If you really want to remove your stretch marks once and for all, perhaps you should consider microneedling. Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction or skin needling therapy. The process involves a specialised tool which is covered with fine needles and placed over the areas with stretch marks. The microneedling process creates minor injury to your skin; this process prompts your body to repair the damaged skin via increased production of elastin and collagen.
Is Microneedling Effective?
Unfortunately, stretch marks are scars, and they do not go away by themselves. Removing stretch marks requires going through treatment that is able to pierce through the top layer of the epidermis and reach the middle layer where stretch mark scars develop.
The process of microneedling allows an experienced and qualified specialist to utilise long needles to reach the middle layer of your skin. When the skin is damaged through microneedling, it brings about the development of elastin and collagen in your body, which in turn prompts skin regeneration in the treatment area. This prompts fresh skin growth in stretch mark areas, improving the texture and tone of skin and minimising the appearance of your stretch marks.
Microneedling also works to correct acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment can be administered in a doctor’s office, and only a topical anaesthetic is needed. Generally, this treatment is considered a low-risk and safe treatment option.
Often patients need more than just one microneedling treatment to remove stretch marks. Your specialist at Esteem Medi Spa cosmetic clinics Brisbane & Gold Coast will create a specialised treatment plan that looks at the level of your stretch mark scarring. Most patients need between five or more treatment sessions with intervals between treatments of 4-6 weeks.
Alternative Stretch Mark Treatments
If microneedling isn’t right for you, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to suffer from stretch marks forever. There are several other options available for getting rid of stretch mark scarring:
Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatment can also be administered by dermatologists and may be useful in treating stretch marks as well. These types of treatments utilise different methods to create minor injury to the skin and encourage regrowth, although, just like microneedling, more than one treatment session is normally required to remove stretch marks.
Several stretch mark removal products are available for purchase over the counter at nearly any pharmacy, but these products don’t always work and if they do the results aren’t noticeable for months.
When applied on a daily basis, these products should minimise your stretch marks. If you’re interested in eliminating your stretch marks but can’t afford the price of laser treatment or microneedling, then using a stretch mark removal product may be your only option until you’re able to save up for your microneedling treatment!