Stretch marks are very common. In fact more than 85% of adolescents develop stretch marks. But the fact they are common doesn’t make them less bothersome.
At Osteopathic Center for Healing, our goal is to help you reach optimal health. Neil Spiegel, DO, and Jennifer Gularson, PA-C, along with our staff, know that includes feeling great about yourself.
Your self-confidence and self-perception is a key part of your overall health, and if stretch marks affect how you feel about yourself, microneedling may help improve your self-esteem.
Why do stretch marks form?
Researchers don’t know exactly why some people get stretch marks and others don’t. Genetics and hormones likely play a role.
Several factors make it more likely you’ll develop stretch marks such as:
- Being pregnant
- Being female
- Having a family history of stretch marks
- Using corticosteroids
The level of cortisol, a hormone, in your body may influence whether you develop stretch marks. Another important factor is your skin being, well, stretched.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a process that stimulates your body’s natural ability to heal. We use a specialized device to make micro-wounds in your skin.
These wounds serve two purposes. First, your body responds by activating all of your natural healing defenses. Second, we can deliver substances through the wounds to help you build healthy skin more effectively.
You may be thinking that microneedling must be painful, but don’t worry. We apply a topical solution to help the process go smoothly, and the punctures are micro-wounds, which means they are very, very small.
In fact, microneedling is considered a no-downtime procedure, which means you can leave our office and go on about your normal day. That alone should tell you that it’s not a terribly painful procedure.
It’s not an instant fix
One thing you should know before you decide microneedling is right for you is that it’s not an immediate fix. It takes time for your body to produce collagen and build healthy, new skin.
Also, you may need several sessions to see optimal results. With each session, you should see some improvement, but in order to get the results you want, you may need to have several sessions. Several different factors contribute to the number of sessions you’re likely to need.
Before you begin the treatments, we provide you with an evaluation and estimate how many sessions it’s likely to take to get the results you want.
Are you ready to learn more and find out if you’re a good candidate for microneedling? Schedule your appointment with us at Osteopathic Center for Healing in Rockville, Maryland, today and let’s discuss your goals.