What Is Scar or Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattooing?
This is a revolutionary scar treatment whereby a unique formulation of tattoo ink is matched to your skin pigmentation. Through a specialised tattooing technique, the ink is perfectly blended with your natural skin tone, thereby reducing the appearance of scars or stretch marks anywhere on the body. While the scar or stretch mark will not necessarily disappear, the flesh tone pigmentation will adequately disguise the area. This is an effective form of permanent cosmetics – Medical or Paramedical Tattooing – and the process is known by a number of terminologies, including Brazilian Stretch Mark or Scar Tattooing, Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Re-Pigmentation, Scar Camouflage, Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, and Skin Colour Tattooing.
What Is Scar Camouflage Tattoo Ink?
Brazilian-based Rodolpho Torres from São Paulo used flesh-coloured ink as a way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This ink was approved by Anvisa (Brazil National Health Surveillance Agency), allowing certified technicians to blend the ink to match the colour of the client’s skin. This high-quality, medical-grade pigmentation is completely safe to use and gives the appearance of a smoother, neutralised skin tone.
Can You Tattoo Skin Colour Over a Scar or Stretch mark?
Yes – using this specialised Brazilian Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage tattoo ink, technicians are able to effectively tattoo your unique skin tone onto the scar. This non-surgical medical procedure will deposit the ink, which mimics your natural skin colour, into the scar tissue. Because skin isn’t one solid colour, the technician uses an advanced technique to mix and match the skin tones throughout.
Can Permanent Makeup Cover Scars?
This form of scar camouflage tattooing is also a form of permanent makeup in that it inserts tattoo ink into the desired area for an enhanced overall aesthetic. It’s important to note that, while permanent makeup using micropigmentation is often associated with the face, it can be performed all over the body as well. This is a permanent procedure.
What Skin Conditions Can Be Tattooed?
Men and women will benefit from Brazilian Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage Tattooing procedures which reduce the appearance of scars and drastically enhance confidence and self-esteem. While not all skin conditions can be rectified through such a procedure, there are many that can be. Here’s a look at some skin conditions that are treatable.
This is an incredibly common complaint yet there is no treatment or procedure available to address stretch marks until now. Stretch marks are indented streaks that often appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs, and are particularly common in pregnant women because of the rapid skin stretching. The Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage – or repigmentation – will effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
With no known cure, vitiligo is a lifelong problem for many people, from those experiencing slight vitiligo through to more serious cases. This is a condition whereby the skin loses its pigment cells (melanocytes), resulting in discoloured patches across the body. Using Brazilian Scar Camouflage Tattooing, certain cases of vitiligo can be addressed, giving the individual the impression of a more even skin tone.
This is another common and often harmless skin condition whereby pigmentation in certain areas becomes darker because of an excess supply of melanin. Hyperpigmentation can affect anyone, and comes in a variety of forms:
- In elderly people, ‘age’ or ‘liver’ spots that appear are a form of hyperpigmentation;
- When they’re a result of sun damage, they’re referred to as solar lentigo;
- Hormonal changes can result in melasma or chloasma spots of darkened areas;
- Pregnant women can have darkened skin on the abdomen or face known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’.
Certain cases of hyperpigmentation can be addressed through Brazilian Scar Camouflage Tattooing.
Although cosmetic surgery can assist with the reduction of scars, not all scars can be effectively concealed with this method. It is also a more high-risk and costlier undertaking than Brazilian Scar Camouflage Tattooing. Some of the scars that have been effectively treated include:
- Cosmetic surgery scars such as facelifts and tummy tucks;
- General surgery scars including C-section;
- Gender reassignment surgery scars;
- Breast surgery scars;
- Accident or injury scars; and
- Cleft lip scars.
Requirements for Scar or Stretch Mark Tattooing
It’s important to note that all scars are different in shape, colour, arrangement and depth and treatment is wholly dependent on the individual case. For effective treatment:
Your scar or stretch mark will need to be at least 12 months old.
Your scar will need to be stable in colour, no longer pink and constantly changing as this means it’s still healing.
The scar will need to be smooth and relatively flat as the tattoo will not be able to disguise extreme changes in texture. However, here at Suki Su Permanent Natural Makeup, I can even out the skin surface – if it is not smooth – through microneedling or medicalneedling. This can be done in a few sessions prior to the scar camouflage tattooing.
The edges cannot be dark as this could indicate a PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and the tattooing might create a darker, wider border.
The scar cannot be a port-wine birthmark or spider veins.
The Scar Camouflage Tattoo Procedure Explained
This is a highly specialised procedure, and it’s vital that it’s performed by someone with the correct knowledge and certification.
Who Can Perform the Procedure?
The intricate procedure requires a sound knowledge of the science behind pigmentation, and the physiology of human skin and tissue. This means, not only advanced training and skills in the science and technique but an artistic eye for correct pigmentation as well. Ensure whoever performs the procedure has completed the relevant training course and holds a valid certification.
What to Know Before the Procedure?
The technician will be matching the tattoo ink to your natural skin colour so it’s important that you don’t arrive with a tan. Otherwise, you will end up with a skin-shade pigmentation that doesn’t match your skin tone once the tan fades.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Your scar will be carefully analysed to assess whether a Brazilian Scar Camouflage Tattoo will effectively conceal it. Your skin colouring will also be evaluated and some colour-match tests performed to ensure the correct pigmentation is used. Throughout the procedure, the technician will ensure you are kept comfortable.
How Long Does it Take?
This will differ from person to person, dependent on the type and size of the scar or stretch mark, but the treatment sessions are usually around one hour, although two or three sessions may be required to achieve the desired skin tone.
What Are the Post-Procedure Considerations?
The area will be extremely red for about 72 hours after the scar or stretch mark camouflage tattoo, after which the redness will subside and the redness and inflammation appear less obvious. In terms of treating the area:
- Use a prescribed ointment on the tattooed area two times a day for five days, but discontinue if there is any irritation.
- Do not use soap on the pigmented area for a week only antibacterial wash.
- Avoid sunlight as this can fade the ink.
- Do not pick, rub or scratch the treated area.
- Wash the area with lukewarm water or antibacterial only once a day.
- Do not pick at any scabbing that may occur
- After the first week, you can use sunscreen on the treated area.
What to Expect After the Procedure?
- The pigment will appear dark and inflamed after the procedure but the colour will fade and soften during the 4-6 week healing period.
- The area will swell, but this will subside within approx 5 days.
- There will be some redness, tenderness and itchiness but this will subside.
- If swelling and blistering continues, you might need an antibiotic ointment as you have an allergy to the existing ointment.
- The full healing process varies from person to person and can take up to two months in extreme cases. However, the usual period is 4-6 weeks.
Benefits of Scar and Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattooing
For those that are suitable candidates for the Brazilian Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage Tattooing procedure, there are many benefits to be enjoyed:
- This is a cost-effective scar treatment when compared with surgical treatments.
- Used with medical needling, I am able to adjust both the texture and colour for more effective camouflage. This technique will also stimulate the body’s wound-healing response.
- This is a completely safe treatment, provided it’s performed by a certified technician.
- This is a quick treatment option, with some clients only requiring one session before seeing results.
- As with permanent tattooing, the results last for years – this is a permanent procedure.
- You will require anything between 1-4 sessions to get the desired result, you will see a change in the colour of the scar or stretch mark after each session and a decision to continue each tattoo session can be made after the healing period. Each person and case is unique.
The Brazilian Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage Tattooing is a highly-specialised technique performed by only a select few individuals worldwide. London-based permanent makeup tattoo artist, Suki Mezei at Suki Su Permanent Natural Makeup is one such technician who is able to perform effective scar camouflage with proven results. Book a consultation now to find out more.