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Erase that feeling of insecurity about discoloration or a scar on your skin in just a few visits.
Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Re-pigmentation, Scar Camouflage,
Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, and Skin Color Tattooing IS...
What is Scar Camouflage?
Skin or scar camouflage is tattooing of the skin with different colors of flesh tone pigments. Its purpose is to disguise a scar or skin area that is missing pigment or color. It is a specialized area of permanent cosmetics that falls under the category of Paramedical Tattooing.
This process is also called Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Re-pigmentation, Scar Camouflage, Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, and Skin Color Tattooing.
The science behind pigments and the physiology of human skin and tissue must be understood by the specialist performing these procedures. These procedures require advanced knowledge, training, skills, and experience in permanent cosmetics as well as an artistic eye for color and skin tones.
Who Can Benefit from Scar Camouflage Tattooing
Psychological studies have shown that self confidence increases when a person’s appearance and body image is improved.
This can be achieved with medical corrective tattooing. Skin color loss/de-pigmentation can occur from medical procedures, trauma from burns or accidents, congenital anomalies, or different types of skin diseases.
Medical treatments and surgical procedures can correct or improve the appearance of many types of scars and skin abnormalities.
However, some patients still need the skin color of the treated area to be “re-applied” so it appears more “normal”.
Are You a Candidate for Scar Camouflage?
You might be a candidate if... Your scar:
Healed and no longer pink or changing color: Your scar should be at least 9 to 12 months old with stable color.
If it is red or pink or still changing color, the tissue may still be healing.
Smooth and relatively flat: Camouflage tattooing cannot disguise or correct extreme changes in skin texture.
If your scar or skin area is bumpy or raised, the process may not be effective.
If you have any skin surface irregularity, please consult with a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon first to see if any type of medical treatments can first improve the skin texture.
Without dark edges: Dark edges or borders around a scar indicate Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIHP) from the initial trauma or surgery. It is possible that the camouflage tattooing process may increase the hyper-pigmentation and create a wider, darker border. The risk of this happening is usually greater with darker skin tones.
Do not have one of the following: Keloid, scars with raised dark edges, Port Wine birthmarks; spider veins; freckles; age spots; under eye circles; hyper-pigmentation; or unstable vitiligo (not in remission). These can be improved with non-tattoo medical treatments such as lasers, sclerotherapy, or chemical peels. Please consult with a physician regarding the best course of treatment for these conditions.
Have realistic expectations: Camouflage tattooing will not completely restore skin to the way it looked before it was injured. The process will not “erase” a scar or skin abnormality so it appears completely gone and the area looks “perfect” again. It improves color differences to help disguise the scar or anomaly and make it less noticeable to other people.
Do not spend time tanning: A scar camouflage tattoo will not be a “perfect” match to the surrounding skin color. This is due to the constant changes in skin tones from blood flow, body temperature, and tanning. The pigment in the tattoo will not darken if it is exposed to sunlight or tanning booths, so the tattoo may appear lighter if the surrounding skin tans. When the tattoo color matches tanned skin, it may appear darker once the surrounding tanned skin fades. Therefore, if you spend time outdoors, you will need to adjust your lifestyle or decide to match the tattoo to “winter” or “summer” skin and live with the changes in between.
Do not expect results in one session: Camouflage re-pigmentation is a process, not a one-time "cure". It is performed on “unhealthy” skin that has been damaged or altered. Its response cannot be predicted—a scar or vitiligo patch may have areas that absorb pigment, reject it, or both. The area will look dark and red immediately after a tattooing session, and then it takes several weeks to show the healed color (or not). This requires time and patience.
At the consultation she will determine if you are a candidate for scar camouflage tattooing and discuss your options. If you are a candidate, the next step will be to set an appointment for a “Spot Color Test”. Other permanent cosmetics professionals sometimes refer to this test as a “Patch Test.”
What is a Spot Color or Patch Test?
Scar camouflage is an unpredictable process. Therefore, a spot color test is the starting point for determining an appropriate combination of pigments to match the skin. In all cosmetic tattooing, including permanent makeup, the final healed color looks very different from when the pigment was initially implanted. The healed result equals the pigment color formula that was inserted under the skin plus the patient’s skin color and tones. The healed spot will indicate if that same formula can be used for the first tattooing session or if it will need to be modified.
At your spot color test appointment, your skin tone is analyzed. Several combinations of pigments will be mixed to determine what appears to be a good match. You will receive a tattoo at least one spot about the size of a pea using at least one “formula.”
All pigments that have been used will be recorded in your chart for future reference. When the patch test is finished, you must wait 4 to 8 weeks to see how the healed color will look.
Your tattooing sessions can then begin after healing and color stabilization of the spot tattoo.
Scar Camouflage Tattoo is a Multi-Sessions Process
Once the spot test has healed and the color stabilizes, the damaged skin can be tattooed. Anna Burns will determine if the spot formula should be adjusted, if needed, she can do so at that time. Cosmetic tattooing is a multi-step process.
The results after the first tattooing session may be very good. However, due to the “unpredictable” nature of most scars and skin abnormalities, a second, third, or even fourth session may be necessary for the best outcome.
Fortunately, the color formula &/or technique can be modified at each session to improve results.
Sessions should be scheduled approximately 6 weeks apart to allow for complete healing and color stabilization.
Scar Camouflage is a type of medical tattooing which helps reduce the appearance of scars from accidents, burns, surgery, or the repair of congenital disorders such as Cleft Palate.
Other forms of medical tattooing include hair simulation which helps restore the appearance of missing hair lost to disease (Cancer or Alopecia), trauma, or natural thinning within an eyebrow, or scalp.
Restorative camouflage like areola re-pigmentation helps post-mastectomy patients by creating a nipple and areola on the new reconstructed breast. The appearance of areola incision scars from breast surgeries for augmentation, reduction, and breast lift can also be masked.
We help improve the appearance of men and women with the following conditions:
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Burns (scars, contractions)
Cleft Lip and Palate
Face Lift (scars)
Hypo-Pigmentation (missing color)
Missing Facial Hair (eyebrows)
Surgical Scars (all surgery types)
Trauma Scars (accidents, injuries
For any appointment, please come with a clean face so I can give you an approximate preview of what your new features can look like.
After discussing any shape and style preferences, you will be matched with a pigment customized for your coloring and then drawn on similar to a makeup application. Feel free to bring in your makeup for us to use during our color match process.
Once that is done then the number of visits for the procedure and a quote based on the desired end results can be provided.
Consultation appointments are $50 for a single procedure and $75 for multiple procedures.
Quotes are guaranteed for 3 months and the cost of the consultation will be applied to the cost of your procedure.
Please note that a consultation does not allow time for the actual procedure
(except in the event there’s been a last minute cancellation with the next appointment).
Please also consider scheduling your follow up visits as soon as possible to avoid a longer than necessary wait
as appointments can fill up months in advance.
If this is your first visit for getting any cosmetic tattoo, keep in mind that you will need at least 1 follow up visit to complete your procedure.
With eyebrows more than 95% of clients will need 2 follow ups).
Brows require as little as 4 weeks in between visits.
All new appointments including consultations are held with a non-refundable deposit which may be used for no-shows, late cancellations, or any other unexpected change in plans. Upon your visit your deposit will be applied to your service.
Please note there is a 72 hour (3 day) cancellation policy that is applicable to any appointment to be canceled or rescheduled so that there can be sufficient time to fill the vacancy.
If you are significantly late (15 minutes or more) for an appointment, your procedure may need to be rescheduled because the lost time cannot be easily made up and be given the same quality of work without running into someone else’s appointment.
If rescheduling becomes necessary then the cancellation fee will apply.
If you expect to be running late however, please call and let me know and
I will do my best to see if I can try to switch your appointment with a later one.