What is Skin Camouflage or 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 Medical or Paramedical Tattooing. This process is also called Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Repigmentation, 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.
How People Can Benefit from 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”.
If you have a scar of any type (surgery, accident, etc) the lighter colored scars can be camouflaged long term using advanced medical tattooing treatments during which skin colored pigments are infused into the scar tissue to minimize its appearance. For optimum results scars should be at least one year old and should be paler in color than the surrounding skin. Medical tattooing is not a suitable solution for all scarring. Notably if scars are hyper-pigmented (dark in color); are noticeably raised or sunken; or have an uneven texture the treatment may be ineffective as these scar types have poor pigment retention capabilities. Therefore not all scar tissue, is suitable for treatment. The most suitable scars to treat with medical tattooing are those that are the result of a clean cut, especially if the scars are the result of surgery. For example…..a facelift or breast remodeling.