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Microneedling stretch marks – how it works and what you can expect

Whether they’re due to growth spurts, sudden weight loss, or pregnancy, stretch marks are a common occurrence. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting them to fade, either – which is where microneedling can help.

An increasingly popular treatment option, could microneedling stretch marks help with your skin?

Fast facts

  • Best results

    Four to six sessions

  • Duration of results

    Three to 12 months

  • Back to work

    Same day

  • Full recovery time

    Two to three days

  • Price range

    575 SAR to 2,570 SAR

  • Treatment duration

    Around 30 minutes

  • Comfort

    Numbing cream

  • Treatment type

    Minimally invasive

What is microneedling for stretch marks?

Microneedling for stretch marks is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin multiple times, encouraging it to naturally repair. The treatment is also sometimes known as dermarolling or collagen induction therapy.

How does microneedling work?

Studies have shown that microneedling can help improve the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars and wrinkles, inserting needles at varying depths to deal with a variety of issues.

The science behind it

Fine needles prick the skin multiple times to create microscopic, largely painless injuries in the inner layer of skin – known as the dermis.

This essentially tricks the body, triggering the natural production of both collagen and elastin, which help make skin elastic – leading to the rejuvenation of its appearance, and the fading of scars. RF microneedling uses radiofrequency waves to boost this process.

Before the treatment

You can discuss skin preparation with your practitioner in an initial consultation and may be advised to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs that could reduce the effectiveness of treatment.

Avoid aggravating your skin before the treatment by exposing it to the sun, or by using topical creams or other treatments.

During the treatment

  • Your skin will be cleaned.
  • A numbing cream will be applied and given time to take effect.
  • A microneedling pen or roller will be rubbed over the affected area, sometimes in conjunction with some gel to help it glide.


Microneedling stretchmarks can initially leave the skin feeling a little tight and dry, like mild sunburn. You may also notice some flaking. It’s important to be gentle with the skin, use sensitive products, and avoid picking at the treated area or scratching.

What else do I need to know about microneedling stretch marks?

Is microneedling for stretch marks permanent?

Stretch marks can be faded and their appearance dramatically improved with microneedling, but it won’t get rid of them altogether. Best results are usually achieved after four to six sessions, with top-ups then possibly needed every three to 12 months afterwards.

How much does a microneedling stretch mark treatment cost?

Rates vary depending on the clinic, and the experience/expertise of your practitioner, but expect to pay between SR575 and SR2,750 per session.

How can I find microneedling treatments near me?

Find an approved clinic using our clinic locator.

Alternative treatments

Microneedling is an excellent treatment option for stretch marks, but other cosmetic options include:

  • Carboxytherapy – carbon dioxide gas is injected into the skin with a needle to enhance circulation. This is a quick and quite painless procedure that usually requires seven to 10 sessions.
  • Microdermabrasion – a device is moved across the skin using tiny, abrasive crystals, to remove dead cells and vacuum them away. The severity of the stretch marks will influence how effective this is.
  • Laser skin resurfacing – ablative laser, such as CO2 or Erbium YAG, treat stretch marks by destroying the upper layer of the skin and encouraging new collagen growth.

Did you know?

  • The method that inspired microneedling was first developed by a plastic surgeon using tattoo guns – without any ink.
  • Stretch marks can be purple, pink, red, brown, black, and silver. They will often fade naturally given time, but some people choose to accelerate this process.


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