If we’ve learned one thing from Shakira, it’s that hips don’t lie. Bikini season is here, and stretch marks on your hips will likely tell people that you’ve experience extreme weight gain at some point – whether you actually have or not. And unfortunately, the hips are one of the most common areas for stretch marks to develop on a woman’s body.
That doesn’t mean you can’t avoid getting stretch marks or erase them if you already have them. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent stretch marks on your hips, and several treatments that can reduce their appearance.
How To Prevent Stretch Marks On Your Hips
If we lived in our dream world, we would be able to give you a list of steps that would guarantee that you would never develop stretch marks on your hips. But unfortunately, hip stretch marks aren’t always preventable. If your stretch marks are caused by puberty or pregnancy, you might not be able to stop them. But there are some things you can do to increase your chances of avoiding them.
First, let’s break down what can cause stretch marks on your hips:
- Hormonal changes and rapid weight gain during pregnancy
- Hormonal changes and fast growth during puberty
- Substantial weight gain
Certain medications, including corticosteroid medication, according to Mayo Clinic So how do you prevent stretch marks on your hips from developing? If you’re going through pregnancy or puberty, the best thing to do is moisturize your skin skin to keep it elastic and strong. You should also try to eat food with lots of Vitamin C and E in it, like dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, tomatoes, and oranges (for Vitamin C), and plant oils, sunflower seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts (for Vitamin E).
Try to keep your weight at a healthy level with regular exercise and a balanced diet. You can develop stretch marks on your hips if you constantly gain and lose weight. If you’re planning on shedding a few pounds, try to do so gradually. You typically shouldn’t lose more than one pound a week. Anything more can cause stretch marks to appear on your hips.
When you first notice stretch marks appearing on your skin, apply Tretinoin Retin-A cream to your hips. This can help to boost your collagen production and prevent your stretch marks from getting any worse. If you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t use Tretinoin Retin-A. Glycolic acid can also be used to further trigger collagen production.
Reducing Hip Stretch Marks with Non-Surgical Treatments
Just because you already have stretch marks on your hips doesn’t mean you can’t make them look better. Dr. Dayan offers a couple of laser treatments that work to improve stretch marks on the hips. The two laser treatments that we’re going to discuss use thermal energy to safely improve the appearance of stretch marks, erasing discoloration and boosting collagen production to help repair the damaged areas.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is the best option for new hip stretch marks because it can diminish the discoloration seen early on. If your stretch marks are older, fractional resurfacing lasers can help to get rid of silver and white discoloration and even out rough skin tones caused by the marks.
Summer is here, and it’s time to get your hips looking better than ever before you step into your swimsuit. Contact us to find out how we can work together to help prevent and improve the appearance of stretch marks on your hips! Whether we end up providing you with medical-grade skin care products or a series of quick laser treatments, you’re sure to love your results.
Last Updated on January 29, 2021 by Dr Dayan