Improving the appearance and feel of scars, stretchmarks and burns
Many of us have scarring that we are self-conscious about, whether it’s from an accident, surgery or stretchmarks due to childbirth or weight gain/loss. And if you’re anything like me, it may even effect the clothing you chose to wear or the activities you take part in.
So what if I told you there is a treatment that could significantly improve the appearance and feel of scars, stretchmarks and burns? Would you be interested………
Until I trained and qualified as a Medical Tattooist, I had no idea this treatment even existed. I have a portfolio of scars that would make for an interesting dot to dot project, including a significant scar on my knee that has resulted in my not venturing out in shorts or skirts for the last 8 years. So I was elated when I discovered that I could do something about my scarring!
The treatment of course has a fancy name – MCA Scar Treatment. To give it it’s full name; Multi-Trepannic Collagen Actuation (told you it was fancy!). Fancy title aside, let me explain what the treatment involves and it’s wonderful benefits.
Firstly, please don’t be put off by the word ‘tattoo’ or ‘tattooing’. This treatment is a dry needling treatment, which means there is no pigment used at all. So whilst the machine is indeed a tattoo machine (a specialist medical one), this is by no means a tattoo treatment. I promise you will not be leaving with any ink in your skin whatsoever!
Interested? Are you wondering how it works? Let me explain….
MCA scar treatment involves the use of a specialist needle that enters the surface layers of the skin, just enough to cause a minor controlled trauma to the scarred area. This minor trauma stimulates the blood flow to the area, which kick starts the body’s natural healing process. The dry needling technique causes minute punctures, which creates channels that trigger the body to produce collagen, melanin and elastin, therefore promoting further healing.
Sounds a bit scary I think, but I promise it isn’t. I have had this treatment carried out on my sizeable knee scarring and I am so pleased I did. The area is numbed for 20-30 minutes with local anaesthetic, so I really didn’t feel much at all. The worst part about this treatment is how it looks straight afterwards….red (that’s the blood that’s been bought to the surface) and like you’ve got a fresh injury. It didn’t hurt though, the dry needling is so concentrated and is very minor that it really doesn’t cause any real pain for discomfort.
This is the REALLY EXCITING BIT…….
So what happens after an MCA Scar Treatment?
- New tissue grows into the damaged skin and collagen, elastin and melanin production is stimulated as part of this new healing process.
- Loose and sunken stretch marks fill out and appear smoother and firmer.
- Discoloured scars start to normalise and skin tone/colour evens out.
- Scars that are raised and bumpy flatten out and become less visible
- Tight scars relax and become less restricted.
- Areas of scar numbness begin to have returned feeling.
This treatment really is fantastic for anyone that would like to improve the appearance and feel of a scars, burns and stretch marks. Whilst there is no guarantee as to the exact results, most patients will notice a marked improvement after just one treatment. Read below to hear about my results……
The treatment plan usually consists of 3 treatments , each 4-6 weeks apart. It is at this point that we will know how well the treated area is responding. We would need to wait a further 4-6 months after the third treatment, before determining whether a fourth treatment is necessary.
It’s all about me…..My scar treatment experience
My big knee scar is around 8 inches, jagged, sunken and very white. It’s the product of two major grafts, a bit of post-surgery ‘difficulty’ and a rather zealous use of a staple gun! It’s so bad that I’ve not worn anything to show my knee off in years. I’ve posted some pictures up in the gallery and on my facebook page of my before, immediately after and also 6 weeks on from my first treatment. In a bid to be ‘to the point’; here’s what happened;
- During the treatment I barely felt a thing, perhaps a couple of ‘ouch moments’, but they were fleeting.
- Immediately after – well it looked awful! Have a look at the photos. It was bright red and looked like a new injury, however – I knew this was a good sign as the healing process had been kick started.
- Over the next 7 days I kept it dry (apart from a shower) and applied vitamin A&D cream twice a day.
- For the first 3 weeks it looked like a healing wound, little bit pink and scaly. No real scabbing though as the trauma was only surface level.
- After 4 weeks I started to get excited – I could see some great results!
- At 6 weeks (I cried a bit) when I realised half of my staple marks had disappeared!! My scar wasn’t sunken like it was before, the 3 big pucker points on my scar become one much smoother crease and the colour has started to return to about a third of the scar. SO PLEASED! And this is after just one treatment. Two more to go…..
So this is my scar journey.... I’m a massive believer in experiencing the treatments I offer, so that when you ask me ‘what’s it like’? I can honestly reply by sharing my story with you. Stay posted for my blog updates after the second treatment, which is due on the 10th June.
Please spread the word about this treatment. I know how much scarring can affect your confidence from personal experience.