Stretch marks are a common phenomenon among pregnant ladies, those who lose weight rapidly, or overweight. There are few ways to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. They are:
- Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet
- Hydrate your skin at least twice a day with a moisturizer
- Apply a cream or oil that can prevent stretch marks
If you still have stretch marks after giving birth, do not worry as a treatment for stretch marks like fractional CO2 laser therapy, derma rolling, and carboxytherapy may help. Dermarolling is an aesthetic procedure using a tool known as a derma roller. Dermarolling creates multiple small pathways within the skin. The multiple small pathways within the skin will ensure better penetration by skin products. Better penetration will yield better results. Effective treatment will be able to achieve via this procedure. Dermaroller is a mini wheel with many tiny needles on it to prick the skin that minimizes the pain.
The size of the needles varies. Dermarolling can also stimulate collagen synthesis. Collagen is an important element in skin regeneration and repair. Other names for derma rolling are Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or micro-needling. As the skin produces more collagen following derma rolling, scars due to acne, stretch marks, skin laxity, and wrinkles will be reduced slowly. Dermarolling is also used in hair restoration and it is a success.
Dermarolling also stimulates elastin production which is also another element needed for skin regeneration and repair. Elastin and collagen production will result in good and youthful skin production. You will look younger and your skin will be flawless.
The fractional CO2 laser is highly effective in removing stretch marks. As the name suggests, fractional CO2 laser uses CO2 lasers to penetrate deep into the skin to promote healing of the skin and at the same time not causing damage to the upper layer of the skin called the epidermis. A fractional laser produces microbeams that generate thousands of small columns that penetrate the outer layer of the skin or epidermis and the deeper layer known as the dermis. These columns of heat damages the internal layers of skin and this triggers the healthy skin surrounding the columns to start the repair process by the body’s healing mechanism.
The skin will heal from the bottom and replaces the damaged skin on top. This results in an improved complexion. The result is a more even-textured and tighter looking skin. This is different from ablative lasers that damage the epidermis to induce healing.
Although there are treatments for stretch marks, we advise you to try your best to prevent it from happening or at least reduce it. Prevention is always better than cure and beauty is a gift to every woman. Take care of it and stay beautiful for the rest of your life.
Another treatment for stretch marks is carboxytherapy. It is a mesotherapy in which CO2 gas is used to warm up the body. The gas is injected under the skin. This will result in detachment of the connective tissues under the skin. As a result, blood circulation will be better and promotes faster skin healing.