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 stretch marks due to childbirth or weight gain/loss. And if you’re anything like me, it may even affect 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 resulted in me not venturing out in shorts or skirts for at least eight years.
So I was elated when I discovered that I could do something about my scarring!
What is Medical Tattooing Treatment?
Of course the medical tattooing treatment has a fancy name – Multi-Trepannic Collagen Actuation (told you it was fancy!) or MCA Scar Treatment for short. Fancy title aside, let me explain what the treatment involves and its 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 while 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!
How does MCA Scar Treatment work?
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 kickstarts the body’s natural healing process.
The dry needling technique causes minute punctures. These then create 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. That is, very red because of the blood that’s been brought to the surface, and just 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 or discomfort.
So what happens after 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. You will see:
• 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. While there is no guarantee as to the exact results, most patients will notice a marked improvement after just one treatment.
The treatment plan usually consists of three 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.
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 that shows off my knee in years. I’ve posted some pictures up in the gallery and on my Facebook page of my before, immediately after, and also six 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 kickstarted.
• Over the next seven days I kept it dry (apart from a shower) and applied vitamin A&D cream twice a day.
• For the first three weeks it looked like a healing wound, little bit pink and scaly. No real scabbing though as the trauma was only surface level.
• After four weeks I started to get excited because I could see some great results!
• At six weeks (I cried a bit) I realised half of my staple marks had disappeared! My scar wasn’t sunken like it was before, the three big pucker points on my scar had become one much smoother crease, and the colour has started to return to about a third of the scar.
I was 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.