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By Maya, October 21, 2002 in Scar treatments
8) I just had needling done last night by my husband who is a tattoo artist (15 years) It is too soon to see the results yet, but I'll keep you posted if your interested. The scars we treated were pitted.
Wow - you are so lucky!!!!!!!!!
Did you have your whole face done? How long did it take?
Are you in the UK by any chance?
I had the needling done Sun Night. I orginally heard about it on another acne board and from there did some research and talked it over with my husband. He agreed that the process seemed very promising for my scars. I didn't have my whole face done, rather three pitted scars that I have had for 8+ years. Again it's too soon to see end results but I am very excited. Thanks for your interest.
Hi - thanks for coming back - and please don't go away!
Please keep me informed of how it continues.
By the way, perhaps at some stage, you could, with your husband, write out exactly how he perfomed this on you, because I want to go an approach som tatto artists here in the UK with the suggestion of needling my whole face.
I have noticed that a lot of tatoo artists are not keen on doing the face - but if I could explain to them the procedure, from a tatooists point of view, they may do it for me.
Thank you - very much
Thanks for your interest Maya. Everyday there has been significant improvement. During the healing process I have to keep the areas that have been tattooed covered with a thin layer of a&d ointment and I'll need to do this for at least a week. One of my scars was rather big, and although it is not perfect I can see where the tattooing "broke down" the hard scar tissue surrounding it and it filled in quite a bit. Once I am completely healed (three + weeks) we may do that one scar again to see if we can get it to fill in more. But again, we have to wait to see the final outcome.
So far I am very happy with the results. As others have said the nice thing about this is that it does not damage your skin, I am able to go on with my daily routine and the area's tattooed don't look worse than a small pimple. Wearing no makeup has also made the rest of my face very clear.
I have found someone in the UK who is due to finish her skin needling course soon, and next month, she is flying to Florida to get the machine - and wow - she only works 40 minutes from me!!!!
I am so excited.
Please keep me updated as to your progress though. Thanks
It has been 10 days since my needling (tattooing) My husband gave me his opinion this morning about results so far. one scar 100% improvement (this was an oddly shaped depressed scar on my left cheek) 75% on a smaller deeper scar on right cheek and 50% on my worst scar. It is still too soon for me to tell (the areas still have some scabbing) Although when I look in the mirror (a 5X lighted mirror) I am happier than I have been in years.
Thanks so much for keeping me up-to-date. Your results to date sound so fantastic! I can imaine how happy you feel, it must feel so good to look in the mirror and have you skin look so much better. I have heard from some people that the improvement continues for 3-6 months!
Where in the world are you based?
This sounds very interesting to me and I've looked at some info on the web about it.... I know a tattoo artist, and I've asked him if he'd be willing to try it on one of my scars. He said he would. I'll be sure to post here about my results if/when it happens. I still want to do a bit more research before going ahead with it although it seems to make complete sense that it would work.
Have you seen this link?
Please keep me updated! Thanks
Yes, Maya. The link you posted at the top of this thread was what got me interested but it was the post from the other board that really got me thinking it might be worth a try. That and actually knowing a tattoo artist. I will definitely keep you posted.
If only I knew a tatoo artist - I would have had it done by now!!
Please keep in touch!
JOGINN, how bad was your scarring?
Forgot to add.... I am only going to have my friend do ONE of my scars to start with (near my hairline), just to see how my skin reacts to it.
Joginn - Did your husband use anything for the tattooing? My friend said that he thinks he might use witch hazel. He doesn't think it would be a good idea to do it "dry". Also, what did you do for it afterward? Did you use hydrogen peroxide? neosporin? tattoo goo?
I have read that you are meant to put vit C serum and Vitamin A cream on your skin as it heals it up much faster - that information is on one of the links I'd posted.
We used water to tattoo with, witch hazel would irratate the skin. I would stick with water. Aftercare is apply a thin coat of a&d onitment for 7-10 days. Vitamin a&c will speed up the healing, but the idea of needling is to break down the scar tissue and incourage new skin growth..this takes time if you try to rush it you may not get any improvement.
Thanks for those recommendations.
Also, what can I expect my skin to look like after the procedure? Red? Swollen? Thanks very much.
Which A&D ointment did you use? Can you tell me the name and brand please. Thanks.
No numbing cream whatsoever. Just Applied a paper towel soaked in hot water over the pierced regions.
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