While the most common body issue when it comes to the buttocks is cellulite, many men and women also develop pretty noticeable stretch marks on their behind. For many people, especially women, having a flawless backside is important.
This is especially true once summer rolls around and you want to sport your favorite bikini. Well, if you have stretch marks on your buttocks, don't worry, there are ways to deal with it.
If you're wanting to show off your body during the summer or even just look good for your significant other in private, removing those awful-looking stretch marks from your butt is probably a high priority. Luckily, there are several ways you can do this. Below we've listed the most effective methods to help you out.
So, how do you wind up with these dreadful markings on your rear end? Well, there are a few different possible explanations.
If you've recently put on a few pounds and most of the weight seems to have gone straight to your booty, well, it's likely the stretch marks formed from the added weight stretching the skin too thin. This is one of the most common causes.
Another possible culprit for developing butt stretch marks is, of course, pregnancy. While pregnant, most women tend to not only put on a bit of 'baby weight', but also increase fat around their thighs, calves, and, yes, the buttocks as well.
Spending a lot of time in the gym working on your glutes? Believe it or not, muscle gains can also lead to the formation of stretch marks on or around your bum as well.
Just like with weight gain, the skin is forced to stretch beyond its normal limitations when you build up muscle at a fast pace.
Finally, if you're trying to figure out why your young child or teenager has gotten booty stretch marks, don't worry - it's fairly common, and mostly due to growth spurts. These spurts can also cause your skin to be stretched out which, in some cases, can create markings on the buttocks.
Want to sport a bikini without being embarrassed this summer? Don't fret - those awful-looking marks on your bum can be tamed with the right techniques!
Treatment methods for stretch marks vary a bit, but, for most people, a simple cream will suffice. Nevertheless, we've covered all of the most effective ways to fade stretch marks on the buttocks below in detail.
Be sure to read through the treatment methods below, assess your needs based on how your stretch marks were formed, how old they are, and how severe the marks are - then pick and try out a treatment listed on this page.
You’re going to read A LOT of hype about stretch mark creams if you search the web. So I’m going to tell you one thing up front...
Stretch Mark removal creams are not fast methods.
This is because the tearing of your skin that takes place when stretch marks are formed is pretty serious. The reason you see so much red on fresh stretch marks is because those tears leave openings so wide you’re looking right down into blood vessels!
Collagen and elastin can fill in those holes, and you see less red as they block off the deep view. But it takes time for those tears to fill in.
Still, if you don't want to spend a small fortune fixing your bum but still want to obliterate those nasty marks the best thing you can do is use a targeted stretch mark removal cream. These products are relatively inexpensive, have high success rates for most people, and can help you get back your smooth, sexy butt in as little as 8-12 weeks.
Creams are available both in stores and online. Popular brands include:
I’ve used several myself and done a lot of research on these products and have narrowed down the selection to a top 3. There are hundreds of creams out there that you can try but only a handful will give you the results you want.
For a list of the best products to use be sure to read our article about the best stretch mark creams to find out which one will be the most effective for your needs.
For faster results but at a much higher cost, you can also have laser treatments such as fractional laser to remove stretch marks.
My suggestion? Start with a cream, and if you don't get the results you want, THEN invest in pricier alternatives. The success rate is pretty high and you’ll save yourself some pain and money too!
Another option for getting rid of stretch marks that form on your butt is by getting various cosmetic procedures done. Dermatologists and some spas have treatments that are specifically designed to significantly reduce the appearance of marks using lasers and other specialized equipment.
Some of the most common services that help with stretch marks include:
Fractional lasers can be used to actually diminish the appearance of the grooves from the marks while procedures such as microdermabrasion are often used afterward to get rid of the red or purple coloring that may be leftover.
These services don't come cheap, though. In most cities these procedures start at around $200 and can cost as much as $900 or more. The total price will depend on where you get the treatment done and what part of the body is done.
To get rid of stretch marks on the butt you should probably expect to pay around $750 or so. The buttocks isn't the biggest part of the body to have done (the legs or stomach are often more expensive) so the max price can be pretty scary.
Creams and procedures aren't your only options for removing stretch marks on your butt. There are other alternative treatments that can be used but it's important to note that these are generally less effective and take a lot more time (3-6 months of regular application) to produce visible results.
One of the more popular options is to use tretinoin cream. This topical treatment is applied to the affected area daily and helps to rebuild the collagen in the area. Generally, this works best for brand new stretch marks.
It's also worth noting that you CAN NOT use this cream if you're pregnant. It is believed by some that tretinoin cream can cause birth defects.
Natural ingredients can also be used to treat stretch marks on the butt. Some people have successfully faded marks using things like raw eggs, lemon juice, and even aloe vera. These treatments are very hit-and-miss, though, and often take several months to show any true effect.
Some people have also claimed that simple exfoliation of the skin helped them remove marks. My issue with this is that skin stretching does not just cause tears to the top layer of your dermis, and exfoliation is not able get lower than that (certainly not safely) to repair the damage.
I believe that a good stretch mark cream is your best route for getting rid of stretch marks on your buttocks (or any other area for that matter). It certainly is a smart first step.
These products work when you buy the ones that understand the science behind skin repair. Even the very good ones are substantially cheaper than risking your money and health on a spa solution that may or not be performed by someone with adequate skill.
If a cream doesn't work, consult a dermatologist or visit a reputable medical spa to understand your options for specialized treatments.