Scars can be different from normal skin in terms of texture, contour and colour. Fresh scars are often pink but mature scars can be darker (hyperpigmented) or lighter (hypopigmented) compared to the surrounding skin. These differences in colour can be hidden, or improved, on a temporary basis with cosmetic camouflage makeup. Although normal foundation creams can be used, there are specific product ranges that are designed especially for scars and take into account racial differences in skin colour.
Medical Micropigmentation tattooing can be used in burn scars in the same way as cosmetic camouflage makeup to try and reduce the contrast in colour between scars and the surrounding skin. It can also be used as semi-permanent makeup to define eyelid margins and lips or following breast reconstruction, it can be utilised to recreate areolas and colour reconstructed nipples. 2-dimensional realistic eyebrows can be tattooed and hair can be simulated in areas of beard, moustache or scalp hair loss. The degree of permanence of the tattoo will vary depending on the depth that the pigment is placed. In contrast to decorative tattoos, the pigment is often placed more superficially in the skin so that the tattoo is semi-permanent rather than permanent.
Some Burn Services offer a skin camouflage consultation or a burn professional can advise how to access camouflage services through the Changing Faces charity or the British Association of Skin Camouflage charity. A Burn professional can also advise on micropigmentation tattooing. More often than not, you will need to seek this service privately. When choosing to go private, please remember it is your responsibility to check that the product or service meets your requirements. Information from the NHS Guide to Cosmetic Procedures:NHS Choices Permanent Makeup
BASC is a charity that offers training and consultation in skin camouflage within the NHS and Private practice nationwide. BASC trained consultants work independently of BASC Access to free clinics with a BASC trained consultant within the NHS is by referral. For more information please visit their website. Contact: 01254 703 107 Website
Changes Faces is a charity and they offer a skin camouflage service at 80 locations in UK. You can ask your GP or other health or social care professional for a referral to the service. Consultations are free. Contact: 0300 012 0276 Skin Camouflage Service Find a clinic near you
FTG provides training in semi-permanent makeup, microneedling and medical tattooing. They run a cosmetic and medical tattooing clinic from their head office in Haywards Heath offering an extensive model programme. If you are willing to receive treatment from a trainee at their clinic, they have appointments available for scar and burns camouflage, free of charge.
Find out more: Model appointments Tel: 01444 414 744
Treatments available Find a FTG Technician (This link provides a search for Finishing Touches Group trained technicians in your area. Charges apply and you will need to contact the technician directly to see what services they offer and ensure it meets your requirements.)
Scar Management and Burns rehabilitation. Treatments include microneedling, scar camouflage, medical tattooing, laser treatment and hair transplant surgery. Contact: 020 7467 3005 The London Scar Clinic
The Scar Team based in Bristol is made up burn professionals who have worked within the NHS and privately for years. Treatments offered include camouflage makeup, microneedling, scar revision, camouflage with hair transplantation, laser resurfacing and medical tattooing among other services. Treatments offered Contact Scar Team Website