Stretchmarks and Medical Tattooing
Stretchmarks are very common and they present no risk and can often become less visible over time. Stretchmarks can be white, silver, pink, red, brown, or purple, and are most common on the upper arms, chest, tummy, hips, back, bottom and legs. The most common causes are sudden growth or weight gain and can be due to going through puberty, pregnancy, being over weight or losing/gaining weight quickly. You will be more likely to get stretchmarks if you have a family history of them, if you’re female or if you are over weight.
Stretchmarks happen when the middle layer of the skin (dermis) becomes stretched and broken in places. Some areas and some peoples skin is less elastic than others causing the breaking and the stretchmarks. This can begin by the person noticing an itchiness in the area as it is stretching. Stretchmarks don’t cause any physical harm, but can cause psychological harm too many young and old women and men. There is no way to completely get rid of stretchmarks and therefore there needs to be a maintenance program for people that are experiencing concern over this.
Medical Tattooing can now help by visibly reducing the appearance of the stretchmarks by adding the persons skin colour into the dermal layer of the skin. From the photos below you can see the difference in 1 treatment. The patient has sent the After photograph so the difference in skin colour is due to different lighting. She is due to come back in January for 1 more treatment.
The treatment starts with a full consultation to determine whether your skin is suitable for treatment. A Colour analysis and Patch test is performed to check for hyperpigmentation as well as colour match and pigment retention. Once the healing process has happened and the pigment is settled, the patient will come in for a review in order to calculate the number of treatments necessary and the cost. You will also be told about Medical Tattooing, pigment, how the treatment works, the healing process and aftercare in order to make an informed decision.
The aftercare will be very important for the end result and you will need to keep the area dry for 48 hours, and NO swimming, sauna, subbed for 10 days. The UV rays from the sun will lighten pigment so using a Factor 50 at all times over the area when its exposed will help the medical tattooing last longer. Due to the nature of pigment, it does fade over time, so annual colour boosts will be needed to keep the area looking its best.
Get in touch now for a consultation with Rae Denman if you are interested in Medical Tattooing for Stretch Marks at any of the clinics below
Reigate Harley Street Skin Clinic, 16 Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey
London Bridge Plastic Surgery, 54 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YJ
The McIndoe Centre, Holtye Road, East Grinstead RH19 3EB
Katie Hill (PA to Rae Denman): 01737 930400