A stretch mark is a form of scar that occurs when your skin undergoes rapid stretching or shrinking. This drastic change causes distortion in collagen and elastin fibers that help to support your skin. When these important skin components rupture, stretch marks may develop as your skin heals, leading to the need for a microneedling procedure.
Stretch marks do not occur in everyone. These narrow bands can appear due to fluctuating hormone levels or a family history of the condition. Stretch marks also tend to occur among those undergoing growth spurts during puberty, sudden weight loss or gain, pregnancy, or rapid muscle growth that stretches skin tissue.
Medically known as Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling is a skin rejuvenation technique that helps with a wide range of skin conditions, including lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, and stretch marks.
Microneedling works through the formation of thousands of microscopic channels in the surface layers of skin to trigger the production of new collagen and elastin fibers to replace those damaged by aging or stretch marks.
One of the advantages to undergoing a microneedling treatment is that your results will build naturally over time. We are working with the innate healing abilities of your own body. You should notice some initial improvement in problematic stretch marks within about two months, with additional minimization evident up to about six months after your treatment. To learn more about stretch mark treatment through microneedling, contact us today at the Georgia Center for Female Health!
Unless the stretch marks you experience are extremely light or superficial, you may benefit from multiple treatment sessions. Each successive session will build upon previous sessions’ results. This natural, cumulative effect is one of the hallmarks of the microneedling procedure.
Your microneedling treatment begins with a thorough cleansing and numbing of the skin in the treatment area. We then move a small device coated in tiny, sterile needles over your skin repeatedly. The virtually invisible channels created by the treatment process will trigger a healing cascade that results in the replacement of damaged skin tissue affected by stretch marks with newer, smoother skin.
If you believe that microneedling would help improve the appearance of your stretch marks, or you are seeking more information about this procedure, we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve smoother skin!