Scar Tattoo and Other Scar Treatment Options - Studio Conceal

Scar Tattoo and Other Scar Treatment Options

Do you have a scar that keeps you from wearing what you want? Here are your options from creams, skin resurfacing techniques, to scar tattoo procedures.

When you get a wound, whether from surgery or trauma, your skin forms scar tissue as the wound heals. Scarring is a natural process; it is completely normal. However, scars may lower one’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Having scars is not really a bad thing, especially if it is small, or is in a location where it can easily be hidden. However, if it’s not, there are different methods that you may try to conceal it, make it go away, or change how it looks. 

Types of Scars

To help you decide which method to choose, you must first have knowledge of the different types of scars.

1. Keloid



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Keloids are the result of an aggressive healing process. A keloid is a raised scar that extends beyond the original injury.

2. Hypertrophic


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Hypertrophic scars are thick and raised, and are often red in color. Often, they are a result of skin trauma, surgical incisions, or burns. They flatten and fade over time.

3. Contractures



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When a large area of the skin is damaged or lost, like a burn for example, results in contractures. Contractures tighten the skin, which may impair body movement.

4. Acne Scars


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Severe acne causes acne scars. These scars may be deep pits or maybe angular or wavelike in appearance.

People who have severe acne scars usually cover them with makeup, which sometimes makes the skin condition worse.

5. Stretch Marks


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Stretch marks develop when the skin stretches or shrinks quickly. This is often seen in the body of a woman who recently gave birth.

Most women result in hiding their stretch marks because it does not fit the world’s standard of beauty.

Scar Treatment Options


1. Prescription Creams, Gels, or Ointments

These products can be used to treat scars caused by cuts and wounds. The ingredients in these products target scar tissue and help in restoring the natural look and feel of the skin.

There are some skin creams that contain mild exfoliants that work to remove the top layer of skin cells and eliminate dead skin.

Scar creams contain ingredients designed to target scar tissue and help restore the skin’s natural look and feel. Other ingredients hydrate skin cells and reduce the appearance of scars.

2. Scar Revision Surgery


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A scar revision procedure makes the scar less noticeable and makes it cosmetically appealing. IT could also restore a poorly healed scar. However, it does not completely erase it.

There are different options for scar revision, but they vary based on the type and degree of scarring. Scar revision may include simple topical treatment, minimally invasive medical procedures, and revision surgery.

3. Laser

Like the methods mentioned above, lasers could also reduce the appearance of scars. Focused light therapy is used to stimulate the production of new skin cells or to remove the outer layer of the surface of the skin.

Lasers can also target the blood vessels in the scar tissue and reduce redness. In laser stretch marks removal, concentrated rays of light are directed towards the stretch marks to stimulate the growth of new skin cells.

Laser therapy for scars is used to smooth the surface of the skin, remove the abnormal color of the scar, or flatten a raised scar. Laser therapy for keloids is done in conjunction with other treatments. It usually takes several treatments before seeing a notable improvement, at the cost of $3000 to $5000.

4. Microneedling

The principle behind microneedling is that, with the use of a derma roller or pen on the skin’s surface that generates micro-trauma to the skin to relax and smoothen out the texture of the scars. The micro-trauma generated in the skin stimulates the wound-healing response of the body, which leaves scars more even.  It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin when it creates tiny punctures on the epidermis.  This eventually encourages skin regeneration.

5. Scar Camouflage Tattoo


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If you want a permanent solution to your scars, the best option is to get a tattoo that will cover the scar. A tattoo that covers up a scar and makes it look like your natural skin is called a scar tattoo or scar camouflage tattoo.

Scar camouflage tattooing is a permanent solution that adds a skin-color pigmentation to the scar through tattooing. The goal is to make your scar “disappear” by blending a special ink that matches your skin color so that its appearance looks like your natural skin tone.

Scar camouflage tattoos can only be done by professionals. It is a non-surgical medical procedure where a needle is inserted into the scar. The needle deposits colored ink that closely matches your skin tone.

Naturally, our skin does not really have a solid color. To achieve the cosmetic color of the skin, the professional technician uses a technique called pointillism, which mixes and matches the colors to add variety to the skin, to achieve the goal of having the scar covered. 

A Scar camouflage tattoo can only cover certain types of scars. Before going to your trusted tattoo studio, make sure that:

  1. Your scar is at least 2 years old;
  2. The scar does not show any kind of redness;
  3. Your scar is not sunken; and
  4. Your scar is more pale/white than the skin surrounding it


Scar Tattoo FAQs

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What will happen during my consultation?

During my free virtual consultation, I will carefully analyze your scarring to see if you will benefit from a scar tattoo. We will also evaluate your skin to find out the colors which will blend well with your skin tone. The evaluation will ensure that the colors to be used for the procedure are correct and are exactly what you want.

How long will the scar camouflage session take?

Every session takes an hour or less, depending on the size of the camouflage tattoo. Scar camouflage tattoos may require you to come back to the studio for touch ups after a few years.

What will happen during the procedure?

The tattoo technician will use an electronic device that stimulates the natural healing response of the skin. Multiple blends of pigment are injected to the skin to create a tonal variance of your skin color. 

What should I prepare before the scar camouflage procedure?

Before having the procedure, it is important that your skin is at its normal appearance. This is because the pigments that will be used should blend well with your natural skin tone.

If you are tanned at the time of the session, you might end up with a tattoo that does not match your skin.

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What after-care should I do after the scar camouflage tattoo?

After the session, make sure that you limit your exposure to the sun. Tattoos are permanent, but they generally do not like the sun, because it fades the color quicker. 

Will the scar camouflage tattoo hurt?

Whether it will hurt or not depends on the scar itself. Numbing agents are applied to the scar. Past customers describe the discomfort as no more than 2 out of 10. Do not worry, our technician will make sure that you are comfortable during the entire process. 

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Do not let scars limit you from living the life you deserve. You cannot just hide them underneath makeup. You deserve a permanent solution that will make you feel beautiful again! Avail of our Scar Camouflage service!

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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