy and puberty. A stretch-strip roller contains many microneedles that pierce the skin and trigger an automatic healing process through collagen production.

To prevent stretch marks, hydrate the skin, apply hyaluronic acid and try to manage weight gain fluctuations. If you want to reduce your stretch marks over time by reducing their appearance with treatments such as microneedling, microdermabrasion or laser therapy in a dermatologist’s office. With topical lotions and creams that do not penetrate the skin and completely remove it, you will not get rid of stretch marks.

For improved silicone fusion ™ for stretching marks in areas that tend to expand faster to prevent more purple stretch marks from forming. It is essential to find a good moisturizer that maintains and increases moisture in these areas during treatment to support collagen production and skin healing to maintain beautiful skin without stretch marks. An effective routine for removing stretch marks should also include skin protection and prevention.

Here are 3 effective tips and tricks that work when it comes to reducing the appearance of purple stretch marks and other types of stretch marks. We have compiled this guide for you and tailored our years of research, clinical trials and technology innovations to help you remove these stretch marks for good. If you’re determined to make purple stretch marks less visible and fade, as happens to cousins, read on.

But Manish Shah, M.D., a plastic surgeon based in Colorado, says there are ways to soften the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen content of the skin and fading the color over time. While some scars and stretch marks can be permanently green, certain dermatological treatments can make stretch marks less noticeable, Shah says.

It is advisable to lose weight so the skin is not burdened by the corticosteroid creams, lotions and tablets used to treat certain skin disorders can cause stretch marks because they lower collagen levels in the skin. This reduces the ability of the skin to stretch, which means that if your parents had stretch marks, you are likely to have them as well. Oral health conditions such as Cushing syndrome, Marfans syndrome, Ehlers Danlos and other adrenal diseases can cause them for a variety of reasons. Many of the factors discussed in this article stretch your skin by causing sudden and rapid changes in collagen and elastin fibers.

This abrupt change can cause collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to burst. The skin tends to withstand certain tensile stresses and strains and tightening. If you gain weight during pregnancy growth spurts, your skin becomes so stretched that it begins to tear off the collagen / elastin fibers that give it shape, texture and elasticity.

How long it takes to remove stretch marks depends on several factors such as treatment method, lifestyle, skin color and commitment. Apply the product every day until you see results, but it can take up to a week for the results to appear. Use it every day for several weeks and it may take some time for improvements to become visible.

Pregnant mothers, bodybuilders who do intense exercise programs, teenage girls who develop breasts, teenage boys who develop their lateral, glutes and pectoral muscles and older men who use testosterone replacement therapy tend to have stretch marks. People in this category often see thin, red or purple lines on their skin as their muscles grow.

Certified dermatologist Shari Sperling explains that there is no genetic prevalence, but some develop it sooner than others. It is not clear which ingredients in topical creams and ointments have specific effects.

It is also worth noting that there is not enough research to show which remedies are most effective. No treatment has been more successful than the other.

A product that sometimes seems to help but doesn’t seem to help everyone, researchers have discovered a helpful hack. Laser light therapy Laser therapy is a treatment that gives some indication that it might work. Laser therapy uses a beam of light to break open scar tissue and stimulate damaged tissue.

You can make sure that the scar is not too heavy by taking good care of yourself. Some people take high doses of oral corticosteroids for a month or more.

Stretch marks are lines on your skin that come from weight gain, growth, and pregnancy. The marks are usually white or red and are essentially tears in the skin due to the skin stretching. Stretch marks are completely harmless in a medical sense. However, many people want to avoid getting them or remove stretch marks as soon as possible.

Timeline of Stretchmarks
Stretch marks begin as red and sometimes purple marks on your skin. They slowly fade to white over time, which is an indicator of how old the stretch mark is. For some people, stretch marks fade away on their own without any intervention. For others, the marks may never disappear, but treatment can help lighten and shrink them.

When it comes to stretch marks, getting treatment earlier is better in terms of effectiveness. Stretch marks that are red or purple are newer and still have blood vessels present under the skin. When blood vessels are present in the stretch marks, they are more responsive to treatment.

However, white stretch marks are older and more challenging to treat. This is because the absence of blood vessels makes it harder to stimulate collagen, which helps heal stretch marks. While older stretch marks are more difficult to treat, you can still have great results.

Stretch Mark Treatment Options

There is a range of treatment options depending on the severity of your stretch marks and how your body responds to treatment. Some people can use at-home remedies, while most people need help from a professional. Below you will find the most common ways to get rid of stretch marks.

Topical Treatments:

There are creams available that can help reduce stretch marks. You can start with over-the-counter options, but talk with your doctor about prescription creams if you need something more effective.


Regular exfoliation is not only good for your skin in general, but it can help treat stretch marks. Exfoliation removes the excess skin on your body and allows for topical treatments to get deep into your skin.


The procedure is painless and can reduce the appearance of your stretch marks. Microdermabrasion targets the top layers of your skin by stimulating it to tighten. This reduces the appearance of your stretch marks as the fibers in your skin tighten up. Depending on the severity of your stretch marks, you may need multiple treatments. The procedure is fast, safe, painless, and your skin is fully healed within just one day.


This procedure targets the middle layer of your skin where stretch marks begin to form. Microneedling triggers collagen production and improves the appearance of your skin by creating skin regeneration. For the most effective results, you may need multiple treatments. However, it is a highly effective treatment option.

Cosmetic Surgery:

This is the most invasive option as compared to microdermabrasion and microneedling. For those who are focused on removing stretch marks from their abdomen due to weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck can help remove stretch marks in addition to excess skin and fat on your body. However, surgery may come with its own set of issues due to scarring. Cosmetic surgery is a cost-benefit analysis as it may be invasive for stretch marks alone. However, if you have excess skin and fat you’d like to remove, it can address multiple issues at once.

Dermatology in Tampa, Florida

If you have stretch marks and cannot seem to get rid of them, contact Dr. Milan Lombardi at Lombardi Institute of Dermatology. Dr. Lombardi has various treatment options to address stretch marks, including microdermabrasion and microneedling. He has been working with patients for years, helping them improve their appearance and address skin concerns. Dr. Lombardi and his team are focused on addressing your concerns and providing you with the most effective treatment options. Contact Dr. Lombardi today for an appointment!