What is a Skin Camouflage or Scar Camouflage?
Skin & Scar Camouflage is a tattooing method in which we camouflage scars and stretch marks with different color flesh tone pigments , its purpose is to disguise the area that is missing pigment or color. There are several terms that can be used for Scar & Stretch Mark Camouflage such as: Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Re pigmentation & Camouflaging Tattooing.
Scar & Stretch Mark Camouflage is a permanent cosmetic service, it may be fairly new to you but have been noticed for quite some time now. Its very popular in Brazil and in the United Kingdom. There are clinics that have been offering this service but kept it a huge secret.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR SKIN & SCAR CAMOUFLAGE?
Even if you have a scar and skin condition, you may not be a candidate for skin or scar camouflage. Your scar should be:
- Healed and no longer pink or changing color: Your scar should be at least 9 to 12 months old with stable color. If it is red or pink or still changing color, 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 skin, (Note: if your client is under a physicians care for the condition, they will need to ask if they may be treated).
- 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.
- Without dark edges: Dark edges or borders around a scar indicate Hyper-pigmentation from the initial trauma or surgery. It is possible that the camouflage tattooing process may increase 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: spider veins, pregnant, under blood thinners or medications that prevent them from getting serviced, cancer, active chemo/ radiation, a strong case of hyper-pigmentation: or unstable Vitiligo (not in remission)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT TYPE OF SCARS CAN BE CAMOUFLAGED?
Although scar & stretch mark camouflage cant erase the scared area, the most commonly addressed scars are tgose from face lift surgery, abdominal plasty (tummy tuck), breast surgery and stretch marks.
DOES IT HURT?
A topical anesthetic ointment is liberally applied in order to numb the skin and make the treatment comfortable but will not take the full pain away.
WILL THERE BE ALOT OF DOWN TIME ?
This is a non invasive procedure. There is no bleeding and no pain after the procedure, allowing you to return immediately to your life.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ?
Although there will be excellent results with the initial treatment, please allow two or three visits to achieve perfectly soft and natural results. Creating the illusion of protrusion, or three- dimensionality, is an intricate process requiring attention to tone and shadow. The goal of each session is to perfect the design as well as correct asymmetry. Each session should take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on how big the area is.
HOW LONG AFTER SURGERY MUST I WAIT BEFORE GETTING THE TREATMENT DONE?
After surgery, a waiting period of 6-8 months is required to give all tissue adequate time to heal. During consultation, we will evaluate your scar and advise on the appropriate time frame for treatment.