We all know about tattoos but have you heard about "medical tattoos" or know how different it is from regular decorative tattoos? Well, if you do not know, we’ve got you!
Below is a comprehensive guide on what a medical tattoo is, where and why to consider getting a medical tattoo in Korea and more.
Medical tattooing is often misunderstood as only including drawing inscriptions, artwork and others, but it has a more profound meaning and significance beyond decorative tattoo.
Medical tattoo is used to treat skin conditions such as vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, stretchmarks and others by evening out the skin tone. It is also done to cover scars, angioma, restore nipples for patients who have undergone breast surgery and both men and women who want to correct the appearance of their nipple, mark body for patients with dementia, and others. It is inclusive of scalp micropigmentation (SMP), permanent eyebrow and lip tattoo, and tattoo removal as well.
Medical tattoos in Korea are done by Dr. Cho Myung-shin, the plastic surgeon who turns scars into art. Dr. Cho is a certified doctor who runs Vincent Clinic (Tattoo & Reconstructive Surgery) in Myeongdong, Seoul.
For 20 years, Dr. Cho has been providing medical tattoo services to patients of all ages and races, but underage patients need consent from their parents or guardians.
Dr. Cho's story began in the summer of 1999 when a middle-aged man visited his hospital to erase a rose tattoo. The man's tattoo left such an impression on him that he sought out the tattooist and eventually became his student.
Despite the hurdles he faced as a result of stereotypes about tattooed individuals and those in his line of work, he never gave up and pursued his passion for his career, regardless of what others said.
Dr Cho not only possess an artistic sense and experience, but is a medical practitioner as well who ensures procedures are done safely.
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At Vincent Clinic, tests are conducted as some patients have sensitive skin which can make the procedure traumatizing to them.
For albinism/vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, stretchmarks, and other coverage cases, the color is mixed and tested and treatment is done using a needle with different shades. Patient’s ancestry is sometimes investigated to determine their skin tone for an accurate treatment.
Scar treatments are done with needles to create a tattoo or even out the skin tone to hide it. In cases where the scar is severe, surgery may be needed.
Laser treatment is used for tattoo removal and adjusted depending on the situation of the patient.
SMP (Scalp micropigmentation) can be done for cancer patients, people with thin to no hair, etc.
For permanent tattoo of the eyebrow, and lips, patients can choose the style and color - black, dark brown, etc. and the best part is, there is an eyebrow designer to assist in the procedure.
Depending on the patient's case, regular checkup is conducted.
Albinism/vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, stretchmarks, and other coverage cases takes about 6 months where treatment is done once a month for the first and second stage, and once per 2 months for the next stages. However, treatment period differs depending on the situation of the patient.
Tattoo removal takes a maximum of 10 - 20 minutes. For a smaller tattoo removal, it can last within 5 minutes.
Prices differ depending on the patient’s case, so you can inquire directly with Vincent Clinic through Kakaotalk.
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