With all the new technology and trends emerging from the beauty industry in the last few years it can be hard to keep up with the latest advancements in cosmetic procedures. Although scar camouflage isn’t a new service, it has been slowly making its way into mainstream beauty trends over the last year.
For years, professionals have been performing scar camouflage treatments in hospitals and medical facilities, primarily focusing on reducing the appearance of the scars of burn and trauma victims. Now, we're continually finding new uses for the revolutionary technology, including the reduction of the appearance of stretch marks, scars from injuries, liposuction, breast augmentation, mastectomies and surgical scars.
Scar camouflage can be transformational for patients who have suffered from severe trauma, like burns, surgery or injuries that have left long-lasting scars on not just their skin, but on their confidence as well. Although the procedure can’t make scars disappear completely, it can drastically reduce their appearance and help the client feel more comfortable and confident in their skin.
Using a machine similar to what you would see in a tattoo shop, the technician will apply an FDA approved pigment that has been matched to your skin colour to the scarred area. When viewed up close, technicians can see that our skin is not just one colour, but a mixture of many different shades. By using a technique called pointillism, technicians are able to apply more than one colour of the pigment to your scar, allowing them to match the colours more accurately to each individual's skin tone.
Before the procedure, your technician will schedule a consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for scar camo. During the consultation, the technician will examine the scarred areas and test the pigment on an area of your skin to ensure you are not allergic.
Ideal candidates for the scar camouflage procedure are clients with scars that are 3 - 6 months or older and in areas that have been exposed to little or no sunlight. Clients with scars from trauma, injuries or surgeries like breast augmentation, reductions or mastectomies, as well as liposuction scars are all ideal candidates for scar camouflage.
Patients with certain skin conditions like keloids, unstable vitiligo or scars with raised edges may not qualify to be a candidate for scar camouflage.
Without a proper numbing agent like Zensa Numbing Cream, the scar camouflage procedure would be very painful. This is why technicians will apply the numbing cream to the scarred area for 30-40 minutes before they begin the tattoo process. Zensa Numbing Cream is the most natural topical anaesthetic on the market. It uses 5% lidocaine to provide maximum strength numbing during scar camouflage procedures. Scars are typically the result of traumatic or painful experiences. Zensa ensures the process of hiding them is pain-free.
Each scar is unique and has its own complexities. During your consultation, the technician will make a proper assessment of the scar in order to make an informed decision on how many sessions will be needed to drastically reduce its appearance. A typical patient will need 2-3 sessions depending on the severity of the scar and the client’s desired result. Each session can take between 2-6 hours depending on the area and sessions should be at least 30 days apart to allow for healing time.
The most common side effects of scar camouflage are redness and swelling to the area directly after the procedure. It is also recommended to avoid sun exposure to the treated area. Exposure to UV rays will change the colour of the skin around the treated area, but the tattooed skin will not change with it. As a result, technicians recommend avoiding scar camouflage on areas that are often exposed to the sun.. Your technician will work with you to get the results you desire but it's also important to understand that scars are long-lasting and no scar will ever be completely invisible.
Unlike tattoo ink, the pigment used in scar camouflage will fade over a number of years and a touch up is needed to maintain the appearance. It is also important to remember that results aren’t immediate and can take 4 to 6 weeks to fully develop.
During the first days after your procedure it is important to apply an antibacterial ointment to the area 3 times per day to avoid infection. Ensure to abstain from UV rays and stay away from using soaps and make-up on the treated area. Your skin will begin to get dry and flaky so it’s best to avoid picking, scratching or rubbing the affected area. After the first five days it is safe to go back to your normal skin care routine, including using a daily moisturizer like Zensa Healing Cream on the treated area that reduces redness, itchiness and flaking skin. Zensa Healing Cream uses the best natural ingredients like calendula oil that help speed up the healing process so you can get back to your daily routines.
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