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May 16, 2012 2:25 PM
For those of you who have lost at least 30 lbs, do the stretch marks fade away? I am afraid no matter how hard I work even if I do lose my tummy flab, I will never be able to wear a bikini due to stretch marks on my sides.
May 16, 2012 2:34 PM
They'll never go away for good. They're scar tissue. But I do believe that some people have some tips on how to fade them.

Also? Wear a bikini whenever you damn feel like it. It's your body and you're only gonna get to be in it once. You shouldn't hide it away after all the hard work you've done!

If anyone is close enough to see your stretch marks, they'll probably also be close enough for you to smack 'em in the face for minding them.
  2727137
May 16, 2012 2:43 PM
i have the same fear, along with extra skin since i've pretty much always been overweight that skin is good and stretched out.
May 16, 2012 7:13 PM
I have stretch marks from pregancy and weight loss.i went from about 121 to 176 when i was pregnant. My husband and i went to Jamaica i was about 125.... I wore a bikini :) cellulite and all! I look at the pics and you cant even see them...and I have to agree if someone can see them they are TOO close and you should smack em away laugh

My daughter will be 3 next month and my stretch marks have faded lots.I make sure i use lotion and that has seemed to help lots too.
May 16, 2012 7:16 PM
mine have a faded a little, but i think it is just due to time, not weight loss. i have also found that tanning can help hide them. last summer you could not see mine at all when i was all tan!
  11568336
May 16, 2012 7:21 PM
After awhile they turn sort of a silvery color and are not all that noticeable. My husband actually thinks they are pretty. I have a friend who has had a lot of success with strivectin (sp?) but it's really expensive! I agree with the person who posted above though, and if you can get comfortable, rock the bikini!
May 17, 2012 6:36 AM
Wear that bikini! I used to be embarrassed by my stretch marks (some of which are on my stomach/love handles from fat gain and some are on my shoulders from weight lifting). I lost some weight and started working outside around the house with my shirt off, you'll be amazed at how much they will disappear with a little sun! And if they bother you that much, consider this little piece of advice that someone once gave me about stretch marks:

"Stretch marks are like battle scars, they're there to remind you where you've been and where you're going. Wear them proudly because they're proof you've done something great for yourself."

I've got some pretty big ones under my arms from weight lifting and I'm actually half tempted to get a zipper tattoo'ed onto one of them just for kicks, but that's another story.

Be proud of what you've done and wear that bikini and to hell with what anyone else thinks.
  19758776
May 17, 2012 9:26 AM
I have lost 37lbs and they are really faded now. Not red and puffy like when I first get them. They will definitely fade but not go away completely. I think toning up the ab section, using lots of lotion, drinking tons of water and maybe slapping on some self tanner will do the trick for a bikini. Also, I had a friend that swears she drank aloe plant juice for 3 months straight and the stretch marks really faded and went away - but I don't know that first hand!

Also, I wouldn't worry about stretch marks! EVERYONE HAS THEM! Girls AND Guys. No joke. People will not notice them. Confidence is key. :)
  4193961
May 17, 2012 9:34 AM
I got stretch marks through pregnancy, I lost my baby weight pretty quickly each time, as I didnt drive and just walked everywhere. Ive slowly put weight on since passing my driving test, I didnt get any more stretch marks, so I think they fade with time, not weight loss
  20864704
May 17, 2012 9:35 AM
I have lose 38 lbs and mine have faded big time in arms and legs. Still got a bit more weight to lose in tummy area to have any results there. I went from 110 to 200 lbs with my first son and 150 to 200 with my second. I must say, I would keep this stretch marks for life and not worry for my beautiful boy's from Yahweh were so worth it. And I got huge stretch marks of love :)
May 17, 2012 9:37 AM
Sorry, they never go away. I have them from growing too fast (grew 10in in a year) on my sides above my butt. You have to learn to embrace them.
May 17, 2012 9:41 AM
Three years post-pregnancy, I still have every single one of my stretchmark scars but they are silvery/skin colored so you can only really see the wrinkled texture, or in some cases they do sort of shine in the sunlight. But it's not the end of the world, no one loves their stretchmarks at first, or in some cases ever, but there is hope without an expensive tummy tuck. It just takes putting in hard work and dedication until you are visibly fit. Here is a thread I posted a while ago, look through it and at some of the photos people responded with...they look amazing even with stretchmarks still there! However, if you are looking for more than just that, or to start right away: I have also heard that strivectin helps (at least with the color, although not so much the texture/wrinkles). As for the actual wrinkles, the cheapest and easiest thing to do is scrub them with a hard loofah or sponge in the shower, as the only actual way to begin to heal the stretched skin is to basically scratch off old skin for the purpose of stimulating new skin cell growth. The more expensive and effective method of doing this is to buy what is called medical crystals along with some specific type of oil that goes with them and begin using those. AMAZING before and after photos, I plan on doing this as soon as I have the extra money.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/588084-can-i-achieve-visible-abs-with-my-post-baby-belly-pic
Edited by sarahkittymeow On May 17, 2012 9:42 AM
May 17, 2012 9:43 AM
For me they haven't. They seem to show worse to me with the loss of weight.
  10342611
May 17, 2012 9:48 AM
I got mine through pregnancy, my girls are 24, 28 & 30 now and i still have the stretch marks. They are silvery and hardly noticeable, i dont even think about them. My husband loves them, he says they are war wounds of motherhood and i should be proud heart (and given that the children are his step children, that means alot)
May 17, 2012 9:50 AM
I've been using Bio-oil for a few months, cost wise it's not so bad and my stretch marks are fading slowly, they're also not reddish colored anymore :)

like everyone else said, the way to go is to :

moisturize
stay hydrated
exfoliate
  18071614
May 17, 2012 9:54 AM
Get a high waisted bikini bottom, retro 50's style. They're really cute, you can find them on Etsy and have them custom made.

Your stretch marks are there for life. I have them on my thighs, they are a paler version of my skin color. New stretch marks can be treated with cream but old ones are there to stay.
  14065953
May 17, 2012 10:07 AM
I woudl suggest strength training as a part of your wieght loss. It helps restore the skin as muscle builds up. Ive seen the difference and less saggy skin.
  7591708
May 17, 2012 10:16 AM
QUOTE:

They'll never go away for good. They're scar tissue. But I do believe that some people have some tips on how to fade them.

Also? Wear a bikini whenever you damn feel like it. It's your body and you're only gonna get to be in it once. You shouldn't hide it away after all the hard work you've done!

If anyone is close enough to see your stretch marks, they'll probably also be close enough for you to smack 'em in the face for minding them.


This laugh
  7273166
May 17, 2012 10:33 AM
39+ lbs (weigh in tomorrow!) down and i feel like my stretch marks are starting to fade....granted i still have a long long way to go, i still feel like they are slowly becoming less noticable. And i had BAD ones, on my shoulders, on my belly, upper arms, back, and even on my breasts. I was over 350 lbs at my highest and now have almost broken the 3 barrier, im hoping they keep getting less and less noticable too!
May 17, 2012 10:36 AM
It depends on how long you've had stretch marks. If they're purple/reddish, they may fade away with time (and perhaps vitamin E to help). However, if they've already scarred (turned a silvery color), they are there for good and there is nothing you can do.

I've got them on my upper thighs and will always wear board shorts to the beach. :(
May 17, 2012 10:36 AM
Stretch marks are like battle scars. Don't be ashamed of them let that negativity affect your attitude. You have worked hard and the stretch marks are part of life.
I've had two kids and with my second I gained 80 pounds! After two years of my lifestyle change (exercise 6 days a week/healthy diet/positive self talk) I have a 6 pack....and stretch marks and I don't hesitate to wear my bikini! You shouldn't either!
May 17, 2012 10:36 AM
QUOTE:

They'll never go away for good. They're scar tissue. But I do believe that some people have some tips on how to fade them.

Also? Wear a bikini whenever you damn feel like it. It's your body and you're only gonna get to be in it once. You shouldn't hide it away after all the hard work you've done!

If anyone is close enough to see your stretch marks, they'll probably also be close enough for you to smack 'em in the face for minding them.

^this!
  15575769
May 17, 2012 10:38 AM
Rub lemon on them a couple times a week they will lighten up or Palmer stretch marks
  17198434
May 17, 2012 10:41 AM
I have lost over 180 lbs now. I have them. I have high ones on my belly, ones I never knew about on my thighs and some on my arms, back, butt and legs. I use Aluvea cream on them and the loose skin. It seems to help a little, but, they are gonna be there. I have almost become okayish with them. The only thing that will get rid of any of them is surgery, and I dont have that kind of money. I wear a bikini. I don't really care what strangers think about mine. They have their own imperfections and if they are noticing mine, maybe it will make them feel a little better, and if they say anything, I will just smack the crap out of them.
May 17, 2012 10:47 AM
I have stretch marks on my legs that popped up for absolutely no reason when I was a teenager. 10 years later I can barely see them. The ones on my belly and hips from my 1st pregnancy are still fairly noticable but after a year and a half they are turning more of a skin tone than the pink color they started out as. Have you ever noticed that when I get a bad cut how the scar starts out pink and over time gets lighter. Stretch marks work the same way. It takes time for them to fade, they never go away but they do get less noticeable.

Don't be afraid of your stretch marks. Other people have them too and not just from gaining weight. Think of all the people that grew so fast as teenagers they have them on their backs. They have them because they grew up.

Besides if you lose weight and get all hot and muscular I bet people will notice your hot body before they ever notice the stretch marks.

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