Men and women of all ages experience skin changes that create stretch marks. Weight fluctuations, puberty, growth spurts, and fast muscle-building can all cause them to appear. Microneedling makes skin look healthier and can minimize or eliminate stretch marks.
Dermatologist Douglass Forsha, MD, at Jordan Valley Dermatology Center in South Jordan, Utah, uses the Eclipse MicroPen® system to boost your body’s ability to produce collagen, improving its appearance. Microneedling is an innovative procedure that revitalizes your skin and is well suited for treating embarrassing stretch marks.
How do stretch marks form?
Stretch marks are scars that develop when your skin shrinks or stretches quickly. The abrupt change causes elastin and collagen proteins to rupture, leaving the skin no longer sufficiently elastic. As your skin heals, stretch marks appear.
Most pregnant women experience sudden weight fluctuations and stretch marks. Overstretching the skin also occurs with rapid muscle mass build-up through strength training. Many adolescents also develop stretch marks during growth spurts.
Stretch marks often appear on the buttocks, stomach, arms, and thighs.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive therapy Dr. Forsha uses to treat wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. It can also eliminate or reduce the appearance of:
- Rough skin
- Fine lines
- Acne scars and other small scars
- Large pores
Our team treats the top layer of your skin (epidermis) using the Eclipse MicroPen. This microneedling pen is fitted with fine needles that cause mini injuries intended to stimulate the skin to form new collagen and elastin.
We use this collagen induction therapy on the face and body to stimulate cell division and release growth hormones. Microneedling strengthens your skin against future stretch marks or scarring. New collagen fibers form and make the skin appear firmer and younger.
How many microneedling treatments do I need?
Many people require repeated treatments with microneedling. As your skin experiences more age-related or stretch-mark damage, regular microneedling treatments at Jordan Valley Dermatology Center can help to continuously improve it.
Dr. Forsha typically advises limiting your microneedling treatments to one per month.
We offer enhanced microneedling therapies using platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a product created from your own blood.
PRP contains platelets and plasma, two components of your blood that support the process of healing and rejuvenation. PRP also contains essential proteins like cytokines and growth factors that accelerate the healing activity that microneedling starts.
If you want to combine PRP with your microneedling treatment for optimal results, we take a sample of your blood and process it using a centrifuge in our office. Once we have the PRP, we apply it to your treatment area.
Call Jordan Valley Dermatology Center or send us a secure message today to learn more about the advantages and outcomes of microneedling.