Word is out that microdermabrasion (i.e. diamond peels) are effective at stretch mark removal. This article will discuss some facts about stretch marks and how microdermabrasion fares at stretch mark removal.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are marks left behind by tiny tears on the dermal layer of the skin. Dermatologically known as Striae these marks are formed when the skin is stretched too far too fast. Stretch marks generally occur in two colors: red (Striae rubra) and white/silvery (striae alba).
Striae are formed by any of the following ways:
Rapid skin expansion either by weight gain, growth spurt or pregnancy can cause the skin to stretch too much and cause the structural integrity of the dermal layer to be compromised.
In the case of pregnant women the hormones in your body act to loosen cartilages and ligaments in the body. This holds especially true for the ligaments in our pelvic area because the area needs to be opened up to allow passage of your baby. Unfortunately the same hormones that make your ligaments more stretchable also make your dermis more prone to tearing.
Who Gets Them?
Stretch marks are a common problem especially among women. Somehow our tendency to have higher body fat makes us predisposed to getting these marks. If you have noticed stretch marks are most common in the areas of our bodies with the most amount of fat.
Despite women being the majority of those who get stretch marks men can get them too, especially if they engage in body building.
Almost half of teenagers or kids going through puberty will get stretch marks. Research has shown that up to 45% of teenagers, regardless of gender, will develop stretch marks during these puberty years.
A very rare percentage of those who get stretch marks get them because of either Cushing Syndrome of Marfan Syndrome. In the case of Cushing Syndrome deep and dark stretch marks are caused by an abnormally high level of cortisol in the body.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a milder and less irritating version of dermabrasion. Although more superficial than most peels and treatments, microdermabrasion succeeds at providing rejuvenated skin after a short 45 minute session and 24 hours of healing time.
There are two types of microdermabrasion. One uses a wand with a diamond encrusted tip that scratches the dead skin off while getting suctioned in by a small built in vacuum. Another type of microdermabrasion uses repeated gentle sprays of crystals, or some other kind of exfoliant, on the skin while simultaneously vacuuming both the dead skin and the crystals.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion has a lot of benefits and advantages. For one it provides an affordable way to get soft rejuvenated skin. It also provides a more convenient means of achieving the skin you’ve always wanted. With sessions that last no longer than an hour and a healing time of 24 hours this is one of the easiest to manage beauty treatments. Skin problems that can benefit from microdermabrasion include:
- Rough skin
- Acne scars
- Dark spots
- Light scarring
- Uneven skin tone
How Effective is Microdermabrasion Against Stretch Marks?
Unfortunately microdermabrasion is not that effective against stretch marks. We have to remember that stretch marks occur on deeper layers of the skin and while microdermabrasion is effective against superficial skin imperfections it does not seem to do much for deeper seated skin problems. What it can do though is even out the texture and appearance of the stretch marks enough that they don’t seem too visible.
Microdermabrasion is also a great supplementary treatment to other more intense clinical treatments for stretch marks.