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I know ther is no "miracle cure" for stretch marks and I can learn to live with them, but I was just curious for those of you that had stretch marks before and lost a lot of weight, did you see an improvement in your stretch marks at all? I've lost 19 and going for another 25-30lbs

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I'm sorry to tell you that once you have the stretch marks they are there forever.  If you have lost so much weight that you have a lot of excess skin that you have to removed with surgery, any stretch marks that were on the removed skin would, of course, be removed.

Don't be sorry :) I have some but I can live with them this was mostly just curiosity see if it reduces their appearance.

I think it depends.  Mine have definitely improved.  The white ones on my legs are gone.  I've heard the dark ones usually don't want to go away.  I've got a few of those on my belly and they are definitely still there after 50 lbs.

 

nope. But what's worse, having stretch marks AND being overweight, or just having stretchmarks?

Our bodies are not perfect. I realized that a while ago and that makes it much easier to strut my stuff in a 2-piece.  Everyone has flaws. Concentrate on your "prettier" qualities to distract yourself from negative body image.

Again I am just CURIOUS I don't really care personally either way, if they did go away it would be a nice extra, since they don't I'll still be healthy and happy! I know they never go away but was wondering if it would be less noticeable since the skin may not be so stretched.

Stargazer I heard the dark ones eventually at least fade down to white ones after a few years, though they're never going away the white ones are less noticeable.

I've heard a lot about how strength and weight training can help give your skin more elasticity through time, making it tighter and stretch marks less noticeable. Try researching ways of exercise that might help make them better.

I also heard about how you can put Crisco on them after showers and such and let it sit a bit before washing it off and after a year or so, you're supposed to be able to see a difference in their prominence. I don't believe that one as much, though.

Original Post by craftyminou:

Again I am just CURIOUS I don't really care personally either way, if they did go away it would be a nice extra, since they don't I'll still be healthy and happy! I know they never go away but was wondering if it would be less noticeable since the skin may not be so stretched.

Stargazer I heard the dark ones eventually at least fade down to white ones after a few years, though they're never going away the white ones are less noticeable.

hmmm.... maybe I'll get lucky....  Even though no one really sees them anyway...  I know when I was little and got boobs I had stretch marks really bad and they went away when I got older....   I think there is hope Smile

I have no idea since I haven't gotten there yet.  Mine haven't been too bad so far, but I've only lost about 25 or so pounds.  I'm also doing a lot of cardio and weight stuff.  Mostly mine are on my stomach and my arms some from doing weights.  The one's on my stomach don't look too bad though and I've been doing a lot of harder core crunches stuff.  Shrug.  Dunno if that has anything to do with it. :-\  My weight loss has also been going pretty slowly.

I don't know if this will make you feel better or not but, when I was pregnant I got lots of stretch marks on my belly, surrounding my belly button.  I kept saying that it looked like a bear mauled my tummy.  However, my baby is now 2 and my stretch marks have turned white and since my skin isn't stretched anymore they are getting smaller.  Unfortunately I think that's really the best we can hope for.  Just that they get smaller. 

I know you know that they are permanent, but my mom heard from a lady (I know, a classic case of he said she said) that her dermatologist did a laser treatment on her stretch marks and it dramatically reduced the appearance of them.  I don't know if that is something you want to look into or not.

Not sure, but I think chances are better that they will just fade and fade over time, and not being overweight will make them less visible. Because your skin won't be stretched out. I have them on my belly too from pregnancies, and I've been back down to my pre-pregnancy weight and they were still there.
I think if I can just lose my weight and get more toned, I would be less self-conscious about them. Even models have stretch marks, they just hide them with airbrushing and make-up :)

You can try like the cocoa butter stretch mark reducer lotion. I also read that using shea butter and olive oil combined reduces the appearance, I want to try that myself!

they'll lighten over time and become less noticible, but depending on how your body loses the weight they may become more crease-like

when i gained like 15lbs during my chubby years in high school I got purplish stretch marks on my inner thighs... I still have the marks to this day, but they have faded to a white scar appearance and slightly indented where the skin has lost it's elasticity. I can't even notice them anymore unless i look really closely

I just call them my zebra/tiger stripes... it sounds cooler!

Much like carmenxox, I too had some purple-ish stretch marks when I went through a weight gain of 20ish pounds early in high school. Now, 4 years and 25 pounds lost later, most of my stretch marks are either white or very light pink and do kind of resemble very faint scars. So there is some hope that they'll improve at least a little.

I dont think losing weight helps with strech marks. My sister had gained alot of weight and got really bad dark purple stretch marks. She would put vitamin E oil on them every night, and little by little they lightened amd then disappeared. She has maybe a few very faint ones left, hardly noticeable.

Losing weight makes them more noticeable for awhile. Your skin is a living organism and it takes time for it to adapt, much like our self image after losing a ton of weight and changing our shape.

I will advise you this though, if your stretchmarks are still really noticeable after you've lost the weight, the best tactic is to get some color on your skin. A tan always covers up skin issues. [I'm saying get a tan...not a burn. Just some color]

Out of curiosity and since we're already talking about it, how does everyone feel about showing their stretch marks?  I am really self conscience about mine, even though they have already turned white.  I have some on my belly from my pregnancy (but I am kind of proud of those in a way) and I have a bunch on my thighs when I gained weight my senior year of high school after 6 years of anorexia.  But, now I am going to babysit my parents house for 5 days this summer and it's going to be HOT!  So, I was thinking about going swimming...but I have stretch marks on my belly and on my thighs so I would have to swim in a parka to cover them all up in the small chance a neighbor comes over while I am in the pool!  My fiance says it doesn't matter and I should just get a swimsuit.  But, I am still worried about my little white lines on my belly and thighs!

I wish they did go, but I have had mine since my first pregnancy (23 years ago) and they never went ... they do fade in time though and become less noticeable.

 

 

The same thing happened to me when I lost over 40 pounds, I had stretch marks on the side of my stomach and on my buttocks as well. But when I lost my weight it did get a little better. You cannot get rid of stretch marks, but you can make them less visible by using products such as bio oil or cocoa butter. I heard that bio oil works really well (in order to see results, you have to use it every day). I am going to start using bio oil to see if it works.

Original Post by btstars:

Out of curiosity and since we're already talking about it, how does everyone feel about showing their stretch marks?  I am really self conscience about mine, even though they have already turned white.  I have some on my belly from my pregnancy (but I am kind of proud of those in a way) and I have a bunch on my thighs when I gained weight my senior year of high school after 6 years of anorexia. 

I used to be VERY self conscious about mine, I just felt they drew all of the attention to my stomach. Mine were pretty bad, and I also had my navel pierced so that turned into a stretch mark. My navel is soo ugly to me. So I would swim in a tank top usually. I'm not so much anymore because I've realized, hey this is MY body who doesn't like it can go go to hell. I had 2 kids and I have stretch marks. Nothing I can do about it.
I will take off my shirt now if there's not tons of people there. I'm not saying I'm confident about it, but I'm just hoping when I finally hit my goal weight and get more toned, I won't care at all!

I used to be pretty concerned about my stretch-marks and scars until I decided to consider them less as flaws and more as signs that I had been places and done things.  People are creatures of change, and our skins can be all the more interesting for it. 

Original Post by carmenxox:

I just call them my zebra/tiger stripes... it sounds cooler!

 I love this!

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