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Microdermabrasion-A Treatment for Stretch Marks

Microdermabrasion has long been used to give people newly refreshed, younger looking skin.  Recently though, it has been getting a great deal of attention from its use in treating stretch marks.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-chemical method of removing the outer layer of dry dead skin cells.  The removal of these outermost cells encourages new skin growth in the areas treated.  During the procedure, small crystals such as aluminum oxide, are sprayed onto the skin's surface to remove the outermost layer.  At the same time, suction is used to remove the dead skin and crystals away from the skin.

The force of the spray and the suction can be varied with a stronger spray giving a deeper penetration of the skin's topmost layer.  New, healthy skin grows in the treated areas thus replacing scarred tissue with new skin tissue.  Scarring and wrinkles get smaller and smaller with successive microdermabrasion treatments.

Microdermabrasion works extremely well for fine line, small wrinkles, and superficial scars.  To see results, most people need between 5 and 12 treatments that are spaced 2-3 weeks apart.  The number of treatments could be much greater than 12 to treat a large number of stretch marks.  Treatment sessions normally last 30 to 45 minutes but sessions to treat stretch marks could last up to 2 hours.

Does microdermabrasion get rid of stretch marks?

Many people have reported great success with treating stretch marks using microdermabrasion.  Microdermabrasion was designed to treat areas of the epidermis, the top layer of your skin, only. Stretch mark damage occurs mainly in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis, but the epidermis is also affected.  During stretch mark formation, the collagen and elastin in the dermis break down and can't return to their normal structure, thus leaving the stretch mark scar.  The epidermis also stretches during the formation of stretch marks.  It becomes more translucent and thin.  While microdermabrasin was not designed to treat stretch marks in the dermis, it could very well have positive effects on healing the epidermal damage caused from stretch marks.

What does all of this mean to you?  It means you could tremendously reduce the appearance of your stretch marks by undergoing many microdermabrasion treatments.  As of now, there is no evidence to support the complete disappearance of stretch marks from using microdermabrasion.  The evidence presented recently supports a great reduction in the overall appearance of stretch marks, especially newly formed red or purple ones.  Microdermabrasion encourages new skin growth in the areas treated which leads to healthier, thicker skin. 

If you are looking for a way to fade you stretch marks to a point where they are barely noticeable, then talk with your dermatologist about how microdermabrasion could benefit you.

References:

1. http://www.emedicine.com/ent/topic739.htm

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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