SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION FOR SCAR CAMOUFLAGE
Scalp Micropigmentation Scar Camouflage techniques are used to flatten a scar and/or diminish the appearance of the scar.
Whether you’ve received a scar from an injury, surgery or hair transplant procedure, SMC has the techniques available to reduce the size and shape of the scar and/or camouflage the scar into the hairline to reduce the appearance of the scar up to 100%.
However, it is imperative to understand what is a scar and how SMC can help flatten the scar and/or reduce the appearance of a scar.
WHAT IS A SCAR?
A scar is the body’s natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. A scar is usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many different reasons, including as a result of infections, surgery, injuries, or inflammation of tissue. Scars may appear anywhere on the body, and the composition of a scar may vary – appearing flat, lumpy, sunken, colored, painful, or itchy. The final look of a scar depends of many factors, including the skin type and location on the body, the direction of the wound, the type of injury, age of the person with the scar, and his/her nutritional status.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF SCARS?
These are thick, rounded, irregular clusters of scar tissue that grow at the site of a wound on the skin, but beyond the edges of the borders of the wound. They often appear red or darker in color, as compared to the surrounding normal skin. Keloids are formed from collagen that the body produces after a wound has healed. These scars may appear anywhere on the body. They occur more often in darker-skinned people. Keloid scars may occur up to one year after the original trauma to the skin.
Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloid scars, however, their growth is confined within the boundaries of the original skin defect. These scars may also appear red, and are usually thick and elevated. Hypertrophic scars usually start to develop within weeks after the injury to the skin. Hypertrophic scars may improve naturally, although this process may take up to a year or more.
Hypotrophic scarring is scarring which are sunken and often hyperpigmented appearance due to a loss of collagen and ground substance, can also be problematic. Acne and chicken pox are two common conditions that frequently result in hypotrophic scarring. Some clients that we see have sunken scars resulting from hair transplant surgery.
SCALP SCAR REDUCTION AND CAMOUFLAGE
First things first. Scalp Micropigmentation Scar Reduction and Camouflage Treatment requires two steps:
Step 1: Scar Remodeling and Reduction (If Necessary)
This is a critical step in SMP Scar Camouflage. If we were to insert pigment into a keloid or hypertrophic scar, or a scar that has a lot of knots or touch collagen in it, the pigment will migrate and pull, giving you a very poor result.
The first step would be to flatten out the Scar as much as possible. This process can take weeks to months to accomplish, however, if you are looking for the best SMP results possible, this step is crucial. With SMC’s proven techniques, we can flatten the scar or remove as many tough spots or knots as possible. Once this step is complete, we can then move to step 2.
Step 1 may not be necessary if you have no nodules. Our SMP Artist will determine if you require our Fraxel Treatment to reduce the size and/or flatten the scar. Our SMP Artist will also let you know if you are a good candidate for this treatment, and/or what steps are necessary to get the best possible results.
You've most likely have lived with this scar for 5, 10 or 20 years, we want to ensure that we conduct a proper and professional scar camouflage treatment.
Step 2: Scalp Micropigmentation Scar Camouflage
If you have a flattened scar from an injury, surgery or hair transplant procedure, or if you completed SMC’s scar reduction and remodeling procedure, we are now ready to camouflage the scar.
We use our Scalp Micropigmentation technique to insert thousands and thousands of pigmented microdots into the scalp, and into the scar on the scalp to camouflage it into the hairline. The result is the appearance of of a freshly shaved head of hair or buzzcut. As well, if you have hair but do not want to shave your head to have the appearance of a shaved scalp, we can also complete a Hair Density Scar Camouflage Treatment which adds pigment to the skin of the scalp to darken it and give the appearance of a full head of hair and at the same time covering the scar itself.
It is important to note that multiple treatments for scar camouflage may be required to get the best results. It does not matter if one provider says they complete it in one treatment or five treatments, what each client should be concerned about is getting as close as possible to 100% great results.