Micropigmentation is a technique that consists of applying hypoallergenic pigments in powder form to the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, using a very fine needle.
This technique would be similar to a tattoo, but it is not, and it is temporary.
Virtually any imperfection can be concealed by micropigmentation. For example, it is used to cover scars, as there is a wide variety of shades that facilitate their camouflage, as well as to play with depth and create a very natural look.
What is micropigmentation?
By means of micropigmentation, natural pigments are applied to the skin, in a specific tone or tones, which makes it possible to disguise any type of imperfection, from a small scar at the corner of the lips to a larger one on the head to camouflage hair grafts or wounds.
Achieving the desired effect, which is one that looks natural and leaves no marks, is complicated. The key is to find the perfect shade and to know how to apply it in each area through precise work.
Not just anyone can practice micropigmentation. To do so, an official qualification course must be passed. This requires that those who work in this field have a basic knowledge of disinfection, sterilization, knowledge of the skin and microbiology. Do not forget that needles will be used in the skin.
When to use micropigmentation on scars
Some people suffer from scars, which can be unsightly because of their shape, size or simple presence. There are aesthetic treatments that can eliminate scars, but for those who cannot afford it or simply prefer another solution, micropigmentation is a very popular solution with good results.
Before performing this technique on any scar, a study of the scar is usually performed to determine the details of the procedure. The difficulty of the procedure will depend on skin type, wound, age, daily care and level of sun exposure.
It should be noted that it cannot, or should not, be performed on all scars. First of all, the scars must be old. This means that they must have been produced about 6 months before. This is because during that time, the mark keeps changing color.
Nor can it be applied on keloid scars, which are those that extend beyond the wound. As well as if there are deeper points or if it is very large.
Types of micropigmentation for scars
Depending on the reason for which it is performed, two types of micropigmentation can be distinguished:
- Cosmetic micropigmentation is used to eliminate facial imperfections, such as lip contouring, eye lines, eyelash pigmentation or eyebrow grooming.
- And paramedical micropigmentation is applied to cover scars on any part of the body, produced by wounds, surgery, etc. Also included in this type of micropigmentation is the reconstruction of breast areolas.
How long does scar micropigmentation last?
The effect of scar micropigmentation is almost immediate. As soon as the swelling from the inflammation goes down you will see the results.
However, it is not a permanent treatment. This is because the pigments are injected into the epidermis, which absorbs them and is exposed to more external agents.
Experts agree that micropigmentation can last up to 4 years, although the average is 2 years, but not all cases are the same. It is recommended to apply small repetitions
The color of the skin (less duration the darker it is), the depth of the scar and the product used will also influence the duration of the scar micropigmentation.
As in almost all cases of aesthetic treatments, and this is no exception, the combination of several results in obvious improvements. In this case, prior to micropigmentation, other treatments such as electroporation can be used to increase collagen and elastin production by introducing vitamins and other regenerating substances.