Treatments/Tattooing/Medical Tattooing

Medical tattooing, also referred to as micro-pigmentation is the process of implanting small amounts of natural pigment into the skin surface for medical or cosmetic purposes.

Medical tattooing can make a world of difference with scars, skin grafts and hypopigmentation, and can be used to conceal a lighter scar with pigment that matches the surrounding skin. Another common use for medical tattooing is to re-create the appearance of the nipple and areola after mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. Besides these uses, it can also help with scalp re-pigmentation, stable vitiligo, and port wine stains. It is also used to create the appearance of eyebrows or hair on the scalp for people who have lost them due to alopecia or other medical treatments. 

Which skin conditions can medical tattooing treat? 

Medical tattooing can be used to treat various skin conditions. These include: 

  • Scarring: Medical tattooing can be used to conceal white scars with pigment that matches the surrounding skin 
  • Cleft lip: New  techniques can help conceal the appearance of a cleft lip 
  • Skin grafts: Different techniques can be used to re-pigment skin grafts that have lost colour 
  • Nipple/areola: Medical tattooing is commonly used to enhance the appearance or definition of the nipple and areola following breast cancer surgery, breast reduction / uplift surgery, gender reassignment surgery or gynecomastia surgery 
  • Port wine stains: Medical tattooing can be used to help reduce the appearance of port wine stains 
  • Vitiligo: Techniques can be used to help re-pigment areas of skin affected by vitiligo 
  • Lack of hair (brows/lash line and scalp): Medical tattooing can be used to create the appearance of hair on the scalp, eyebrows, or lash line for people who have experienced hair loss due to alopecia or other medical reasons  
  • Lack of pigmentation in the skin: Medical tattooing can be used to add pigment to areas of skin that lack natural pigmentation 

Each of these skin conditions can be improved with medical tattooing, helping you regain your confidence and feel more comfortable in your skin. 

Areola tattooing London 

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Initial consultation for medical tattooing 

During the initial consultation, our specialists will assess your skin and the area to be treated to determine if medical tattooing is the best option for you. They will also discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking to determine if there are any contraindications. 

The consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, the aftercare process, and the expected results. If you decide to proceed with medical tattooing, we will work with you to determine the best pigment and technique to achieve your desired outcome. 

Book a consultation for medical tattooing with us today. 


Medical tattooing treatment procedure 

Medical tattooing involves using a specialised tattoo machine to implant pigment into the skin. Before beginning the procedure, the area to be treated is cleaned and sterilised. The specialist will then apply a topical anaesthetic to the area to minimise discomfort during the procedure. 


Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the specialist will begin the tattooing process. They will use a small needle to inject pigment into the skin, creating a natural-looking result that blends with the surrounding skin. The procedure can take several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the treated area. 

Additionally, it is worth noting that medical tattooing typically uses pigment rather than ink. Ink will revert back to blues, reds and greens over time, whereas pigment will hold its shades of browns and creams necessary for skin, areola and hair tones.  


After the procedure, the area may be slightly swollen and red, but this typically subsides within a few days.  

It is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by our specialist to ensure proper healing and optimal results. This may include avoiding direct sunlight, keeping the treated area clean and dry, and avoiding activities that may cause excessive sweating or friction to the area. 

It is also important to avoid picking or scratching the treated area, as this can cause scarring or infection. If you experience any unusual symptoms, such as excessive swelling, redness, or pain, contact us immediately. 

Pricing & Cost 

The cost of medical tattooing depends on the area or areas being treated, and you will be given a full quote for any potential treatment during and following your initial consultation with one of our expert medical tattooists. 

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Medical tattooing London 

At The London Scar Clinic, our specialists are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical tattooing services to our patients. 

Our specialists are highly skilled and experienced in the field of medical tattooing and use the latest techniques to ensure the best possible results for our patients. We also understand the importance of ongoing care and support, and we will be with you every step of the way as you undergo your medical tattooing procedure. 

Book a consultation with The London Scar Clinic today to learn more about our medical tattooing services and how we can help you achieve your desired results. 

Medical tattooing is used to camouflage many visible differences such as scars, skin grafts and port wine stains The results of medical tattooing  will generally last for 1-5 years, and it is common for a colour boost to be needed during that time to maintain the best possible result.  

Medical tattooing is a procedure that involves the application of pigment into the skin to mask and blend scarring. Although this method is effective in disguising scars, it  isn’t designed to address textural differences that may be present in the scarred area. However, a a positive side effect to medical tattooing is that it can also help smooth certain types of scarring, and flatten indentations.  

 In addition to tattooing, we offer flattening and smoothing treatments that can be done in combination with medical tattooing. These treatments can be particularly effective when used in conjunction with medical tattooing, as they can help to create a more even surface for the tattoo pigment to be applied onto. 


Some contraindications for medical tattooing include: 

  • Active acne in the treatment area 
  • Blood clotting disorders 
  • Diabetes 
  • Eczema or psoriasis in the treatment area 
  • Haemophilia 
  • Keloid scarring 
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding 
  • Skin cancer in the treatment area 
  • Use of blood thinning medication 

It is important to consult with a medical professional to determine if medical tattooing is safe and appropriate for you. 

The level of pain experienced during cosmetic tattooing varies from person to person. Some people may feel only slight discomfort during the procedure, while others may experience more pain. This can depend on factors such as the individual’s pain tolerance, the area of the body being tattooed, and the type of needle being used. We use anaesthetic to minimise the pain and it is monitored throughout your treatment. 

The cost of a medical tattoo can vary depending on the type of procedure needed. Book a consultation with one of our specialists to get an estimated price. They will evaluate your specific needs and discuss the cost of your procedure during your consultation. 

Treatment Overview

  • Medical tattooing involves using a specialised tattoo machine to implant pigment into the skin. The specialist will use a small needle to inject pigment into the skin, creating a natural-looking result that blends with the surrounding skin.  
  • The length of the procedure can vary depending on the size and complexity of the area being treated. It can take between one to three hours to complete. 
  • The results of medical tattooing generally last for one to five years. A colour boost is needed during this time to maintain the best possible result.  

"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."

"Rae did an incredible job with medical tattooing a scar that had troubled me for some time. After being told by many that nothing could be done, Rae was confident she could help and it was a pleasant experience overall. Highly recommend."