Scarification is not a new thing at all, however the way in which we perform scarification is as modern as it comes. With keeping up to date with best practice sterilisation methods, scarification is performed safely and with as minimal discomfort as possible in our Studio.
You can provide your own designs for us to work with or we can completely custom draw up your own unique image.
Because each client desires different results with scarification, and the way in which each person scars is also different, there are many things that must be taken into consideration when performing scarification to achieve the right results.
Pricing is determined by design & placement.
- The minimum charge for scarification is $150
- Full day rate - $1,200 (6 hours)
- Minimum deposit for drawing - $50 (this will depend on the size of the design - and will come off the total cost)
Due to the current restrictions across Victoria, all consultations will be conducted over the phone. We will contact you after submitting your Pre Consultation Enquiry Form to organise a suitable time for your consultation.
You will need a consultation to discuss your design and placement ideas for scarification. Consultations require a $50 fee to be paid to make the booking - this fee will come off the total cost of the scarification piece.
Please call (03) 9752 6239 to book your consultation appointment.
Your consultation will
- Cover medical history and suitability
- Examine the surface suitability for the design
- Discuss your options along with your desires
Terms & Conditions
In the event of a "no show" to an appointment, your $50 consultation fee will need to be paid to rebook. To prevent this, consultations must be cancelled with at least 24 hours’ notice. No Shows prevent others from filling in the appointment and waste our time. We do not take this lightly and as a result, future consultation may be refused.
- If you are/or have been sick in the few days leading up to your consultation, please call us to reschedule your booking. For the safety of both clients and staff, we are unable to see sick clients.
- Consultations are not suitable for children, and children cannot be left unsupervised in the waiting area.
- If you find that you will be late to your appointment, please notify the studio to avoid missing your appointment, or to see if we can push it back for you. Our system automatically cancels late arrivals of more than 5 minutes.
Before Your Procedure
Getting to Cherrycore
Address: 39 Main Street, Upwey, Victoria 3158.
The nearest train station is Upwey Station. It is within a 2-minute walking distance should a public transport option be required.
Should you wish to drive you will be perfectly fine and able to drive yourself to and from the Studio. There is ample parking nearby, with 4-hour parking found 5 shops up the street from the Studio.
The Day of the Procedure
Please be showered and as clean as possible.
No strong scented deodorants or perfume worn, no smoking, no caffeine, no medications unless notified of prior and approved.
Eat a hearty meal within 2 hours of your appointment.
Drink water and please feel free to bring snacks and liquid.
Should you wish to bring liquid or snacks that require refrigeration, this is not an issue, simply notify staff on arrival.
Please make sure to leave your day as stress free as possible, both before and after the procedure with minimal activity.
Our clinical procedure room is fitted with an iPad, and we supply disposable headphones so you can simply relax and listen to/watch Netflix while your procedure is being carried out.
Your Arrival Time
While our clinic will endeavour to minimize your waiting time, it is highly important to be punctual to all appointments.
Please aim to arrive 15 minutes earlier to your procedure time to prevent issues with traffic delays, and to fill in client paperwork.
If you are worried that you may be late to any of your appointments, a phone call should be made out of courtesy and to confirm that the appointment can still continue.
If rebooking your procedure is required due to being late, your deposit will be forfeited and a new booking fee of 50% of your total quote will be required before securing future dates.
Future rebooking options are not guaranteed, with Cherrycore reserving the right to refuse service without disclosure of reason.
Personal Information and Privacy
Cherrycore does not share your personal information with any third party persons or organizations.
Your information will be stored complying with Victorian Health Regulations, and available to you on request, including photos of your before-and-after images and documents of all sterile single use equipment used during your procedure.
If you are taking, or start taking any medications (including non-prescription, over the counter or herbal alternative medicines and vitamins) that are not documented in your consultation form, the Studio must be made aware of this prior to the procedure immediately.
This includes generic pain relief.
After the procedure, you will be able to take Panadol and Panadeine, if needed, for relief. You cannot take any anti-inflammatory pain medications, or anticoagulants unless you are required to for general health, and this must be mentioned during your consultation. This includes but is not limited to:
Preparing for your Procedure
You have the responsibility to:
- Find out about your treatment options.
- Answer questions about your health, frankly and honestly.
- Follow your treatment and inform the Studio if you are not able to.
- Keep appointments, or notify the Studio if unable to attend.
- Pay the fees quoted in full on the completion of the procedure.
- Maintain skin hydration and health.
If you are aware of any particular conditions that may cause undue harm to others or staff, this should be disclosed prior to your procedure or at time of arrival.
In the lead up to your procedure date, we ask that you make sure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet, giving you the all vitamins and minerals that you require for fast healing and to allow the best results possible.
It is important to increase your intake of foods that contain good amounts of vitamins A, B, C along with iron and protein. These all play a big part in healthy, fast healing. Orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato are good sources for vitamin A. Strawberries and capsicum are two of the best forms of vitamin C, and also helps your body absorb iron which helps with energy and blood consistency. Vitamin B is commonly found in asparagus, spinach, broccoli, beets and lentils. Lentils are also a fantastic source of protein, to name a few foods. All of these things will help collagen and energy needed for cell repair.
Drink plenty of water and avoid all caffeinated drinks, drugs and alcohol for 2 weeks prior and for at least 4 weeks after your procedure.
If you have not had a blood check with in the last 6 months, this is also something to consider having done prior to your procedure. If you are having blood tests, make sure to check Iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. You can also check immune function including thyroid function and clotting factors.
It is highly important to have well rested sleep in the days leading up to your procedure, and the following 2 - 8 weeks after your procedure, to aid in scar repair and prevent prolonged healing. Your sleeping position may need altering to prevent damage to your procedure.
We do not offer multiple draw-ups without payment for each design, as the drawing may take multiple hours to complete. The design will be drawn based off your consultation information and should only require a small amount of changes should you like to make any when seeing the design ahead of time.
How the Procedure is Performed
Scarification can take 2-4 times the amount of time a tattoo takes to do. Scarification isn’t as simple as cut one line running over the stencil like running a tattoo machine. We are required to start with light etching to open the skin, then work our way down in to the lower levels of skin, while working evenly around the design. It’s all about balance and control for best even results, and then strict after care will seal the deal on the end outcome.
The location of the design will determine the need for removal or single line work. Your chosen design and location will dictate how the procedure will be carried out. This will be confirmed at your consultation, or on the day, should you be given two quotes.
Is Your Design Right for You, and Things To Consider
When considering having a scarification procedure, a few things to think about when deciding if it is right for you and your results are:
Skin consistency, skin movement in area, previous scars, stretch marks, is the area flat or round, are you wanting a raised design or flat, are you wanting it bold or subtle, are you able to look after the wound while healing.
Ink rubbing is not best for all designs, however it can allow the scarification piece to stay more vibrant and fresh looking should you like the look of fresh scar tissue. We have the ability to mix colour tones for the ideal shades or even go for fashion colours, not naturally accruing in wounds.
If the aim is to have heavy saturation of colour, re applying ink daily is needed for the first week should the wound require washing. If possible, dress with Opsite and leave on for 3 days. This is best for holding pigments.
Ink rubbing doesn’t work the same way as tattooing though, with a tattoo machine you are essentially injecting ink into the skin and the skin retracts holding the ink in. With scarification, we are saturating the wound with ink and trying to prevent the body pushing the ink out, making tattooing a better option for those after large solid colour work.
Healing and Aftercare
WHAT TO EXPECT ON EACH DAY OF HEALING:
Please note, each individual may require a variation to this information. This is purely a guide to refer to.
The day of the procedure, you will feel a heat to the area, a pain like a burn and experience some bleeding.
The next morning, bleeding is still likely but in a smaller amount. You will feel a heat to the area, a pain like sunburn, swelling to the edges of the skin may be distorting the image as now it will be at its peak of swelling.
The pain will be reducing, as will the heat. You should no longer feel like a fresh burn. You will notice a white colour to the newly forming skin, and the edges will be pink - very localised. Some weeping may be present in a clear-ish/amber yellow tone. Serosanguineous is the term used to describe the discharge that contains both blood and a clear-ish/yellow liquid known as blood serum. This is because your body is finishing sealing off the damaged vascular system, and moving into the next phase, where an influx of white blood cells will be protecting your body from anything getting in while healing. Most physical wounds will produce some drainage. Some people think that this is potential infection, however it is important to note that most infection pus is a green based colour; like high-visibility wear and accompanied by a different severity of symptoms. If you are concerned, this must be checked immediately without delay.
Everything will be the same as the day prior but feeling better to the touch and with movement.
The wound will not appear as deep, and the fluid from the wound will be changing to more of an off white/clear colour. Swelling will feel like it has reduced, with minimal remaining.
Same as the day prior, with improvement to touch and minimal swelling.
Will be looking rather sealed over with near no weeping from the skin anymore. A fresh pink colour is to be expected, and a scaly-shiny surface may be noticeable. Dry skin is to be expected. You are now out of the hardest part of healing, and everything gets easier from here. Over the next 7 - 14 days, the wound will complete the first healing stage and may start to itch. Do not scratch it! You can rub cream over the area if there is no opening to the skin or use a cold compression to relieve the unwanted sensation.
Single line / Skin Removal
Leave your dressing on for the first 24 hours.
After this time, you will be able to remove the dressing in the shower. Make sure that the dressing is saturated, so that there is no sticking to the skin. Do not pull scabs or pull off the bandage. Take the time required to release from the skin.
Clean over the skin with provided anti-microbial soap at the end of your shower to make sure that no other products are on the skin.
Flush the wound with the provided sterile wound spray, and pat dry with the sterile gauze provided. Apply wound gel and let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with saline to clean biofilm build up, and pat dry once more. Reapply gel for aftercare and re-bandage until your next clean, then repeat steps.
Dressings and gel should be used for at least the first week, and until serosanguineous has stopped and the skin has sealed.
Once the skin is sealed, iodine or peroxide can be used to dehydrate newly formed cells to increase scar size.
*Should exfoliating be required once sealed, a combination of fine crushed sea salt and coconut oil should be mixed prior to showering, then used and rinsed in the shower.
Should you require extra dressings or a different type, you can purchase these at: MEDSHOP online for a cost effective option over a pharmacy.
*Please have your scarification freshly cleaned when attending your procedure check-ups. If this is not possible, a cleaning fee of $50.00 will be required at your appointment.
Your check-up appointment will be booked for 15-minute time slot. If you require cleaning, please notify staff so that a longer appointment can be made for you.
Your check-up is to ensure your wound is healing healthily, and to make any adjustment to your care as they are assessed if needed.
After Healing Aftercare
Newly healed scar tissue is sensitive to sun exposure. People should avoid unnecessary sun exposure as much as possible for the first 12 months as a minimum.
The use of a mild, non-perfumed soap should be used once healed to wash the skin. Having tepid showers during healing and for the first few weeks is advised as scar tissue can burn much more easily.
Application of Oils:
Jojoba Oil is advised during the first 12 weeks of healing to aid in relief of itching of the skin. It is very common to experience itching, however it is highly important not to scratch the skin as this can lead to uneven scar formation and permanent disfigurement in results. If itching is preventing sleep, a pressure dressing, or a topical numbing agent may help. Check with your GP before applying any medications that you are unfamiliar with, or unsure if they will be right for you.
Blisters and Cysts:
Newly formed skin may remain fragile for many months. It is prone to blistering and may require a protective dressing or garment. Occasionally, small cysts will form in a healed area. These look similar to pimples but are not usually infected. Blisters and cysts normally resolve without the need for treatment, however it is important not to squeeze them; no matter how tempted you are. This can lead to infection and damage to your scar. Should you be concerned, an appointment should be booked for assessment prior to self-treatment.
What is a Scar?
Scars are mainly connective tissue as the body cannot replicate the specialized function of the original tissue.
Epidermal wounds heal quickly, and usually heal with no scarring. We are creating a full thickness wound by affecting the dermis, which lays underneath the epidermis. Full thickness wounds always scar. Some people find their scars are less visible than others, but either way, this is a true break in the skin and will result in a scar.
We can aid in healing, but inevitably, the scar is the work of the body, and we are unable to fully predict how it will heal. When choosing scarification, it is best to keep in mind that this is a process that must be respected. Healing is not overnight, and not as fast as tattooing. It is a journey, and those that choose scarification are normally looking for an option that feels more spiritually binding than tattooing.
As we are creating a surgical wound that is clean and free from infectious complications, the wound will try and heal fast and healthily. Our aim is to keep the wound healthy for result control but slow the process down to make sure our results are more noticeable.
Scarification is often best healed by dry wound management, rather than moist, to slightly delay wound healing.
A basic principle: large wounds have large scars, small wounds have small scars.
With designs of different line thicknesses, some areas may require superficial removal, making them seem larger to start but will be smaller in the end as scarification is all about depth control and healing.
What Is A Scar?
A scar is a fibroblastic replacement of normal healthy skin tissue. The tissue forms by force of resolution rather than natural ages and regeneration.
The type of scarring and degree of the scar is determined by many factors, including the size of the initial wound, and the amount of time between the trauma and complete healing of the site.
Other common factors include location and tension on the wound and infection.
Normal skin tissue has a matrix of collagen sheets, compared to scars which have organized unidirectional collagen bundles. This leads to prominent or raised tissue, unlike normal undamaged skin tissue. In some cases, scars require treatment in an attempt to control the stages and growth it is forming.
Typically significant scar formation is separated into two categories; Hypertrophic and Keloid.
Hypertrophic scars are defined as a scar that form an excessive amount of tissue production at the site of the injury, which remain within the boundaries of the initial wound. These can also be subdivided into linear or widespread hypertrophic scars. In most people, these scars soften over time without the need for treatment to control the scar. If control is required, products like medical silicone dressings are a first stage intervention for these scars. This type of scar is the most desired scar formation in relation to scarification. In many cases, we try to keep the scar slightly stimulated in this stage for size and noticeability once healed. Inevitably for most locations, these scars will lose their colour and soften after 5 years, and will not remain as firm and pronounced, becoming less visible.
Scars once healed and during healing, can undergo further treatments to both decrease scar size and increase scar size. We have multiple treatments that we offer in the Studio for scar revision and scar enhancement. The over stimulation of a hypertrophic scar can give the impression of a keloid, however in most cases, this over stimulation is never actually the formation of a true keloid and in most cases will still soften with time; unlike Keloids, which have a tendency of not softening much at all and not reducing much in size.
Keloid scars involve excessive scarring that extends beyond the boundaries of the initial wound and impregnation of surrounding healthy tissue. There are some differences to the formation of the scar and the timeline in which they form, including the types of collagen fibres that form in the scar itself.
Scars can be graded and categorized by their appearance and by individual factors including the size, the scars height or depression, thickness, pigment, vascularity, flexibility, individuals’ pain, itching and discomfort.
Personally, I will not work on those with a medical history of keloid scar formation in healthy wounds or minor wounds. Keloids are not so simply treated and controlled, and in many cases, keloids require treatments such as cortisone injections combined with silicone dressings, cryotherapy and often surgical intervention with reapplication of early stage intervention in the hope of prevention; as prevention is easier than treating the formation of scar tissue once to a sizeable formation. Keloids are renowned for their unpredictable nature, and as growth is not limited to a time frame, they can stay active for years, seem stable and then enlarge further and present a range of discomfort for individuals including pain, itching, disturbance in function and emotional stress regarding appearance.
It is of my opinion that as a modern-day practitioner of scarification with an understanding and education in scar formation and wound healing, that it is negligent to carry out a procedure on an individual with a greater risk of keloid formation. It is myth and uneducated practitioners that spread the ideals of keloid formation as the be all and end all of goals for scar results, when this is not a safe practice.
Traditional scarification and ritual practice are of another discussion and is not what is carried out in a clinical setting, which we offer. Individual spiritual motives may be at hand, or pure love for the art, but I do not offer a compromised service that may result in disfigurement or mutilation, preventing limb function and daily living quality.
My aim is to educate and decorate.