What to Expect From Medical Tattooing, Micro Needling, or Scar Camouflage

Prospective clients often call or write us to ask if we can help reduce the appearance of a scar.  The answer is a definite “yes”, we can help. But there’s a lot more to it than that.  It’s important to understand what can and can’t be done, and to have the proper expectations from the beginning. Here’s what you should know about scar camouflaging and scar relaxation.

The most common scars we’re asked to improve are facial scars, whether from injury or surgery, and scars on the breast typically resulting from breast augmentation, breast reduction, or mastectomy.  Areola tattooing is done carefully and artistically to give the areola a realistic three dimensional appearance (see our 3D areola restoration before & after photos).  Another common request is to improve the appearance of an incomplete or improper body tattoo removal. We can improve the appearance of scars just about anywhere on the body.

We offer scar relaxation and a form of medical tattooing called scar camouflage. If you look very closely, our skin is not all one uniform color – it’s mix of colors. We use a technique called pixelation, which uses a blend of colors to more closely match the skin’s natural color patterns.

Scar relaxation is accomplished using a technique called micro needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Micro needling creates microscopic punctures in the scar tissue. This stimulates collagen production and helps blood capillaries reach the surface.  The result is improved skin tone (color), smoothed texture and a reduction of the three-dimensional appearance of the scar.

Scar camouflage is similar to scar relaxation except that we add pigments matched to your particular skin to make the scar color blend with the surrounding skin. We also use specialized techniques to further mask the scar’s appearance.  For example, normal skin viewed very closely is not all one uniform color, so we use pointillism to create the appearance of a more natural mix of tones naturally occurring in the skin.

What to expect:

Although micro needling and scar camouflage can reduce the appearance of your scar, it’s important to understand that scars are long-lasting and no scar will ever be completely invisible.  Every scar is different: body location, size, shape, color, appearance of depth, and so on. Some scars require only a single treatment, others take multiple treatments. Results are cumulative and may take four to six weeks to fully develop.

If you’ve had your scar for a while, you may have noticed that it doesn’t tan the same way the rest of your skin does.  That’s a natural characteristic of scar tissue, and is not something we can change. However, the scar should be less visible as a result of our procedures.

Unlike harsher colored body tattoos, the skin tone micropigments we use do fade over a number of years and will need to be touched up over time to maintain their appearance.

Medical tattooing can successfully improve the appearance of modest-sized scars that cut through eyebrows or the hair on your scalp. It may not be the best option for scars that have left larger areas without hair, such as those that may be left by major surgery, because of the need to periodically go back and re-pigment large areas as hair color changes over time.

If you’d like us to help with your scar, typically we’d start with a one-hour appointment or a 30-minute consultation. All scar camouflage and scar relaxation work is charged by the hour. Pricing and additional information can be found on our Micro Needling & Medical Tattooing page.  If you want to email us a photo, we can take a look and let you know what we think, but we can’t be as definitive as if we see it in person. Or you can request an appointment.

 

Comments

    • says

      Hi Heidi,

      Thank you for reaching out to us!

      Yes, we do microblading for the eyebrows, using individual hair brush strokes with a hand tool. In addition to our microblading, we also offer regular micropigmentation, which can include shading or a combination of shading and individual hair brush strokes. If you are unsure of which method would be best for you, we do also offer 30 minute consultations at $80.00. This would give you the opportunity to speak one on one with one of our highly trained artists. During this consultation, the artist can discuss your options, stencil out the work that we would do for you, and they will be able to answer any questions that you have.

      If you would like to book an appointment with us, or have any additional questions about the procedure itself, please call us at your earliest convenience at 617-262-1607.

      Have a pretty day!

  1. Elizabeth says

    Hello!

    I am wondering if this procedure would work for a thin white line scar around the areola from breast lift. The scar is relatively flat, it’s just that I want the white line to be less visible and more like the darker natural pigment of the areola. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes, it could certainly help reduce the appearance of the scar. With any scar camouflage procedure that we do, the success of the results depends on the scar itself as well as your expectations. Although micro needling and scar camouflage can reduce the appearance of the scar, understand that scars are long-lasting, and that no scar will ever be completely invisible. Due to the fact that every scar is different, some scars will require a single treatment, whereas others may require multiple treatments and multiple methods. Also, please keep in mind that scar camouflage and micro needling is charged by the hour.

      To start, we would typically have you come in for a 30 minute consultation, where we can evaluate the scar and come up with a game plan. Based off of what you had mentioned in your question (that it is relatively flat and white), many times we would micro-needle the scar to start, in order to get it as flush to the surrounding skin as possible. Most people would see results from micro-needling in 2-3 sessions. Also be aware that we would require you to wait 4-6 weeks in between each session in order for your skin to heal from the treatments.

      After we flattened the scar, we would then proceed with micropigmentation, where we would match the scar to the surrounding skin. White scars are always much easier to cover than scars that are hypo pigmented.

      If you would like to proceed with us, or make a consultation, please call us at your earliest convenience at 617-262-1607. Or if you feel comfortable, send in a clear photo of the scar to our email info@prettyology.com .

    • says

      Hi Melissa,

      Yes, we can help even out your skin tone, and have had many clients with Vitiligo in the past. With that being said, we always want our clients to manage their expectations because although we can help reduce the appearance of the discoloration, it will never look perfect, and may require multiple sessions.

      We would suggest for you to come in for a 30 minute consultation, so that we can get a better feel for how much work you would need. Because we charge based by the hour, we would want you to come in for a consult to assess how many spots there are, how large those areas are, and how many sessions you would need.

      Please feel free to give us a call at 617-262-1607 or send in a photo of the areas that you would like to have treated to info@prettyology.com .

  2. Linda Marz says

    So I have some self injury scars from a needle on my right arm. Not big, but all light colored and not tan with rest of skin, even lighter in the winter it seems. I have Keloid scarring, so several of the lines tend to be a bit raised, could you help with that too as well as the color.? And how much by hour do you charge……I haven’t looked into this because I’m thinking it might be rather expensive and years later what fades, just the color? If you made it so the little scars didn’t look as raised, would that also go away?

    OK thanks let me know

    • says

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, we could certainly help reduce the appearance of your scars. With any scar camouflage procedure that we do, the success of the results depends on the scar itself as well as your expectations. Although micro needling and scar camouflage can reduce the appearance of the scar, understand that scars are long-lasting, and that no scar will ever be completely invisible. Due to the fact that every scar is different, some scars will require a single treatment, whereas others may require multiple treatments and multiple methods. Also, please keep in mind that scar camouflage and micro needling is charged by the hour.

      To start, we would typically have you come in for a 30 minute consultation, where we can evaluate the scar and come up with a game plan. Based off of what you had mentioned in your question (that it is relatively flat and white), many times we would micro-needle the scar to start, in order to get it as flush to the surrounding skin as possible. Most people would see results from micro-needling in 2-3 sessions. Also be aware that we would require you to wait 4-6 weeks in between each session in order for your skin to heal from the treatments.

      After we flattened the scar, we would then proceed with micropigmentation, where we would match the scar to the surrounding skin. White scars are always much easier to cover than scars that are hypo pigmented.

      In regards to our pricing, we charge $300.00 per hour for both micro-needling as well as the scar camouflage itself (micropigmenting the scar).

      If you would like to proceed with us, or make a consultation, please call us at your earliest convenience at 617-262-1607. Or if you feel comfortable, send in a clear photo of the scar to our email info@prettyology.com .

  3. Ell says

    Hi, recently my son and i were playing around he scratched my face. I know have a scar from the incident. I am african american my skin is brown and the scar is tan. The scar is very small si but right on my forehead. Is there anything you could do to help this? Permanent make up?

    • says

      Hi Ell,

      Yes, we could certainly help reduce the appearance of your scar. With any scar camouflage procedure that we do, the success of the results depends on the scar itself as well as your expectations.

      With that being said, adding pigment to a lighter scar is much easier to do than camouflaging a scar that is hyperpigmented, especially if the scar is flat, and is something that we do often.

      When dealing with scar camouflage, we would highly recommend that you send in a photo of your scar to our email info@prettyology.com, so that an artist can take a look at it and come up with a game plan for you. Or you could book a consolation with us by calling (617) 262-1607.

      Have a pretty day!

    • says

      Hi Aley,

      We should be able to help. That said, the most important thing for your arm lift scars is for you to understand what expectations to have. If the skin was cut all the way through, we won’t be able to have as much of an impact. Also larger areas take more work (ie higher cost). You could certainly email a photo so we can have a look. Julie’s feeling is that we would look at it and most likely suggest that you come in for a 30-minute session to get a feel for how much work might be required and what the results could look like. From there you can decide whether it’s worth investing more fully.

  4. Dawn Sophia says

    Hello, I am so desperate. I am a brown skinned African American female and I have melasma upper lip discoloration that I cannot seem to cover well with makeup. Can this procedure help? Thank you.

    • says

      Hi Dawn,

      There is probably a solution for you, but micropigmentation isn’t the right answer for melanoma. The reason has to do with the fact that skin is translucent and changes color with sun exposure, whereas our pigments are opaque and don’t change. So we could match your skin color on the day you come in, but at different times of year, you’ll see similar issues to what you have now. We simply can’t make it look natural enough.

      We recommend consulting with a dermatologist, who should be able to address the root cause with medication.

      We hope this helps.

      – The Prettyology Team

  5. Chris says

    I got a hickey a couple months ago that left a small but noticable flat white scar on my neck. Would this treatment be effective?

    • says

      Hi Nelly,

      Tummy tuck scars are complicated. We should be able to improve the appearance, though we would not be able to disguise it completely. If you’d like to proceed, the best thing to do would be to email a photo of the area to info@prettyology.com and ask us to review and recommend options.

    • says

      Hi Monika,

      We’d love to help. Unfortunately, we are unable to camouflage birthmarks due to medical concerns. This is something we’ve discussed with our insurance company. Julie’s suggestion is to try laser removal.

      Sorry we aren’t able to be more helpful here.

      Best,
      Prettyology

    • says

      Hi Dipika,

      Straight microneedling (no pigments) can reduce the appearance of stretch marks anywhere on the body. It will not get rid of them completely, but certainly can make them look better.

      Thanks for asking and do let us know if we can answer anything else for you.

      Best,
      The Prettyology Team

  6. christy new says

    I have almost given up hope. Everything cost so much. It woud be great to finally be without. How much does this procedure cost?

    • says

      Hi Christy,

      Every scar is unique. They can be large or small, discolored or not, flush or raised, and so on. Because each scar is different, it wouldn’t be possible to give one price that covers them all. This is why we charge by the hour for scar work. The best thing to do would be to email a photo of the scar to info@prettyology.com and ask us for an estimate.

      Thanks for asking and we hope to hear from you soon.

      Steve

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