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How are Stretch Marks Removed? Process, Pain & Costs
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Although an everyday occurrence for millions of women (and men), stretch marks are something most people wish they could get rid of. The good news is there are treatments available at your local skin spa to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks!
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are scarring that occurs on the body after your expands and contracts (stretches and shrinks) quickly. Because the change happens faster than it might with traditional weight or muscle gain, the collagen and elastin responsible for supporting the skin ruptures and tears. As these tears begin to heal, stretch marks appear.
Stretch marks are pretty common in women post-pregnancy due to how the skin around the abdomen changes to accommodate pregnancy weight.
How are Stretch Marks removed?
Stretch marks are scars meaning they are permanent; however, several treatment options exist to make them less noticeable. In addition to topical treatments, exfoliation, and microdermabrasion, treatments like laser therapy and microneedling can reduce the visibility of both old and new stretch marks.
Microneedling procedures target the dermis, which is the middle layer of your skin. The dermis is where stretch marks form. During a microneedling procedure, tiny needles are used to lightly damage the skin, triggering collagen production.
The increase in collagen and elastin helps promote skin regeneration and healing, thereby reducing the visibility of stretch marks. Effectively treating stretch marks with microneedling will require multiple sessions spaced out over several months.
Can a laser remove stretch marks?
Laser therapy is another option for stretch mark removal. Laser treatments use a laser to penetrate the skin, promoting regeneration and stimulating the skin surrounding your stretch marks to heal faster as well. Although laser therapy is an effective option, microneedling with SkinPen is a better option for many seeking to remove or reduce the visibility of their stretch marks.
Does Stretch Mark Removal Hurt?
Removing stretch marks through microneedling involves minimally invasive techniques. The tool used during treatment penetrates only the outermost layer of skin, significantly minimizing the risk of potential discomfort.
Most people who have microneedling performed, whether for stretch mark removal or other reasons, report little to no discomfort during the procedure. Most of our clients at Clique Salon and Med Spa say the most common sensation is a "warm" feeling. Additionally, the use of topical anesthetics to numb the treatment area further reduces any potential discomfort.
Microneedling or collagen induction therapy treatments are designed to offer the most significant benefit with the least amount of interruption to your day-to-day routine. You can resume your regular routine immediately after your procedure. You may notice mild redness or skin irritation for a few days after your procedure but should not experience notable discomfort while your skin heals.
How Much Does Stretch Mark Removal Cost?
The overall cost of stretch mark removal varies from person to person, and unique factors related to their treatment needs. The first factor is the type of stretch mark removal procedure. There are different costs associated with microneedling and laser therapy treatments.
Also, the number of sessions needed to achieve your stretch mark removal goals will vary based on the type of procedure and the "age" or color of your stretch marks. It is not uncommon for older, white, or silver-colored stretch marks to require additional treatment sessions to address.
Another consideration is the size of the area being treated. As with the type of stretch mark and the type of procedure, the cost associated with each treatment session will vary based on the size of your treatment area. In general, stretch mark removal ranges from around $500 to several thousand dollars, depending on your unique treatment goals.
To learn more about the specific costs associated with treatment, it is best to schedule a consultation with one of our microneedling professionals at Clique Salon and Med Spa. They can talk with you about your specific goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
Is microneedling for stretch mark removal worth it?
Yes! Microneedling for stretch marks is worth it! This highly effective, minimally invasive procedure also works great for acne scar removal!
Is laser stretch mark removal worth it?
Yes, however, for best results, microneedling should be prioritized due to improved outcomes with microneedling treatments.
Where to Get Stretch Marks Removed?
The best place to get stretch marks removed is at a local medical spa. The skilled, professional team at your local medical spa can help you learn more about the benefits of microneedling or laser therapy for stretch marks and other scars. While a normal part of body growth or change for many, visible scars like stretch marks can be frustrating and unsightly, especially as the summer months approach and bathing suit season arrives.
Let us help you reduce visible stretch mark scarring. Contact us today to learn more about Microneedling and our other services at Clique Salon and Med Spa in Lakeland, FL.