First it is important to know what even microdermabrasion is and what it does when used on your skin.
Does it hurt?
Does it do anything or is it just the new fad going around that suddenly everyone is doing?
So what is MicroDermabrasion?
To start on a formal note, Microdermabrasion is a relatively new method for exfoliating your skin.
This is done using crystals and other rougher mechanical material, basically anything that can make some friction on your skin, without peeling it off, as we wouldn’t want that.
Another way of doing it is using a specialized machine, which also has a suction mechanism to remove the exfoliated skin right away on the spot.
Now, exfoliating itself is a great procedure in terms of keeping your skin fresh and at its best state.
But, in terms of actually removing stretch marks the results won’t be any different, and here is why.
Microdermabrasion only scrapes away the outer shell leaving anything deeper intact, making it great for surface damages on your skin.
Stretch marks on the other hand are mostly spread in the second layer(dermis layer).
Since this procedure only affects the first layer, it will work to lessen the look of the stretch marks for a while, but due to no effect on the actual layer where the scar is still present, removal is not possible at all if only using this.
Now, there might be some that say that after doing this their stretches have decreased.
No doubt about it that the dead cells that you will be scraping off, are much less appealing than the fresh, new ones beneath.
So yes, it will make your scars stand out much less, but unless you do anything else about it, they will return to their original form as soon as the current skin layer dies off.
If you still aren’t satisfied and would like to read a very detailed version of this explanation, you can check it out here.
And there you have it…
Well that is what should be said, but it is still not the whole story.
As said, using microdermabrasion as the sole method to get rid of striae is really not worth doing at all.
But, check this out.
It is actually the best accompanying method to any other method.
What does this mean?
Let’s see an example to show its potential:
You have some stretches on your thighs and really want to get back those nice looking legs.
You search around, find a good cream product to speed up the healing and start applying it.
It is in this moment where exfoliating comes into play, as it removes all the dead cells, thus your live cells will be right there to absorb the cream immediately as you apply it, starting to heal right away.
Same goes with the results, if you use it for a few weeks, many times results will be seen the best right there on the freshly exfoliated skin.
To recap, you have 2 options to exfoliate correctly.
Do It At Home
Using home-kits or buying hard body brushes, making it possible to be a buy only once deal.
Then you basically physically rub off the dead skin layers.
Really simple, that is why doing it at home is completely fine if you can miss an hour or 2 each month to do it by yourself.
As said before, finding a good treatment, like a cream, coupled with this type of microdermabrasion and your stretch marks don’t stand a chance.
Recommended to do if you don’t have any other skin conditions.
If you however have acne, rashes or other conditions, refrain from exfoliating as the friction may make your condition worse. You can however still use lotions in this case.
At a Specialist
The other option comes in handy if you are so busy or really want it done by someone else with professional background.
The treatment is usually done in under an hour, and is one of the rare ones that has no down time from your other daily activities as there will be no surgery scars to heal and no time to wait for a cream to be absorbed by your skin, so other than the appointment, you won’t need to waste any more time at all.
It however is a bit more pricey, so be prepared to pay a bit more for professional treatment.