One might feel scars are the signs of bravery one might feel scars are flaws which would haunt them for the rest of their lives but the scar is an indication that something that can’t be scabbed or healed. As this era is all about clean sleek skin with no marks, no discoloration of the skin or not even the slightest sign of scar a lot of techniques has rolled over into the market to meet needs. One method which has gotten a lot of attention lately is this scar camouflage or tattooing. Let us know more about this camouflage in this article.
When mastectomy and breast reconstruction, for example, leaves the scar but to get the skin in the blending it takes unique physiology and the surgeon’s skills to get the proper tone. The aftercare along with the topical scars therapies like silicone or strips and the cosmetic procedures like micro-needling and lasers will create a scar and leave a scar. But nowadays scar minimizing has been popular, that technique is called scar camouflage and this technique is called permanent makeup also called cosmetic tattooing the appearance of the mark.
What is scar camouflage?
Scar camouflage technique is also called color tattooing, or it is also called camouflage tattooing. This is a needle and pigment technique which blends all the scars surrounding the skin and uses permanent makeup pigments to reduce the scar. This is typically performed by medics or paramedics or a technician. Skin re-pigmentation has become popular nowadays because of its ability to improve the appearance of scars or stretch marks and other areas affected by hypopigmentation. One might think this might be a simple procedure just a discoloration of the skin can be cured. But like other forms of paramedical tattooing scar camouflage isn’t as simple we can know more about it further.
The difference between traditional tattoos and cosmetic tattoos
Traditional tattoos are a cosmetic procedure which is approved by FDA even though they don’t regulate the activity. The inks used are black and bright colors come from a variety of chemicals including metals, this gets injected into the derma and cannot be broken down by the body which means they are permanent and that might fade slightly or become vague over the period. However, on the other hand, cosmetic tattoos are also approved by FDA even this is also not regulated per se. The micro pigments used are neutral skin colours which match the skin tone, and this is matched or adjusted with white the color is primarily made from organic and inorganic components rather than metals along with titanium dioxide. The injection doesn’t go into the dermis, it would go very superficially. And the ink would partially get broken and faded in the body, so this technique is semi-permanent. This is likely to fade completely over time.
What kinds of scars can be camouflaged?
The scar can be of any kind. Once the correct type of micropigmentation or the source of the scar is not as important as it might feel or look. Once the scar is healed completely any type of permanent loss of pigment would be acquiescent to the micro pigment color. The scars might be from surgery or injury, stretch marks, and many skin conditions like vitiligo where the skin might need a lack of pigmentation. Any type of scar can be camouflaged but the only thing which matters is how well the scar is getting healed in the process. Generally, the recommended time for the scar to be camouflaged is one year, one must wait for a year to get the process. The scars cannot be worked on shortly after the surgery. Because a scar will go through many stages of the healing process and will change its appearance over time. The important thing is how skilled the artist’s skill is in pigmenting the skin and the nature of the scar, most of the time scars and stretch marks are those which are flat or neatly flat and paler than that of surrounding tissues. Ideally, most scars can be healed but there would be some cases where the result won’t be as expected.
What homework is expected?
While considering the procedure find a highly skilled or qualified medical or paramedical tattoo artist. Even though the procedure is being approved by FDA it is not regulated one should always keep this in mind. Check for the training and certification of the artist. And investigate the credentials if it is as per the municipal code of conduct and the experience of the artist and the facility and whether the facility is up to the mark as per local regulations or not. As see their work in pictures or clients check for the reviews from the clients who got the work done and how well the scar has healed and what has to be expected with the procedure. During the consolation, please evaluate the scar and as many questions you have with the procedure always, please let the artist know about your medical history and body chemistry along with the medication you are being prescribed, skin type, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and scar tendencies. Most of the time it is advised to get micro-needling and laser done before getting scar camouflage. Because micro-needling would flat out the surface and a better result can be found. Considering the re-pigmentation cost it would cost several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. And this is not covered by any insurance. So, one must keep all these things in mind while going into the procedure. The condition of the skin has to be analyzed and the procedure has to be taken up only when the skin condition fits the above-mentioned criteria and the patch test is always a good way to start any skin procedure the same holds good for skin camouflage as well.