This is the tattooing of the skin with different colours of flesh tone pigments. Its purpose is to disguise a scar or skin area that is missing pigment or colour. Candidates for this type of procedure are those who have acquired a skin colour loss due to medical procedures, such as, scars from cosmetic surgeries like facelifts and tummy tucks, birth defects like cleft lip or cleft palate, trauma, burns or accidents, congenital anomalies or different types of skin diseases.
Scars should be at least 9-12 months old with stable colour. If your scar is red or pink, the tissue may still be healing.
Scars should be relatively smooth and 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 but there are other procedures that could help: dermabrasion, skin needling, dermal rolling and collagen induction therapy. Please book a consultation where we can discuss the best option for you.
Scars should not have dark edges. Dark edges or borders around a scar indicate Post Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation from the initial trauma or surgery. Camouflage tattooing may increase the hyper-pigmentation and create a wider, darker border. (This risk is usually with darker skin tones).
This treatment does not work for all conditions. It is not effective for Port wine birthmarks, spider veins, freckles, age spots, under eye circles, hyperpigmentation, or unstable Vitiligo.
If you are a candidate for this procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations.
This treatment can effectively disguise a scar or skin anomaly and make it less noticeable. It will not “erase” a skin abnormality and make the area look “perfect” again. A scar camouflage tattoo will not be a perfect match to the surrounding skin colour. This is due to the constant changes in skin tones from blood flow, body temperature and tanning. Camouflage repigmentation is a process and its response cannot be entirely predicted. It takes several weeks to show the final results.