Breast Scar Camouflage – All You Need to Know

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on June 17, 2024

For people that underwent breast surgery, breast scar camouflage can be life-changing. Find all the important information on this procedure below.

breast scar camouflage

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Breast scar camouflage can significantly improve the appearance of healed post-surgery scars and recreate the look of the nipple and areola, often removed as part of the cancer treatment procedure and gender reassignment surgery.

Explore this guide to find answers to questions like what breast scar camouflage is, which surgical procedures leave breast scars, and how long breast scar camouflage typically lasts.

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What Is Breast Scar Camouflage?

Artists use specialized tattoo needles and techniques, along with iron oxide and titanium dioxide pigments or inks, to diminish the visibility of scars, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation.

Nipple-areola tattooing is flat to the touch but looks 3D and quite accurate.

Additionally, it’s noninvasive, requires no downtime, and has a fairly easy aftercare routine.

As the study confirmed, scar camouflage tattoos are safe and effective procedures.

breast scar camouflageImage Source: Instagram @amy.jean.official

Which Surgical Procedures Leave Breast Scars?

Some of the most common surgical procedures that lead to breast scarring are:

  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Breast Augmentation Surgery
  • Breast Reduction Surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty)
  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
  • Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Scar Tattoo Camouflage Treatments

Breast scar camouflage treatments fall into two categories – scar relaxation and breast scar tattoo. Here’s a quick overview of these treatments.

Scar Relaxation

Scar relaxation or non-surgical scar revision uses advanced skin needling techniques, such as Inkless Stretch Mark Revision or MCA Dry Needling.

These techniques work by creating microscopic punctures in the scar tissue, which can naturally repair the skin by stimulating collagen production in the dermis layer of the skin tissue.

A comprehensive study Effectiveness of various methods of manual scar therapy has shown that this treatment has a significant positive effect on reducing the appearance of scars. You can expect to see results within a few weeks!

collagen induction therapy explained

Breast Scar Tattoo

Unlike scar relaxation treatments, breast scar tattoos work by camouflaging the scarring on the skin’s surface using a PMU machine and cosmetic or traditional tattoo pigments. It will work for excess scarring, asymmetrical nipple areolas, or partial loss of the nipple.

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Breast Scar Camouflage After Mastectomy & Breast Cancer

In this situation, scar minimization can be considered through techniques such as micro-pigmentation, 3D nipple, and areola tattoos. An alternative way to cover up breast cancer scarring is to do a decorative mastectomy tattoo to cover surgery scars and draw the eye away from them by creating an empowering image that flatters the shape of the breast.

breast scar camouflage after mastectomy and breast cancerImage Source: Instagram @twbloves

Breast Enlargement, Reduction & Lift Scar Camouflage

Breast augmentation and reduction surgeries can result in scarring around the nipple or down the breast. However, you can camouflage these scars with micro pigmentation and MCA Dry Needling, or opt for 3D nipple and areola tattoos for corrective treatment.

breast enlargement reduction lift scar camouflage

Breast Scar Camouflage After Gender Reassignment Surgery

After scar tissue has healed, micropigmentation can create a breast scar tattoo that blends with the surrounding skin. If a nipple graft fails, tattooing can restore a realistic 3D nipple appearance. Decorative tattoos can also hide chest scars if appropriate.

Breast Scar Camouflage After Gender Reassignment Surgery
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Can Everyone Get Breast Scar Camouflage?

Individuals with certain skin conditions may not be suitable candidates for these procedures due to safety concerns or a lower chance of success:

  • Proneness to keloids
  • Spider veins
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Thinned, translucent skin

People with chronic medical conditions like diabetes and cardiac disease are also advised against undergoing these procedures.

How Long Does Breast Scar Camouflage Last?

The results can last 3-5 years for semi-permanent pigments, and about 7 years or longer for permanent ink. However, they do require a couple of sessions to provide noticeable results.


This guide is a result of 5+ years of studying and researching the permanent makeup industry. The information comes from reliable sources: PMU technicians, and a wide variety of medical references.



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