Stretch marks are unfortunately a normal bodily phenomenon in our household. My sister who has three successful pregnancies and my son who is currently in his post puberty have both experienced and endured this unsightly skin condition.
Their journey to lessening them isn’t easy since there is no curative treatment that is developed yet. But as far as alleviating the appearance of their stretch marks, there is one skin rejuvenation procedure that they are a fan of — the microdermabrasion. This article will serve as your quick guide on how does microdermabrasion get rid of stretch marks.
Also, we’ll briefly cover on what stretch marks are and the definition of the groundbreaking, minimally invasive procedure that is now catapulting the consumers from the cosmetic industry. At the end of this discussion, let’s hope that you’ll be convinced as my sister and son in jumping in the same treatment.
What are stretch marks and their causes?
Stretch marks are the linear, thinned skin section that can be spotted mostly on your breasts, abdomen, hips and thighs. These are largely common in both men and women who are already past puberty.
These are also heavily brought about by pregnancy, which is the most common cause of stretch marks. At times, these marks are present on certain diseases such as the Cushing syndrome and can be attributed to rapid hormonal changes.
Meanwhile, stretch marks may be associated to an increased cortisol that is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is also connected to secretion and an elevated body mass.
For people who experience obesity, it is believed that the skin’s stretching during weight gain can cause the scars. The same goes for men and women who lift a lot, which in turn, can result to a rapid increase of muscle mass.
Stretch marks’ characteristics
As there are no apparent signs and symptoms for stretch marks, looking at their visible appearance and characteristics are your surefire way to determine whether you’re already harboring one or not.
The characteristics of stretch marks initially appear as raised pink to purple lines that are arranged longitudinally right above your abdomen, upper breasts and for some, upper thighs and inner arms. Over time, these pinkish or purplish lines would normally lighten and show some silvery lines on your skin, typically akin to a normal scar.
For people with dark complexion, stretch marks appear as dark-brown lines. Now, when these marks start to form and stay there for a longer period of time, they become permanent.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Essentially, microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that involves an instrument that gently sands your skin (epidermis) while it removes its thicker and uneven outer layer. This type of regimen is mostly applied on to alleviate light scarring, discoloration along with sun damage and stretch marks.
Apart from lessening the appearance of stretch marks, microdermabrasion is also proven to improve age spots and blackheads. In addition, it can improve hyperpigmentation and help in exfoliating your skin that usually results to a reinvigorated appearance.
For people with wrinkles and fine lines, the procedure is likewise known to relieve them. Watch this video to see how microdermabrasion is applied.
Does microdermabrasion really remove stretch marks?
Stretch marks are line streaks that develop on the second layer of your skin (dermis) as an effect of the damages that are caused to collagen and elastin fibers. These aid your skin to bounce back to its original state after months of being subjected to stretching due to pregnancy or other physical changes. Moreover, collagen and elastin fibers should be able to hydrate your skin during the procedure.
With this, microdermabrasion should only provide limited effects in lessening the intensity of your stretch marks since this procedure is interacting with your skin’s epidermis. On the other hand, if you’re wanting to see a more improved result on this procedure, I’d highly recommend that you undergo it every now and then.
How does microdermabrasion get rid of stretch marks?
A multitude of ways have already been revealed as to how microdermabrasion is lessening the sight of your stretch marks. Here are some of these:
#1. It exfoliates the outermost layer of your skin.
As the procedure is technically applied on the dermis of your skin, the visibility of your stretch marks are expected to be reduced.
#2. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers.
Microdermabrasion effectively activates the collagen and elastin fibers on your skin. These two are critical in skin renewal. Collagen provides that much-needed strength on our skin while elastin fibers allows its flexibility and ability to stretch and endure rigorous activities.
#3. Highlights the effectiveness of your other cosmetic products.
Some beauty products may not give you their best results that quickly as they can’t penetrate deeply enough into the layers of skin. Some would take months and worse, the promised improvements are not that visible.
With microdermabrasion, the products that you often use are proven to become more effective as the procedure will enable these to infiltrate the deeper layers of your skin. If your products contain Vitamin C, retinol and GHK-cu, it’s about time that you see your doctor again for another session!
#4. It allows enhanced circulation and lymph flow.
An improved circulation and lymph flow are both vital in determining how your skin would look like. Microdermabrasion is effective in beefing up these two internal factors during the procedure. As such, talking to your doctor as to how these two are functioning at the moment is crucial in removing your stretch marks more effectively.
#5. It highlights your skin’s natural tone, texture and color.
For best results, it’s advised that you couple your microdermabrasion procedure with chemical peels like the “glycolic acid peel”. These procedure when combined can remove your stretch marks more aggressively if not lighten them significantly. As an effect, your skin tone should become much finer.
Microdermabrasion is an effective procedure in lessening and smoothening the severity of your stretch marks. As its results are rather individualized, it is crucial that you already know the type of your skin before you engage in that procedure. If your skin should respond well, then all of these effects will be visible in no time.
Ultimately, it is always best to consult all of your plans with your dermatologist first as he or she could determine whether or not microdermabrasion is the solution to getting rid of your stretch marks.
Whenever you have more tips and experiences to share regarding the microdermabrasion procedure, please feel free to sound them on the comment section below.