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Microdermabrasion and Stretch Marks


Microdermabrasion is a skin procedure that has long been utilized to promote and rejuvenate the skin. However, it has only been recently promoted as a removal treatment for stretch mark. It serves to remove the outer layer of dry and dead skin cells. It is both non-invasive and non-chemical. The removal of dead skin cells promotes the regeneration of skin cells in the areas that are treated.


The procedure involves the spraying of small crystals like aluminium oxide onto the surface of the skin where there are stretch marks in order to get rid of the outermost layer. Simultaneously, suction is utilized in order to remove dead skin and crystals.


The therapist can change the force of the spray as well as the suction according to the severity of the stretch marks. It could be made stronger for a deeper penetration into the epidermis, the topmost layer of the skin. A new and healthier skin grows in the areas that are treated and scarred tissues are replaced. With successive microdermabrasion sessions, the wrinkles and scars become smaller and smaller.


How Effective is Microdermabrasion?


Microdermabrasion works best on small wrinkles, superficial scars, and fine lines. Results will become visible with each successive treatment. Patients need around 5 to 12 sessions that are 2 to 3 weeks apart. However, to treat severe stretch marks, the number of sessions needed could be more than 12. Each session normally lasts around 30 to 45 minutes but to treating mature stretch marks could last as long as 2 hours.


A lot of people claim that microdermabrasion works in treating stretch marks. It is a procedure that serves to treat only the epidermis. Stretch marks form mainly in the dermis, which is the skin’s middle layer, but also affects the epidermis.


Stretch marks form when elastin and collagen found in the dermis both tear and break down hence they can’t go back to their normal structure. As the dermis heals, scars can form. Like the dermis, the epidermis also overstretches, making it thin and translucent. Microdermabrasion is not designed to treat the scars in the dermis, but it could contribute in improving the appearance of the epidermis that was damaged due to the stretching of the skin.