Stretch marks are a very common skin problem that can form during or after pregnancy or extreme weight fluctuations. Adolescents who are going through a rapid growth spurt also tend to develop these marks. Although they are a cosmetic concern for most people, stretch marks present no danger and can disappear with the proper treatment.
Stretch marks normally make their presence known as parallel bands or lines appearing on your skin. These bands are typically colored differently than your normal skin and have a different texture. If you touch your stretch marks, you may notice a slight indentation, and they may feel sore or itchy.
Causes of Stretch Marks
The causes can be numerous. The direct cause is stretching of the skin or an increase in something called cortisone, a stress hormone that can cause your skin to lose its elasticity. One of the most common causes of stretch marks is pregnancy, when the skin must make room for the growing baby.
What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling, or collagen induction therapy, is a form of skin rejuvenation involving microscopic channels being made in the surface layers of the skin. This triggers a self-repair process inside of the skin that leads to the renewal of surface skin tissue and the minimization of common skin problems like stretch marks.
We typically begin a micro-needling session by applying a topical numbing solution to your skin to enhance your comfort during your treatment. Then we pass a handheld device over the surface of your skin. The process promotes skin rejuvenation and the repair of problems like stretch marks.
Micro-needling is an extremely safe and effective method for skin rejuvenation. In addition to improving stretch marks, the treatment can be used to minimize the appearance of scars, roughness, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging like lines and wrinkles.
Keep in mind that micro-needling often works better when you have multiple treatment sessions. This is because the cumulative nature of the skin rejuvenation process means that each treatment builds upon the results of previous treatments.
Make an appointment at Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners to get all the facts about how micro-needling can be used to treat stretch marks. Contact us today to book your consultation!