See the difference with medical tattooing for Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a distressing condition which will have seen you lose pigment in areas of your skin. They may be small areas or larger ones, but whatever the size, the vitiligo is likely to have had a significant impact on your quality of life and mental well-being.
Patients with skin conditions resulting in visible differences often experience questioning, stares and other unpleasant reactions due to their condition. If this is what you are experiencing, it’s likely it’s having a profound impact on your confidence, self-esteem and ability to face the world without feeling self-conscious.
As a specialist medical tattooist, I have helped patients with Vitiligo, doing so with empathy and sensitivity. I am skilled at using tattooing to reduce the visible difference you are facing, helping you take a big step towards restored confidence as a result.
How does it work?
The areas that lack pigment can be re-pigmented to build up a base colour, so the vitiligo areas are not quite so pale. You will need to be careful to stay out the sun for the duration of treatment. 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 Vitiligo 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 to.
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.
- Active Vitiligo
- Blood thinning medication
- The optimum period for vitiligo tattooing is when you are at your lightest in skin colouring (usually in the wintertime unless you stay out of the sun at summertime).
- 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.
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What my patients say...
"Rachael worked in the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery providing a comprehensive medical tattoo and camouflage service. Her results were excellent and consistent and I would happily recommend her to my patients."
Dr Amar Ghattaura MB BS, BSc, MSc, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast) Breast and Microsurgery
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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.