What are the five most asked questions about Medical Tattooing?


I am often asked the same questions in a different format hundreds of times over the month, so you may have noticed that I’ve started a Question and Answer session on Instagram. This gives people more information, and information is the key to making sure you choose the right treatment, the right practitioner, at the right time for YOU.

To help, I’ve formulated the TOP FIVE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICAL TATTOOING here for you in a quick and easy-to-read blog.

If you have any questions you’d like answered in a video or via email, please let us know. I’m always happy to answer any questions I know the answer to! And if I don’t know the answer, I’ll do my best to find out.

What is Medical Tattooing?

Medical Tattooing is the process of implanting medically certified pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. The pigment is based around your skin tone and replicates the surrounding skin/hair/areola when healed.



How many sessions will I need?

A treatment can last anywhere from 30 mins to 3 hours depending on the size of the area. Generally, 2-4 treatments are needed, (for larger areas you may require 3-6 treatments). You need to leave 4-10 weeks in between treatments.

Can you treat darker scars or dark birthmarks?

Medical Tattooing is not advised for issues with hyperpigmentation or dark birthmarks.
A dark scar happens when the melanin in the area of trauma is stimulated causing the melanin to increase, resulting in a darker colour. The more melanin, the darker the skin/scar. Medical Tattooing is performed by inserting a needle into the dermal layer of the skin and implanting pigment into this layer. The dermal layer is where the melanin resides. The needle moving in and out of this area can causes more stimulation of the melanin and therefore there is an extremely high risk of causing more hyperpigmentation.

Does Medical Tattooing help with confidence?

Absolutely yes. The scarring is a physical/visual reminder of something that may feel quite traumatic to the person. This can have an emotional impact that affects:
Not wearing certain clothes
Not engaging in intimate or personal relationships
Not going out in public
Not going to work or being able to work

When treated with Medical Tattooing, there can often be a huge increase in confidence leading to resuming normal activities that help to manage a balanced lifestyle.

Worth a read: Finding confidence in the skin you’re in – Rae Denman

Does it hurt in the same way as a normal tattoo?

Medical Tattooing is not a particularly painful treatment, and often treatments are done without the use of Anaesethic. Some scars such as skin grafts, cleft lip scarring and burn scars can be really tender, and some can have no feeling to them at all. If you do find it painful, anaesethic will be used. After a long appointment, you may feel that the area is tender, and that tenderness will settle over the next few hours.

It is similar to a normal body tattoo, but the pain level of a medical tattoo is more dependent on the area of the body.

Some areas are more sensitive than others:

Along the midline of the face

We hope you have found these answers helpful. Please get in touch if you would you like more information about medical tattooing for scars?

To book a consultation, use this direct link. Read the FAQ’s and Book Your Appointment online with Rae Denman, or complete our enquiry form below.


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