If you are a surviving burn victim, you may have been left with unwanted scarring.

Oftentimes, this scarring is difficult to cover-up with standard makeup. Even if managing around some makeup does help, it takes a long time to prepare in the morning.

The scaring may also adversely affect your self-image and lower your self-esteem over time.

The good news is that you do not have to live with the effects or your burns forever. There are safe alternatives that can diminish or fade the look of your scars and make them barely noticeable to others. Semi-permanent make-up, officially referred to as micropigmentation, can help.

What is Micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that involves implanting your specific skin-toned pigment just underneath the affected area of your skin.

It is also referred to as semi-permanent make-up and it is important that you understand that the results from this procedure will last for many years to come. It helps to restore color to the area of your skin where the scarring is located.

This procedure is relatively short and non-abrasive, and typically allows you to resume your normal activities within 24 hours.

Benefits of Permanent Makeup

This procedure works very well for burn victims because it helps to camouflage the scars on their skin.

Typically, when the skin is burned, it turns a white-like color that is significantly lighter than the other areas of the skin. This is referred to us hypopigmentation. Since micropigmentation involves implanting pigment that matches your specific skin tone, it helps to restore the scarred area and bring out your natural beauty.

While this procedure may not remove your scarring completely, it will bring enough of your natural coloring to the scar area to make it barely noticeable to others.

Since this is a semi -permanent procedure, it eliminates the need for you to apply make-up every day and can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes you to get ready in the morning.  This procedure is also very safe and effective if performed by a licensed cosmetologist.

Licensed Cosmetologist

While the micropigmentation procedure is very safe, it is crucial that you only use a licensed cosmetologist that is trained in performing this technique.

According to an article in the New York Time by Abby Ellin, thousands of people every year are experiencing damage to their skin and infections due to this procedure being performed by unskilled people. Regulations for this type of cosmetology vary by state and may not be as strict as you may think.

To protect yourself, be sure to use a licensed cosmetologist who has many years of experience in providing this specific type of procedure to burn victims. He/she should also be a member of The Society of Permanent Cosmetics Professionals. This will ensure that your cosmetologist has the necessary skills and education to perform this procedure successfully.

Getting Through It

Suffering from a burn can be tragic and difficult to handle, both on the inside and out. Thankfully, procedures done today through permanent makeup helps with scar reconstruction, making the victim feel complete and whole again.