Being a new mum is one of the best feelings in the world. You have brought a new life into the world, and you are responsible for them as they grow and develop. Being a new mum, however, also carries a considerable number of challenges mentally, emotionally and physically. Your body has gone through a massive change over the previous nine months, and the impact giving birth has on your body is extreme.
One of the challenges that a lot of women struggle with post-partum is stretch marks. Depending on the elasticity of your skin, some people can be more prone to stretch marks than others. According to the NHS, 8 out of 10 women will be affected by stretch marks when they are pregnant. They occur when the skin has been stretched quickly, as in the case of pregnancy. Areas, where this happens, are ones which increase in size during pregnancy, for example, the stomach and breasts.
Although stretch marks are entirely natural and are an expected part of pregnancy and birth, some women can feel self-conscious about these marks on their skin, even if they are not obviously visible to others. It should be said that we have seen significant developments in body positivity over recent years, particularly through social media sites, and this has started to help normalise things like stretch marks. However, some mums still feel pressure to look a certain way soon after giving birth.
For those mums, and people in general, who may struggle with body confidence due to stretch marks, there are a variety of products and treatments available. In this article, we are going to look at microneedling and how it can help people and in particular new mums who may be struggling with stretch marks and other changes to their body.
How does Microneedling work?
Microneedling works by creating tiny punctures in the skin to the epidermis. As a result, your body starts to naturally heal itself, where the punctures have occurred. Collagen production is stimulated, and this is a vital protein when it comes to allowing the skin to heal and keeping it looking youthful. When stretch marks are formed, it is partially caused by the stretching of the skin disrupting the natural collagen production, so readressing this can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Furthermore, as your body is aware of the impact of microneedling, it will start to naturally heal itself, creating new fibres to replace the scar tissue that is visible.
By treating stretch mark with microneedling the area in question can see benefits to the visibility of stretch marks and also the general texture of the skin. Microneedling has also shown to have an impact on the visibility of hyperpigmentation, as stretch marks can be different colours.
It is important to feel confident in your own skin, and if microneedling can help you achieve that then it’s a success. Discussing the treatment with an expert at a respected clinic is vital. They will be able to advise you on the number of sessions you may require and what to expect during and after the treatment.