Everything to know about medical tattooing

Many would not be familiar with medical tattooing. However, a person who knows about it and has benefitted from it will be very grateful. Medical tattooing is an acclaimed technique to camouflage the undesirable appearance of skin and hair.


Professionally, medical tattooing is known by the name micro-pigmentation. It can be referred to as a restorative aesthetic procedure. For people who have undergone any accident or surgery that left an undesirable change or mark on their body, this technique can be beneficial to camouflage their conditions.


It is also used to correct cleft lip or achromia, some birth conditions. Some of the most popular medical tattooings include scar or burn camouflage, stretch camouflage, restoration of areola pigmentation, areola tattoos, nipple restoration after mastectomy surgery, hair follicle stimulation, and even skin tone.

The process followed in medical tattooing.

Under this procedure, tiny sterile organic or mineral pigments are deposited on the upper layer of the skin. Then, with the help of an exclusive medical tattoo machine, needles and different pigments, camouflaging starts.


This procedure does not cause any severe pain. Also, an anesthetic solution is first applied over the treatment area to eliminate pain. Patients can skip anesthesia if they are okay with a bit of pain. Any medical tattooing will need more than one treatment to attain the complete and desirable result.


Gaps are mandatory between the first and consecutive treatments as time is required for the tattoos to heal. Periodic pigment touchups are also a part of medical tattooing to maintain the appearance of the tattoo.

Who is eligible to perform medical tattoos?

Unlike cosmetic tattoos, medical tattoos cannot be executed with basic training. Physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, nurses or aestheticians are not eligible to perform medical tattooing without extensive training. It is also a legal mandate to have proper certifications and licenses to perform the procedure.

Applications of medical tattooing

Areola tattooing

Commonly, areola tattoos are preferred by those who have undergone breast and nipple reconstruction surgery. A person who has had a nipple reconstruction surgery already has a raised nipple, and tattooing will give the proper colour to the nipple. If the nipple is flat, the tattoo will help provide a standard tattoo that will look like a natural nipple. This is possible with 3D tattooing.

Scalp tattooing

People facing severe hair loss due to surgery or other medical conditions constantly seek techniques to regrow their hair. Even if they get one, instant, natural-looking, low-maintenance hair is never possible.

Medical tattooing does scalp micro-pigmentation, which can restore the natural shape of the hairline. It is also possible to cover the entire head with a buzz-cut look. This treatment can hide the scars, give a beautiful hairline, offer low maintenance and last for more than six years.

Vitiligo Tattooing

Under a vitiligo medical condition, a person’s skin loses the ability to produce melanin, and the skin turns white in patches. This patchy look makes people uncomfortable and wants an even tone.

Medical tattooing helps in restoring the natural skin colour. Studies reveal that the success rate is enormous, and patient satisfaction is more than 96%. The pain while tattooing for vitiligo is also significantly less, and many patients go with anesthesia.


Finally, medical tattooing is a boon to people to restore their appearance together with their confidence. It gives them the chance to live life again as they desire.


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