Scar Camouflage with skin coloured tattooing



Scar Camouflage and repigmentation of stable vitiligo

Scar Camouflage with skin coloured tattooing is carried out using permanent makeup pigments or tattoo inks which are gently tattooed into the skin.

This treatment is particularly effective for disguising light coloured scars, such as surgical, burn or trauma scars, acne and chickenpox scars or small areas of stretch marks.

The scars should be at least 1 year old and lighter in colour than the surrounding skin for safe and effective scar camouflage.

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 How is Scar Camouflage carried out?

Tiny dots of coloured pigment are deposited into the skin using a gentle cosmetic tattooing pen. This digital pen holds a safe cartridge with a tiny hair-fine needle which moves up and down, implanting pigment into the skin.
The pigment is gradually built up, creating 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 your scar tissue, you will be offered a topical anaesthetic cream to numb the area. This will be applied at least 30 minutes before the procedure is carried out.

To achieve the most natural results when camouflaging a scar, I have over 40 skin colour pigments to blend, so I will try my absolute best to realistically match the colour to your surrounding skin.

Scar camouflage or ‘skin coloured tattooing’ is an invasive procedure as I will be 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 me 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 to that of 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 could affect the results of Scar Camouflage?

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)
Alcohol intake

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