Scars

Scars can be the result of an accident, dermatological condition or surgical procedure. Scars can be depressed, raised (hypertrophic), shiny, smooth or rough in appearance. They can be completely void of colour (hypopigmentation) or darker than the natural skin colouring (hyperpigmentation). Normally, as scars heal they go through several colour changes. Some scars heal with reddish or bluish undertones.

The texture of scar tissue is usually tougher and thicker than normal skin. Scars should not undergo a procedure until the colour has stabilized which may take several months to one or two years.

After certain cosmetic surgeries (for example facelifts), scars are left behind the ears and along the scalp line. These scars are usually white (hypopigmented). Using a variety of camouflaging techniques, these scars can be micropigmented to match the patient’s natural skin colour resulting in less visible scars. Debra matches the patient’s natural skin colour by custom blending flesh tone colours. The camouflage procedure can be completed within two or three visits.

Hypopigmented (depigmented) scars are the easiest to camouflage to near natural skin tone colours. Dark coloured (hyperpigmented) scars are very difficult to colour match to the surrounding skin area. With extreme care in custom blending colours hyperpigmented scars can be restored somewhat successfully. It is one of the most complicated treatments and one that does not guarantee results 100% of the time. Scars having a crinkled appearance such as stretch marks are also challenging to camouflage.

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