The Causes of Stretch Marks and how Micro Needling can help
Posted on February 20, 2017
70% of women and 40% of men will develop stretch marks throughout their lives. So if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got a few yourself!
They’re so common in fact, that there’s a campaign dedicated to embracing your stretch marks called Love Your Lines; which also works to challenge the stigma around them.
And if you think stretch marks are reserved for only non A-listers, absolute goddess Chrissy Teigen, recently shared a snap of her own stretch marks. As proof that there is no human immune to the “stretchies!”
But what causes stretch marks?
Well, there are a number of different causes of stretch marks…
90% of pregnant women develop stretch marks on their body. Most occur on the stomach as the skin stretches rapidly to accommodate the growing human life that’s inside. Unfortunately, you can get new stretch marks with each new pregnancy.
Teenage growth spurts
During puberty, we have a tendency to experience rapid growth spurts, especially boys. Whenever the skin experiences stretching that is so quick our elasticity can’t keep up, we get stretch marks. So if you suddenly grow 2 inches overnight, you may find some stretch marks too.
Hitting the gym, especially the weight section, can cause stretch marks as your muscles grow and your skin has to accommodate. It’s a bit annoying that actually getting fitter and building muscle can cause stretch marks but don’t let that put you off! You could always aim to build muscle slowly.
Putting on weight quite quickly can cause stretch marks. Any type of weight gain can cause this, including pregnancy as we mentioned above. Overindulging at Christmas isn’t going to cause these, but putting on a significant amount of weight in a short space of time will.
Is there anything to treat stretch marks?
Whilst stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about, for many people, they put a dent in their self-confidence; especially if you have darker, red stretch marks rather than the white ones which are less visible.
Maintaining a healthy weight and applying plenty of moisturiser throughout your pregnancy can help to minimise your chance of developing stretch marks but with 70% of women having them and 40% of men, chances are, you’re going to get them regardless.
Micro Needling can be used to treat both red stretch marks (younger) and white stretch marks (older). Using an advanced Dermapen, we roll over the affected areas, creating tiny channels in the deep dermal layers of the skin. Once this occurs, the body naturally starts to heal itself; producing both collagen and elastin to rebuild the skin. A sterile solution of vitamins, peptides and growth factors is also applied to the skin, as well as a topical numbing cream to reduce any discomfort. The result is a reduction in stretch marks and more even, tauter skin.
Micro Needling has a recovery period of 24-48 hours so there’s very little downtime.
For more information on our stretch mark removal in Manchester, contact us at Rejuvenate today.