Permanent Makeup Guide: Everything you need to know about the cosmetic treatments

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Semi-permanent cosmetic enhancement artist Dominique Bossav begins by assessing the scar and custom blending a pigment that precisely matches her client’s skin. She implants the pigment in fine layers less than a millimeter below the skin’s surface. The finished product requires two to three sessions spaced five to six weeks apart to allow for healing between sessions.

Who should get scar camouflage?

Anyone with scars that are lighter than their natural skin tone is generally a good candidate for this service. Usually, this treatment doesn’t work well on scars that are brown, purple, or red. If you want to cover up brown, purple or red scars, laser and bleaching treatment should be done first, then you can undergo camouflage tattoo.

It is also important to note that the scar must be fully healed before tattooing, which usually takes eight to 12 months. As a result, any remaining redness or purple color will have completely dissolved and gone completely, leaving the area with a disorder in melanin production.

Although this treatment works well for hypertrophied scars, keloid scars are not a candidate for this treatment. “Because I’m treating texture and color in one operation, this works particularly well for stretch marks that have lost not only their melanin but also their collagen and elastin,” explains Dominique Bossavy, semi-permanent cosmetic enhancement artist. People with hyperpigmentation patches are usually good candidates too – again because of the patches of skin that are lighter than your overall skin tone. Most often these are caused by acne or sun damage.

How long does the scar camouflage last?

Since scar tissue has a thicker texture and no sweat glands, scar camouflage lasts longer than other types of permanent makeup. Bossavy tells her clients that the results will last for years, especially with minimal sun exposure and a gentle skincare routine.

What are potential risks of scar camouflage?

According to Bossavy, the most common risk is substandard craftsmanship. “Some technicians just pave together a mixture of white and brown to try to resemble a skin tone,” she says. “Due to the molecular structure of the paint, the brown mostly turns orange over time and the white stays light all the time, which has the opposite effect of making the scar even more noticeable.” As with any type of permanent makeup, do your homework and make sure your artist’s technique resonates with you.

How much does scar camouflage cost?

The price varies depending on the scar size, but you can typically expect to range from $2,500 to $4,500.

freckle tattoos

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 6 – Gabrielle Rainbow, a Montreal tattoo artist, marks the spots where she will tattoo freckles on client Sarah Strange, 20, at Chronic Ink, February 6, 2017. A trending story about people who do this (Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)Getty Images

What are freckle tattoos?

Think of freckle tattoos as the rebellious little sister of the permanent makeup industry. Some artists don’t do them because it’s difficult to maintain an even fade across the face, while others would argue that freckles are inherently uneven anyway.

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