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Stretch Marks: The truth behind the treatments

Part One: Needling

Written by . Published on August 17th 2011.


Stretch Marks: The truth behind the treatments

FIRSTLY, I must point out that if your stretch marks are still red or pink, there is hope for you yet. These can be healed naturally with a good oil or cream (skip this part and flick to part two).

But if your marks are white or silvery, I’m afraid you’d better get some benzodiazepine on standby, just in case this all goes wrong.

First up is MCA (Multitrepannic Collagen Activation), also known as skin needling. Rather than lying, like most treatments tend to do these days, the Dermaeraze salon informed me prior to my visit, that this treatment will notheal the stretch marks, but what it will do is make them less noticeable by tricking the body into calling the collagen and pigment back into the area. I appreciated their honesty. What they didn’t tell me though, was that this treatment hurts. In fact, it fucking kills. Even as I entered the salon in my Acne jeans, I was laughed out again by the lovely Dermaeaze owner, Lorena Massoni, who insisted I go and buy a skirt beforehand, as I wouldn’t be able to put my jeans back on afterwards. “Shit”, I thought to myself.

Lorena MassoniLorena MassoniUpon my return, Lorena rubbed a little Emla cream over my hips, the numbing cream given to children in hospital. This blocked out much of the pain of the needle, which is drawn over each mark on your body like some weird tattoo, but the aftermath was not quite so pain-free. In fact, forget the Emla, I almost asked for a lollipop and a gold star too.

However, and I hate to be cliché here, but isn’t beauty all about no pain no gain?

And I do feel as though this treatment has made a significant difference, not least of all to my wardrobe. I joke. 

To fill you in, here are a few excerpts from the diary I kept during the healing process:

Day 1
Shock, shock, horror, horror. Looks like someone has taken an axe to my ass and attempted to haw it off. Memo to self – cancel all dates for the next two weeks.

Day 2
Awoke after dreaming I was being clawed by a leopard; to say that the dream felt real would be an understatement… see a slight improvement in the swelling, but still can’t sit down or wear jeans.

Day 3
Cannot believe how fast it is healing, actually managed to put jeans on over the top and the swelling has gone completely… just red marks left.

Day 4
Much less noticeable… still won’t be getting in a bikini anytime soon.

Day 5
Itch begins, as wound becomes scab… driving me insane. Can someone pass me the rope?


Week 2

Still itchy, but marks are drastically faded and the skin is beginning to look smoother already. 

Week 3
As there is never any sunshine here, have to go on sunbed to try and bring pigment back to skin… marks are almost gone now… skin is much smoother.

Week 4
The red marks have finally faded. Hurrah! There are still some signs of stretch marks, but they are hardly noticeable, and after only one treatment.

DermaerazeDermaeraze

Although this treatment is not for the squeamish, I can’t deny that it works. And Dermaeraze is the only salon in London to use needling for stretch marks, with clients from all over the country travelling to see Lorena personally. If you are considering this treatment, which I do recommend despite the pain and the initial appearance of the skin post-needling, then here are a few words of advice to help you along the way.

First of all, have a multitude of cotton skirts on hand – these will be your best friends through week one. Secondly, whilst the skin is healing, Lorena recommends that clients use a special mixture to enhance the healing process, made up of two oils: olive oil and avocado oil. The two of these combined on a one to one ratio will give your skin vitamin A and E and all the moisture it requires to help along the healing process. Lorena tells me that the same mixture is fantastic at preventing them during pregnancy. And lastly, the treatment most definitely works best on olive skin. Skin that is too pale won’t be able to bring back enough pigment into the affected area to disguise the stretch marks, whilst dark skin will have too much pigment to match up to.

Enjoy!

Click here for part two

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