A scar is the result of an injury where a wound has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue (collagen) develops. While some scars are flat (cicatrix), others are raised (hypertrophic), depressed (atrophic), or extreme, such as keloids and contracture scars. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association laser and light treatments have become the go-to procedures for most scars because often they can often diminish the redness of some scars, reduce pain and swelling, and can increase a patient’s mobility. Injections of triamcinolone (cortisone) or 5-fluorouracil are frequently used to reduce the size and/or flatten raised scars and keloids. But what happens when you’ve tried those treatments and are still unsatisfied?
We visited The Basma Hameed Clinics in Beverly Hills to learn about a procedure called, paramedical micro-pigmentation. The medical tattoo procedure, which has been successfully performed on more than 10,000 patients, was developed by Hameed as a teenager. Having suffered a traumatic childhood accident, which severely burned forty percent of her face, she underwent numerous surgeries and laser treatments to improve her appearance. Told as a teenagers that there were no further treatment options, Hameed began experimenting with micro-pigment implantation on herself. So pleased with the results, she continued to develop the procedure with patients in the burn unit of Toronto’s Children’s Hospital. Hameed’s pioneering scar camouflage treatment has transformed the lives of people suffering from visible scars (above), burns, birthmarks, hair loss, and stretch marks (below) from her two clinics in the US and Toronto, Ontario (Canada).