One of the most common areas for people to develop stretch marks are the inner and outer thighs, for both men and women. These marks surface when the skin is stretched beyond its limits either due to rapid weight change, certain medical conditions, or muscle growth. They will first appear are red or purplish marks but in most cases will settle down to a lighter shade once fully healed.
Despite how stretch marks look, they pose no other health risks and are incredibly common, especially when going through puberty or pregnancy. However, their widespread occurrence doesn’t mean that everyone is ready to accept them. Understandable, most people look for products and procedures to improve the appearance of the stretch marks on their thighs, due to their unsightly appearance.
How Stretch Marks Look
Stretch marks on the thighs, and any other areas of the body, will present as raised, discoloured streaks on the skin. As they are a type of scarring, or permanent skin damage, they can be distinguished from the surrounded skin by their change in both colour and texture, along with a lack of elasticity. Medically known as striae, these marks look like pink or purple linear streaks on the thighs when they first appear. Over an extended period of months, or in some cases years, they will settle down to a lighter, almost silver shade.
Treating Stretch Marks on the Thighs
Our skin experts here at The Laser Treatment Clinic have decades of combined experience in treating stretch marks of all severities and areas of the body, including the thighs. For the most effective results, we recommend an individual treatment plan using a combination of the following treatments:
- Collagen Induction Therapy: Carried out in a medical environment using anaesthetic cream if necessary to minimise discomfort, CIT uses a microneedling device to vertically penetrate the skin and create micro-injuries. This stimulates natural collagen production as part of the body’s wound healing response which helps to plump and smooth the appearance of the skin from within.
- The Derma White Treatment: Offering a natural alternative to harsh chemical and acid treatments, this peeling treatment has been formulated using a blend of powerful marine and alpine herbs, vitamins and minerals. Much like traditional peels, the gentle but effective Derma White Treatment stimulates collagen production and boost blood flow to the affected area to improve the colour and texture of stretch marks.
- Advanced Dermabrasion: Another effective but non-invasive treatment, advanced dermabrasion uses a small device to blast the surface of the skin with crystal microparticles to effectively “polish” the top layer and remove dead skin. This also stimulates collagen and new cell growth to address the textural issues that make stretch marks so visible.
The combination and number of treatments you will require will depend on the severity of your stretch marks, which is why we always recommend booking a consultation with one of our skin experts so that they can create a tailored treatment plan to suit your specific needs.