MCA (Multi-Trepannic Collagen Actuation) also known as Dry Needling, is a treatment specifically for scar rejuvenation
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 tattoo machine is a very quick 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 facial skin needling treatments such as derma rolling.
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 most 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.
MCA Micro-Needling is scar-specific, meaning only the scar is treated and not the surrounding area. Derma-roller and Dermal Needling are suitable for larger areas such as the face and these two treatments can be combined to successfully treat pitted acne scars.
The scar will be red and you can expect some flaking after a few days.
Aftercare is minimal however the area needs to be treated as a wound, so avoid swimming, gyms etc where bacteria can be picked up.
Keloid scars (raised, red, inflamed & itchy) cannot be treated, however hypotrophic (indented) and hypertrophic (raised) can be treated. If you are unsure of what type of scar you have then please send me a picture. Often raised scars are mistaken for keloid, but these can be successfully flattened.
You will see results after one session and continued results after multiple sessions. Sessions need to be spaced 6 weeks apart.
You will feel a little discomfort, but the skin is broken minimally.
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