Stretch marks, or striae, are a very common complaint which tends to affect more women than men. They can appear in a variety of places including the upper arms, breasts, thighs, and stomach. The stretch marks start off red, pink, brown or purple in colour and over time fade to white or silver. Whilst they pose no health risks, a person who develops stretch marks can feel self-conscious and develop body image concerns.
Stretch marks are extremely common and can happen for a variety of reasons:
- Rapid weight gain.
- Rapid weight loss.
- Prolonged use of topical steroids.
- Puberty, when an adolescent is rapidly growing.
- A predisposition to stretch marks can also be hereditary.
Although stretch marks are common in people of all ages, it can often cause a sense of self-consciousness and the affected may want to find ways to fade them. Luckily, there is a microdermabrasion treatment which can visibly reduce the appearance of the unwanted marks. Used commonly as a Microderm facial treatment, medical microdermabrasion can be used on almost all areas of the body to treat many cosmetic concerns, such as microdermabrasion for acne scars, wrinkles, melasma, sun damage and yes, microdermabrasion for stretch marks is an effective treatment.
How Does Medical Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion treatments exfoliate the outer layer of the skin to help repair the damaged layer, which improves circulation and increases the production of collagen. Tiny, fine crystals are combined with a vacuum to remove old, dead cells. The microdermabrasion for stretch marks procedure usually lasts between 30-60 minutes and a repeated course of Microderm treatments may be required to achieve the most effective results.
Microdermabrasion is a Safe, Effective Treatment
Microdermabrasion treatments often work best on newly formed stretch marks whilst they are still pink or red in colour. The sooner the stretch marks are treated, the better the result. The procedure involves no chemicals and is non-invasive. There is no need to use any local anaesthetic as the process is not painful.
Older Stretch Marks
The sooner the stretch marks are treated the more effective the results will be because old white marks have narrower blood vessels. However, hope is not lost, a regular course of medical microdermabrasion treatments could help by accessing deeper layers of skin and stimulating collagen production.
If you are concerned about stretch marks on your skin then microdermabrasion may be the answer you are looking for. For more information on how microdermabrasion can help you, contact our experts at Medskin clinic in Nottingham, Newark or Chesterfield today.