What Is Camouflage Tattooing?
Permanent makeup flesh tone pigments are implanted into the skin to restore the loss of skin pigment. This camouflage tattooing treatment works really well on a wide range of skin conditions, from people who suffers from vitilligo (auto immune disorder), self harming, white patches, burns, skin grafts and white scarring from medical and cosmetic procedures. The scar camouflage treatment also works really well on ladies who were left with white scars after breast surgery. Dry needling (without pigment) can activate the body to produce more collagen that repair tissue and is an option for lumpy scars. The ideal long term solution to get more confidence in your appearance.
Things To Remember:
- Camouflage tattooing is a process and not a one time fix. You will need multiple sessions, patience and time to build up the colour.
- The cost and amount of sessions needed will depend on your own skin tone and size of the area. In some cases the skin does not retain the implanted pigment as well. (Pigment retention can be influenced by unhealthy / damaged skin).
- Camouflage tattooing will not restore the skin to what it was before, it will only help to disguise the colour differences and appear less noticeable. Camouflage tattooing can not correct uneven skin texture.
- It is important to know that the skin underneath the tattoo will not tan, but the surrounding skin will.
Camouflage micropigmentation is done with a cosmetic tattoo machine. We use a fine needle to deposit pigment in the upper layer (epidermis) of the skin. The results are a natural looking skin colour that closely blends in with your own skin tone. The camouflage treatment is almost painless and last for about 1 -2 years.
Who Do We Recommend Camouflage Tattooing For?
Skin camouflage tattooing is not suitable for every scar and is not recommended for people who is prone to keloid scarring or red/darker than your own skin tone scars. Dark edges around a scar/vitilligo indicates that you might be prone to hyper pigmentation and there is always the risk that the tattooing might increase the hyper pigmentation in some cases especially in darker skin tones.
Things To Remember Before Your Camouflage Tattooing Treatment:
– Avoid sunbathing, waxing, skin peels around the area and laser treatments at least 2 weeks before your treatment.
– No alcohol, caffeine or blood thinning (for example aspirin) medicines 24 hours before your treatment.
– Inflamed skin (around the treated area).
– Area will be red and swollen after treatment, so take this in consideration when you make your booking.
– Do not discontinue any medication without your doctor’s consent.
– You cannot donate blood up to 6 months after your treatment.
Camouflage Tattooing Consultation
Before Annette starts doing any cosmetic treatment she has an in depth consultation with her client. All clients are dealt with in a sensitive and compassionate manner. Annette offers expert skin re-pigmentation treatments and you can rest assure that you are in safe hands. You will have the option for a patch test if you have any concerns of an allergic reaction. If not, the procedure can be done on the same day.
Once we are happy to proceed, we will apply a numbing cream that stays on for 20 minutes. During this time we will select the custom blend colour pigment to compliment your skin tone. We use high quality medical grade pigments that are hypo allergenic and sterilized needles for single use only. During your camouflage tattooing treatment we will use a secondary anaesthetic to control the sensation.
You can expect the treated area to be slightly red immediately after the procedure and this will disappear after a few hours. The camouflage tattoo will appear slightly darker immediately after the treatment and will lose up to 50% of the intensity of the colour after 1 week once the scabs/dry skin have cleared up. During this time (1st week) it is recommended to avoid touching the area, use cosmetic creams, sunbathing or wet the area. Do not pick the scabs as this will result in pigment loss.
We will provide you with an aftercare balm (and light dressing if needed) that needs to be applied with a clean cotton bud once or twice a day. It takes up to 4 – 6 weeks for the pigmented area to settle and completely heal. We will book in your next appointment 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment.
Oily skin, skin texture, exposure to sun (use SPF while sunbathing), exfoliation products and skin lightening products like Vitamin A and retinol can affect the longevity of your camouflage tattoo. Avoid applying these creams on the cosmetic tattoo. We recommend a yearly colour boost to keep your cosmetic tattoo at its best.
Candidates Not Suitable Camouflage Tattooing:
– prone to keloid/hypotrophic scarring
– unstable vitilligo (not in remission)
– unhealed scars and skin grafts (at least 6 months healed and not pink or red or lumpy)
– not suitable for port wine birthmarks, spider veins, hyper pigmentation, dark circles under the eyes
– persons under the age of 18 years
– pregnant or breastfeeding
– viral infections
– roaccutane in the last 12 months
– auto -immune disorders
– chemotherapy treatment in the last 6 months (unless with doctor’s consent)
– any medication that have blood thinning properties
– any person with a pacemaker, ICD or heart conditions
– skin inflammation around the treatment area
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Deposit refunds will only be given with 48 hours notice. Cancellation less than 48 hours will incur a full charge for the camouflage tattooing treatment.