Treatment Option: Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks

Microdermabrasion is a treatment option for those suffering from stretch marks. Stretch marks are caused by hormonal changes in the skin due to muscle or weight gain. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses a crystal-like material that is ejected out of a small pen-like device. The crystal-like material then removes any impurities on the skin.

The Process of Microdermabrasion

When you arrive for your microdermabrasion appointment, the skin will be washed and sterilized. Then the skin is sprayed with the rough material by the use of a small instrument similar to a pen. This will remove any of the impurities that are on the skin. After the skin has been sprayed, it is wiped clean, and a toner is applied to the skin. This procedure usually takes around only 30 minutes. For the best results, microdermabrasion needs to be repeated every week or two for about six treatments. You will not usually see any results after just one treatment.

Does Microdermabrasion Work for Removing Stretch Marks?

Microdermabrasion does not totally remove all of the stretch marks. It can help reduce the appearance of them. Microdermabrasion works to remove the dead skin cell and any impurities on the outer layers of the skin. Stretch marks go deeper into the layers of skin, so it can help but will not remove all of them. If your stretch marks are light in color and do not appear deep in the skin, microdermabrasion can probably help improve the appearance of your skin. This also depends on the location of the stretch marks.

What to Expect after Microdermabrasion

If you decide to have the microdermabrasion procedure to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, your skin will feel as if it has a mild to moderate sunburn. Your skin may feel tender for just a day or so. After the procedure, you should avoid tanning beds and direct sun exposure to the area treated for at least 5 to 7 days. You should also apply a moisturizer to the skin daily, and if you do go out in the sun, a good sunscreen should also be used. It is also a must to stay away from exfoliants or loofah sponges for about a week. The skin's outer layer has been removed, so avoiding these products is a good idea to prevent any damage from developing on the new skin cells. There is really no down time with this procedure, and you should be able to return to your daily activities after having it done.

Almost everyone develops stretch marks at one time or another. They are especially common for pregnant women to develop. If you want to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks for an affordable price, microdermabrasion is a procedure that you may want to try. It is important to remember that this may not totally remove the stretch marks. Talk to your doctor to see if this is a good option for you.