Corrective work, Skin Camouflage or Scar Camouflage may be the process of Laser free removal of previous cosmetic tattoo and/or tattooing the skin with various colours of flesh tone pigments to give evenness of colour to areas of colour loss. Extraction of cosmetic tattoo is followed by design and colour repair.
Depigmentation or colour loss can be caused through medical procedures, accidents (e.g burns), congenital anomalies, or through various types of skin disease. As with tattoo makeup procedures skin camouflage or scar camouflage is redone after healing. All of the above procedures may need to be done more than twice, with pigment colour change applied along the way. Your patience will be rewarded!
To decide whether you are a good candidate for repigmentation, it needs to be determined that scar or skin is stable in colour, and healed. Skin sould be settled in colour, and be relatively flat with a smooth surface. There is no redness, pink skin or surface ‘bumpyness’.
Advise your doctor or physician, if under their care, that you wish to have skin colour tattooing.
Cosmetic tattoo is not generally used to hide freckles or sun spots, birthmarks or changeable skin conditions. For example, vitiligo (which is not in remission) is not recommended. You are not a candidate for micro pigmentation for erasure of dark circles under the eyes or vein camouflage.
Camouflage skin colour tattooing can give confidence to those who have skin that appears damaged or abnormal in some way. However, appreciate that while change and ‘normality’ may be restored to the skin, realistic expectations are required, and aftercare is essential.
To reiterate, the skins’ appearance can be improved, but scars cannot be removed nor an abnormality brought back to perfection. Continual changes in skin temperature, age and sun exposure may alter colour surrounding the newly tattooed skin so that that skin becomes darker or lighter, depending on the circumstances. The skin’s surface may also stay irregular, depending on the original circumstances.
As with any other semi-permanent tattoo on the face, the new procedure will look brighter and darker than you might expect. This changes within three or more days as the superficial pigment dries and exfoliates. Sometimes the skin may need more than two procedures or may in fact reject the pigmentation altogether. We ask you to be realistic, patient, and understand that with some skins types it can take weeks for your new colour implantation to look and feel part of you again.
Finally, a colour spot test is given initially in order to follow the progress and outcome of the colour-corrected skin. We offer a free consultation for scar or skin camouflage.