Scar Camouflage Tattooing
We camouflage scars from surgery, injuries, burns, skin grafts and other skin imperfections using tattooing techniques such as micropigmentation. We implant color into the skin to help the scar match and blend better with the surrounding skin tone.
Scar therapy is a procedure that utilizes a technique called inkless needling (where no pigment is inserted—only a serum infusion is implanted into the skin). It is used to break up scar tissue and improve tone—transforming the scar and giving it a more natural appearance.
Improve Your Scars
Discoloration & Texture
Before and after results from scar camouflaging hypopigmentation spots from poison ivy.
Types of Scars Treated
Many patients use micropigmentation and scar therapy procedures to disguise:
- Face lift scars
- Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) scars
- Cleft palate reconstruction
- Stretch marks
- Orthopedic surgery scars
- Dog bite scars
- Breast reconstruction scars
- Cancer port scars
- IPL Laser burns/hypopigmentation
- Trans female to male (FTM) top surgery scars
- Self-harm scars
- Burn scars
- Skin graft scars
- Hypopgimentation from poison ivy
Appointment length: Time varies
Healing time: 3 to 7 days
Numbing Used? No. Due to the fact that numbing agents cause the skin to blanch (turn white) which would make it difficult to see where the scar ends. Discomfort is typically only mild to moderate.
Actual tattooing time: Varies and is dependent on size of scar
Lasts for: 5 to 10 years
Colorboost recommended: As needed
The one thing to remember about scar camouflage is that it will always look WORSE, before it looks better. Immediately after the micropigmentation, it will be raised, irritated, and red. However, once the healing is complete, it will take on a more natural skin-tone and appear softer and flatter.
IMPORTANT: All scar therapy or scar camouflage tattooing require a consultation prior to scheduling your session.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does Scar Camouflage work?
We use micropigmentation techniques to implant pigment in the scar in order to help it visibly blend better with the surround skin color.
Can any scar be camouflaged?
Scars must be at least 1 year old before we will camouflage them. This is because they may change greatly in color and texture from time of formation to when they are considered “fully formed” at the 1-year mark.
We typically CAN camouflage any scar that is lighter or whiter than the surrounding skin.
We can NOT camouflage any scars that are darker than the surrounding skin.
We can NOT camouflage any scars that are hypertrophic or are keloid.
Who is NOT a good candidate for Scar Camouflage?
The following current conditions exclude you from being an eligible candidate:
- History of Keloid scarring
- History of easy/excessive hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation or pigmentation disorders
- Bleeding Disorders
- Currently taking antibiotics or steroids
- Currently receiving chemo/radiation treatment
- History of Herpes Simplex (cold sores or fever blisters)*
*Must be on preventative dose of Acyclovir/Valtrex in order to participate in Scar Camouflage if area to be treated is prone to cold sores/fever blisters/or Herpes zosters.
- Unhealthy or broken skin
- Extensive sun or tanning 3 days prior and 8 weeks post treatment
- Accutane in the past 6 months to 1 year in area to be treated
- Glycolic acid products, Retin-A or Renova in the last 4 weeks in area to be treated
- Waxing the area to be treated in the past 7 days
- Any other chemical peel in area to be treated within 8 weeks of the treatment
What is the healing process like?
You may experience redness, swelling, tightness, and/or a “sun burnt” feeling for the first few days. From days 4 to 7, the area will be dry, flaky, and may possibly exhibit a small amount of scabbing.
Is it painful?
There is some discomfort. However, depending on the area that discomfort can range between a 2 to a 6. We typically do NOT numb the area, as numbing agents can blanche out the skin, making the scar border more difficult to see. However, in highly sensitive areas (ie: lips, throat, genitals), we will apply a
Can scar camo be used to lighten darkened (hyperpigmented) scars?
Scar camouflage tattooing cannot be used to lighten scars that are darker than the surround skin tones. In fact, tattooing over hyperpigmented (dark) areas may lead to increased hyperpigmentation.
How many sessions are typically needed with scar camouflage tattooing?
The most seamless color transitions are achieved typically after 3 to 4 sessions of layering a “wash” of
color in the scar.
What is aftercare like?
We typically cover your scar camouflage with a Tegaderm bandage, which you’ll wear for 3 days. After the Tegaderm is removed, you’ll clean the area with Dial antibacterial soap for the next 7 to 10 days and apply the aftercare lotion we provide to you. The area may scab slightly and/or flake and peel during this time.
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Do I need to book a consultation?
A complimentary consultation is MANDITORY for all scar camouflage tattooing. If you live out of state or will be driving from a far distance, this consultation can be done virtually.