Our skin is generally flexible and elastic. It grows and sometimes decreases in surface area depending on the changes our bodies are currently undergoing. There comes a time however, usually when the changes happen too fast for the skin to adapt successfully, when the skin can no longer accommodate the changes happening in our bodies.
When we gain weight too fast the fibers on our dermal layers stretch and thin out and may eventually break causing stretch marks. Another cause of stretch marks is a decline in the activity of the cells that produce collagen and elastin, proteins that make up most of the structural integrity of the dermis. The most common cause of this is an increased concentration of corticosteroids in the body.
There are a number of options available for stretch mark treatment. The most common being the following:
- Stretch mark creams and lotions
- Laser treatment
- Cosmetic surgery
For the purpose of this article we will mostly be focusing on microdermabrasion and it effectiveness as a stretch mark removal procedure.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive way to renew and rejuvenate the skin. It is a milder and less irritating version of dermbrasion. Microdermabrasion has no downtime and the skin remains a little pink and sensitive for a maximum of 24 hours.
Kinds of Microdermabrasion
There are generally two kinds of microdermabrasion. One uses a handheld device while the other one uses a diamond encrusted tip.
One kind of microdermabrasion uses a handheld machine that streams tiny crystals along your skin to remove dead superficial skin cells. While blasting the crystals onto the skin it is also simultaneously sucking up the crystals and the dislodge dead skin cells with a built in vacuum.
Another kind of microdermabrasion treatment uses a wand with a diamond encrusted tip. The tip of the wand is used to exfoliate the skin gently while a built in vacuum sucks in the dead skin cells. During the procedure you may feel a slight sucking on your skin and a vibrating motion akin to a massage.
Its General Benefits
Microdermabrasion is as convenient as dermatological treatments come. The procedure lasts no more than an hour, usually lasting for only 30-45 minutes. It causes no unsightly marks or burns that need to be shed off for weeks before you feel human again. This treatment is generally used to treat the following things:
- Mild skin discoloration
- Light scarring
- Uneven skin tone
- Skin roughness
Its Benefits for Stretch Marks
- Microdermabrasion is a relatively mild treatment and its benefits are limited to the most superficial layers of the skin. Despite that, the procedure can still benefit the skin in some ways. Let’s discuss how.
- The massage like action of the procedure encourages collagen production and renewal. Having potentially beneficial long-term effects on your stretch marks.
- A defining trait of stretch marks is that it makes the skin look uneven. Microdermabrasion serves as a gentle medium through which we can even out the skin. This won’t completely remove any stretch marks but it can at least lighten them and make them less obvious.
- Constant skin renewal through regular sessions can help encourage scar and wound healing.
- Microdermabrasion does not use chemicals and is safe.
- The treatments are affordable.
Possible Side Effects
Microdermabrasion doesn’t have many known side effects but should there be one it would be skin discoloration because of sun exposure after treatment. That is why it is highly recommended to stay indoors for 24-48 hours after the treatment or apply sunscreen if you really need to be out. If you stick to that one rule while also making sure that your went to a reputable place, you won’t have any problems with this procedure.