Need for Needle: Uncolored Tattoo Procedures (Part 1)

Paramedical tattooing, or Micropigmentation, as proceeds from its very notion, is strongly associated with visible color changes resulting from pigment insertion in the skin. Nevertheless, certain paramedical tattooing procedures do not require pigment application. The prime factor of their efficiency being specific manipulations with the tattoo needle that enhances the patient’s appearance. This article will touch upon such techniques as Scar Relaxation and Skin Needling. The above mentioned techniques are feasible on patients with scars and some other types of skin discoloration.

Burn scars are the most special type of scars that qualify for uncolored tattoo procedures. They are usually accompanied by the phenomenon of scar contractions, when the adjacent skin pulls together and tightens the skin on the burned area, which results in restricted movements and the feeling of stiffness. This can also occur as a result of trauma scarring. Tight scars present a difficulty in pigment application.

Scar relaxation technique helps to achieve supple skin texture and is strongly recommended to be performed prior to the first pigment application that normally should be a patch color test. In certain cases when there is no change in color and the scarring only results in skin rigidness, a scar relaxation procedure may camouflage the presence of the scar without additional color correcting manipulations only with the help of the “dry probe”. Since scarred tissue is either oblivious to pain or extremely sensitive, application of a topical anesthetic and a light lubricant is required.

Scar relaxation following a micropigmentation treatment may change the look of the patient revealing uneven or asymmetric pigment application due to the previous contraction. For instance, a scarred brow with the contraction that was released after the micropigmentation procedure may result in ptosis and stay asymmetrical with the other brow. Even if the scar contraction to be released is a slight one, like one on a cleft lip, the manipulation should be performed initially before pigment placement in order to achieve a satisfying symmetric look.

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NON-SURGICAL SCAR FADING AND REMOVAL by Chicago Permanent Cosmetics Center LLC

The scar relaxation technique that causes the least secondary scarring is a single needle application. The kinetic energy of a single needle applied on the scar contraction is so high that it can be compared to a surgical laser. Due to punctated application the surrounding tissue is hardly affected by disruption.

Vertical or/and spiral movements of the needle are deemed unsatisfactory as they result in much secondary scarring after the procedure. The preferable way of application is confined in random insertions of a single reciprocating needle. It is critical to start the procedure on a hardly noticeable test area to predict the results of the treatment and eliminate possible negative effects.

The scar relaxation treatment should be finished by the application of an antibiotic ointment and the area should be covered from pollution and UV light if possible. If necessary, the next appointment may be scheduled in 4 weeks.

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