Stretch marks often appear during pregnancy, but these unattractive and unusual-looking scars aren’t limited to pregnant women. Stretch marks commonly develop when you gain weight. You can also end up with stretch marks from bodybuilding and adolescent growth spurts. Even medications like steroids can lead to the problem.
Even though stretch marks aren’t painful and they don’t affect your health, let’s face it: They’re downright ugly. Many of our patients at Health and Beauty Associates ask for help getting rid of stretch marks because they’re embarrassed by the discolored striations that cover their belly, breasts, or thighs.
As experts in cosmetic procedures, we offer several treatment options for stretch marks. One of the most popular solutions for diminishing their appearance is microdermabrasion.
How stretch marks develop
Stretch marks are scars that develop when your skin is stretched beyond its normal limit. The stretching breaks down the underlying connective tissues. As they heal, the quality of the new tissue is different from your natural skin, causing the characteristic long, discolored scar.
The appearance of your stretch marks may improve over time because their original reddish-purple color fades. But they never disappear without treatment. While you may be able to forget about the problem during cool weather, when summer rolls around, you face yet another season of being embarrassed about showing your skin.
Overview of microdermabrasion
When you want smoother, brighter skin, one of the quickest ways to make it happen is with exfoliation to remove the outer layer of dead and damaged skin. You can take exfoliation a step further and get better results with microdermabrasion.
During microdermabrasion, we use a handheld device that sprays a gentle blast of fine crystals. As the crystals blast away dead cells, the debris is immediately suctioned away to reveal fresh skin.
Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types, and it’s pain-free. (Some patients say it feels like a cat’s rough tongue licking their skin.) It also does more than rejuvenate your facial skin: It’s a great way to get rid of those unattractive stretch marks.
How microdermabrasion smooths away stretch marks
Microdermabrasion works two ways to improve the appearance of your stretch marks. For starters, it does just what you’d expect: It gradually smooths away surface tissue, which naturally evens out the pigmentation and texture problems found in stretch marks.
During your microdermabrasion procedure, your body’s natural healing process is stimulated by the impact of the crystals. Healing in turn triggers the production of extra collagen and elastin deep below the surface.
Collagen and elastin are the proteins in connective tissues that build strong, smooth, resilient skin. As new skin that’s rich in collagen and elastin grows up toward the surface, it replaces the old tissues in the stretch mark, making it smoother and tighter, and significantly improving its appearance.
Plan ahead for microdermabrasion treatments
You’ll need to start microdermabrasion ahead of swimsuit season because most patients need a series of treatments spaced about a week apart to achieve the best results. The number of sessions you need depends on the size and severity of your stretch marks.
If you’re ready to do away with stretch marks, the first step is to schedule a consultation so we can evaluate your skin and recommend a treatment plan. Call the Health and Beauty Associates office and we’ll be glad to answer your questions and arrange a consultation, or you can schedule an appointment online.