Scar Camouflage is also known as Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Repigmentation, Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, Skin Color Tattooing, Medical Tattooing, and Paramedical Tattooing.
The procedure is a Micropigmentation technique that involves implanting pigment into scar tissue to remove discoloration, creating an even finish. Pigment is created and matched to each patient based on his or her natural skin tone and begins to blend with the rest of the skin after several sessions. Both men and women can benefit from scar camouflage procedures.
The appearance of a scar can impact a person’s self-esteem. We can help you regain your confidence if you are suffering from a scar or skin condition.
Scar Camouflage can help with:
- Injury scars (including burn scars)
- Surgical scars (mastectomies, hair restoration, plastic surgery, etc.)
- Stretch marks
- Hypo pigmentation – vitiligo (in remission)
- Some forms of hyper pigmentation (birthmarks, moles, freckles, liver spots, etc.)
- Cleft palates
- Congenital anomalies
The treatment is conducted in a clinical environment with medical quality equipment and local anesthetics, making it safe and pain-free.
We discuss the best course of treatment based on your skin type, scar condition, medical history, and lifestyle.
Then we schedule subsequent visits, the first of which is a Patch Test.
2) Patch Test
Skin tone and body chemistry will affect the healed color of the tattooed areas, so a Patch Test is the safest way to determine the closest color match.
The Patch Test is completed 4 – 6 weeks before the procedure to allow for healing and color stabilization.
3) Evaluate Patch Test
Once the spot is healed and the color is evaluated, we schedule the tattooing procedure.
4) The Procedure
We begin the procedure after the anesthetic has settled in.
Depending on the location and severity of the scar, a procedure can take 1 – 3 hours.
Then we apply our aftercare products and schedule a touch-up appointment for 45 – 60 days after the procedure.
5) Touch Up
Scar tissue can be unpredictable when it comes to retaining pigment, which is why a Touch Up is needed to fine-tune the color, add more pigment to any areas that may have healed unevenly, and determine if additional treatments are necessary.
6 ) Maintenance
Generally, a review is not needed for another 12 – 18 months.
Does my scar have to be completely healed before it can be camouflaged?
Yes, we cannot work on a scar until it is properly healed, which usually takes 2 – 3 years.
How long will the camouflage last?
Once pigment is attached to the skin, it fades over time, but depending on the nature of the scar and if correct aftercare instructions are followed, the results of the treatment may last as long as 15 years.
What color will you use for the camouflage?
We mix all colors specifically to suit your skin tone.
All decisions are fully discussed and advised during the consultation appointment, which occurs prior to treatment.
Will the scar be invisible?
The scar or anomaly will not be completely erased, as the procedure cannot fully restore skin to the way it looked prior to injury. It improves color differences to help disguise the scar or anomaly, making it less noticeable to other people.