Scar tissue can be an unwelcome feature anywhere on the body, but there are very few effective treatments to hide scars. Hyperpigmented scars, in particular, can be very unsightly, leaving you feeling self-conscious. When your self-esteem is impacted, it’s not just about your emotions, all aspects of your life, from personal, social and family to your work and professional life are affected. If you’re suffering from unsightly hyperpigmented scars, dark scar neutralization could be the solution you have been looking for.

What Are Scars?

Almost everyone will have a scar of some kind – it’s a part of life! But some scars are more visible on the body, or a more obvious type of scar than others. Scars are a result of wound repair in the bodily tissues and can be caused by diseases, accidents, surgeries, skin conditions, and more. 

Scar Types

Different people will scar in different ways, and different reasons for scarring can impact the final result. Here is a look at a few scar types you might encounter:

  • Normal fine-line scars: This is a minor wound that heals, leaving a red, raised line that gets paler and flatter over time. These are generally not too obvious, although scar tissue doesn’t tan so it might be more pronounced on a darker skin tone. 
  • Keloid scars: This is where too much collagen results in the overgrowth of tissue after the wound has healed. The scar is raised above the skin. 
  • Hypertrophic scars: These are also the result of excess collagen but marginally less, and these scars don’t extend beyond the boundary of the original wound. 
  • Pitted or sunken scars: These scars are caused by skin conditions like acne or chickenpox and are a result of an injury that causes the loss of underlying fat. 
  • Dark scars: Unlike textured scars, certain scars can change the color of your skin tone resulting in a dark or hyperpigmented scar. This can happen if the scar is exposed to sunlight during the healing process, poor healing, inflammation, or genetics. 

Scar Tattoo Camouflage

There are now more options than simply living with the scar or trying to cover it up with clothing! Developed by Brazilian tattoo artist Rodolpho Torres, scar or stretch mark camouflage tattooing is the latest treatment for scar coverage. Using high-quality pigment, the technician will match the color to the skin tone, drastically minimizing the appearance of scars.  

Dark Scar Neutralization as Treatment

An innovative form of scar tattoo camouflage, dark scar neutralization is a great way to treat hyperpigmented or dark scars on the body. It’s important to note that while scar neutralization doesn’t remove the scar, it is extremely effective in drastically reducing the appearance of the scar. As with scar camouflage tattoos, dark scar neutralization uses specialized pigments which are inserted into the skin to harmonize the skin tone. 

Can Your Scar Be Treated?

Many types of dark scars can be effectively treated using dark scar neutralization. These include scars that are a result of 

  • Cosmetic surgery 
  • General surgery 
  • C-section 
  • Breast surgery 
  • Accident or injury 
  • Cleft lip 

It’s always important to consult with a medical professional before undergoing any skin treatment, but you are likely a good candidate for dark scar neutralization if:

  • Your scar has healed and is no longer pink or changing color.
  • Your scar is smooth or relatively flat as the treatment can’t impact skin texture.
  • Your scar doesn’t have dark edges as this indicates post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

What Other Conditions Can Be Treated?

Scar camouflage tattoos and dark skin neutralization are used to treat scars on the body, but they can also be used to treat other skin conditions causing discoloration.  

Stretch Marks

You might not realize that stretch marks are actually a type of scar, however, they can be incredibly large and unsightly. Stretch mark scars form when you lose or gain weight quite suddenly, resulting in scar tissue on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks, thighs, and elsewhere. If your stretch marks result in dark scars, then dark scar neutralization will work well to reduce the appearance of this. 


This is a skin condition that will result in discoloration, with an excess supply of melanin causing darker patches on the skin. This can be caused by hormonal changes including pregnancy, as well as sun damage, or injury. Dark scar neutralization can address issues of hyperpigmentation. 

What to Expect from Dark Scar Neutralization

After going for a consultation with a technician, the first step will be color matching the tattoo pigment to the scar tissue, ensuring there is a more harmonious final appearance. Then the tattooing will be done, which can cause a bit of discomfort, however, the technician will monitor how you’re feeling to keep you as comfortable as possible. Once the procedure is complete, ice packs will be applied to reduce pain and swelling. Remember that it will take some days for the tattoo to settle into the final color. 

Where to Get Dark Scar Neutralization in Washington?

BeautyInk By LeAnne is the first paramedical tattooist to bring dark scar neutralization to Washington State. Having graduated with a degree in finance, LeAnne has since shifted to her true passion – helping people address self-esteem issues with the latest cosmetic procedures. Having studied under the top industry leaders in the United States and the United Kingdom, LeAnne has taken a proactive approach to researching the latest techniques, ensuring her clients are getting the best the industry has to offer. 

She was the first paramedical tattooist to bring advanced stretch mark treatment, scar camouflage, and the United Kingdom’s nonpareil nipple and areola restoration techniques to Washington State. And now she is the first to bring dark scar neutralization to the state as well. Using this advanced technique, she can cover a range of scars and skin-related conditions, ensuring you are happy with the final product every time. LeAnne uses high-quality, vegan, cruelty-free inks every time, ensuring safe and long-lasting results. 

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