Is Scar Camouflage An Option For You?

Scar, or Skin Camouflage Micro Pigmentation, is a form 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. 

  • Burn Scars

  • Hypo Pigmentations 

  • Surgery Scars

  • Stretch marks

  • Plastic Surgery Scars

  • Cleft Palates

  • Injury Scars

  • Congenital Anomalies

  • Vitiligo (in remission)

  • Port Wine Birthmarks (only after multiple sessions with laser to cauterize the vessels and only under recommendation and doctor’s order)

It is a very specialized area of permanent makeup skill only a few technicians have been trained in as it requires advanced knowledge, training and experience in permanent cosmetics as well as an artistic eye for color and skin tones. We understand the science behind the physiology of human skin and tissue as well as the pigments.

Both men and women can benefit from scar camouflage procedures. Facial burns; scar discolorations, vitiligo, and other blemishes can often be dramatically diminished through our advanced micropigmentation. Although the success rate of these procedures is very high, often multiple treatments are necessary in order to complete the process. 

At the first visit or consultation session, we will perform a patch test to ensure that we have the best color matches and that it is deem safe for the clients to proceed. Often we refer to the doctor’s order or consult with the office before we proceed. Subsequent visits for pigmentation will be scheduled after that. Although this may seem like a lengthy process this can’t be rushed as it takes time to make sure the color develops well. Scar tissue unlike normal skin is not as flexible or smooth. It is often distorted, mangled, raised or sunken and will most certainly react differently from normal, healthy skin.

Please see the following complications for this procedure and when it is NOT advised!

  • The scar is still pink or changing color (has to be at least one year old)

  • The scar is not smooth or flat enough (If your scar or skin area is bumpy or raised, the process may not be effective)

  • The scar has dark edges (Indicates Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIHP) from the initial trauma or surgery. CPC can make it worst. Dark skin tones especially are affected)

  • If you have Keloids

  • Also not advised for spider veins; freckles; age spots; under eye circles; hyper-pigmentation

Semi-permanent Makeup vs. Microblading

'Microblading' seems to be very popular in the media at the moment.  While both are forms of micropigmentation (the process of implanting pigment into the skin), the techniques, results and process are quite different. 

Semi-permanent Makeup  Involves using a specially developed medical and cosmetic tattoo machine and needles, specifically for this purpose. The pigment is implanted around 1.5-2mm into the layers of the skin. There are a variety of needles and techniques available with machine work, from super fine natural hair stokes, through to soft ombre powder brows and bolder full powder brows. Some clients choose to have a combination brow - with hair strokes at the front, going through to a powder effect in the full body of the brow.  Typically you can expect to have a re-touch up at around 1.5 - 2.5 years. 

Microblading is a technique that involves using a hand held tool, which has micro blades attached to it. The technician creates fine hair strokes in the skin by slicing the blades in a hair stroke motion. Pigment is implanted at a much more superficial level into the layers of the skin. Typically you can expect to have a re-touch around 12 -24 months. 

Each of these treatments has its benefits; the best thing to do is discuss your requirements with your technician. We will be able to tell you whether you are suitable for semi-permanent eyebrows or microblading. 

What Do You Consider A Tattoo?

When many people hear the word ‘tattooing’, they probably think of the artistic tattoos people have on their body and not necessarily that of the medical kind. Medical tattooing can often be referred to as cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation, semi-permanent makeup, scar camouflage and paramedical micropigmentation. The procedure can be used to conceal various conditions including alopecia, vitiligo, surgical scars and burns, cleft palate, stretch marks to name a few.

Medical tattooing can transform the way people feel about themselves and boost their self-esteem and confidence. A person’s skin condition may have affected their work and relationships, often due to a lack of self-confidence. It’s important for aesthetic practitioners to be aware of medical tattooing as they may be able to refer patients. For example, practitioners or dermatologists who are not able to help with vitiligo should be advising their patients about the possibility of medical tattooing. Additionally, surgeons can reassure patients who may be concerned about the scars following surgery that there can be a solution.