How MCA Therapy Reduces Stretch Marks
Homeopathic – Dry Needling
Dry needling is a long established and extremely effective treatment for stretch marks and other scars. It is particularly effective for stretch marks because it can be used on both older and newer scars, anywhere on the body. A stretch mark must be at least 6 months old prior to any MCA treatment. The actual process of dry needling stretch marks, will cause a burst of new collagen growth and cellular repair in the areas that are treated. MCA is considered a completely natural scar therapy because it works by prompting the body’s own inherent healing systems. Immediately after an MCA treatment, the scar tissue in the stretch mark will go through a process of repairing and remodeling itself – slowly replacing the damaged tissue with new, healthier skin.
The actual MCA treatment is relatively quick and painless, and stretch marks can usually be treated in a 30 to 60 minute appointment. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the treatment site prior to the procedure. The treatment itself is very shallow in the skin and causes a small amount of redness in the treatment site which goes away in about 48 to 72 hours for most people. You will notice the texture and the color of the stretch marks begin to change after the very first treatment. The shiny areas will begin to subside, and the scars will begin returning to a more normal coloring. If the stretch marks are lighter than the surrounding skin, we generally recommend careful, and limited sun exposure after each MCA treatment to jumpstart the production of melanin. Melanin is contained in cells called “Melanocytes”. They are the cells in your skin that give your skin its color. Because Melanocytes are located at the bottom of the Epidermis, (the top layer of skin); they are easily stimulated to re-pigment lighter areas.
Over time, the stretch marks will begin to fade into the healthier tissue and become less noticeable. The treated areas will continue to improve between treatments, and over many months. Results are cumulative with each treatment, and any improvement is permanent. Repair time for stretch marks is similar to how the skin “presented” when the stretch marks were first observed. How much repair can be expected depends on many factors:
- Health of “overall skin”
- Elasticity of “overall skin”
- General Health and Wellness
- Depth and width of tears
- Home Care
- Use of recommended Add Ons to Increase Elasticity & Moisture Levels
UV PROTOCOL TO JUMP START MELANIN PRODUCTION
(Protocol: About 15 minutes of natural morning sunlight daily, for 3 concurrent days. After the 3rd day, any subsequent sun exposure should be avoided for up to two weeks to avoid injuring the new tissue. After two weeks, normal sun exposure can occur, provided a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 45 to 50 is used over the scars. During winter months, you can substitute natural sunlight with 5 minutes in a UV tanning bed for two days). Tanning beds are not recommended after the initial jumpstart of melanin.