Top Ten Myths About Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a condition that a vast amount of people live with
everyday. Many people offer advice on how to prevent them, treat them, and
other such matters, but they also spread myths about the scars we call stretch
marks. Below are a few of the myths we consider to be talked about the
Myth #1 Only pregnant women get stretch marks.
- It is true that 90% of
pregnant women get stretch marks, but other people
also develop stretch marks. Anyone who gains weight rapidly is susceptible
to stretch marks, and this includes children going through puberty and weight
Myth #2 Only women get stretch marks.
- Men can also develop stretch marks as well as children. Men who do a
great deal of weight lifting and build muscle quickly are particularly
susceptible to developing them. Men who gain weight quickly for other
reasons are also at risk.
Myth #3 Stretch marks go away once you lose the
- Some stretch marks do fade away after you lose the weight you gained, but
most have a tendency to hang around. Skin that has thinned and stretched
to form stretch marks does not easily return to normal.
Myth #4 You can't prevent stretch marks.
- There are ways to minimize your chances of developing stretch marks.
Proper diet and nutrition top the prevention list. These help keep weight
gain moderate and skin in a healthy state.
Myth #5 Only plastic surgery can treat stretch marks.
- There are many ways to treat stretch marks besides resigning yourself to
plastic surgery. Chemical peels, laser therapy, and pulsed light therapy
are just a few of your options.
Myth #6 Once you get stretch marks you just have to
live with them.
- You can either opt to cover your stretch marks, treat them, or remove them.
Many advances in technology have given us a greater number of of options for
dealing with unsightly stretch marks.
Myth #7 Stretch marks are expensive to treat.
- Yes, some treatments such as plastic surgery can be quite costly, but there
are other choices you can make to treat your
stretch marks. Many lotions
or creams can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Chemical peels are
also a lower cost option.
Myth #8 Stretch marks aren't worth the time to
- This is definitely a myth. Even a slight reduction in the appearance
of stretch marks is worth the time and effort to treat them. Yes, some
discipline is required, especially for some of the home remedies, but in the
end, any improvement is worth the investment of time.
Myth #9 Teenagers and young children don't get
- It is very common for teenagers and young children to develop stretch marks.
These occur because of the rapid growth spurts that children undergo.
Luckily because they are still growing their bodies have a tendency to heal
quickly. Children's stretch marks seem to fade much faster than stretch
marks developed during adulthood.
Myth #10 Insurance will pay for stretch mark
- Unfortunately, most insurance companies consider stretch marks purely a
cosmetic issue and thus do not cover any treatment or
removal of stretch marks.