Stretch marks occur when your skin has to expand over a short amount of time, and look like red or silvery stripes. While they fade over time, stretch marks can last for years or even decades. You might have stretch marks due to a teenage growth spurt, a period of being overweight, or pregnancy. How long do you have to carry those reminders on your skin?
Stretch marks are actually a form of scarring, and, like other types of scarring, can be effectively treated with microneedling therapy. If you’re stressed out about your stretch marks, you should know that you have options to reduce or even eliminate stretch mark visibility in locations around your body.
At Lasercare Skin Clinic, Dr. Bruce Sanderson and his laser and medspa team offer microneedling treatment with SkinPen™ technology. Could you benefit from microneedling for stretch marks at our Little Rock, Arkansas, location?
Scars, stretch marks, and collagen
When your skin stretches, lasting stripes of differently colored or differently textured skin can be left behind. Scar tissue differs from normal skin in appearance, and, as a result, stretch marks can stand out, especially when they’re fresh.
One way to address scarring is through stimulating the deep layers of your skin for new tissue growth. Renewing the supplies of key proteins like collagen in the skin affected by scarring can do a lot to fill in deep places, smooth out your skin’s surface, and fade visible marks.
Collagen induction treatment
Microneedling therapy is also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT). With microneedling, Dr. Sanderson and his team can induce higher levels of collagen production in a targeted treatment area. Microneedling treatment helps to fade and fill in scars and stretch marks. You may need multiple treatment sessions for your best results.
When you come into the office for your treatment, you rest in comfort. Dr. Sanderson uses creams to numb the treatment area, so you won’t feel significant discomfort during your session.
The SkinPen tool contains many very fine-tipped needles. With this tool, Dr. Sanderson creates controlled micro wounds in the outer layers of your skin in the pre-selected treatment area. Your body responds to the microneedling nicks and pricks with a flood of new collagen and other key proteins.
Seeing your stretch marks vanish
Microneedling also breaks down scar formation and scar tissue in the outer layers of your skin, bringing out a clean new layer of skin and a new start. So, your treatment doesn’t just address your stretch marks at a deep level, but on the surface, as well!
You won’t need downtime after your appointment. However, after your microneedling session, plan on giving your skin in the treatment area a little time to recover. Avoid sun exposure and harsh chemicals for a day or so following microneedling.
It takes time for new collagen production to become visible from the outside. But, with time, the new proteins fill scars and stretch marks back out again, creating a new, smoother skin surface that may not even show visible blemishes anymore.
To learn more about how microneedling can help you get rid of old – or new – stretch marks, contact Dr. Sanderson at Lasercare Skin Clinic today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment and find out if you could be a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment option! Request an appointment online today, or call now to book.