We are excited about using the MD Needle Pen to treat stretch marks. This procedure is the combination of two cutting-edge treatments, Microneedling and PRP. The micro-wounds created by this procedure break up scar tissue and stimulate collagen to help smooth stretch marks. The procedure will also strengthen the blood vessel walls that give the stretch marks their red color to lessen their visibility.
Microneedling for Stretch Marks:
- Smooth stretch marks
- Reduce redness
- Increase collagen production
- Tighten loose skin
- Improves skin tone, texture, and color
- Safe on all skin colors
Microneedling for Stretch Marks
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FAQ’s – Microneedling for Stretch Marks
What is Microneedling?
Medical microneedling of skin, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a relatively new concept aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen and elastin production to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, stretch marks, and scars.
Microneedling treatment uses a handheld pen to create controlled depth micro-injuries to the skin. The micro-channels created by the procedure allow for optimal absorption of topical products, enhancing their effects in the skin’s deeper layers. This stimulates the skin’s natural repair process to produce collagen and elastin reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks.
What does the procedure entail?
Numbing cream will be applied to the face for 30 minutes to reduce discomfort then it will be washed off prior to the procedure. Simultaneously 2 vials of blood will be drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). The micro needling tool will be glided over the first area of your face several times then we immediately apply the PRP topically to the skin. The microchannels provide direct a pathway to the deeper layers of the skin for optimal rejuvenation. We continue this procedure until the whole face/area is treated.
Microneedling is an ideal treatment for smoothing out lines, wrinkles, and scars or even increasing plumpness and overall rejuvenation of the skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration in the blood that is crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin.
What does microneedling feel like?
Microneedling feels similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin.
What can I expect after a Microneedling procedure?
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to mild sunburn, which can last for 3 to 5 days when treating the body. You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or slight peeling. Total healing time should around 1 week for stretch marks.
How long does this treatment take?
Around 45 minutes but could be longer based on the size of the area being treated.
When will I see the results?
Patients typically notice visible results after the second procedure with continued improvement over the course of the series.
How many treatments will I need?
A series of 6-8 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended. The stretch mark skin is severely damaged and microneedling will take time to create new healthy skin in the area.
Who is this treatment for?
Anyone that wants to improve skin irregularities.
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Microneedling for Stretch Marks
In the study below, clinical evaluation of patients showed a statistically significant overall improvement of post-acne atrophic scars, skin texture and patient satisfaction in response to skin microneedling treatment compared to baseline. (1) Skin microneedling therapy showed a favorable effect on enhancing collagen formation, an increase of epidermal thickening, and newly synthesized tropoelastin, the precursor to elastin. The statistically significant increase occurred three months after starting treatment. (1)
Additional MicroNeedling Studies:
- Fabbrocini G, Fardella N, Monfrecola A, Proietti I, Innocenzi D (2009) Acne scarring treatment using skin needling. Clin Exp Dermatol 34: 874-879.
- Fabbrocini G, Annunziata MC, D’Arco V, De Vita V, Lodi G, Mauriello MC, Pastore F, Monfrecola G (2010) Acne scars: Pathogenesis, classification, and treatment. Dermatol Res Pract 2010: 893080.
- Fife D (2011) Practical evaluation and management of atrophic acne scars. Tips for the general dermatologist. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 4: 550-57.
- Goodman G (2003) Post acne scarring: a review. J Cosmet Laser Ther 5: 77-95.
- Goodman GJ, Baron JA (2006) Post acne scarring: a qualitative global scarring grading system. Dermatol Surg 32: 1458-1466.
- Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS (2001) Acne scarring: a classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol 45: 109-117.
- Leheta TM, Abdel Hay RM, Hegazy RA, El Garem YF (2012) Do combine alternating sessions of 1540 nm nonablative fractional laser and percutaneous collagen induction with trichloroacetic acid 20% show better results than each individual modality in the treatment of atrophic acne scars? A randomized controlled trial. J Dermatolog Treat epub ahead of print.
- Leheta TM, Abdel Hay RM, El Garem YF (2012) Deep peeling using phenol versus percutaneous collagen induction combined with trichloroacetic acid20 in atrophic post-acne scars: a randomized controlled trial. J Dermatology Treat epub ahead of print.
- Leheta T, El Tawdy A, Abdel Hay R, Farid S (2011) Percutaneous collagen induction versus full-concentration trichloroacetic acid in the treatment of atrophic acne scars. DermatolSurg37:207-216.
- Levy LL, Zeichner JA (2012) Management of acne scarring, Part II: A comparative review of non-laser based, minimally invasive approaches. Am J Clin Dermatol 13:331-340.
- Shah SK, Alexis AF (2010) Acne in skin of color: practical approaches to treatment. J Dermatolog Treat 21:206-2