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Digital tattoo technology camouflages scars

Jaudon Sunde has become a new kind of tattoo artist. She works her magic daily doing paramedical scar camouflaging at the Parker Skin and Aesthetic Clinic in Ohio.

Cindy is a new patient whose face was torn apart in a motorcycle accident.

"When they reconstructed my face, they brought too much lip material up," she said. "Every time I look in the mirror, it looks like I'm deformed."

So, some lip work it is.

The area is covered in numbing gel. Overall, the procedure is said to be mostly pain-free.

"Basically what I'm doing, I'm following that natural rim of the lip and I'm going to even it out," explains Sunde.

That means defining the corner of her mouth with what will be a natural lip color when it's settled.

Sunde says it is the digital form of tattoo technology, which makes for 50 percent less trauma to the skin and 50 percent faster healing.

"We're implanting micro-insertions of pigments into the dermal layer of skin. It flows in as liquid and heals as powder very quickly," says Sunde.

After that is complete, Dermatologist Dr. Lydia Parker comes in. Some of Cindy's scars are sunken and need more than color correction.

"We can lift them and elevate them to make the contour look more smooth," she says. "Where they are deeper, we'll inject filler in there."

It's an instant fix, almost like recreating Cindy's face.

Gary Hall is another patient of Sunde's, and a true testament to this new form of treatment.

He is a burn victim – when Hall was 15, a house fire left him with second and third-degree burns from neck to waist.

"It looks a lot better than what  it did before," he says. "I would say 100 percent better!"

The treatment has done wonders for his neck not only in appearance, but also physically, loosening the tightened scar tissue to allow more movement in his neck.

The only downside is that the movement causes a stretch mark, so Hall has to go in for a touch-up every now and then.

"She has been sent from Heaven," Hall praises Sunde.

And while it is one of those things where there can't be a 100-percent guarantee on the results, Sunde says it is rewarding.

"I get a lot of hugs and a lot of smiles," she adds.

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