Psychological studies have shown that self-confidence increases when a person’s appearance and body image is improved. This can be achieved with medical pigmentation.
Skin colour 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. Some patients, however, will still need the skin colour of the treated area to be corrected for it to appear more ‘normal’.
Light coloured scars can be camouflaged long-term using medical micropigmentation. – during which ‘prescriptive’ skin coloured pigments are blended into the scar to minimise its appearance.
This process is also called Corrective Pigment Camouflage (CPC), Corrective Camouflage, Skin Repigmentation, Skin Camouflage, Camouflage Tattooing, and Skin Colour Tattooing.
For best results scars should be:
- At least 9-12 months old
- Paler than the surrounding skin
- No dark edges
- Not noticeably raised or sunken
- Preferably smooth in texture
It’s important that medical pigmentation is carried out when the skin is not tanned as the success of the treatment is dependent on the correct skin-tone pigments being blended to achieve a look that matches the natural skin colour.
If tanned skin is ‘colour-matched’ and the tan fades, the pigments will not fade, leaving a noticeable demarcation between the healthy skin and the treated scar. The reverse is also a consideration and clients should accept that sun exposure may not be beneficial for a camouflaged scar.
Medical pigmentation camouflage is not suitable for port wine birthmarks; spider veins; freckles; age spots; under eye circles; hyper-pigmentation; or unstable Vitiligo (not in remission).