Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks - Is it an Effective Solution?
Can this procedure remove stretch marks from your skin? In a word, NO!
It's true that it can magically erase dozens of skin problems and imperfections. So, it would make sense that it should be beneficial for stretch marks as well, right? Not necessarily do microdermabrasion benefits extend to stretch marks...
While it is effective for treating cosmetic issues on many parts of the body, its results are limited to the top layer of the skin only. What Are Stretch Marks And What Causes Them?
Stretch marks, also known as Striae, are linear streaks that appear on various parts of the body including the arms, thighs, abdomen, hips, and chest. At first, they may be quite red or pink, but over time, they usually fade to a paler shade, sometimes even becoming white or silver.
Rapid changes in body size from pregnancy, weight gain, body building, breast feeding, or growth spurts (usually during puberty) may cause the skin in certain areas to become overstretched. This stretching can often tear or harm the dermis layer of the skin, leaving visible scars that are discolored and rippled. While there are many products that claim to fix stretch marks, if you want to see significant improvement, it is typically necessary to choose a treatment that can help repair the deeper tissue.
Treatment for Stretch Marks
Due to the nature of the process, microdermabrasion really isn't a viable solution for stretch marks. It is an excellent and highly recommended treatment for topical issues, but stretch marks are sub-dermal scars. This means that they actually extend below the top layer of the skin.
Some over-the-counter creams claim to work by soaking deep into the skin to minimise the appearance of stretch marks. Although some people may experience positive results, they are usually limited. The safest and most successful treatment for stretch marks is laser therapy.
CoLaz is one of London's top names in laser beauty treatments from hair removal to elimination of acne, scars, and even cellulite. But, what you probably didn't know is, that laser therapy can be very effective at reducing the appearance of stretch marks as well.
The CoLaz Solution
Stretch marks are usually treated using a machine called a Fraxel Laser. Similar to microdermbrasion, fractional laser resurfacing increases collagen production, but it works at a much deeper level so it can help fade sub-dermal scarring from stretched skin. The laser energy focuses on the damaged area to remove affected tissue and encourage your body to replace this scarring with healthy tissue. This process is very safe, with minimal risk and little pain.
Using microdermabrasion for stretch marks will not likely give you the results you are looking for. While this treatment is great for conditions that affect the epidermis only, fractional resurfacing – or laser therapy – is a much better option for reducing the appearance of your stretch marks.
Both of these treatments are available at CoLaz. For either of these, you can book a free consultation.