Microneedling stretch marks is an excellent option for many suffering from stretch marks. Stretch marks are an extremely common issue for both adult men and women. They appear as streaky lines of thinned skin, and are most often found on the breasts, abdomen, hips, and thighs. Stretch marks may appear due to the rapid hormonal changes and growth associated with puberty, during pregnancy, or following weight gains or losses. While there is no absolute cure for stretch marks, microneedling has been shown to drastically reduce the visibility of these dreaded skin flaws.
So, what exactly is microneedling? The technique involves a series of very small needles that are passed over the skin. This process creates micro-injuries which trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to naturally repair itself. The appearance of stretch marks will diminish as this reconstruction and healing occur. Microneedling stretch marks helps to promote the regeneration of the skin covering the marks, thus restoring the original contours of the surface. Skin will have a smoother, more even appearance.
A typical microneedling session to address stretch marks begins with the application of a numbing cream and a lubricating gel to the stretch marks before starting the microneedling process. This is to ensure patient comfort and to allow the tiny needles to glide over the skin easily.
Next, the microneedling device is gently pressed into the skin and glided over the stretch marks for a few minutes. Redness may occur at this point, but it is a sign that the needles are effectively penetrating into the skin to stimulate collagen production and skin cell turnover. At the end of the brief procedure, a cream is applied to the treated area to encourage wound healing and repair.
Depending on the number of areas to be treated, the procedure can take from 15 to 60 minutes from start to finish. Most patients find the process to be painless and experience minimal discomfort. A bit of redness is to be expected in the days following the microneedling session. This redness eventually subsides, and the skin tone of the treated area appears more even.
Multiple sessions, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart, are often required to achieve the desired results, but most patients find the investment very worthwhile.
Microneedling stretch marks has been proven to provide some amazing and dramatic results, but the results do vary from patient to patient. Although no method currently exists to completely repair stretch marks, microneedling most definitely lightens their appearance, making them virtually invisible.