Here’s a super-true statistic that I definitely didn’t just make up: 100-percent of adults have some form of stretch marks somewhere on their body. In an ideal world, all 100-percent of people would also be totally cool with their marks, but we live in reality, where zillions of products exist for the sole purpose of “fixing” every bump, scar, dark mark, and blemish—most of which are complete bullshit.
So when claimed to have on her thighs with just one little device—and posted the pics to prove it—the internet naturally freaked out. “Before&After – Only used dermaroller on left thigh,” reads the post, next to a photo of the woman’s thighs, one with purple-ish stretchmarks, and the other without.
As a recap, a dermaroller (AKA microneedler) is a needle-covered roller used to poke tiny holes in your skin to amp up collagen production, which, in turns, smooths wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. And though microneedling results are almost always shockingly good, it’s rare to see such a drastic improvement with just two treatments after only a few weeks, which is what the user experienced.
“I’ve only done two sessions with a 1.5mm roller and thought I couldn’t see any improvement until I saw this angle,” she wrote, adding later that she waited only two weeks before dermarolling a second time—which, heads up, is a bit too soon; you should wait at least six weeks between rolls to prevent damage—and that she used a she found on Ebay. The results are, as you can see, pretty insane.
Before you buy a microneedler and go to town, though, please do some research (or read our handy guide!). Not only do you need to make sure your device and skin are always properly sterilized before use, but you need to choose the correct needle size, pay attention to your skin’s reaction, and be patient. Still, if you’re not in love with your stretch marks or scars, dermarolling could be a good option to try—just don’t expect two-week results, kay? Or, just cover your stretch marks in glitter and turn them into a beautiful work of art, instead.