Stretchmark VS Cellulite | What's The Difference & How To Treat

stretchmark vs cellulite

Are you confused about the difference between stretch marks and cellulite?

Often people mistake these two common skin conditions for one another, but they are actually quite different. In this article, we will explore the differences between stretch marks and cellulite, including their causes, appearances, and treatment options.

So whether you're dealing with stretch marks or cellulite (or both), you'll have a better understanding of what you're dealing with and how to address it.

What is a stretchmark and what causes it?

stretchmark on thighs

Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched or torn due to rapid growth or contraction. When the skin is stretched, the connective tissue, called collagen, is also stretched. If the skin is stretched too quickly or too far, the collagen fibers can break, leading to the formation of stretch marks.

Stretch marks are initially red or purple in color because they contain small blood vessels that have been damaged by the stretching of the skin. Over time, the blood vessels shrink and the stretch marks become less noticeable and turn silver or white in color.

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of stretch marks, including pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, puberty, genetics, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions. These factors can cause the skin to stretch more than it is able to handle, leading to the formation of stretch marks.

What is cellulite and what causes it?

cellulite on thighs

Cellulite is a common skin condition that causes dimpled skin, most often on the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin, causing a dimpled or uneven appearance.

Cellulite is more common in women than men and tends to occur in people who are overweight or obese.

Cellulite can be caused by hormonal changes, genetics, lifestyle factors, dehydration, tight clothing, and aging. These factors can affect the distribution of fat in the body and contribute to the development of cellulite.

Recommended treatments for stretchmarks and cellulite

There are a number of treatments that are commonly used to treat cellulite and stretch marks. Some of the most popular options include:

Radiofrequency (RF) treatment: RF treatment is a non invasive treatment method to treat both cellulites and stretch marks. It uses radio waves to heat the skin and stimulate collagen production, which can help to improve skin elasticity and the reduce appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

Laser treatment: Laser treatment uses intense pulses of light to stimulate collagen production which results in skin tightening and improves the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. You may experience some downtime and redness after a laser treatment. Laser treatments are done by medically trained professionals which may be the cause of higher treatment cost as compared to other available treatments.

Subcision: Subcision is a surgical procedure in which a needle is used to release the fibrous bands that contribute to the appearance of cellulite. It’s an invasive procedure that may have downtime.

Cellulite creams: Cellulite creams can be a simple and quick solution although it's temporary and the effectiveness depends on the type of cream used. It is normally advised that you combine application of cream with a massage.

Velashape: Velashape is a non-invasive treatment that uses a combination of radiofrequency energy, infrared light, and massage to improve the appearance of cellulite and tighten the skin.


Although stretch marks and cellulites are different conditions, often times, the same treatments are able to treat both cellulite and stretch marks. Understanding the different treatment options may give you more insight on which treatment plan suits your needs better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does cellulite turn into stretch marks?

No, cellulite and stretch marks are two different conditions. Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled or lumpy appearance due to fat deposits underneath the surface. Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched too far and too fast causing it to break down, leading to scars on its surface.

Why do I have cellulite and stretch marks?

Everybody's body stores fat differently, so there isn't one definitive answer as to why someone would have cellulite or stretch marks more than another person does. People who carry excess weight are more likely to have both conditions, but even thin people can have them as well if they’ve had sudden changes in weight or excessive exercise during their lifetime that caused stretching of their skin tissues beyond what they're used to handling.

What are cellulite stretch marks?

Cellulite stretch marks are a type of scar that occurs due to rapid stretching or shrinking of the skin and underlying fat tissue, leading to breaks in the collagen fibers that support it. This leaves behind raised lines on the surface of the skin that look like dimples or lumps, but can also cause discoloration.

Do models have cellulite and stretch marks?

Models may still suffer from cellulite and stretch marks – they just keep them hidden by wearing certain clothing with strategically placed patterns so that any lumps are hard to see; having regular massages; using special creams designed for smoothing out cellulite deposits; drinking lots of water; getting enough sleep; eating a nutritious diet full of anti-inflammatory foods etc.,to help alleviate any symptoms associated with these issues

What are white stretch marks?

White stretch marks, most commonly known as striae Albicans, are the more recent stretch marks that appear on the skin due to the tearing of collagen fibers and elastin, which give it its structure and strength. They are usually white or slightly pinkish, becoming more noticeable over time with increased sun exposure