Surgery, trauma or simply your DNA type can cause scars to form on the skin during the healing process.
Medical tattooing can camouflage these scars, by implanting pigment that matches your skin colour.
Giving back your confidence!
Prior to scar treatment, a scar relaxation technique is used called micro needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). This creates microscopic punctures in the scar tissue, stimulating collagen production and helping blood capillaries to reach the surface.
You may require more than one tattooing appointment depending on the degree of scarring.
However, this is entirely dependent on your individual circumstances and the desired outcome.
Please note: An in-person consultation is needed for all scar camouflage procedures.
Tummy tuck scar camouflage. Healed picture (right) is taken only after one session.
How many treatments you need depends of the scar tissue.
Legs scar camouflage, this is a result straight after the procedure
Acne scar camouflage
Acne scars on the face, chest and back are very common. Acne scars are the result of inflammation of acne blemishes and are usually treated with microneedling to stimulate collagen production, smoothing out scars. Microneedling radiofrequency has shown to help with textural improvement from acne scarring and can prevent further acne from forming. Depending on the scars and the colour, a camouflage technique may be possible. During your consultation appointment we'll outline the best treatment for you to achieve the best results.
Stretch mark camouflage
Stretch marks can appear when the skin has been exposed to rapid growth and doesn’t restore to its original state. Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back. Stretch marks are firstly treated with Microneedling to boost collagen and approve texture. Depending on how the skin heales a camouflage treatment can be performed to even the skin tone. More information will be provided in the consultation.
Surgical scars can form as a result of a mastectomy, breast augmentation or reduction surgery, tummy tuck, face lift, or gender reassignment surgery. For the best camouflage outcome, a scar relaxation method is used called Microneedling, that reduces the three-dimensional appearance of the scar. This camouflage technique relaxes the scar, while adding pigments to match the surrounding skin, reducing visibility.
Burns cause skin cells to die. First-degree burns often heal on their own without scarring. Second- and third-degree burns usually leave behind scars. Micropigmentation can help to camouflage the area of burnt skin through repigmentation.
Radiation marker camouflage
Radiation markers can often be a reminder of battling cancer and the uncomfortable treatment you went through. Survivors will be left with permanent tattooed radiation markers/dots, which are either blue or black. They are an important marker for accurate radiation treatments. Radiation markers can be removed by several laser treatments or my preferred method; camouflaging/tattooing the dots with a neutralizing color. This makes the blue dots a brown color, which then appears as a freckle.
Skin graft scars
Skin grafts are used to help close the wound. This involves replacing or attaching skin to an area that is missing skin. Skin grafts are done by taking a piece of healthy skin from another area of the body (called the donor site) and attaching it to the needed area. After a graft has healed, pigments can be implanted into the graft to match it to the colour of the surrounding skin. This is typically done in a number of sessions building up the colour and detail over time.
Scar discoloration, Vitiligo and other
Scar discoloration, Vitiligo, port wine stains, sun spots etc. For any scar camouflage procedure to be successful, it is crucial that your skin isn’t tanned at the time of the treatment. Vitiligo needs to have been dormant for at least seven years otherwise a recurrence of spreading could be stimulated. Camouflage and micropigmentation can help to reduce the appearance of your scars, correct skin discoloration and increase self esteem and confidence.
Would scar camouflage treatment be right for you?
Your scar should be:
Healed and no longer pink or changing colour - Your scar should be at least 12 months old. If it is red, purple or pink or still changing colour the scar tissue might still be healing. If it's 1 year old but still purple massage silicone 2 x a day to improve the scars appearance.
Smooth or relatively flat - Scar Camouflage cannot correct extreme changes in skin texture. You might consider skin revision treatments to smooth out the scar prior to Camouflage.
Without dark edges - Dark edges indicate signs of Post Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation, which usually occurs on darker skin.
Do not have one of the following - Keloid, scars with raised dark edges, Port Wine birthmarks, spider veins, freckles, age spots, under eye circles, hyper-pigmentation, or unstable Vitiligo (not in remission). These can be improved with non-tattoo medical treatments such as lasers, sclerotherapy, or chemical peels. Please consult with a physician regarding the best course of treatment for these conditions.
Have realistic expectations - Camouflage tattooing will not completely restore skin to the way it looked before it was injured. The process will not “erase” a scar or skin anomaly so it appears completely gone and the area looks “perfect” again. It improves color differences to help disguise the scar or anomaly and make it less noticeable to other people. Camouflage re-pigmentation is a process, not a one-time “cure”. It is performed on “unhealthy” skin that has been damaged or altered. Its response cannot be predicted—a scar or vitiligo patch may have areas that absorb pigment, reject it, or both. The area will look dark and red immediately after a tattooing session, and then it takes several weeks to show the healed color (or not). This requires time and patience.
Do not tan - The pigment in the tattoo will not darken if it is exposed to sunlight or tanning booths, so the tattoo may appear lighter if the surrounding skin tans.
Let's Work Together
For your best outcome to conceal your scar, book in for a free consultation, including a treatment plan and pricing. We can evaluate your natural skin colour, and perhaps do a small colour match* test.