Microneedling: An Innovative Treatment for Stretch Marks
I was recently chatting with a friend about the frustration of stretch marks. She was embarrassed by the scars that had developed over the course of her 2 pregnancies and hesitant to be seen in a bathing suit this summer. Unfortunately this is not an uncommon conversation I have in the office with patients looking for options to reduce the appearance of their stretch marks. This can take time with proper treatment but the results are well worth it to those who aren’t fully living their lives out of embarrassment.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch Marks are scar-like bands that appear on the surface of the skin almost anywhere on the body where the skin has been stretched beyond its natural capacity. Stretch marks appear where there is excess fat deposited, or where the skin has been unable to respond to the rate of growth (eg. during puberty or pregnancy).
Stretch marks affect men and women of all ages and races. Between 75-90% of pregnant women develop them during their third trimester. Stretch marks also affect 70% of adolescent females and 40% of adolescent males due to growth spurts during puberty.
The most effective procedure utilised for the reduction or removal of stretch marks on the skin is Medical Microneedling. This procedure involves controlled puncturing of the skin multiple times with tiny sterile needles to create a ‘wound-site’ in the dermis layer, which triggers the body’s natural healing process. Microneedling stimulates the body’s own production of collagen, which is a connective tissue that gives skin its firmness and resilience. When the body perceives damage in the dermis, it generates new collagen, which is then used to heal the original tear in the dermis that caused a stretch mark to appear.
Medical Microneedling improves the color and texture of stretch marks, and helps the scars blend in with surrounding skin.
In addition to stimulating the healing process of the skin, Medical Microneedling improves the absorption of topical products applied directly after Microneedling. The tiny punctures created allow for therapeutic topical agents to be absorbed to a far deeper level in the skin, making them more effective.
Number of Treatments Recommended
4-6 treatments of Microneedling are usually recommended in order to enhance the overall results and significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. With continued treatments, large amounts of collagen are produced leading to a greater reduction in stretch mark visibility.
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