Scar camouflage or skin camouflage is tattooing of the skin with different colours of flesh tone pigments to disguise a scar or skin area that’s missing pigment or colour.
SCAR CAMOUFLAGE / SKIN CAMOUFLAGE
Price Guide: From – $250
Touch Up (6-8 weeks) from – $200
Maintenance (6-9 months) from – $250
Please note: Price is based upon clinical assessment
THE BENEFITS OF SCAR CAMOUFLAGE TATTOOING
Psychological studies have shown that self confidence increases when a person’s appearance and body image is improved. This can be achieved with medical corrective tattooing. Skin colour loss (de-pigmentation) can occur from medical procedures, trauma from burns or accidents, congenital anomalies, or different types of skin diseases. Medical treatments and surgical procedures can correct or improve the appearance of many types of scars and skin abnormalities. However, some patients still need the skin colour of the treated area to be “re-applied” so it appears more “normal”.
WHAT IS SKIN CAMOUFLAGE OR SCAR CAMOUFLAGE?
Skin or scar camouflage is tattooing of the skin with different colors of flesh tone pigments. Its purpose is to disguise a scar or skin area that is missing pigment or colour. It is a specialised area of permanent cosmetics that falls under the category of Medical or Paramedical Tattooing. This process is also called Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Repigmentation, Scar Camouflage, Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, and Skin Color Tattooing. The science behind pigments and the physiology of human skin and tissue must be understood by the specialist performing these procedures. These procedures require advanced knowledge, training, skills, and experience in permanent cosmetics as well as an artistic eye for colour and skin tones.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR SKIN COLOUR REPIGMENTATION?
Even if you have a scar or skin abnormality, you may not be a candidate for skin repigmentation. You might be a candidate if you meet the criteria below. Your scar should be:
- Healed and no longer pink or changing colour: Your scar should be at least 9 to 12 months old with stable colour. If it is red or pink or still changing colour, the tissue may still be healing. A reputable, experienced medical tattooist will not work prematurely on scar tissue because it may cause further damage to the skin. (Note: If you were under a physician’s care for the condition, ask him/her if you may undergo skin colour tattooing before contacting our clinic).
- Smooth and relatively flat: Camouflage tattooing cannot disguise or correct extreme changes in skin texture. If your scar or skin area is bumpy or raised, the process may not be effective. (Note: If you have any skin surface irregularity, please consult with a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon first to see if any type of medical treatments can first improve the skin texture.)
- Without dark edges: Dark edges or borders around a scar indicate Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIHP) from the initial trauma or surgery. It is possible that the camouflage tattooing process may increase the hyper-pigmentation and create a wider, darker border. (Note: The risk of this happening is usually greater with darker skin tones.)
- NOT one of the following: 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.
BEFORE YOUR CAMOUFLAGE PROCEDURE
The first step is to obtain a clearance from your physician (please refer to the guidelines above). Then you can make an appointment for a consultation. At the consultation we will determine if you are a candidate for scar camouflage tattooing and discuss your options. If you are a candidate, the next step will be to set an appointment for a “Spot colour Test”. Other permanent cosmetics professionals sometimes refer to this test as a “Patch Test.”
WHAT IS A SPOT COLOUR OR PATCH TEST?
Scar and skin colour camouflage is an unpredictable process. Therefore, a spot colour test is the starting point for determining an appropriate combination of pigments to match the skin. In all cosmetic tattooing, including permanent makeup, the final healed colour looks very different from when the pigment was initially implanted. The healed result equals the pigment colour formula that was inserted under the skin plus the patient’s skin colour and tones. The healed spot will indicate if that same formula can be used for the first tattooing session or if it will need to be modified.
At your spot colour test appointment we will analyse your skin tones. We will mix several combinations of pigments to determine what appears to be a good match. We will then tattoo at least one spot about the size of a pea using at least one “formula.” All pigments that have been used will be recorded in your file for future reference. Although the tattooing process is brief, the mixing process can be very time consuming so you should allow at least one hour for this appointment. When finished, you must wait approximately 4 to 6 weeks to see how the healed colour will look. Your tattooing sessions can then begin after healing and colour stabilisation of the spot tattoo.
CORRECTIVE CAMOUFLAGE TATTOO SESSIONS
Once the spot test has healed and the colour stabilises, the damaged skin can be tattooed. She believes that cosmetic tattooing is a “partnership” with her patients because it is a multi-step process. Therefore, she will freely ask your opinion about colours and results as she works. The results after the first tattooing session may be very good. However, due to the “unpredictable” nature of most scars and skin abnormalities, a second, third, or even fourth session may be necessary for the best outcome. Fortunately, the colour formula or technique can be modified at each session to improve results. Sessions should be scheduled approximately 6 to 8 weeks apart to allow for complete healing and colour stabilisation.
Please Note: exposure to sunlight & UV will alter surrounding skin pigment & can effect colouring of the camouflage treatment.
COVER SCARS PERMANENTLY WITH MICROPIGMENTATION
Scars and skin imperfections from surgeries, burns, or other injuries can be easily camouflaged using paramedical cosmetic tattooing. Micropigmentation’s ability to break up the scar tissue and colour it to better match your natural skin tone provide miraculous results that will build your confidence in no time.
Paramedical uses of permanent makeup provide liberation from the embarrassment of unsightly scars and natural skin imperfections. Also called micropigmentation, paramedical permanent makeup is the implantation of pigment within the skin in a safe and sterile environment by our highly skilled nationally recognised experts.
Permanent makeup provides a finishing touch to surgical procedures, camouflaging scars and burns, and breast reconstruction. Micropigmentation’s ability to break up scar tissue and colour it to better match your natural skin tone improves your appearance and gives you renewed confidence in your appearance.
Scars, burns, and skin imperfections from surgeries or injuries can be easily camouflaged using these specialised permanent cosmetic micropigmentation procedures. Micropigmentation can also be used to break up scar tissue and colour it for a better appearance. Permanent cosmetics can disguise scars and discolourations from cleft palate, birthmarks, non-pigmented age spots, and cosmetic surgeries like face lifts and tummy tucks.”