microdermabrasion treatment systems

Microdermabrasion & stretch marks: Causes

Stretch marks are a cause of distress for millions of people around the world. Although stretch marks are most commonly associated with pregnant women, they are not the only sufferers. Body builders and even teenagers experiencing a big growth spurt commonly develop stretch marks. This is because the primary cause of stretch marks is when the body grows too fast for the skin to keep up. Because the skin has to cover an increasingly large surface area due to the growth in the body, more often than not it tends to rupture.

The natural response of the body in this case is for it to send excessive amounts of collagen to the area where the skin is ruptured. The collagen plays an important part in closing up the gap created by the rupture. However, once it’s healed, very often the collagen is unable to assimilate itself completely into the surrounding skin areas. What we are looking at when we see stretch marks are those places where the collagen hasn’t been able to blend in to the surrounding skin, leaving a mark that is different in colour to the natural skin tone.

Microdermabrasion and eradicating stretch marks

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Although microdermabrasion is an effective stretch mark treatment, it is not entirely effective at eliminating stretch marks 100%. It is more common to talk about microdermabrasion as a stretch mark treatment in terms or reduction. This shouldn’t be interpreted as a limitation of microdermabrasion for treating stretch marks, because in actual fact it is very rare to completely get rid of stretch marks regardless of what treatment you decide to try.

This is because the nature of stretch marks is that they occur at the dermis layer of the skin. The skin is made up of several layers, and the dermis is the middle layer. This makes it difficult for microdermabrasion, or any other treatment that is applied at the surface of the skin, to have great effects on the dermis layer of skin.

Microdermabrasion and different types of stretch marks

There are several different types of stretch marks and the success of microdermabrasion and other treatments in reducing stretch marks, depends very much on the type of stretch mark, and more specifically the age of the stretch mark. The easiest way to differentiate stretch marks is by their colour: Red, brown or purple stretch marks are usually new and easier to treat. If a stretch mark is left untreated for an extended period of time it tends to turn white, in which case these are difficult to get rid of. With this in mind, it’s always a good ide to start treating your stretch marks as soon as you notice them. Do not wait for them to go away naturally as they won’t.

Benefits of microdermabrasion stretch marks treatment

There is not one single best treatment for dealing with stretch marks, but rather you have to decide if microdermabrasion is suitable for you based on your individual circumstances. There are a variety of factors to consider, from the extent of your stretch marks to the size of your budget, before you decide if microdermabrasion is the best treatment for your stretch marks. There are a few definite and obvious advantages using microdermabrasion treatment for your stretch marks: microdermabrasion_stretch_mark

  • No downtime
  • No side effects
  • No pain
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • effective against white stretch marks

Microdermabrasion is the preferred stretch mark treatment of choice for many because it is more powerful than stretch mark creams, but not as invasive as full on surgery. Once the microdermabrasion treatment has been completed you are free to carry on with your normal daily activities. There is no need for an anaesthetic with microdermabrasion because the treatment is practically painless.

Some stretch mark treatments on the market are chemically based, such as creams and rely on specific chemicals to get rid of the stretch marks. While some of these can be effective, whenever you are dealing with chemicals there’s always a possibility of your body having an adverse reaction to that particular chemical. This could mean anything from slight itching to a severe red rash. While this isn’t normally the case, it’s still a risk. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, doesn’t rely on any chemical reaction and there is nothing in the treatment that you could be allergic to. The only chemical used in microdermabrasion is Aluminium oxide which is what the microdermabrasion crystals are made of. These do not react with the skin chemically at all.

Limitations of microdermabrasion stretch marks treatment

Microdermabrasion really has very few drawbacks as a stretch mark treatment, because overall it is effective and safe. Some critics point out that microdermabrasion has limited effect on stretch marks, because it works only on the top layer of skin, whereas stretch marks are located in the deeper dermis layer. This does make scientific sense, however so many patients have attested to the fact that microdermabrasion has worked on their stretch marks that this cant be true.

Best microdermabrasion stretch mark treatment

There are several major treatments available for stretch marks on the market today. These include:

  • Lasers
  • creams
  • endermology
  • massage
  • microdermabrasion

Choosing the right stretch mark treatment for you will depend on the severity and extent of your stretch marks, as well as your expected results, your patience to persevere and your budget. It is important to remember, however, that you don’t have to stick to only one treatment. In fact, some of the best results for eradicating stretch marks have come from using a combination of microdermabrasion and stretch mark creams.

Microdermabrasion is most effective at reducing stretch marks when used in combination with a good stretch mark cream or lotion. Stretch mark creams contain the necessary ingredients to stimulate the skin to heal itself and bring the dermal layer back to its natural state. The problem is however, that the creams are unable to penetrate to the dermal layer in the first place, which renders most of its healing potential useless. Microdermabrasion, however, works specifically by removing the very top layer of skin. This top layer contains corneocytes, which are the cells that make the dermis layer of skin inaccessible. By using microdermabrasion before applying a stretch mark cream, you are giving the cream a much better chance of accessing the dermal layer of skin where it can be effective.

Microdermabrasion & stretch mark creams

Stretch mark creams are the cheapest and most readily available treatments for stretch marks. While there are literally dozens of stretch mark creams available for over the counter purchase, it’s important to remember that not all of them work. Before you decide which stretch mark cream to buy you should do some research as to which ones are known to be most effective. There are a couple of ingredients that usually indicate a good stretch mark cream:

  1. Creams that contain tretinoin or Retin-A claim to penetrate pas the surface levels of the skin into the dermis where they can be effective at stimulating new growth.
  2. Alpha Hydroxil Acid (AHA) are also claimed to be effective because they burn off the outer layer of the skin, enabling them to reach the dermis layer where the stretch marks are.

However, these creams are designed to be used on their own. If you are considering using microdermabrasion in conjunction with a cream, then choosing a stretch mark cream that has one of the above ingredients may not be a good idea. This is because the active ingredients above essentially do the same job as microdermabrasion. While this isn’t necessarily always a problem you may be increasing the likelihood of too much skin damage to the outer layer. This could result in increased soreness or red marks.

Microdermabrasion, stretch mark creams & collagen

Stretch mark creams work mainly by promoting more collagen in the affected area. Collagen is basically the stuff that skin is made up of. There are two different types of stretch mark creams available:

  1. Collagen heavy creams
  2. Collagen inducing creams

Collagen heavy creams already have a lot of collagen in them and the idea is that by getting it to the dermal layer this will help to heal the stretch marks.

Collagen inducing creams, on the other hand, don’t contain much collagen in them; however, they stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. While it’s difficult to make an absolute statement about which is better, it’s generally believed that the collagen inducing creams are more effective at combating stretch marks.

Microdermabrasion, stretch marks & age

Time and age are of the essence when treating stretch marks. This is because as we get older, the rate at which our body reproduces new cells slows down quite considerably. This process, known as skin remodelling, is a major reason for stretch marks persisting as we get older. Healthy skin remodelling relies on the production of two key elements in the skin:

  1. Collagen: the basic building block of the skin
  2. Elastin: This makes the skin able to stretch and keep its structure

As we get older our body produces less of these two elements, which slows down the rate at which our skin can mend itself. Microdermabrasion encourages the skin remodelling process to be speeded up on the affected area by exfoliating the top layer of skin. If this is done repetitively the skin will start to remodel quicker which leads to better looking skin and reduced visibility of stretch marks.

Home kit microdermabrasion for stretch marks

It’s difficulat to say with complete certainty how long it will take for microdermabrasion treatment to get rid of your stretch marks. If you are using a microdermabrasion home kit, then assuming you apply the microdermabrasion treatment to your stretch marks every 2-3 days, you should begin to see improvements in newer stretch marks at about 2-3 months. After 6 months you should see improvement in older stretch marks.

Professional microdermabrasion treatment for stretch marks

Proffesional microdermabrasion treatments at a spa or dermatologist usually last about 30 minutes. In total you’ll probably need up to 12 treatments with about 2 weeks in between each treatment. This works out at 6 months after which point you should see real improvements in your stretch marks.