What is Dry Tattooing?
A dry tattoo is a tattoo without the ink or pigment being injected into your skin. It is a procedure that can be done by a tattoo artist or aesthetician. Going to a professional for this procedure will land you the best results.
Dry tattooing is used for the appearance of stretch marks or any types of scars on your skin. Fortunately, dry tattooing can be done on any skin type!
How it is Done
Dry tattooing is based on the scientific observation that the basal layer of the skin can be stimulated to produce collagen that can fill in scars and stretch marks from the inside out. And dry tattooing around raised scars can stimulate the growth of skin that pulls the skin and flattens the area of scarring.
Dry tattooing is something you should never try at home. Especially if you have more than one scar, stimulating the growth of skin in ways that are helpful on one part of your body may be detrimental to the appearance of another part of your body. Leave the procedure to a professional who has seen many cases and knows how to prevent problems. But you don’t have to get the procedure from a doctor.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
When making your appointment at Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, our professional artist, Diane, will make sure she understands your health needs first. Diane will also make sure that you are able to give informed consent, that you have made arrangements to stay indoors for a few days while your skin heals, and that you understand what she is about to do.
Diane will first put a topical anesthetic on the skin to dull the pain of tattooing. The needles used in dry tattooing are bulkier and go in deeper than the needles most American acupuncturists use for acupuncture.
Diane then choose sites that need extra collagen to make scars less visible. A needle is stuck 1 to 2 mm (about 1/20 of an inch to about 1/10 of an inch) into the skin at a 45-degree angle. With this procedure, there is usually no bleeding at all, or if there is bleeding, it is usually very slight and only momentarily.
The process follows the outline of the scar being treated. The skin’s healing processes kick in and create just enough collagen at the right places.
Dry tattooing is often used when other procedures, such as microdermabrasion or facial peels are not affective on your skin. Other procedures for removing scars or stretch marks require down time of 1 to 2 weeks. Dry tattooing usually requires 2 or 3 days.
Diane will be able to achieve a natural look, simply restoring the appearance of normal skin contours and even coloration. Diane will set up a consultation first to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the procedure.