Minimising the appearance of stretch marks
Many people associate stretch marks with pregnancy, however, stretch marks are not only experienced by women who have gone through pregnancy. Women, as well as men, may notice stretch marks on their bodies that may have occurred for a variety of reasons.
A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. They typically appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. Stretch marks are usually a different colour and texture than your normal skin. They may range from purple to bright pink to light grey. Should you run your fingers over these marks, you may feel a slight ridge or indentation on your skin. Sometimes, stretch marks can feel itchy or sore.
These marks can occur in several areas of the body where the most common areas include: the stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.
Treating Stretch Marks with Skin Needling
While many people advocate embracing their stretch marks, it is understandable that for some, they would rather minimise the appearance of theirs. While stretch marks are not a health concern, they are a source of insecurity for some people. There are plenty of solutions for stretch marks, some more effective than others. One of these comes in the form of skin needling.
Skin needling is a minimally invasive procedure that makes use of very fine needles. These needles will penetrate the surface of your skin creating tiny punctures.
The theory behind skin needling is your body’s wonderful ability to heal itself. When these small punctures are made, your body will produce collagen to heal the area which encourages the healing of imperfections in this area. This improves your skin’s health and restores a youthful appearance by making the skin appear fresher and healthier.
Skin needling can also be used as a way to enhance an existing treatment programme as it creates channels that allow various substances such as serums and lotions to penetrate deeper into the skin resulting in better product efficacy.
Skin needling can be used to address a wide variety of skin concerns with stretch marks being in of these. While using skin needling on techniques on stretch marks can most certainly minimise them, don’t expect them to completely vanish after your course of treatment as the skin on its own can only do so much, no matter how much you try to stimulate it.
However, if you follow the pre-and post-procedural instructions of your practitioner, you will find that skin needling is safe and can yield great results with lessening the appearance of your stretch marks.
What to expect
If you have done your research, are sold on the idea of skin needling for your stretch marks and have made the appointment to begin the process, you’re likely wondering what to expect during the appointment.
If you are feeling nervous (this is natural) simply take a deep breath. Our practitioners will do their best to calm any nerves you may be experiencing. Once you are comfortable, the process can begin.
Before we begin, a topical anaesthetic may be used on the area to minimise any discomfort. During your treatment session, a handheld device containing fine needles, usually stainless-steel or ceramic needles, is gently pressed or rolled against the stretch marks to create small areas of trauma that activate the body’s internal healing mechanism. At Skinhance, you can have peace of mind that the process is safe and that all equipment used is sterile.
Certain healing gels/serums may be applied to the area once we have completed the skin needling session and you will be able to resume your usual day to day activities.
With skin needling, you are able to non-surgically address your stretch marks and achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin in these areas. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about this treatment or if you would like to book a session to start you on your journey to more radiant skin.