Tattooing Over Scars & Stretch Marks

MediTatu ® Dry Tattooing

Graphic images on this page, viewer discretion is advised. Some of the following images are immediately after treatment. The area will be red and swollen as blood has been brought into the area, how much varies by person and area treated. Effective numbing creams are used

Scar & Stretch Mark Treatments in Manchester

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It’s well known within the tattoo community that when you tattoo over scars and stretch marks they change, but they also don’t take pigment well, scar tissue resisting pigment and stretch marks swelling

Preparing your skin for tattooing

MediTatu ® Dry Tattooing (also known as MCA Micro Needling, Collagen Induction Therapy, Needle Abrasion, Needle Dermabrasion, Micro Needle Therapy or Digital Skin Needling) for scars and stretch marks uses a digital tattoo machine, to help smooth and firm the stretch marks, and gently breaking up scar tissue in preparation for tattooing

  • No pigment used
  • Numbing cream is used
  • RegimA Scar Repair to boost healing and results
  • 1, 2 or 3 sessions of dry tattooing and skin will no longer swell when being tattooed
  • Scars behave more like normal skin
  • Get your skin ready while waiting for your artist !

Tattooing Scars

Most tattooists recommend you don’t tattoo over scars. However after 1, 2 or 3 dry tattooing sessions the skin begins to respond more normally.  Scars don’t always swell, but pigment doesn’t implant easily or cleanly, and if it does the colour usually heals differently, darker or cooler, or the pigment can reject completely

After dry tattooing the scar tissue improves as normal skin has grown within in, it begins to smooth and becomes less noticeable.  After a few dry tattooing sessions scars become more suitable for tattooing

Tattooing Stretch Marks

Most tattooists recommend you don’t tattoo over stretch marks.  This is because when a stretch mark is tattooed it swells, making clean pigment implantation pretty difficult, if not impossible

During the first dry tattooing session stretch marks will indeed swell up, however on the second session they swell less, and the third session hardly swell at all.  This is because normal skin has grown within the stretch marks, making them now more suitable for tattooing

Can my artist dry tattoo the area instead of you ?

Long established tattooists will know the effect dry tattooing has on scars and stretch marks, but are you visiting them for the quality of their work, or for a medical treatment ? 

It’s very wrong for any tattooist to offer scar and stretch marks treatments with no training, and think about it, if a tattooist is good enough and busy enough, they won’t have time to offer you dry tattooing

Being right or wrong aside, there are minimum training requirements for anyone to offer skin needling treatments.  Those already trained to offer permanent makeup with a machine, NVQ Level 4 in Advanced Beauty, existing skin needling training, nurses and doctors can learn dry tattooing.  They’re even working on new rules to raise this minimum training even higher – So it’s not a case of have a tattoo machine can dry tattoo !

How many sessions ?

I normally recommend 3 sessions for best improvement without any tattooing, but here we’d be doing treatments until the scar or stretch marks stops swelling, loosens or fills enough to be tattooed.   Expect to need 2 or 3 treatments over a period of 2 or 3 months. 

A good way of spending time while you’re waiting for your artist to be available !

Self Injury Scar Reduction
Before & After One Session – These raised and soft scars became firm and smooth within 6 weeks and after just one session. A second session was carried out
Self Injury Scar Reduction
Immediately after first session.  Unfortunately I forgot to take the freshly tattooed photo after the second treatment, but the treated scars were flatter and much more red

The following images are used to illustrate how the treated area differs when treated the first time to being treated again

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Immediately after first session
Selt Injury Scar Treatment (1)
Immediately after second session
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Immediately after first session
MCA for stretch marks (2)
Immediately after second session

What is Dry Tattooing, and a word of caution

If anyone has heard of skin needling as a beauty treatment, like the derma roller or derma pen, they make micro holes in the skin which causes your body to begin the wound healing process.

During wound healing, if inflammation is minimised and the skin fed (by using specially chosen aftercare products), new skin forms and fibrous scar tissue is loosened.

When improving scars and stretch marks, more precise and intense skin needling is needed, to break up the scar tissue, to wake up the stretch mark. Using a digital tattoo machine to do this makes perfect sense. I’ve not tried it with a coil or traditional tattoo machine, but the strokes are likely to be too soft, catching the tissue, and more risk of overworking the already damaged skin.

For most people, Dry Tattooing with no aftercare gives less than impressive results, and they’re slow. You may even cause more scar tissue, extra redness due to capillary overgrowth, or hyperpigmentation (skin going dark on treated areas).

Use the wrong aftercare and just like after tattooing, you’re highly likely to get a reaction, inflammation and then an infection.

Dry Tattooing is not a new service, I call it Dry Tattooing so the public gets a better idea of what it is and understands why it works (by understanding about skin needling).

The proper name for Dry Tattooing is MCA Micro Needling and it’s been used by specifically trained cosmetic and medical tattooists for over 30 years.

I’ve had a trade stand (not tattooing) at the Brighton Tattoo convention for the past 4 years talking about this treatment, and I’ll be there again next year. I invite the opportunity to educate, and caution.

Skin after it’s been Dry Tattooed looks brutal, the person being treated needs to be very prepared for this. If you know about blood lining, imagine those lines being a 1cm wide, raised and swollen !

I’m very aware calling the treatment Dry Tattooing will create many a reaction, but for as long as I can I hope those reactions are ultimately positive.  And now I’ve branded to Meditatu ® I hope the caution to untrained people with a tattoo machine is heard

About Me

Whilst I may have the needle skills for cosmetic and medical tattooing, I can’t draw to the standard I like to be tattooed, so I don’t tattoo body art

I’ll have a trade stand again at the 2017 Brighton Tattoo Convention, so if you’re there, come and say hello as I’m happy to chat about this treatment

Why do some stretch mark creams work ?

Stretch Mark Creams

You researched all the stretch mark prevention creams, read all the reviews, took advice from friends and family, made your choice and stuck to it. So how disappointing that you still ended up getting stretch marks. Why didn’t it work for you?

Why do stretch marks happen?

The dermis (living layer of skin) is where our skin produces collagen and elastin, when abundant and undamaged the skin easily stretches and regains its shape. Stretch marks are fine scars caused by tearing in the dermis when the skin lacks elasticity. Collagen gives skin its strength and durability, but elastin is more stretchable and helps maintain the skin’s resilience.

How do stretch mark creams or oils work?

By deeply nourishing the skin, penetrating through to the dermis, helping to heal, thicken and re-elasticise. With continued use the skin will become stronger and more elastic, allowing it to stretch even more without damage. Stretch mark prevention creams should not be thought of as a moisturiser.

So why do some products work better than others?

It’s not always the product that’s not working, it’s probably more likely you’ve chosen a product that’s not suitable for your skin type. Just like choosing the correct face moisturiser for your skin, you need to use a stretch mark prevention cream that’s suitable your skin, be it dry, normal or oily. Also, how old you are needs to be considered as the skin loses elasticity as we age.

The oilier or younger your skin is, and the more elastic it is, the skin responds to treatment is quicker because it needs less elastin proteins to repair. Conversely, the drier, older or less elastic your skin is, the earlier and more long-term use of creams will be needed to prevent stretch marks happening.

Our skin type is inherited from our parents, and one can be forgiven for taking comfort in “My mother didn’t get them, so I’m unlikely to”, but how would your father’s skin react to such stretching?

Are expensive products worth it?

Elastin can be found in lots of shampoos and conditioners, and collagen in many face and body creams, but the size of the molecule needs to be refined and small enough to penetrate to the deeper layers of the dermis. Many stretch mark prevention creams and oils make the surface of the skin smooth and moisturised, but little, if any, collagen or elastin reaches the dermis. Try using a sample of cream and a few minutes later feeling how much remains on the surface, and how much sinks in. Micro molecules that penetrate to the dermis aren’t found in cheaper products.

How do I use stretch mark prevention products?

They should be applied morning and evening to areas prone to stretching: breasts, tummy, buttocks and thighs. For those with dry and less elastic skin, starting to use products early in the pregnancy is recommended, to prepare the skin for stretching. Continue using the products while breastfeeding, washing nipples prior to each feed.  For dry skins, products need to be layered, with the stretch mark prevention cream used first, then a suitable skin moisturiser on top.

Topical Vitamin A (applied to the skin)

There’s much controversy and misinformation about what products can and cannot be used during pregnancy. Many doctors tell their pregnant patients that during the first trimester (three months) they are not allowed to take Vitamin A supplements. Supplements are taken by mouth and work systemically (get into the blood). Topically applied Vitamin A is applied externally, to work within the skin, not the blood.

Vitamin A in the forms of Retinol, Retinyl, Palmitate or beta carotene are perfectly safe to be applied to the skin during pregnancy. These have great benefits for the skin, aiding condition and helping, in combination with other natural ingredients, to prevent stretch marks. Always check product labelling for product safety to use during pregnancy.

RégimA Scar Repair & Anti-Stretch Complex is safe and highly recommended to use during pregnancy.  It contains high potency pure Retinol (Vitamin A). This is a safe and extremely effective antioxidant or anti-free radical scavenger, helping to rebuild damaged collagen and elastin, improving the condition of the skin support structure. Scar Repair also contains a unique form of micro molecular synthesised elastin, this is not of animal origin, nor has it been tested on animals. Scar Repair can also be used during dieting and to heal fresh and pink stretch marks and scars.

by Lisa Henning. Published in ABC Magazine – Sussex

Stretch Mark Prevention

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RégimA Scar Repair & Anti-Stretch Complex helps generate new skin cells and repair the damaged scar tissue and helps prevent further stretching. It is an effective repair and preventative treatment, however, obviously the oilier or younger the skin, the more elastic it is and therefore the skin’s response is quicker because it needs less elastic proteins to repair. Therefore the drier and less elastic skin will require more long-term Anti-Stretch treatment.

Stretch marks cannot be eliminated completely. However, it has been seen in clinical practice that one can make them look a lot better and proper early care lessens the impact and helps prevent further damage. Our aim is to deeply nourish the skin to start with, penetrate through to the dermis and heal, thicken and re-elastisize. With continued use the skin will become stronger and more elastic, giving one the ability to stretch more without damage.

Anti-Stretch penetrates through the epidermis (outer horny layer of skin) down into the dermis regenerating new cells. It is a ‘prevention as well as a treatment’. The healing plants and our special Elastin, work synergistically healing and repairing. We help to eliminate the incessant itching associated with stretch mark development, thus helping in the prevention process. One must allow 2 to 3 months to see improvement, this varying again on the age and elasticity factors

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Scar Prevention & Advice

Preventing Unsightly Scars

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Once a surgical wound has closed, the stitches removed and the consultant signed you off, that’s usually it.  You now have a fresh scar that still needs caring for to get the best cosmetic appearance, but we’re rarely taught how

I’d like to share how, it’s surprisingly simple, and costs very little

Fresh Scar Tissue

Once the stiches have been removed, fresh scar tissue is holding the wound together.  For areas of high movement i.e tummy and around the shoulder, or areas prone to gravity stretching i.e tummy and breast, the fresh scar tissue is working far harder that it should be.  One of two things will happen, the scar will form into a fibrous bump of tissue, or become a stretched scar, which can be loose or tight.  So it would make sense to help support the fresh scar tissue with micropore tape, thus holding the area together

Micropore Tape

Simply tape over the scar with micropore tape, easily found in chemists, 2.5cm x 10m costs about £4

  • The width of the tape you use should completely cover and support the scar, surrounding it by about 1cm. 
  • The tape should be applied to a clean scar with no greasiness on the surrounding skin.  Apply the tape firmly.
  • The tape must be left on until it comes off naturally (5 to 7 days), and replaced.  Do not remove daily as this will cause irritation.
  • Continue taping until the scar matures, becoming pale and flat. This may take a couple of months.

This method must not be used on wounds, or skin that has any broken surface

Hip replacement scar.  RegimA Scar Repair with micropore tape began whenstitches were removed

MediTatu ® Treating Mature Scars & Stretch Marks

When stretch marks are no longer fresh pink, and scars older than 6 months (usually white), they are considered mature and need waking up before these creams will benefit.  Dry tattooing wakes up the skin

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Scar Prevention Products

I stock RégimA Scar Repair (cream and serum) and Laser Azu-Repair gel, you can purchase them online or call me if you’ve any questions.  For fresh wounds and burns, always seek medical advice before treating yourself or someone else

Why Choose RégimA

  • Suitable for all skin types, ages and ethnicities
  • No animal or human ingredients and not tested on animals
  • Enhanced wound healing and scar maturation
  • Helps even old scarring, improves smoothness & colour of scarring
  • Helps prevent and repair stretch marks
  • Safe during pregnancy
  • Highest amount of natural ingredients achieving ultimate anti-ageing results

RégimA is a unique skin rejuvenation and treatment range manufactured for the use of doctors and skin care professionals. Extensive use of the very finest potent natural ingredients from Europe, South Africa and other tropical regions and indigenous wound healing, skin repairing plants, ensures RégimA’s status as a skin treatment leader in the world market

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RégimA Scar Repair Forte (serum)


Scar Repair Forté comprises a host of new generation wound-healing and anti-inflammatory actives, designed to provide potent care for new operative or trauma scars, hypertrophic scars, damaged skin and stretch marks. SAFE for all skin types, even sensitive areas, delicate eye area, all age groups, all ethnicities. Provides ultimate unparalleled wound healing, accelerating reconstruction of damaged skin, enhanced scar maturation and a more aesthetically pleasing end result. May be used with or without micropore tape

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  • Rapidly reduces inflammation and irritation
  • Promotes wound healing, rapid repair
  • Helps reduce skin redness (erythema)
  • Provides balanced healthy collagen I & III synthesis
  • Anti-glycation – prevents hardening of elastin fibres
  • Skin regenerating, restructuring, re-elasticizing
  • Helps treat new and old lumpy, red, painful scars
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks
  • Helps inflammatory skin conditions such as acne
  • Helps improve all skins – thinned, fragile, sun damaged, scarred or ageing

RégimA Scar Repair (cream)


Extremely versatile scar repairing cream for use on new and old scars. Helps accelerate the healing process. May be used with or without micropore tape. Seen clinically to have a positive effect on even hypertrophic or keloid scarring. A prevention and a ‘treatment’ for stretchmarks. Also seen to have a positive effect on scarred or acneform skins. May be used am or pm under RégimA day and night products on damaged, thin, ageing skins to help thicken, repair and re-elasticize

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For new scars use Scar Repair Cream or Super Strength Serum applying immediately following suture removal 2 to 4 times daily. May be done alone or over the top of micropore tape, which is recommended by plastic surgeons for certain operations such as breast or tummy tuck. For keloid scars massage several times daily

Hypertrophic & Keloid Scars are scars that manifested as pink, red, purple, itchy, painful, raised and usually remain in that condition for years if untreated, therefore massage them with pressure Scar Serum or Cream daily into affected scarred areas

Scar Cream RegimA (4)RegimA Scar Repair Before and after

RégimA Laser Azu-Repair Gel

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The primary function of Laser Gel Azu-Repair is to provide all the necessary support for wound healing, and create an environment for the skin that ensures rapid repair and moisturisation. The combined effect of the actives imparts the further benefit of the reduction of irritation, soothing and softening damaged skin, and alleviating inflammation

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  • Helps promote more rapid healing
  • Aids skin recovery
  • Soothes, calms, reduces redness
  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant
  • Anti-irritant, anti-bacterial
  • Assists in procollagen synthesis
  • Assists with skin regeneration
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Super moisturising, rehydrating
  • Helps prevent crusting/scabbing which could result in scarring and pigmentation

Always keep a jar of ‘The Blue Gel’ in the first aid kit for any cuts, grazes, burns, nappy rash. For psoriasis in the scalp massage The Gel into the rea and leave overnight. For damaged cracked hands aor heels apply a generous layer at night with gloves or socks over whilst sleeping.


Azulene, Pomegranate seed oil, Borago, Bisabolol etc. with ’The Blue Gel’ always provide powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-viral properties. The combined actives are soothing, calming, help reduce redness and swelling with added pain relief benefits, relieving highly irritated, inflamed or burned skins. Enhanced skin penetration, helps deliver active ingredients trans-dermally to quickly hydrate dry, damaged skins, relieving skin irritations, improving elasticity, restoring suppleness

RegimA Scar Repair Before & After

Using RégimA Scar Repair & Laser Gel

A combined treatment would be recommended for burns, including radiotherapy burns

Radiation Therapy

Laser Gel would be applied immediately after each radiation therapy session (not during the treatment itself). Scar Repair is also highly recommended with Laser Gel over the top.  The high percentage of anti-inflammatory ingredients combined help to alleviate any radiation burn

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RegimA Scar Repair Before and after
RegimA Scar Repair Before & After

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RégimA offer many skin wonderful products and skin treatments, as a small studio I don’t stock all the products.  After visiting their website, if there’s something you’d like to know more about, or purchase, let me know and I order it in for you

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