Millions of women have stretch marks, which occur normally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight gain. This fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin. Stretch marks result from the breakdown of collagen in the skin. The reversal of stretch marks is impossible, but it is possible to provide some appearance improvement by gently resurfacing the skin and stimulating new collagen formation. Until now, there were few options for stretch mark treatments.
- Stretch mark improvement with no downtime
- Smoother, better-looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
Stretch Marks – Old and New, White and Red
There are two basic varieties of stretch marks: white and red. Older, mature stretch marks are commonly white or silver-colored; newer stretch marks tend to be reddish or purple in color.
Stretch marks closely resemble scars. In fact, stretch marks are the most common type of skin lesions. The majority of pregnant women get stretch marks. They also affect adolescent females and young males.
Stretch Mark Treatment
Skin needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or Micro needling) has been shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks. It creates deep, narrow columns of coagulation in the epidermis and dermis. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates healthy new tissue, including the deposition of new collagen. The process alters damaged skin areas and stimulates the cells under the stretch mark to cause the fibroblasts to begin to divide again.
The regenerated new skin cells and the collagen thickening will change the stretch mark tissue until it more closely resembles the surrounding normal skin. Multiple sessions are needed to show visible improvement in the unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks, leaving clients with smoother, better-looking skin.
Four to six treatments may be required to show positive effects. Because the collagen response is seen over time, final treatment results are usually seen between 6 and 12 months after the last procedure.
Each appointment starts with a consultation where Michelle and Jennifer will discuss the best treatment options available for you and together, you will decide what treatment plan would be best for you to achieve your desired outcome.