Stretch marks are scars that develop due to the skin stretching and shrinking too quickly. The collagen and elastin proteins, which typically support the skin and prevent stretch marks, rupture when stretched too quickly. Stretching and shrinking of the skin are most often caused by pregnancy, rapid weight loss or gain, rapid muscle growth, and growth spurts in children and teens. However, not everyone develops them.
While stretch marks pose no health risks, some may want to address them. Many try gels, creams, and lotions with limited results, if any.
If you have tried other treatments for stretch with little to no results, microneedling may be the solution. Learn more about how microneedling from Dr. Alfonse Barrera could help you treat your stretch marks.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment that utilizes the body’s wound-healing response to produce new skin cells and increase collagen and elastin production.
First, a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the skin and prevent discomfort. Then, using a SkinPen, tiny needles are moved across the targeted area, creating minuscule penetrations in the skin.
The small puncture wounds begin to heal almost immediately. Your body’s healing response will create new skin cells, replacing the ones that were damaged by stretch marks and scarring. Furthermore, the production of collagen and elastin will ensure the skin is healthy and vibrant.
When Will You See the Results?
It may take about four to six weeks for your skin to heal and collagen to fully develop to see your results.
After your first microneedling treatment, you may notice your stretch marks are less noticeable but not fully gone. It can take three or more treatments to experience the full effects of microneedling. It’s best to speak with your doctor about your goals so that they can develop a treatment plan specifically for you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are struggling with a lack of confidence due to stretch marks, consider microneedling in Houston, TX. As an experienced and certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alfonso Barrera can work with you one-on-one to discuss your goals and develop a treatment plan. Schedule a consultation today at (713) 468-5200 to get started.