Also known as ‘medical tattooing’ and ‘medical micropigmentation’. Skin camouflage helps improve the appearance of a person with skin disease such as vitiligo or post inflammatory hypopigmentation from skin trauma. Scar camouflage helps reduce the appearance of scars from accidents, burns, surgeries, or the repair of congenital disorders such as cleft palate. Hair simulation helps restore the appearance of missing hair lost to disease (cancer or alopecia), trauma or natural thinning within an eyebrow, mustache or scalp. That technique can also be used to simulate hair stubble. Reconstructive camouflage helps post-mastectomy patients by creating a nipple and areola on the newly reconstructed breast surgeries for augmentation, reduction, and breast lift can also be masked
Our expertise also extends into the paramedical field of scar revision, scar camouflage hair follicle replication as well as areola restoration, vitiligo, and skin pigmentation disorder camouflage and much more. We use the latest state of the art equipment and a higher grade pigments for all our procedures.
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 color. It is a specialized area of permanent cosmetic that falls under the category of medical and paramedical tattooing. This process is also called corrective pigment camouflage (CPC) Corrective camouflage, skin repigmentation, scar camouflage, scar camouflage tattooing and skin color tattooing.
The specialist performing these procedures must understand the science behind pigments and the physiology of human skin and tissue. These procedures require advanced knowledge, training, skills, and experience in permanent cosmetics as well as an artistic eye for skin tone.
Who is a good candidate for skin color 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
If your scar is healed and no longer pink or changing color:
Your scar should be at least nine to 12 months old with stable color. If it is red of pink, 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.
If your scar is 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.
If your scar does not have 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 hyperpigmentation and create a wider border (note: The risk of this happening is greater with darker skin color.)
Who is not a good candidate for skin repigmentation?
If you have any of the following you would not be a good candidate for skin color repigmentation: port wine birthmarks, spider veins, freckles, age spots, under eye circles, hyperpigmentation or unusual vitiligo (not in remission). These issues can be improved with non micropigmentation medical treatments such as lasers, or chemical peels. Please consult with a physician regarding the best course of treatment for these conditions.
What you need to know about camouflage/scar revision:
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 abnormality so it appears completely gone and the area looks “perfect” again. It improves the color difference that helps disguise the scar and make it less noticeable to other people. So you must have realistic Expectations.
A scar camouflage tattoo will not be in a “perfect “match to the surrounding skin color. This is due to the constant changes in skin tone from blood flow, body temperature, and tanning. The pigment in the tattoo will not darken if it is exposed to sunlight or a tanning booth, the tattoo may appear lighter than the surrounding skin tans. When the tattoo color matches the tanned skin it may appear darker once the surrounding skin fades. Therefore, if you spend time outdoors, you will need to adjust your lifestyle or decide to match your tattoo to “winter” or “summer” skin and live with the changes in between.
Camouflage repigmentation is a process, not a one-time “cure”. It is performed on “unhealthy” skin that has been damaged or altered. It’s response cannot be predicted 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.