See the difference with medical tattooing for skin grafts
Enhancing the healing process
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 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.
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).
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).
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.
- Graft that is unhealed
- Keloid scarring that has been treated with steroids
- Roaccutane use in the preceding 6 months
- Pregnancy or breast feeding
|Consultation – For patients travelling a distance, FaceTime or Skype is available:||£50 (30 minutes)|
|Colour Analysis and Colour Patch Test||£95 (30 minutes)|
|1 session of Medical Tattoo*||£250|
|2 sessions of Medical Tattoo*||£399|
|3 sessions of Medical Tattoo*||£545|
|4 sessions of Medical Tattoo*||£699|
|5 sessions of Medical Tattoo*||£845|
|6 sessions of Medical Tattoo*||£999|
*1 hour per treatment | A free of charge 30 minute review appointment to determine the colour when healed and how the treatment sequence will progress.
Find out how I can make a difference...
Skin Graft Before & Afters
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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My medical tattooing and cosmetic permanent make up practice is all about you, the client. I combine my extensive training, medical background and body art skills with a warm, empathetic approach to make you feel completely at ease. If you’re here because you want to address a visible difference, you can be confident that this is the first step towards a reinvigorated confidence and zest for getting on with your life.
If you want to enhance your features through skilfully applied semi-permanent makeup, you can be confident too; that you’ll get stunning results in a safe and high-quality environment.
As a specialist Medical Tattooist based in the South East of England, I have developed a reputation for scar camouflage and facial feature restoration in the field of Permanent Cosmetics, Medical Tattooing and Skin Camouflage.
I am a member of The British Association of Skin Camouflage and trained with them for temporary coverage of burns and scars and The Finishing Touches Group for Permanent Cosmetics and Medical Tattooing. Since then I have undertaken further specialist training with Nouveau Contour for brows and lips, and The Linda Paradis Group for tattoo removal.
As well as the private sector, I led NHS clinics at the Burns and Plastics unit, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, specialising in nipple/areola tattooing and temporary camouflage cover of burns and scars. I now run private clinics from Harley Street Skin Clinic in Reigate, Surrey and The McIndoe Centre in East Grinstead.
I was awarded the 20 years of excellence Life Changing Procedure for my work with nipple areola tattooing.
Last year I was featured on ITV ‘This Morning with Lorraine Kelly’ performing hair stroke brows for a feature on anti-ageing alongside Dr Khan and Dr Devine.
I collaborated with The Katie Piper Foundation and The Telegraph to create a time-lapse video of myself applying Camouflage and Makeup on a burns survivor demonstrating the positive effects this has on her physical and mental wellbeing.
My career has exposed me to a wealth of experience in understanding and communicating with clientele from varied backgrounds and social circles, each with different needs and expectations.
I’m passionate about using my skill and precision with detail to offer a high-end service and truly care about helping each individual find confidence within their appearance.