If you’ve developed stretch marks and these are making you feel self-conscious, you are not alone. Men and women from all around the world, regardless of age, develop them for a number of reasons. Luckily, microneedling stretch marks and other minimally invasive treatments are now widely available. While these do not actually make your stretch marks disappear, they do lighten and smoothen them up to a point where they are hardly ever noticeable.
What are stretch marks? In a nutshell, stretch marks are lines that appear when the skin is stretched beyond its limit. These appear when a tear develops in the collagen fabric of the layers of the skin, specifically the dermis. What bodily changes cause the skin to stretch beyond its limit? The most common, and widely known, reason for developing stretch marks is pregnancy, which means they usually appear across the pregnant woman’s abdominal area. Bodily changes that occur during puberty as well as sudden or excessive weight gain are two other common causes of stretch marks.
Apart from the abdomen, these may also appear on the inner arms and thighs as well as hips, buttocks, and legs.
Stretch marks may fade over time but they don’t actually completely disappear. Cosmetic treatments may help further lighten their appearance.
On that note, here are a few things patients should know about microneedling stretch marks:
1. More than one session is necessary to achieve desired results
First off, stretch marks may appear as red or white lines. Usually, red stretch marks are newly developed while the white ones are older. Regardless of whether they’re old or new, patients generally need more than one session to achieve their desired results.
Since microneedling involves creating tiny punctures on the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, treatment approach will be mild and gentle to avoid harming or damaging the skin. While a derma roller or microneedling pen is safe and minimally invasive, it still does injure the skin so it’s best to not go overboard with each session.
2. Results aren’t permanent
Much like with any other non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, results aren’t long-lasting and permanent. With microneedling stretch marks, you may need to touch-ups every four months, depending on your specific situation. Some patients do not need follow-up treatments for a year. Again, it all depends on each patient’s situation, including their body’s collagen production and unique skin make up.
3. The cost for microneedling stretch marks varies
Several factors affect the actual cost of one microneedling session to treat stretch marks. The size of the treatment area and the specific condition of the stretch marks directly affect the cost. Other factors that may affect treatment cost includes your state or location, how well-established the clinic is, the doctor’s level of expertise as well as their professional experience, and the number of sessions you’ll be needing. Your doctor will also take into consideration your treatment goals. Is this a one-time treatment that you wish only to try or do you want to maintain results through scheduled follow-ups?
The average cost of one microneedling session is around $200 to $700, but again, this depends on your specific skin condition. To know for sure, consult a doctor that specializes in skin treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.
Consult a specialist today. Schedule a consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. George T. Moynihan
Do you wish to discuss your stretch marks and other skin issues with a licensed and experienced doctor? Please feel free to contact Gold Coast Plastic Surgery at (312) 736-7792 to schedule a one-on-one consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. George T. Moynihan. You may also schedule an appointment here for your microneedling consultation in Chicago or Naperville.