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Micropigmentation for Burn Scars

Micropigmentation involves implanting small particles of natural pigment under the skin to bring about an aesthetic tattoo. The procedure is sometimes termed as permanent cosmetics.


Micropigmentation can:

  • Help blend the color of scar tissue to more closely match that of surrounding skin.
  • Break up the scar’s tough texture, softening and flattening it.

Possible risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Infection
  • Removal problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Inflammation
  • Keloid formation
  • MRI complications


Treatment costs average several hundred dollars. Since most medical insurance companies consider micropigmentation therapy a cosmetic procedure, treatment usually isn’t covered except in special circumstances.

Preparing for the procedure

It’s important to remember that micropigmentation skill levels vary widely. It’s important to find a qualified ASDS dermatologist. Patients should ask for references. Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.

Topical anesthetics are sometimes applied to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.

What to expect after the procedure

  • Swelling in the treated area, which can be treated with ice packs and ointments.
  • Improved appearance in the treated area within a few days.
  • Full healing of the treated area in four to six weeks.
  • Follow-up treatment may be necessary in some cases.

Find a doctor for your micropigmentation for burn scars

Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Micropigmentation” from the dropdown menu. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.

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