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Medical Tattooing has many applications including 3D Nipple/Areola, Cleft Palate, Vitiligo & Skin Graft Camouflage, Burns & Scar Camouflage and MCA Microneedling.
Cleft Lips can be tattooed to create symmetry and definition and the scar can be relaxed and improved using MCA Microneedling. Please see the gallery below for an example of what can be achieved with this treatment. *
Nipple and areola tattooing is the final stage in the process of breast reconstruction, following mastectomy. This completes the process of recreating the most natural looking breasts.
During this procedure, permanent pigment is tattooed into the skin to create the natural colour of the nipple-areola. This offers a more realistic appearance following mastectomy surgery. The pigment is designed to be permanent, although some fading is expected over time and may require additional topping up. I have been trained in blending the right pigment colours, to achieve an areola colour which best matches the individual person and their skin tone. The pigments themselves are made from purified ingredients which meet FDC (food drug and cosmetic) standards in the USA and are hypoallergenic.
The treatment is performed with minimal discomfort and downtime and is offered to women 6 months after nipple creation surgery. I will discuss colouring, the process and answer any questions you may have. The procedure is performed in a private room and you are welcome to bring a friend or your partner for moral support. It takes from 1½ - 3 hours, depending on whether one or both sides are tattooed and you are able to go home immediately afterwards.
Follow up appointments are also a vital part of the process to assure the very best outcome possible, the retouch session needs to be completed within 6 months.
Consultations are free and there is no obligation to book a treatment.
During the consultation I can take a look at your skin and advise on the best method of treatment. I will take a full medical history and check for any contra-indications. If a tattooing treatment is requested then I will patch test you with the pigments. Consultations can ether be done at the time of a procedure or they can be done at an earlier date.
Please use the online booking form and select Free Consultation.
MCA stand for Multi-Trepannic Collagen Actuation and is also known as Dry Needling.
This an exciting alternative treatment that works directly on damaged skin, relaxing and smoothing scars, also reducing stretch marks. Any micro needling treatment essentially brings new life into damaged skin, and using a digital tattoo machine is a very quick way and precise way of making this happen.
No pigment is tattooed into the skin, however pigmentation begins to normalise as a result. Dry needling is not a new service to the market, but it’s not widely heard of outside of hospitals where it’s better known as MCA Micro Needling. It is an advanced course available to those already specialising in cosmetic and medical tattooing.
Dry needling is a different treatment to other skin needling treatments such as dermarolling.
Using the same principles of causing growth of healthy new collagen as a derma roller, dry needling is a more intensive treatment that works on the specific areas of affected skin only, i.e. each stretch mark and only the scar. Areas that are not affected are not treated. The digital tattoo machine causes blood to come into the treated area, without removing the top layers of skin. Over the weeks and months new collagen is formed i.e. healthy new skin rather than poor quality scar tissue, stretched or creased skin. A 20-50% improvement can be seen in just one session, with a course of 3 recommended for best results.
Dry needling can be used on all colours of skin, with only dark skins prone to over pigmentation and keloid scarring advised not to go ahead. Once approved for treatment, scarring, hypo or hyper pigmentation are unlikely risks, as no heat is used and the surface of the skin is not removed.
MCA Micro Needling began as a treatment to relax and reduce scar tissue, however it’s a valid alternative treatment to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, especially for darker skins where laser treatments would not be advised.
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