You might be a candidate if you meet the criteria below. Your scar should be:
- Healed and no longer pink or changing color: Your scar should be at least be 12 months old with stable color. If it is red or pink or still changing color the scar tissue may still be healing. A reputable, experienced medical tattoo artist will not work prematurely on scar tissue because it may cause further damage to the skin.
- Smooth and relatively flat: Camouflage tattooing cannot disguise or correct extreme changes in skin texture. If your scar tissue or surface area is irregular or raised, the process may not be effective. You may consider scar revision treatments to smooth out the scar prior to scar camouflage.
- Without dark edges: Dark edges or borders around a scar indicate Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIH) 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.
It’s important to have realistic expectations when having scar camouflaging work done. This process will not necessarily restore skin to the way it was prior to the injury, nor will it “erase” the scare. It will however improve color differences to help disguise the scar and make it less noticeable.
Schedule a consultation with us to determine if you’re a good candidate for scar camouflaging.