Giving birth is a rewarding yet stressful experience. Having a baby is an amazing and joyful experience that is worth cherishing for. But at the same time, there are many post-pregnancy changes in the body that some women are not fully prepared to accept. When you give birth, you may observe whitish or reddish marks in the abdomen which is usually called striae or stretch marks.
It is a result of too much stretching of the skin because of the pregnancy. You may also have sagging belly even after pregnancy because the skin doesn’t usually get back to its former shape. So how do you keep your skin toned so it wouldn’t look like it is sagging?
Can derma rolling treatment help removes stretch marks and cellulite? Will it be able to keep your skin look firmer than before? What is the best derma roller to use in the abdomen? When is the best time to have derma rolling treatment after giving birth? Is it okay to use derma rolling while pregnant or breastfeeding? Let’s find out!
How skin needling can help make skin look firmer?
Skin needling is a very popular skin treatment which is used to reduce post acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and other skin marks. It is a simple and very cheap procedure that is also used for skin rejuvenation and to fight the signs of aging. It is also being used for topical delivery of serums, moisturizing creams, anti-aging creams and other topical products.
The term skin needling is used interchangeably with micro needling treatment, derma rolling therapy, and percutaneous collagen induction therapy. It is one of the widely accepted treatments for the reduction of post acne scarring. It gained wide acceptance and popularity because it is simple, easy to perform, and does not require that much training.
The medical derma rollers are about 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm in length. During the derma rolling session, the micro needle is used to pierce the skin layers to create holes that will serve as conduit for the effective delivery of the serum or other topical agent. Although, derma rolling therapy is a stand-alone treatment, adding topical agents may enhance the result.
The only thing that is needed to perform the treatment is a derma roller and a numbing cream or moisturizing cream. There is no need for high-end equipment or machines like what is being used in laser therapy and other forms of skin care treatment.
There are many forms of micro needles depending on which area of the body it is being used. For the abdomen, it is best to used longer needles because the skin is thicker. There are available body derma rollers which are specially designed for these areas.
Body derma rollers have bigger cylinders with more micro needles so it can reach wider and deeper skin areas. Skin needling in the body particularly on the abdomen, thighs, and other larger areas are quicker because of the bigger coverage.
Skin needling treatment can help improve the tone and texture of the skin. The micro injuries stimulate the cascade of inflammatory responses that would eventually activate the formation of new collagen and elastin. The formation of new skin cells will result to a firmer skin because of the activation of the repair process.
It is said that the repaired skin looks better than the former skin. It is also smoother as compared before. It helps makes the skin look tight with no sagging.
Derma rolling can help reduce cellulite or the fat cells underneath the skin which improves the appearance of the area. Longer body derma rollers with 1.5 mm to 2.0 mm are effective in reducing hard to remove cellulite. It can also remove severe forms of stretch marks.
It can also fill in deeper scars for more active skin cell regeneration.
When is the best time to have derma rolling treatment after pregnancy?
One of the commonly asked questions of women who recently had given birth is – when is the best time for them to have a derma rolling treatment? Well, if you are lactating or breast feeding, derma rolling treatment is not recommended at this time.
This is because; your body needs all the energy, nutrients, and vitamins to feed your growing baby. The production of new collagen needs more vitamins to support the repair process. So it will not be the best time to perform the treatment.
Keep in mind that, you need to be in a good state of health, so it can withstand the healing process. Any problems may cause a delay in the natural healing process of the skin. You have to wait until lactation is finished before you can have the treatment.
If you are not breastfeeding and there is no any contraindication to derma rolling treatment, you may proceed with the therapy any time. Just make sure that your body has fully recovered after the pregnancy.
Is it okay to use derma rolling while pregnant?
If you are pregnant, use of derma rolling treatment is also contraindicated. As you know, the hormonal levels are elevated at this time. Your body also needs all the vitamins and minerals it can get to support the growing fetus. Hence, derma rolling is not advice during pregnancy.
Skin needling is a very good treatment option for women who have given birth to improve the texture and tone of the skin. It helps removes stretch marks, cellulite, and keeps the skin firmer and smoother than before. Just make sure that you finish the lactating or breast feeding period, before you can perform the derma rolling treatment.
Aside from derma rolling therapy, you can also perform exercises to tone the belly, so you can have firmer skin. It is also good to eat raw and healthy foods so you can maintain an optimum health.
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