Many women have stretch marks, and many would prefer to have smoother, more youthful skin. Stretch marks are especially common after pregnancy, affecting areas like the abdomen or thighs. Secret RF microneedling can be an effective treatment option for these unsightly scars. marks. This treatment option requires no downtime or incisions and treatment sessions can be completed in as little as 15 minutes at Carnegie Women’s Health.
What are Stretch Marks?
Understanding what causes stretch marks also makes it clearer how Secret RF helps reduce them. Stretch marks occur in the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, and are caused by connective tissues being stretched beyond what they are capable of. This causes weakened collagen production, ultimately resulting in thinner skin with a red appearance that may lighten over time. Stretch marks are common in the abdomen or thighs and may be caused by sudden weight gain, rapid growth, or pregnancy.
Using Secret RF to Get Rid of Stretch Marks
During a Secret RF treatment, the treatment area is first cleansed, and a topical numbing agent is applied. The treatment can be used to address stretch marks anywhere on the body. On average, Secret RF treatments are completed in about 15 minutes. During this time, the handpiece will be applied to the area, where you will feel vague needle pricks in the treatment area. This process is not painful due to the topical numbing agent that is applied pre-procedure. After treatment, you can return home with no downtime. Some side effects like redness and tenderness are all normal but they will dissipate quickly. You may notice some peeling or flaking as cell turnover takes place; which is a reassuring sign that your skin is generating new cells and collagen. Most patients will undergo multiple Secret RF sessions to reach their ideal results, with an average of 3-4 treatments overall. Others may pair Secret RF with truSculpt for a non-surgical Mommy Makeover to treat their stretch marks and sculpt the body contour after pregnancy.
How Does Secret RF Work?
While stretch marks are very common and nothing to be ashamed of, it’s also normal to feel some self-consciousness and a preference for smoother skin. However, topical treatments like lotions are usually insufficient to treat stretch marks, as the damage lies beneath the skin’s surface.
Secret RF is capable of penetrating into the dermis layer of the skin using tiny microneedles. These microneedles then administer radiofrequency energy that promotes collagen production in the treatment area. As the body works to heal the micro-injuries caused by Secret RF, it rebuilds new, healthy skin cells, collagen, and elastin. This replaces the damaged collagen within the stretch mark for smoother skin. The result is more youthful-looking skin with reduced redness and a more even texture.