Scar camouflage involves tattooing the scarred or otherwise compromised skin with a combination of pigments tailored to match your skin tone. This type of restorative tattooing reduces or eliminates the appearance of scars by visually blending them into the surrounding skin. It requires specialized training. A highly skilled tattoo artist must undergo training on pigment science and the physiology of how to tattoo on compromised skin before performing this type of procedure.
At NYBRA, our surgeons do everything in their power to reduce the amount and appearance of scars through careful surgical planning and incision placement. However, scars are often an inevitable element of mastectomy and reconstruction.
If you are unhappy with the amount of visible scarring on your body, speak to our resident restorative tattoo artist about your scar management options.
- Restorative tattooing is an office procedure
- Once a given scar has healed and is no longer changing colors, a restorative tattoo artist creates a custom blend of pigments to perfectly match your skin tone
- Discomfort tends to be minimal during this procedure, but a topical anesthetic can be applied, if necessary
- During the procedure, the tattoo pigment is injected into the upper layer of the dermis with a tattooing instrument, which has tiny reciprocating needles.
Risks & Benefits
Scar camouflage and micro-needling are in-office procedures with minimal risk and minimal downtime for recovery. You will be given specific instructions to follow before and after your procedure. Over the course of several weeks, the tattoo will heal completely, revealing its true color. Two sessions of scar camouflage are usually recommended for the best aesthetic outcome.
Scar camouflage and micro-needling are not only beneficial for surgical scars, but scars resulting from injury, autoimmune disorders, and other trauma.
Overall, scar camouflage tattooing is an effective, low-risk procedure that can have profoundly positive psychological impacts.