Scar Camouflage has been around for quite some time but it has really started to become mainstream in the beauty industry. Medical professionals have been using scar camo to help treat burn and trauma victims for years. As technology continues to evolve so has scar camouflage. We are now using it to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars from injuries, liposuction, breast augmentation, mastectomies and surgical scars.
Scar camouflage can be transformational for patients who have suffered from severe trauma, like burns, surgery or injuries that have left long-lasting scars on not just their skin, but on their confidence as well. Although the procedure can’t make scars disappear completely, it can drastically reduce their appearance and help the client feel more comfortable and confident in their skin.
How is the procedure done
Artists use a tattoo machine to apply pigment into the scar using colors that match the skin tone. This does not just apply color to the scar it also helps to break up the scar tissue. Doing this helps make the texture and the appearance of the scar not so noticeable.
Who is the ideal candidate for scar camouflage?
Before you have the procedure done you will meet with your artist to have a consultation. The artist will look at the scar and do a color test to make sure that the color matches and that you are not allergic to the pigment. The ideal candidate is someone whose scar is at least 6 months old, and in areas that have very little sun exposure.
Patients with certain skin conditions like keloids, unstable vitiligo or scars with raised edges may not qualify to be a candidate for scar camouflage.
Does it hurt and how long is the procedure
The pain all depends on the client but with that being said your artist will use a topical numbing agent to help make the procedure more comfortable for you. One session can take anywhere from 1-4 hours depending on how big the scar is and what the client is looking for in the long run. Clients may need 2-3 sessions.
Depending on your artist they will give you different aftercare instructions. Just make sure to follow what your artist recommends for the best healing and retention.