Stretch marks

Stretch marks are formed under the influence of hormones by stretching and tearing the elastic fibres of the skin. The skin is particularly vulnerable to rapid breast growth, pregnancy or weight gain. The sudden appearance of red streaks on the breast can be frightening. Relief can be achieved by vitamin A treatment. More significant improvements are possible with needling treatments.

How is a needling treatment of the breast performed?

An anaesthetic cream is applied to the affected skin surface. You will then be given medication that will relieve your anxiety and reduce your sensitivity to pain. If you don't sleep relaxed anyway, you may feel something happening on the surface of your body.

The areas are treated with the finest needles to stimulate the body's own collagen production.

The outpatient procedure lasts about 45 minutes. Immediately after the operation you will be continuously monitored in a so-called recovery room. You can drink something after the complete awakening and, if you tolerate it well, eat something. Before you leave the practice, appointments for check-ups will be made and the behavioural measures will be discussed with you in detail. You will receive a comprehensive written report and a telephone number where you can reach the surgeon 24 hours a day in an emergency.

Before, after and even during the operation you can watch movies or your favourite series with virtual reality glasses. This is not only entertaining, the distraction also demonstrably leads to less sensitivity to pain.

How can you prepare for a needling treatment of the breast?

  • All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered before surgery.
  • On the day of surgery, shower with a disinfectant soap (e.g. HiBiScrub® Plus, Octenisan® Wash Lotion, Prontoderm® Shower Gel).
  • Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum.
  • If necessary, stop taking hormone-containing medication (the pill) temporarily.
  • Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least ten days before the operation after consultation with your treating physician.
  • Vitamin preparations (A, E) and dietary supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John's wort preparations, etc.) must be discontinued at least four weeks before the operation.
  • Surgery limits the ability to travel by air. Therefore, do not plan any professional or private air travel during the four weeks following the operation.
  • Before performing aesthetic surgery, you should take out follow-up insurance.

What do you need to keep in mind after a needling treatment of the breast?

  • This is followed by regular checks of your well-being and the results of the operation.
  • After the operation, the skin is kept moist with a bandage to prevent crust formation.
  • Skin oil containing vitamin A, C and E should be applied three times a day during the first week, then twice a day.
  • Take a shower with a disinfectant soap (e.g. HiBiScrub® Plus, Octenisan® Wash Lotion, Prontoderm® Shower Gel) from the first postoperative day.
  • Swelling and redness must be expected in the first seven days. Usually you can go back to work after seven days.
  • It is important not to cover the redness in the first week with make-up so that make-up particles do not lead to a so-called scar tattoo.
  • Excessive UV radiation (solarium/sunbathing) should be avoided for at least three months.

Author's statement

Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.

 

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