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Micropigmentation/Scar Camouflage

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Micropigmentation is sometimes referred to as medical tattooing or paramedical micropigmentation, because it can be used to skillfully camouflage scars and pigmentation problems on the skin.

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Scar Camouflage

Q Esthetics is a leading provider of advanced micropigmentation techniques for scar camouflage in the Greater Toronto Area. Our certified, knowledgeable and caring practitioners have worked with thousands of clients over the past 14 years. Call us today at one of our three convenient locations to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will listen to your concerns and see how we can help you blend away unsightly marks and irregularities of the skin, without surgery or medication.

Scars are marks left on the skin as a natural part of the healing process, after the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is damaged. These areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) are made up of collagen, the same protein this tissue is replacing. Its composition is different however, as it reforms in the same direction rather than the basketweave direction of normal tissue – resulting in visibly different skin. Whether it is from surgery, an injury, a burn or even the chicken pox, most of us have experienced some type of scarring.

Scar camouflage, or skin camouflage, is a technique that uses a skin coloured tattoo to disguise a scar or skin imperfection – helping to restore your skin to a more natural appearance; thereby increasing your confidence. This technique can be used to improve the appearance of scars caused by infections, burns, surgeries or injuries. It is also effective in camouflaging skin abnormalities, such as vitiligo and hypo-pigmentation, making them less noticeable. Scar camouflage is often performed after a series of laser scar removal treatments to achieve the best results.

Scar Camouflage

Scar camouflage is an excellent way to treat scars. However, it is not suitable if your scar is still healing or changing colour, raised or bumpy, has dark edges, or is a keloid scar. If you are troubled by the appearance of a scar, call us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our three convenient Toronto locations. We will help determine the right course of action and let you know if you are a candidate for this treatment.

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How does micropigmentation work?

Micropigmentation involves applying special semi-permanent pigments (tattoo inks) into the dermal layer of skin, using cutting edge technology. The pigments are specifically chosen to match and enhance all types of skin tones, with a blend of carefully selected shades. Sterilized disposable needles are used to implant hundreds of tiny dots of coloured mineral pigments beneath the basal (top) layer of the skin, where the pigment eventually settles and appears indistinguishable from your natural skin tone. There are also many different kinds of tattoo machines on the market, from traditional machines to the newer lighter weight ones. These and various types of needle allow for precise ink application.

Natural skin-toned micropigmentation is beneficial to those who’s poorly done or problematic permanent make up tattoos have experienced pigmentation irregularities or scarring after being removed. Those who have had reconstructive surgical work done will also often benefit from micropigmentation, to complete their results and make scars appear much less noticeable. Among the many benefits of permanent micropigmentation, is that the coverage is durable, waterproof and long-lasting. You can wash and care for the treated skin, just as you would all other skin, and not worry about the product coming off. Many people use makeup to cover scars and skin discoloration, but makeup can be messy, stain clothing and appear visible to the naked eye. Reapplying make up over scars every day is time consuming and no longer necessary with the advancements of micropigmentation.

What can I expect during and after the procedure?

Micropigmentation typically takes approximately two to three hours. Most do not find it painful – describing a sensation comparable to tweezing or mild burning. The treated area may be slightly sensitive for a few days post-procedure, as with a sunburn, and skin care instructions will be provided to ensure that your treatment is effective and heals beautifully.
Following micropigmentation, you can resume normal activities right away, as no downtime is required; however, the treated area may be slightly tender or swollen for the first day or two. Cold compresses can be used to minimize swelling. Most clients require a touch-up treatment four to six weeks after the initial procedure, to “perfect” the colour and fill any small gaps. There is no additional charge for this visit.
On average, micropigmentation lasts for seven years. Re-enhancements are recommended for maintenance, as very slight colour fading may occur.

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What can I expect during and after the treatment?

Scar camouflage with micropigmentation is a type of corrective tattoo; a hand-held device with needles that move over the skin, using high-frequency perforations that effectively depositing pigment into the dermis. The pigments used are made of non-toxic natural minerals, ensuring their safety. In addition, at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we follow the strictest sanitation and hygiene rules; for your safety, we only use disposable needles.

Scar camouflage is completed without the use of an anesthetic; as it may affect the pigment colour, and is typically not required due to the lower pain sensitivity of scarred tissue. The length of the treatment depends on the size of the scar being treated. Typically at least three sessions, scheduled six to eight weeks apart, are required to achieve optimal results. In some cases a patch test is performed before the first session, to assess the ideal combination of pigments for a specific skin colour.

After a scar camouflage session, the pigment colour may change quite a bit. The treated area will look dark and red following the treatment, and it may take about one to two weeks to show a more natural colour. You should avoid tanning during this time, and be sure to apply sunscreen whenever you go outside. Camouflaged scars cannot tan, and will look lighter than the surrounding skin after sun exposure. Alpha-hydroxy creams and Retin-A products should also be kept away from your treated areas, since they may cause fading or discolouration of the tattoo.

Camouflage tattooing only improves the appearance of your scar – it cannot fully restore your skin to pre-scarring conditions. With this realistic expectation, most patients will be very satisfied with the results. A touch-up is required once every 4 to 6 years, depending on the individual’s condition.

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Here at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we work with thousands of acne patients each and every year, so we understand how you feel about unsightly acne and the frightening possibility of acne scarring. You may already have scarring to deal with, and you’ve likely tried many products to treat yourself at home, experiencing disappointment and frustration. Our experienced medical staff will thoroughly examine your complexion to ensure the right treatment options are offered to you for your specific needs*. Acne treatment is not one size fits all, and your private one-on-one consultation will be the first step to regaining clear and acne-free skin again. Rest assured we offer many different treatment modalities, and if you’ve given up trying to treat your acne or scars because of poor results from previous treatments, we will find effective alternatives so that you can begin to see clear and smooth skin again.

Call one of our three convenient clinics today and book your complimentary consultation to find out how we can assist you.

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