Scar Camouflage aka Paramedical Tattooing is a skin color tattoo that is used to disguise a scar or skin imperfection restoring a more natural appearance.
Scar camouflage helps improve the appearance of scars caused by infections, burns, surgeries, or injuries. The technique can also be used to camouflage skin abnormalities such as vitiligo and hypo-pigmentation, making them less noticeable.
Scar Camouflage is a micro-pigmentation process, using a hand-held device with needles that move over the skin with high-frequency perforations, effectively depositing pigment into the dermis.
Scar camouflage is unsuitable for you if one or more of the following are true:
Your scar is still healing & changing colour. The camouflage should only be performed on scars that are at least 9 months old & have stable color.
Your scar is raised or bumpy. Scar camouflage is effective only on scars that are relatively flat & smooth.
Your scar has dark edges. Scar camouflage may increase the hyper-pigmentation in this condition, causing the scar to become more noticeable.
Your scar is a keloid scar. The skin camouflage may worsen the condition in this case.
After a scar camouflage session, the pigment colour may change quite a bit. Therefore, a lighter & thinner amount of pigment is usually applied during the first session & colour adjustments are made accordingly in the following sessions.
Usually, at least 3 sessions are required to achieve optimal results. Sessions are usually scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart to allow the color to stabilize. In some cases, a patch test is performed before the first session to assess the ideal combination of pigments for a specific skin colour.
Local anaesthetic is not recommended because it may change the skin colour & is typically not required due to the lower pain sensitivity of scarred tissue.