Considering Scar Revision Surgery? Read This First - Studio Conceal

Considering Scar Revision Surgery? Read This First

Do you have a scar on your face, chest, or body that limits what you want to wear? As you researched online for solutions, one option that may have come up is scar revision done by surgery.

Read on to find out more about scar revision and its procedures as well as available alternatives.

Scar revision is a type of reconstructive surgery that attempts to minimize the presence of a scar on the body using different approaches. The bottom line is it makes the scar less noticeable as well as makes it blend in with the surrounding skin tone and texture.

The steps in a scar revision surgery include administering anesthesia and application of the treatment. It also includes the use of other known techniques such as topical treatments, injectable treatments, and surface treatments.  

There are cases when additional steps will be done. Sometimes deeper scars may need an incision to be able to surgically remove the old scar.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCAR REVISION SURGERY?

Different types of skin revision surgery may be done either alone or in a combination to achieve better results. Discussed below are some of its types:

1. Skin flaps – it is a healthy tissue or skin that is partly detached then moved to cover damaged skin or a nearby wound. It may contain skin and fat, or skin, fat, and muscle wherein the skin flap is still attached to its original site at one end and remains connected to a blood vessel.

2. Skin grafts – healthy skin is removed from one area of the body to repair damaged or missing skin somewhere else in the body. In this case, the skin does not have its source of blood flow and is used to help more serious, larger, and deeper wounds heal.

3. Tissue expansion – helps the body grow additional skin that can cover a scar. The skin is gradually stretched by placing an inflatable balloon under the skin near the scar site. Extra skin tissues may be used for this procedure.

4. Z-plasty – a known procedure commonly used to revise more serious scars. A cut is made along either side of the scar to create angled flaps that reposition the direction of the scar. This interrupts scar tension and makes the scar less visible.

IS SCAR REVISION SURGERY FOR EVERYONE?

An issue with scar revision surgery is that surgery in itself causes inflammation. Thus, this may mean recurrence of scars especially for keloid formers.

Another consideration would depend on the personal preference and current financial status of an individual. When considering scar revision surgery, the cost is always at the forefront of any elective surgery.

An experienced board-certified plastic surgeon is advisable to ensure the quality of the surgery. The more qualified and experienced the plastic surgeon is, the higher the required professional fee for the procedure.

In addition to the surgeon’s fee, other factors that will contribute to the cost of the surgery include hospital or surgical facility expenses, and anesthesia fees.  The prescriptions for medications, post-surgery garments, as well as additional medical tests will also add to the total cost.

ARE THERE ANY COST-EFFECTIVE OPTIONS FOR SCAR REVISION SURGERY?

If you prefer not to go under the knife, a non-surgical, minimally invasive, and budget-friendly scar revision treatment is now readily available. A scar tattoo basically camouflages scars and is an alternative scar revision technique that does not require undergoing the surgical process.

Scar Tattoos: A Non-Invasive Option

HOW DOES A SCAR TATTOO WORK?

Scar tattoos differ from the traditional ornamental tattoos because they serve a primary purpose. In this case, they are mainly used as camouflage for scars and even stretch marks on the body.

In technical terms, a scar tattoo is a non-invasive tattooing method. It primarily uses skin-toned ink pigments in the entire process. This is mainly done to conceal and disguise the appearance of scars by filling areas around it that are missing color. You can check one of my latest scar tattoo procedures.

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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SCAR TATTOOS OVER SCAR REVISION SURGERY?

Aside from the fact that scar tattoos are non-invasive in nature, this form of treatment is a permanent cosmetic service. It is also known to require little to no downtime.

Since it is not a form of surgery, there is no need for those expensive surgeon’s fees and payments for anesthesia.

Also, there are scars, such as my latest scar revision tattoo, where surgery may be less suitable since the scar came from something more minor and small in size such as chickenpox.

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Scar Tattoos

For those who have only recently learned about scar tattoos, you might be a little apprehensive. Here are some frequently asked questions to enlighten you about the process.

IS IT SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES?

Generally speaking, this treatment is good for all skin types as long as they meet the minimum requirements. This means the scars need to be two years old or more, totally healed and lighter than your current skin tone.

DOES THE ENTIRE PROCESS HURT?

As it is a penetrative skin procedure, one will surely experience a small amount of discomfort. The pain, however, is manageable as there is no need for anesthesia during the procedure. 

HOW LONG DOES THE TATTOO LAST?

On average, the effect of the tattoo will last for 5 years or more, so long as one strictly follows the prescribed after-care protocols. Immense sun exposure can break down the ink particles and colors over time. It’s advised to wear 50+ SPF once your scar tattoo is healed to keep the integrity of the color intact.

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What is SMP?

Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) was developed as both a cosmetic procedure for men and women suffering with all types of hair loss, and as a medical procedure to help conceal scars, burns, birthmarks, as well as the full spectrum of alopecia. During the SMP procedure, a blend of unique pigments specifically formulated for the client are deposited into the dermal layer of the skin on the scalp. These deposits create an extremely realistic illusion that replicates hair follicles. SMP is a viable alternative to traditional hair transplant surgery, hair systems, pills, and fibers.. Around the world, thousands of clients live their lives free from hair loss without lengthly maintenance routines, unwelcome side effects or signifiant ongoing financial outlay.

Does scalp micropigmentation look real?

A typical scalp hair from a Caucasian woman is about 77 micrometers in diameters (67 Um in those of Asian descent, and 120 Um in those African descent). Typically, SMP dots placed in the dermis layer are 90-140 micrometers in diameter.

While this might seem a bit larger than a real human hair, this slight difference is virtually indistinguishable from real hair follicles. Often, when viewed 1 foot away, close friends and family will not be able to tell where real hair ends and the SMP begins.

What causes hair loss?

As hair on the scalp goes through it’s normal cycle of growing and shedding, DHT makes the follicles miniaturize. That means they get thinner and shorter because the growing cycle doesn’t last as long. The growing cycle becomes so brief that new hairs can’t grow through the skin. For women, hair loss can be caused by an imbalance of thyroid hormones, pregnancy, disease and certain medications.

How long will SMP last for?

With proper care and treatment, including using high sunscreen when outside, SMP will commonly last for many years. For a healthy client with a normal immune system, we expect that the color will last with original vibrance for about 4-6 years, with gradual fading of the pigment to last up to 8 years.

Fortunately, if a touch up is needed, a fee is charged which is generally cheaper per session than the original treatment fee. It’s important to note that each individual is different so an estimated range of longevity will be provided at our consultation meeting.

Will SMP fade, smear, or turn blue as the years pass?

Any pigment applied to the dermal layer of the skin will eventually fade, but we expect SMP to last several years or more, before even minimal fading is noticed. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun often breaks apart some tattoo inks for easier absorption by the body, resulting in increased fade rates and slight smearing. As the inks are degraded, their chromophores are often altered resulting in changed color. If this occurs, we can easily offer touch up sessions, or revise the ink color by adding additives to mute, neutralize, or warm up the tone again.

Is SMP reversible? Is receiving SMP treatment painful?

Yes, SMP pigmentation can be removed with an electro-optic Q switched laser, which is used to heat and break-up the SMP pigmentation for easier absorption by phagocytes in the dermis. SMP is fairly easy to remove in most cases because the pigment is not deposited as deeply as normal tattoo ink. The electro-optic laser, however is expensive and therefore, many clinics which advertise laser removal do not actually own one.

As for pain, it depends on the individual. In some cases, clients have fallen asleep while I have completed treatment. In other cases, clients experience pain across the temples or above the ears during treatment. Most clients rate their pain on a scale of 1-10, as 3-5 during treatment.

How long will it take for my final SMP appearance to form?

A normal client depending on hair loss extent, will take two to four treatments to achieve their final appearance. Most treatments are 2-3 hours long with small breaks as needed. The first treatment often places a very light application on the scalp to assess fading and density levels. The normal reaction from many clients is to assume that the SMP is too light. However, this is a normal part of the treatment and allows me to better treat the scalp in later sessions. The second treatment is 10-14 days later, and adds the majority of the density to your new look. Treatments three or later are usually for completing the look, addressing darkness matching or to even the density across the scalp.

What will my scalp look like immediately after treatment?

The area of the scalp that has been treated will have some redness for 24 hours after treatment, though this tends to be less visible on darker skin tones. In addition, the pigmentation will be darker for up to 7 days after treatment, again, depending on your skin tone. Thereafter, the pigmentation will appear to become lighter and softer as the pigment filled scabs begin to flake away. These scabs flake away in the first 3 to 10 days. As this happens, it appears to the observer that the SMP dots are shrinking. When the healing process is complete, the final dots are often 90 to 170 Um in diameter and blend seamlessly into any natural hair. By about one month, after any treatment, the pigments will begin to “set” and thereafter, fading will be almost zero.

How do I choose a hairline? If I have hair left, can I leave it long?

If you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work or you, I will be there to help. With an artistic eye and experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, I can help recommend what’s best. Over the course of our sessions, we can tweak and adjust the hairline for the perfect, natural result.

Depending upon the pattern and extent of your current hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length. Scalp micropigmentation can help thicken areas so that less of the scalp is seen showing through. However, if there is a strong pattern of hair loss or just not a lot of hair density left, the client is recommended to crop it shorter.

Can Studio Conceal camouflage my transplant scar?

Yes, absolutely! By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending the color around the scarring area, transplant and surgical scars can see massive improvement in concealment.

DOES THIS TREATMENT REMOVE STRETCH MARKS?

Other than a tummy tuck, or the literal removal of skin, there is no proven way to remove stretch marks. The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo only helps to conceal and diminish the appearance of stretch marks so that they are less perceptible to the naked eye. Think of it as having a permanent filter, taking away the white contrast of your scars.

IS THE TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES?

Generally, yes! However, there are a small number of people who the treatment would not be suitable for. Your stretch marks and scars need to be at least two years old, lighter than your skin tone and completely healed. Booking a virtual consultation can help determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure and is required for all clients.

CAN I GET TATTOOED IF MY SKIN IS ALREADY TANNED?

We prefer to match only your natural skin tone, and require that our clients postpone their session until their tan has faded. This ensures that we are able to custom blend an ink color that will look most natural whether you’re tanned or not.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TAN?

Your camouflaged stretch marks and scars will not change color. If you tan, your skin’s overtone will darken, but your stretch marks will remain the same color as your natural skin-toned ink tattoo. Overall, your stretch marks will still be camouflaged because the “white” is no longer there. In short, there’s less of an obvious contrast. Here’s a great video explaining what happens to your stretch mark tattoos when you tan.

WILL IT HURT? DO YOU NUMB YOUR CLIENTS?

The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin procedure so a small amount of discomfort will be experienced. Usually on a scale 1-10 (10 being most painful), the average consensus is a 6 or 7. We do not numb our clients to avoid any interference to the purity and insertion of pigment into the scar. In addition, your pain receptors will be heightened if you’re on your monthly cycle, and so we suggest you book your session/touch ups accordingly.

CAN I GET THE TREATMENT WHILE PREGNANT OR BREAST-FEEDING?

Congratulations on your pregnancy, but unfortunately, we are unable to treat women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. We look forward to treating you once your little one is weaned and your scars have been fully healed (usually within two years).

HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS?

There’s little to no downtime. Most Clients can resume work the same day, or even fly home after their session. It’s normal to experience redness and swelling immediately after the procedure for 1-3 days. For the first 3 days, you’ll be given strict instructions on how to minimize inflammation, speed up the wound healing phase, and how to “ice” the area and keep it clean. Over the next few weeks, the redness will dissipate and go through a variety of shades (from dark to light) until your skin heals. We’ll be in contact with you every step of the way.

HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Everyone’s skin is different. Variables include age, diet, hormones, general health, overtones, sun exposure, etc and so it’s impossible to give an exact number of days it will take you to heal. On average, it takes 45-60 days, but if you’re prone to hyper-pigmentation (you naturally scar dark), it will most likely take longer to heal. During your consultation, we can discuss and assess your skin’s estimated timeline and variables.
*Here’s a recent case study of our fastest healing client to help you speed along your recovery!

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS OF THE PROCEDURE LAST?

The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin treatment that’s only been around for 6-7 years. According to our industry, it’ll last 5 years, or more provided that the correct after-care procedures are adhered to. You may or may not need a touch up after 5-6 years. Remember, a stretch mark is a scar and so the skin is trickier to penetrate. In addition, as we age, all tattoos transition and change on our skin because there’s less elasticity and melanin production. This can effect your stretch mark camouflage tattoo, as well.

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROCEDURE?

The total cost of the procedure varies greatly per technician and is dependent on the location and severity of the stretch marks or scar requiring treatment. Studio Conceal charges anywhere between $500-$2,000/ per area. We require an initial consultation (in-person or virtual) free of charge with zero pressure, during which the final cost can be determined by a formal quote.

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

Yes we do! We’ve partnered with United Medical Credit to offer easy, reliable financing for all camouflage services and training. It’s really easy to apply and only takes 3 minutes to get approved. They’ll do a soft credit check to determine your options and will be in contact with you in 24 hours. Apply for financing of tattoo treatment or training here, hassle free.

STRETCH MARK CAMOUFLAGE TATTOO VS. LASER TREATMENTS?

While Laser Treatments do work on stretch marks by damaging the skin’s outer layer and forcing it to heal itself, they do not put color back into the skin. So almost all clients who get Laser Treatments for their stretch marks still have noticeable stretch marks. In fact, many of our clients have had many Laser Treatment procedures prior to walking into our studio. Another huge difference is the cost of that treatments. Laser Treatments could run $1,000 to $3,000 per session, and can easily end up costing the client over $10,000 overall.
*Here’s a short video going over the differences of microneedling vs. laser vs. the stretch mark camouflage tattoo