Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks: Benefits, Side Effects, Cost

Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks: Benefits, Side Effects, Cost

Most people have heard of microdermabrasion, but they usually associate it with facial problems such as wrinkles and even acne. The thing is, microdermabrasion is also great for other parts of the body, including reduction or elimination of stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion is essentially a type of intensive exfoliation treatment that gets rid of dead skin cells and encourages the growth of new ones, so it can work on a variety of skin problems, including stretch marks.
Before we talk about how microdermabrasion works, let’s talk about what it is. There are two types of microdermabrasion, including:
  • The firing of tiny crystals, usually aluminum oxide or even diamonds, onto your skin to exfoliate the skin. This method is more common in professional microdermabrasion treatments.
  • A wand that has a crystal or diamond tip that is used on the skin to exfoliate it. This method is very common in at-home kits.
In both methods, the built-in vacuum removes the debris so that your skin is clear and smooth.

Remember that microdermabrasion is essentially an exfoliation treatment, and in addition to exfoliating, it also increases the production of both collagen and elastin. This, in turn, smooths out the skin and helps the skin heal, which makes the treatment good for all types of skin problems, including stretch marks.

What Are the Benefits of Microdermabrasion?

There are numerous benefits to microdermabrasion, including:
  • Lightens up any hyperpigmentation or discoloration of the skin.
  • Reduces the appearance of scars, fine lines, and even enlarged pores.
  • Improves both the texture and the overall tone of the skin.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of age spots and dull-looking skin.
  • Gives you a much brighter complexion.

The top layer of the skin is called the epidermis, and what microdermabrasion does is buff the epidermis so that it does two things:
(1) gets rid of dead skin cells, and
(2) encourages the growth of new skin cells. Microdermabrasion is great for a variety of skin problems because of these things.

When you get rid of dead skin cells, it allows your skin to heal itself. Healing, which is required to reduce the look of stretch marks, cannot be accomplished when you have too many dead skin cells. Once those skin cells are removed and new cells begin to develop, all skin problems can heal and become much less of a problem.

 When you couple this with the fact that microdermabrasion also increases the production of both collagen and elastin, it’s easy to understand why this treatment is so effective at helping with all types of skin problems.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work for Stretch Marks?

First of all, microdermabrasion usually doesn’t completely eliminate stretch marks. Instead, it greatly reduces the appearance of the stretch marks so that they are a lot less noticeable. As a general rule, microdermabrasion is recommended for people who have mild or moderate stretch marks. If your stretch marks are severe, you may need a combination of treatments to make them look better.

Again, because one of the things microdermabrasion does is encourage the growth of new skin cells, which helps the skin heal faster, it can reduce the look of your stretch marks. Best of all, microdermabrasion is non-invasive and painless, and the treatments usually last around 30 minutes, which means you can get them done on your lunch break if you like.

How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost for Stretch Marks?

Microdermabrasion can be quite costly, with each treatment costing from $75 to $300. When you consider that most people with stretch marks will need 5 to 10 treatments to see the effect they want, it’s easy to understand why it gets so expensive. This is why so many people opt for the at-home microdermabrasion kits, even though as a general rule these kits are less effective than getting professional microdermabrasion treatments.

There is another factor to consider when you’re interested in an at-home kit because it’s less expensive, and that is the fact that if not used properly, it can cause results that you likely won’t be happy with. This includes damaging the skin, which in turn can cause scarring and abrasions.

You should also keep in mind that many at-home treatments simply aren’t as effective as professional treatments are, so the worse your stretch marks are, the more you’ll likely benefit from professional microdermabrasion treatments.

How Many Microdermabrasion Treatments Do I Need?

The number of treatments needed for stretch marks removal depends mostly on the severity of your stretch marks, but most people find they need a minimum of five treatments to get the effect they desire. In fact, 5 to 10 treatments are about average to reduce the look of your stretch marks, but some people will need more than 10, while others will need fewer than 10.

At-Home Microdermabrasion for Stretch Marks

While some people find that at-home microdermabrasion devices produce results that are less than satisfactory, these kits are actually good for people who have mild stretch marks or even moderate-looking stretch marks. If you’re going to use an at-home kit, keep in mind that the pressure is adjustable and you should definitely start out with the lightest (lowest) setting, then work your way up to settings that are more powerful.

Also, keep in mind that you need to read all of the instructions that come with the kit and make sure you follow the directions to a tee. If you do this, you are much less likely to suffer from any discomfort or pain as you work. Remember, with microdermabrasion, there shouldn’t be any pain or discomfort, so if you do experience these things, it is likely because you used the device incorrectly, which is why paying attention to the directions is so important.

Are There Side Effects with Microdermabrasion?

There are no severe side effects associated with microdermabrasion. Occasionally, people will suffer from one or more minor side effects, but these are usually short-lived and cause very little discomfort. They can include:

  • Bruising.
  • Fine broken blood vessels.
  • Reactivation of cold sores around the mouth.
  • Redness.
  • Skin sensitivity.
  • Small skin abrasions.
  • Tightness of the skin.

Microdermabrasion affects just the top layer of the skin – the epidermis – so there is very little damage or side effects simply because the deeper layers of the skin are not affected. Furthermore, the side effects are usually very mild and happen to only a small number of people who choose to get these treatments.

If you are interested in professional microdermabrasion treatments but you are concerned about the possible side effects, simply share those concerns with the technician who will be doing the treatments.

If you happen to have any medical conditions that you think might affect the outcome of the treatments, you should consult with your doctor before making a final decision.

Bottom Line

With microdermabrasion, there is little bad news. Other than the fact that some stretch marks don’t respond to some of the at-home microdermabrasion kits now on the market, there is only good news. Microdermabrasion is indeed effective in reducing the look of stretch marks, not to mention the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dull-looking skin, and even puffiness.

While professional microdermabrasion treatments can get expensive, they are not something you’ll have to do for the rest of your life. A group of treatments – regardless of how many that ends up being – is all it takes to reduce the look of those pesky stretch marks, so you can enjoy a life without stretch marks from that point forward.

Judy Rose

Hi, it’s Judy!

I’m a passionate skincare specialist and writer. I have more than 7 years of experience as a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle writer and editor, and I’m extremely passionate about what I do.