Cosmetic surgery is something I'd never thought I'd ever consider, and certainly not at my age. If like me, you subscribe to the school of thought whereby any sort of invasive treatment for cosmetic purposes is completely narcissistic, you'll understand why a few months ago, when I was invited to try a new treatment, I was very hesitant.
DermaEraze is a treatment which employs skin needling techniques to "banish stretch marks, fine lines, acne scars, and skin trauma marks without aggressively removing the skin's epidermis...".
I had given birth a few months prior so I guess I was the perfect candidate, seeing as I had enough stretch marks to make up a road map of the whole of London. So on a Monday evening at around 8pm, off I went, casually (as you do), to Harley Street - the hub of private surgery and medicine in the UK- to have the treatment on a small section of my stomach. As I arrived, a middle-aged woman was leaving a neighbouring building, frozen-faced and with specs of blood evenly dotted around her whole face. My guess was that she'd just had a top-up of botox. Who was I to judge? I mean, I was there for cosmetic treatment too, right?
Anyway, I had the pleasure of meeting Lorena, who instantly made me feel at ease with her sincere and warm personality. She explained the procedure to me thoroughly but it was her informal approach that helped create a very relaxed setting in her London clinic. Just as well really because, in 20 minutes or so, she would, in essence, be harming me with a needle.
FYI, stretch marks are caused when the skin stretches too fast during growth; they are a form of scarring. Those of African/ Caribbean decent are more likely to suffer from stretch marks, Lorena explained: "There is a link to European diets and less stretch marks: over generations, the genetic make up of people who are of Caucasian origin has changed. Their diet has resulted in their bodies adapting better to growth- this is compared to those of African decent and their diets."
Lorena told me that lighter stretch marks work better. I had plenty of those, to her delight. She applied some numbing cream to the area that she would be working on. While we waited for it to do its job, we spoke more about the history of needling and her experience in the field.