Medical Micro- pigmentation

Innovative permanent result to deal with complex skin, face and body concerns.

Treatment Overview

Treatment Time

1-5 hours

Results

up to 2 weeks

Pain

Moderate

Patch Test

Yes

What is Medical Camouflage?

Medical Camouflage or Medical Micropigmentation is a permanent solution to reduce the visibility of scars, vitiligo, stretchmarks, and burns or to recreate the areolar area non-surgically by applying a bespoke mix of special pigments onto the skin.

We offer a range of services for medical camouflage. With colours, from nudes to warm chocolate and olive, to warm honey and roses, we can transform you and bring your confidence to another level. If you need a special recipe for the colour, it can be premixed especially for you (you can also show a reference if you have any desired expectation) and you can test it prior to the procedure.

This is a truly unique procedure, as it can help with such concerns as surgical scars, C-sections, hypopigmentation (loss of pigment), hyperpigmentation (dark patches), absence of areolas or post-surgical results (breast augmentation, tummy tuck, scarring). Whatever your goals are, our specialists will tailor your treatment to your needs. You don’t need to worry about your safety as our medical aestheticians are trained at the highest health & safety standards and we only use trustworthy pigment providers on the market.

We are happy to invite you for your consultation where your bespoke treatment plan will be discussed.

This treatment can be combined with the following procedures:

– Ultraformer 3 HIFU

– Semi-Permanent Make Up 

– Dermamelan Intimate Peel

– Laser Hair Removal

– Laser Hair Bleaching

– Body Sculpting and Contouring Treatment 

The combination of treatments can be discussed at your consultation following with the bespoke treatment plan.

Before

Your pre-treatment care is based on the area you are treating. We will carry out a patch test to make sure you do not have any adverse reactions toward the ingredients of the pigments. We check your skin type and perform a colour matching session. 

You would need to avoid taking alcohol, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications 48 hours prior to the treatment.

The practices to adopt pre-treatment varies, depending on the services you opt for. All these would be discussed at the consultation stage and explained to you accordingly.

After

Lymph and blood go up to the epidermal layer and form a crust that will be gradually peeled off.

For most treatments a top-up is needed. After the first session the pigment can go 50% lighter specially on certain skin tissue (scarred, stretch marks, vitiligo). That’s why we need an additional sessions to make final adjustments and boost the colour.

We recommend using the aftercare products provided after your treatment. 

Also, avoid scratching your skin. Avoid moisturizers, oils, lotions, and makeup products on treated areas.

What conditions can medical camouflage help with?

Loss of pigment – Hypopigmentation i.e. white patches on the skin, is a common skin condition. One example of skin discoloration is vitiligo. There are no medical treatments that can treat or reverse vitiligo, therefore the only option is to camouflage the patches. 

Consultation is important to check the suitability for the treatment and have realistic expectations regarding the results. Please be aware that with vitiligo you must be prepared for a long treatment journey as it normally requires multiple sessions to achieve good results.

Patients who have C-sections, cuts, burns, surgical scars, stretch marks, will most likely find medical camouflage to be their perfect choice of treatment. 

At Continental Skin Clinic we aim first to improve the skin’s condition, texture and reduce the scarring tissue with collagen inducing treatments. But it often gets to the point where there is nothing more that can be done except camouflage the scar.

Some scars can also be prone to hyperpigmentation therefore prior to the treatment we will require the patient to be using tyrosinase-inhibiting products to suppress melanin production prior to the treatment.

Medical Camouflage can create a new shape, colour, and look for the areola without any surgical involvement. Whether a patient is not happy about their current shape or shade, or have gone through breast surgery. This indication requires one or two treatments to give an excellent result. 

We treat patients who have suffered from breast cancer, so we are fully aware of how it can impact feminity and self-perception. That’s why we are proud to offer this service, not just for beauty purposes but to give you a chance to get your confidence back.

All pigments used for the treatments are vegan and not tested on animals. 

Is Medical Camouflage safe?

Medical Camouflage is a safe procedure. During your consultation we always ensure we check your medical history to understand if you may have any allergies or contraindications.  

As medical camouflage London professionals, we aren’t just about providing exceptional services; we care deeply about your safety. We have qualified and experienced experts to handle every aspect of your procedure from the consultation stage to the final results.

Suitable treatment areas:

  • Areola reconstruction following surgery
  • Areolar shape/symmetry/colour correction
  • Surgical scars (facelift, tummy tuck, augmentation, mastectomy, etc)
  • Grafted skin, broken glass scars, scalds, burns, cuts
  • C-section scars
  • Cleft lip scars
  • Loss of pigment, vitiligo patches
  • Stretchmarks
  • Alopecia

What if something goes wrong?

As with every invasive procedure, there is always fear that something would go wrong – the healing process would not go as expected, results may not match your expectations, and so on. For us, it is important that you feel well taken care of. That’s why we offer full support during your healing process and a review option where we can discuss a plan of action if necessary.

Most of the complications happen during aftercare, as the first 3 to 5 days are important to keep an eye on the treatment area. The process itself may seem a bit long – to wait around 6 weeks for the result, that’s why we encourage you to leave a review online or in-clinic and share your feedback with us.

Does medical camouflage hurt?

We always try to aim to diminish pain and discomfort during your procedure, therefore, there is always an option to numb the treatment spots before the start, ensuring minimal discomfort during the process. You would need to make sure you have a nice meal and sleep prior to your treatment as it would strongly benefit you during the treatment.

How long does medical camouflage last?

This procedure creates long-lasting results. However, the duration depends on your procedure type, as different zones and skin concerns respond in a slightly different ways. Also depending on expectations, we sometimes use different pigments which differ in the time they stay in the skin.

What is the difference between tattoo, semi-permanent make up and medical camouflage?

A Tattoo is a procedure where the pigment is applied in the dermal layer of the skin using special tattoo pigments – they are extremely bright, stable, and easy to use. With a tattoo procedure we can go quite deep into the skin and most of the time pigments can be removed by laser.

Semi-Permanent Make-Up is for the upper dermal layer, the needles used for this procedure are normally thinner, there is a different power adjustment as we are working with sensitive areas. Pigments used in semi-permanent makeup are normally designed to fade away in a couple of years’ time and they are easier to be removed. You can choose if you wish to use more permanent inks or semi-permanent ones.

Medical Camouflage is an advanced form of needling as we work with damaged skin tissue – scars, burns, stretch marks, vitiligo or hypopigmented patches, port whine stains, areolas, etc. We use a special set of pigments, needles and bespoke settings for the procedure, as we have to consider all factors to make sure the procedure is effective – tissue texture, colour, state of the treated area, and type of concern. Therefore, it is considered as a paramedical tattoo in some cases, but the techniques, equipment, and pigment can differ compared to the normal tattoo or semi-permanent makeup.

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FAQs

Medical camouflage can last anywhere between 2 to 5 years.

Medical camouflage can be used for by over the age of five and for a wide range of marks, scars or skin conditions, regardless of skin type or skin tone.

Medical camouflage can be used to help to disguise marks and scars on the body, as long as they are healed.

Depending on the concern, the sessions required will be determined by our specialist during consultation. In many cases one session is enough, however in cases such as vitiligo and stretch marks, the number of sessions will increase.

Our qualified therapist will assess your skin and mix the suitable pigments to create the perfect shade for your skin.

Since this is non-invasive procedure, there is little to no downtime. You may be able to resume work the same day or the following day.

Medical camouflage can be combined with other treatments to enhance results.

Depending on the tattoo, medical camouflage can be used to neutralise a tattoo which has been partially removed by laser. However, it can not be used to cover up tattoos that are much darker than skin.

Yes you can swim or shower with it on as long as the medical camouflage has healed.

No, medical camouflage is not a permanent solution. It will just help to hide or conceal any conditions, rather than curing them.

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