See the difference with medical tattooing for skin grafts

Skin grafts Surrey

Enhancing the healing process of skin grafts 

Skin grafting is used for extensive wounds that are difficult to suture or for wounds that will produce prominent scars that could cause physical or psychological problems for the patient. woundsinternational.com

If your skin has been affected by a major wound and had a need for a skin graft, the skin graft itself may present as a visible difference. Living with this visible difference can have major implications for your quality of life, as you are conscious of this area of skin which in turn affects your confidence. Grafting involves the creation of another wound at the donor site and the graft will often be of a different tone and texture to the surrounding skin. Medical Tattooing can be used to visually improve this.

As a specialist Medical Tattooist, I am often the final stage in a patient’s recovery from trauma or surgery. Understanding the impact the skin graft may be having on your life, you can have every confidence that I will treat you with empathy and care, and use my specialist skills to reduce the appearance of your skin graft.

How does it work

Skin Graft Re-pigmentation with Medical Tattooing

After a graft has healed, pigments can be implanted into the graft to match it to the colour of the surrounding skin. This will be done in a number of sessions building up the colour and detail over time. The larger the area concerned, typically more sessions are required.

After a treatment the area will look red, sometimes raised and darker than the desired result. It can take three to seven days to heal, slight sloughing may occur and then the colour will look approximately 50% lighter.

Medical Tattooing can last between one to five years before a Colour Boost may be needed.
The risks involved are minimal;

  • As with all injection sites there is a risk of infection. To minimise this risk the aftercare needs to be adhered to. A dressing can be applied for the initial 48 hours to help reduce this risk.
  • On a few occasions the skin does not retain the pigment well.

Consultation

An initial consultation of half an hour is required to determine your expectations and suitability of treatment.

This is followed by a half hour appointment at the same time, or on a subsequent date for a colour analysis and colour and sensitivity patch test.

After a healing period, a review is required to put together a treatment plan based on the results of the patch test area (approximate number of sessions, length of each session, healing period timescale and cost).

Pre-Treatment

24 hours prior; do not take the following substances: Stimulants: Tea, coffee, soft drinks with caffeine or other substances containing stimulants.

If you are having a lip treatment and have EVER HAD a cold sore in the past, you WILL need to take anti-viral tablets five days before and after the treatment (available from the chemist or your GP).

The optimum period for scar tattooing is when you are at your lightest in skin colouring (usually in the wintertime unless you stay out of the sun at summertime).

Treatment

The number of sessions will depend upon the size of the area to be treated, the level of discolouration and how well the aftercare is adhered too.

The treatment is NOT painful but can be tender. Anaesthetic can be used before and during the treatment to control the sensation.

Cost is applied per treatment sequence and will be discussed during the consultation.
Aftercare (For 7-14 days after the procedure)
NO WATER EXPOSURE for 48 hours and then minimal water for the following week.
AVOID EXPOSURE TO SUN, TANNING BEDS AND UV RAYS. Use effective sunscreen 30SPF or higher for protection.
DO NOT TOUCH THE AREA No scratching, rubbing, or picking the scabs. No facial treatments.
AVOID USING COSMETICS ON THE AREA including facial creams, cleansers, aloe Vera, etc.
AVOID WORKING IN THE GARDEN, dirt, pollutants from the environment may cause infections.
AVOID seafood, salty and spicy foods.
AVOID SWIMMING, hot baths, showers and Jacuzzis.
AVOID taking multivitamins with Vitamin A in, or using Retinol containing products on the area.

Contraindications

  • Graft that is unhealed
  • Keloid scarring that has been treated with steroids
  • Roaccutane use in the preceding 6 months
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding

Price list

Online Consultation £95
In-Clinic Consultation Harley Street, London or Betchworth, Surrey £195
15 minute online review following your treatment to determine the healing process and final results FOC
In-clinic review following treatment £45
Medical tattooing prices are quoted during the consultation as treatments
are bespoke

Price list

Online Consultation £95
In-Clinic Consultation, Harley Street London or Betchworth, Surrey £195
15 minute online review following your treatment to determine the healing process and final results FOC
In-clinic review following treatment £45
Medical tattooing prices are quoted during the consultation as treatments are bespoke

Skin Graft Before & Afters

skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
skin graft tattoo before skin graft tattoo after
Due to the nature of the areas that I work on, not all photographs can be shared publicly. Extra Before and After photographs can be shown during consultation.

What my patients say…

"I had a skin graft 5 years ago and have been really self conscious about the skin colour difference of the graft skin. I found Rae online and from our first consultation I knew I was in safe hands. She has always been incredibly honest about the results I can expect and has constantly adapted to the particular way my skin has responded to the treatment. I'm so pleased that I decided on medical tattooing with Rae and already feel more complete and self confident, knowing that Rae will do all she can to meet my expectations, without promising unrealistic results. I wholeheartedly recommend Rae to anyone considering medical tattooing, she has been so supportive, considerate and understanding of my needs."

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It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Rae Denman Medical Tattoo & Expert Witness Ltd. We offer a space for everyone who is negatively impacted by their visible difference to come and get advice, treatment, and aftercare in a safe and non-judgemental environment, as well as specialist training to be able to offer YOUR patients the same.

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If you’re here to address a visible difference, you can be confident that this is the first step towards reinvigorated confidence and zest for getting on with your life. Whether your visible difference is large or small, able to be covered or not, and whatever age, sex, race, or distinction, you will be taken seriously and treated respectfully.

I combine my extensive training and body art skills with a warm, empathetic approach to help you feel at ease.

I specialise in the visible reduction of scarring and skin grafts.

After achieving a BA Hons in Graphic Design, I focused within the Medical Tattooing industry and attained a wealth of qualifications including a Diploma of Excellence in Cosmetic tattooing, Diploma in Professional MakeUp & Body painting, and Core Synchronism Lymphatic from The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. I also developed my expertise further with specific courses at The British Association of Skin Camouflage and several courses focused on scarring, areola, camouflage, skin grafts, vitiligo and facial feature restoration.

Previously I worked in the NHS Burns and Plastics Department at Morriston Hospital and now work privately at The London Scar Clinic, Harley Street and in Reigate, Surrey.

What is said about Rae…

As one of the country’s leading experts in this specialist area, Rae Denman has formulated new techniques for scarring as well as Port Wine Stain coverage. Rae is the only person in the UK to offer Medical tattooing for the coverage of Port Wine Stains, bringing international patients to the UK for this specialist service as well as scar camouflage.

Rae is also dedicated to her role as a medico-legal expert witness and report writer, focusing on condition and prognosis reports for patients with scarring.

Rae has worked as a Para-medical Camouflage Consultant for The Katie-Piper Foundation, working one-to-one with burn survivors, and was featured on television and in the press, and won awards for Life Changing Procedure for her ground-breaking work.

Rae Denman’s clinic work includes medical tattooing for: scar, hypopigmentation and skin graft re-pigmentation; nipple/areola and cleft lip restoration; gender reassignment realism; port wine stain camouflage and para-medical camouflage for temporary concealment of birthmarks, thread veins, vitiligo, rosacea as well as all features of Permanent Make-up.

Mrs Rae Denman has had research published in Psychology, Health and Medicine, Feb 9th 2021. “My face in someones else hands”: A qualitative study of medical tattooing in women with hair loss. (Nicola Stock, Nicholas D Sharratt.)

 

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Locations

Are you looking for a specialist for Medical Tattoo treatments or Permanent Makeup? I have clinics in Marylebone, London & Reigate, Surrey.

Get in touch to arrange a consultation so we can discuss your needs on 07967 758714

Rae Denman Tattoo & Expert Witness Ltd

Located at: Tillow Barn
Roothill Lane,
Brockham,
BETCHWORTH,
RH3 7AS

Rae Denman Tattoo & Expert Witness Ltd

Located at: The London Scar Clinic
152 Harley Street,
London,
W1G 7LH

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