HIDE SCARS IN PLAIN SIGHT
We know that self-confidence increases when a person’s appearance and body image is improved. This can be achieved with paramedical tattooing. Skin color loss (de-pigmentation) can occur from medical procedures, trauma from burns or accidents, congenital anomalies, stretch-marks, and different types of skin diseases.
Scar camouflage is tattooing of the skin with different colors of flesh-tone pigments. Its purpose is to disguise a scar or area of skin that is missing pigment or color. It is a specialized area of permanent cosmetics that falls under the category of medical or paramedical tattooing. This process is also called Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Skin Re-pigmentation, Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, and Skin Color Tattooing.
Note Skin Camouflage works exceptionally well on stretch marks!
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR SCAR CAMOUFLAGE?
- Healed and no longer pink or changing color: Your scar should be at least 12 months old with stable color. If it is red or pink or still changing color the scar tissue may still be healing.
- Smooth and relatively flat: Camouflage tattooing cannot disguise or correct extreme changes in skin texture. If your scar tissue or surface area is irregular or raised, the process may not be as effective. You may consider scar revision treatments to smooth out the scar prior to scar camouflage.
- Do not have: Keloid, raised dark edges, port wine birthmarks, spider veins, age spots, under eye circles, hyper-pigmentation, or unstable vitiligo (not in remission).
- Have realistic expectations: 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 anomaly so it appears completely gone and the area looks “perfect” again. It improves color differences to help disguise the scar or anomaly and make it less noticeable to other people.
- Do not spend time tanning: A scar camouflage tattoo will not be a “perfect” match to the surrounding skin color. This is due to the constant changes in skin tones from blood flow, body temperature, and tanning. The pigment in the tattoo will not darken if it is exposed to sunlight or tanning booths, so the tattoo may appear lighter if the surrounding skin tans. When the tattoo color matches tanned skin, it may appear darker once the surrounding tanned skin fades. Therefore, if you spend time outdoors, you will need to adjust your lifestyle or decide to match the tattoo to “winter” or “summer” skin and live with the changes in between.
- Do not expect results in one session: Camouflage re-pigmentation is a process, not a one-time “cure”. It is performed on “unhealthy” skin that has been damaged or altered. Its response cannot be predicted—a 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.