How is micropigmentation carried out for scar camouflage?
A pen with a tiny hair-fine needle is used which moves up and down, much like a sewing machine. Tiny dots of coloured pigment are deposited into the skin, gradually building up a natural and realistic effect using artistic use of colour, shadows and highlights. During scar camouflage treatments, tiny natural detail, such as freckles and skin texture can also be recreated.
Depending on the sensitivity of the scar tissue, you will be offered a topical anaesthetic (in the form of a cream, which is applied at least 30 minutes before the procedure is carried out) to numb the area.
What are the benefits and risks of scar camouflage using Micropigmentation?
To achieve the most natural results when camouflaging a scar, we have over 30 skin colour pigments to blend, so we will try our best to realistically match the colour to your surrounding skin.
Micropigmentation is an invasive procedure as we are using needles to penetrate the skin surface and the treatment is not without risk. The main risks include;
Slight skin irritation
Uneven pigment colour
Not achieving an exact colour match
Fading of colour over time
Pigment migration or spreading
Patients with keloiding problems or who have developed a raised scar after surgery or a tattoo previously, may not be good candidates for this procedure and you can discuss your prior scarring with Jo at your consultation. Patients with active infections should wait until the infection has cleared before seeking treatment.
If you are choosing to undergo areola and scar tissue tattooing after a breast surgery, you will need to check with your surgeon before having the procedure performed. Scar tissue accepts implanted pigment very differently than normal tissue and can result in uneven colouring, discomfort and keloiding (raised scarring).
It is usually best to wait until the scar tissue is mature and that can be anywhere from 7 to 12 months.
What factors may affect the results?
There are many variables that can impact on the final results of micropigmentation which is partially determined by variations in skin type, and can also be affected by:
Natural skin tones
Individual healing ability
Skin characteristics (dryness, oiliness, sun damage, thickness, colour)
PH balance of the skin (acidity)