Is it possible to camouflage scars with permanent make-up?

When we refer to permanent make-up, we are referring to a technique that has applications beyond recreating the effects of cosmetics. One of its most valued uses concerns the camouflaging of scars and other skin imperfections, such as blemishes or lesions, both on the face and on the body. The results of scar camouflage with permanent make-up are so spectacular that it is well worth remembering them.

What is a scar and how many types of scars are there?

Scars are caused as a physiological response of our organism after an injury caused by an accident, a burn, a surgical intervention or due to any other nature (genetics, ageing, etc.). 

There are several types of scars: normotrophic, atrophic, hypertrophic and keloid. 

What is scar camouflage with permanent make-up?

Micropigmentation is a technique that allows pigments to be injected into the skin using microneedles until they provide the desired covering, with maximum precision and without pain or side effects. 

In the case of scars, what is injected is a pigment which is customised to exactly match the skin tone surrounding the scar. In this way, a colouring is achieved that conceals and camouflages the scar.

Which scars can be treated with permanent make-up?

In general, the conditions for permanent make-up to camouflage scars are the following: 

  • The scar must be between 6 months and a year old.
  • The scar must be stabilised, i.e. its size and colour must no longer change.
  • The extent of the scar to be treated per session should not be larger than the size of an outstretched palm.
  • In cases of scars with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (scars with dark edges), hypertrophic scars and keloids (thick and hard to the touch as a result of fibrotic inflammatory processes), it will be necessary to carry out more sessions to achieve an acceptable result (between 3 and 4 sessions).

In conclusion, the effectiveness of the removal of scars with micropigmentation will depend on the individual assessment of each patient and each case. These are the most common cases:

  • Scars resulting from surgery or accidents.
  • Burns.
  • Stretch marks.
  • Imperfections in the skin as a result of the ageing process.
  • Various congenital anomalies.
  • Hypopigmented scars.
  • Hyperpigmented scars.

What are its benefits?

On a physical level, permanent make-up allows the treated scar to be made invisible. Some scars can affect us both physically and psychologically. For this reason, its great contribution is the improvements, especially on a psychological level, that these people experience, as it eliminates their complexes or insecurities.

Expectations versus reality of scar camouflage treatment with permanent make-up?

The efficacy of micropigmentation therapy for scar tissue is contingent upon the unique circumstances and characteristics of each patient: 

  • The scar camouflage treatment does not make the scars disappear, but it reduces their thickness and extent and conceals them by evening out the skin tone.
  • The more visible the scar is, the more visible the result will be. 
  • To maintain the durability of good results, the area should not be exposed to the sun. 

The pigment colour is chosen according to the colour of the good skin surrounding the scar at the time of the treatment. In the similar way that you do not apply the same colour of make-up in summer as in winter. 

What is the duration of treatment?

The removal of scars with permanent make-up usually requires more than one session, although the number of sessions depends on the size and surface to be treated, as well as the quality and colour of the tissue. These sessions will depend on each type and will last a minimum of one hour and a maximum of three hours. 

What aftercare is necessary?

Basically, the treated area should be kept dry and should not be touched or scratched during the healing period. In addition, avoid physical exercise, saunas, swimming pools, beaches, as well as exposure to the sun. But, in any case, at Omicroart we will always advise you on a personalised post-treatment, if necessary, depending on the characteristics of your skin.