What is a Stretch Mark?
A stretch mark is the result of torn connective tissues located in the dermis, the second layer of the skin. They emerge as slightly indented linear streaks in pinkish, reddish, purplish blue color at the beginning, and then slowly fade into silvery gray or brown flat streaks.
Although stretch marks look unsightly that people who have them are ashamed to expose their troubling marks to the public, stretch marks are not a sign of any life-threatening condition. Your life remains the same even after having stretch marks. The drawback is, you will think twice of wearing clothing that reveals your stretch marks. The problem with stretch marks is more of a cosmetic subject.
Causes of Stretch Marks on Buttocks
There are three main causes of stretch marks on the buttocks. When you gain weight in a rapid manner, there is a big chance that you will gain stretch marks, too. Fat is collected in almost every body part, but there are certain places where adipose tissue deposits are the highest. Women tend to gain extra fat on their buttocks compare to men. When extra fat is added to the dermis, the skin is stretched further, which sometimes leads to ruptured connective tissues and blood vessels. From the outside, you see them as stretch marks.
Hormonal changes contribute a lot to getting stretch marks. Collagen is the reason why your skin is smooth, plump and elastic. The synthesis of collagen goes down when there are abnormally high levels of cortisol in the body. While this steroid-hormone is produced by the body to cope with stress, cortisol is also distributed in the market in its synthetic form. Cortisol inhibits the body’s collagen production, thus explains why you have eye bags when you consistently lack adequate sleep, or your skin is dry and dehydrated when you are regularly exposed to stressful events.
During pregnancy, the hormone cortisol goes up too and then there is the expanded blood volume and weight. The combination of these phenomena increases every pregnant woman’s chance of getting stretch marks. Stretch marks during pregnancy are sometimes localized in one area such as the tummy, but it can also spread to promixal sections such as buttocks.
When do Stretch Marks on Buttocks Occur?
Stretch marks on the buttocks on the buttocks occur when there is excessive skin stretching in the area like during pregnancy and extreme weight gain. You can also gain stretch marks on the buttocks area if there is an increased level of the steroid hormone cortisol detected in the body. This would result to a lower production level of collagen.
Natural Methods for Reducing Stretch Marks on Buttocks
Anti-stretch mark creams, oils and lotions have the ability to reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the buttocks area. These cosmetic products, unlike the other commercially produced lotions and creams, have ingredients that are specifically designed to minimize the visibility of stretch marks and at the same time giving the skin extra hydration to enhance the skin’s elasticity.
Another natural method of reducing stretch marks on the buttocks is to lose weight with proper timing. If gaining weight rapidly has caused you to gain stretch marks, then losing weight in a hurried manner will cause the stretch marks to double in amount. Lose the extra fats via healthy eating and proper exercise.
Laser therapy is an obvious choice for reducing and removing stretch marks, and it has four categories. Pulsed-Dye laser and Fractional Non-ablative laser are highly recommended for fresh stretch marks while the popular Microdermabrasion is intended for old stretch marks. The last one is laser skin tightening, which is designed to tighten loose skin. This is most suitable to stretch marks on the buttocks developed due to pregnancy.
Dermal needling is another treatment option, which you are given the task to roll on to your buttocks area with stretch marks a tiny roller containing super fine needles. Another new treatment modality against stretch marks is endemologie, which utilize suction and rollers to introduce a deep massage into the affected area of the skin. Both treatment options stimulate the synthesis of collagen.
How to Prevent Stretch Marks on the Buttocks?
Prevention against stretch marks on the buttocks area includes gaining weight in a gradual manner and keeping the skin moisturized at all times.
Stretch marks a product of ruptured connective tissues found in the second layer of the skin. One cause for the damage to the connective tissues is stretching of the skin beyond normal limits such as the case in pregnancy and extreme weight gain.
Another is when the steroid hormone cortisol spikes up. To prevent stretch marks from occurring in your buttocks, make sure you apply a rich lotion to the area on a daily basis, and avoid fluctuations of your weight. Treatment modalities to remove stretch marks located on the buttocks include laser therapy, dermal needling and endermologie.