On a cold day in November when I was in chemo and as bald as can be, doing what I could not to stand out in a room as “a cancer patient” (which is truly not an easy thing while in chemo) wearing my blue felt hat. I chose hats over wigs. Just my thing. I had several hats I would wear. They still reside in a box in the basement. Just because.
Anyway, my two 20-ish kids and I went to the local restaurant for dinner. While there I noticed a most difficult thing to deal with…. people glanced at me then looked away. Now, I believe that was because they felt their own mortality. It could be them who was fighting cancer, or maybe it was a reminder of something they’d prefer to forget. That moment is something that stuck with me. Really stuck with me. I’ve discussed it with others who have gone through treatment, and they noticed the same thing. At that moment I realized how awful it must be to have a scar on your face or something that would always stir that reaction in people. My state was temporary. My hair would grow back. The signs of chemo would go. Someone else may always have that, or feel that, without intervention.
That moment was so memorable for me. That moment is the foundation of this business.
After my treatment was over and life became "normal" again, I saw a Facebook video showing scar camouflage. That video was of a man helping to hide stretchmarks on his model. It brought that memory flying back and I saw scar camouflage as a way I could use my artistic talent to help others heal. I can hide a scar, replace an areola, fill in a scar in an eyebrow.
You have scars from skinned knees when you were young, stretch marks from weight gain or pregnancy, maybe your scar is from an accident, illness, or surgery. For the most part, we simply live with these imperfections. But scars can be a reminder of trauma or of illness we would like to forget. Visible to others or not, you know it exists, you need an option to reduce the appearance or eliminate it.
Scar camouflage is a viable, affordable, and immediate option to reduce the visibility of a scar.
This procedure is safe, and results are seen quickly – in some cases after just one session. The number of visits and results depend on the individual’s skin, age, and type of scar. It is successful on many types of scars and varied skin pigmentation. This treats a host of conditions such as post-surgical and facelift scarring, caesarean, and mastectomy scars, burns, acne, stretch marks and self-harm.
HOW IT’S DONE…
We use a tattoo machine and needles, same as any permanent makeup procedure. Our technique is called pointillism. This is done by inserting tiny dots of colors specifically blended to match your skin’s natural color patterns under the skin. Tattooing.
When skin is viewed very closely is not all one uniform color, so by using pointillism we create a natural look, mixing tones as they naturally occur.
WILL THIS REMOVE THE SCAR?
Scar camouflage will not change the texture of your scar, scars are damaged tissue. Although you may find your scar has softened after the procedure, because of the needles being inserted into the scar, they may help break up the tissue and encourage new collagen production. Your scar will not be completely invisible. This procedure changes the color of the scar, possibly the texture of the scar, but it does not heal the damaged tissue. Many factors come into play: body location, size, shape, color and more. Some scars require only a one visit, others take two up to six visits. We schedule appointments six to eight weeks apart to give your body time to heal and see healed results before we progress with more ink.
DOES IT TAN?
Scar tissue doesn’t tan like undamaged skin. That’s natural. After camouflaging your scar will be less visible when you are tanned. This is because even though a scar does not tan, the color of the scar is now darker and closer to your skin color without tanning. Less difference, less noticeable.
Unlike colored body art tattoos, the pigments used for permanent makeup and scar camouflage do fade over time and will need to be touched up. This is intentional and allows us to adjust the look of the camouflage as your skin changes with age. Expect touch-ups in 3-5 years.
Everyone is different. The amount of pain depends on your pain tolerance. Some people have a high pain threshold, others low. This makes it a very subjective experience.
Tattooing over scar tissue can be more painful than unscarred skin. It is common to have scar pain especially if these are the result of nerve damage or compression. In many cases, atrophic and hypertrophic scars, and burn scars are more sensitive when camouflaging them. I have numbing gels creams that can be used to numb the area being tattooed. My priority is the comfort of my clients.
I tell clients the healing feels like a brush burn. It’s an injury to the first layers of skin and yep, they ooze fluid for the first day. After care is simple. You will leave with a tagaderm flim on the area. Wash gentlty day 2. Apply new tagaderm (as long as there is no allergy). Leave on 5 days.
CHIN UP BEAUTIFUL!
It is possible to successfully improve the look of your scar. Scar camouflage in combination with other techniques, can help return your confidence.
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