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How does Microneedling Minimize Stretch Marks?

How does Microneedling Minimize Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are a normal part of life that nearly every person has, but that doesn’t mean you need to simply live with them. Although stretch marks are not dangerous or painful, they can make people feel self-conscious and cause them to avoid wearing clothes that show certain parts of their body. Although there are a variety of reasons stretch marks occur, including genetics and hormones, many people see that they create an uneven texture and tone to the skin and want them to be less noticeable. Microneedling administered by a skin care specialist can help to permanently or temporarily reduce the appearance of stretch marks depending on how old they are.

Microneedling And Stretch Marks

What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scar that can occur when the skin stretches or shrinks within a short period of time. Stretch marks are very common among all people and they tend to occur during puberty as bodies quickly change, during periods of weight fluctuation, during pregnancy, or during periods of rapid muscle growth. As the skin shrinks or expands, it ruptures the supportive structures within the skin, namely collagen and elastin. As these fibres heal, stretch marks are formed. Older stretch marks tend to be a lighter colour, often similar to white or silver depending on skin tone, whereas new stretch marks that have developed within the year tend to be a deeper colour, as they have few layers of the epidermis covering them, which makes blood vessels easier to see. Stretch marks also tend to be textured, either as indents or as raised scars.

What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment designed to reduce the appearance of scars, pores, fine lines, and more. Microneedling works by creating controlled micro injuries to the treatment area. These micro injuries are not harmful to the person receiving the treatment, but they do signal to the body that it needs to repair the area. In order to repair the area, the body creates collagen and elastin in the damaged area.

How Does Microneedling Work To Minimize Stretch Marks?
Since stretch marks are caused by damaged elastin and collagen, the increased collagen and elastin produced from microneedling treatment helps to repair stretch marks and minimize their visibility. This treatment works best on new stretch marks that have only developed in the last year, as these are often still healing and microneedling can help create long-lasting results. For older stretch marks, microneedling can temporarily reduce the appearance of these scars since the collagen and elastin produced during treatment helps to plump the skin of the treated area, which can help to hide indented scarring. Microneedling works well on stretch marks compared to other topical treatments because microneedling penetrates deeper into the skin where the scar tissue actually develops. Surface-level treatment doesn’t get deep enough into the skin to truly impact the source of the stretch marks.

Reduce The Appearance Of Stretch Marks With Microneedling

If you are self-conscious about your stretch marks and want them to be less visible, try microneedling. When administered by an experienced professional, microneedling can penetrate into the middle layer of skin to address stretch marks at their origin. At Okanagan Skin Care Centre, we are dedicated to bringing our clients the most exclusive, advanced and safest natural cosmetic therapies. Based on a comprehensive one-on-one consultation with one of our qualified Registered Nurses, we will be able to develop a customized microneedling treatment plan for you to ensure that all your aesthetic goals are met. To schedule a consultation with one of our skin care specialists, call 1-250-868-9290 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Does microneedling get rid of stretch marks?
A: No, microneedling can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks either temporarily or permanently and microneedling can aid in stretch mark healing, but it does not get rid of them.

Q: Is microneedling only used to address stretch marks?
A: No, microneedling is used as a treatment for a variety of cosmetic concerns including wrinkles and fine lines, acne scarring, uneven skin tone, and more. Learn about the other benefits of microneedling by reading How Microneedling Improves Your Skin.

Q: Can I use at-home microneedling?
A: While there are at-home microneedling or microrolling kits available, these are not recommended. These at-home options do not penetrate as far into the skin as treatments available from professional skin care centres and therefore won’t address issues such as scarring or wrinkles. Beyond this, using at-home kits lead to a greater risk of infection.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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