On average, 80% of people have stretch marks. They’re often developed during specific life events such as pregnancy or puberty, and can range from delicate, thin lines to thick red marks. While not harmful, many people dislike stretch marks, which is why we offer treatments to improve their appearance at Transform.
If you’re considering how to get rid of stretch marks you may be interested in our Microneedling treatment. Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, it is a minimally invasive treatment that can drastically reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The treatment works by enhancing the skin tone and texture and helps to reduce the appearance of scarring, making it especially effective in stretch mark removal.
Keep on reading to find out more and whether a Microneedling treatment is right for you.
Stretch marks often appear as red or purple lines that usually fade to a white colour over time. They generally occur anywhere that the skin has been stretched, which is most commonly the areas of the body that fat is stored such as the stomach, breasts, upper arms, buttocks, thighs and shoulders.
The most common cause of stretch marks is pregnancy. During pregnancy, hormones are produced to soften the ligaments in your pelvis, preparing it and making it more flexible for the birth of your baby. However, these hormones also soften the fibres of your skin, making stretch marks more likely to develop.
Puberty is also one of the main causes of stretch marks, as sudden growth spurts quickly stretch the skin. In men, they’re more common on the shoulders and back, whereas in women, they’re more common on the hips, thighs and breasts. Additionally, rapid or fluctuating weight gain is another common cause.
You’re much more likely to develop stretch marks if you’re a woman, which is due to hormone fluctuations. There’s also evidence that stretch marks may be hereditary, as it’s more likely that you’ll get them if members of your family have experienced them. Furthermore, if you’re using corticosteroid medications such as systemic corticosteroids (which are strong anti-inflammatories used to treat arthritis, asthma and bronchitis), you may be more prone as they reduce your skin’s ability to stretch.
Where some stretch marks disappear over time, some don’t disappear completely and you can be left with marked skin. Each year, hundreds of customers contact us for information on how to get rid of stretch marks and possible stretch mark removal methods.
When it comes to stretch mark removal, there’s a wealth of creams and oils that boast that they’ll rapidly make the marks disappear, or aid in the process. However, if you’re looking for a quicker, more effective solution then Microneedling might be for you.
Our Microneedling treatment is non-surgical and ideal for getting rid of stretch marks. The process enhances skin tone and texture, while also reducing the appearance of scarring by creating multiple tiny holes in the skin using small needles. This technique triggers the stimulation of collagen and elastin production as the skin repairs itself. It also improves the absorption of products that rejuvenate and repair the skin tissue, helping skin return to its former smooth state.
The small holes are made by our m.pen [pro] technology, a wireless tool that has various speeds and depths. These holes also help your skin to absorb products following the treatment by creating channels that allow them to penetrate deep into your skin, meaning that your skin will remain more supple and smooth. The process is only effective for those that have superficial scarring, so if your stretch marks run really deep you may need to consider alternative methods.
When choosing Transform as the provider for your stretch mark removal, you’ll receive care from professional aestheticians that are qualified to give you the best Microneedling treatment. As the UK’s most trusted cosmetic surgery providers, we always use the highest quality FDA-approved products, so you can rest assured that your treatment will give you the best possible results.
After your free consultation, you’ll book in for your Microneedling treatment. For the first step in this process, your aesthetician will cleanse the area, and then perform the Microneedling technique using the m.pen [pro] tool and a solution specifically chosen for your skin treatment. The Microneedling process is then repeated again, but in varying directions to make sure that the entire area is covered. After, a mask is applied to soothe and repair the skin.
There could be possible side effects for up to 72 hours after your stretch mark removal, including possible redness, tenderness and flaking, but these will subside after a short while. Afterwards, we recommend using SPF as your skin will be sensitive, and you also should avoid using sunbeds, waxing or going swimming.
For a successful stretch mark removal treatment, a course of treatments is usually required. Your highly qualified aesthetician will be able to provide you with a personalised treatment plan to ensure that you achieve the results you desire.
If you have any further questions about Microneedling or stretch mark treatments, get in touch today.
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