Unfortunately, stretch marks are a common annoyance of life. The majority of individuals with stretch marks just want them to miraculously disappear. An entire cosmetic sector has been built around lotions, creams and even surgery to help eliminate stretch marks once and for all. You have most likely already learned that most of these products make little to no difference at all. No matter what color your stretch marks are, they are an aesthetic issue. Elastin and collagen fibers can tear during pregnancy, weight gain or puberty. This causes permanent damage to the texture and color of your skin. In most cases, your stretch marks will fade from purple or red to white. Indented streaks are left behind and will not plump back up with your skin. One of the options that can make a noticeable difference is medical stretch mark camouflage.
The reason this treatment is considered a breakthrough is that restoring the original color of stretch marks is extremely difficult. Getting your skin to become smooth and flat again is nearly impossible. A stretch mark is a narrow, long streak, line or stripe that has developed on your skin. Stretch marks are very common. The development is due to the sudden stretching of your skin. Although stretch marks can be developed by anyone, they are more frequently seen in women than in men. These marks can develop on numerous different areas of your body including your hips, abdomen, thighs, upper arms, breasts and lower back. This kind of scar results from your skin being unable to revert to its normal form after an intense period of growth. The most common causes of stretch marks are puberty, losing or gaining weight and pregnancy.
In excess of fifty percent of all stretch marks affecting women occurred during pregnancy. Medical stretch mark camouflage is a type of tattooing to hide these scars. If you take a close look at your skin, you will realize the color is not completely uniform. Your skin is actually a mixture of different colors. The technique used to camouflage your scars is called pixelation. Different flesh tone pigment colors are blended until they are the closest match possible for the natural color patterns of your skin. Although you will need an occasional maintenance session, this is considered a permanent method for almost completely hiding your stretch marks. The popularity of this procedure began in Brazil and the United Kingdom prior to spreading to the United States. It is important to understand that this technique will not eliminate your stretch marks. They will simply be hidden so they are no longer visible.
When the pigments are blended correctly, they will match the color of your skin. This enables your stretch marks to blend in with the skin around them. Both skill and experience are necessary for correctly using the specialized techniques necessary to hide the appearance of the marks even more. A good example is normal skin contains more than one color and is not uniform. We can create a more natural-appearing mixture of tones emulating the tones occurring naturally in your skin. This is an effective way to camouflage your scars and stretch marks. Yes, this treatment will decrease the appearance of your stretch marks. This being said, you need to understand that scars last for a long time. This means no scar is ever going to become completely invisible.
No two scars or stretch marks are identical. They have different factors such as where the mark is located on your body, depth, color, size, appearance, shape, etc. The majority of scars will take between three and six months to develop completely. If your stretch marks have been around for some time, you have probably noticed the marks do not tan in accordance with the rest of your skin. Unfortunately, this is one of the natural properties of any scar tissue. It is not possible to change this characteristic. Although this treatment is unable to remove your stretch marks, they will be less visible after the procedure. This is different than the harsh colors often used for body tattoos. The micro pigments emulate the tone of your skin. After a while, you will need a maintenance session to continue camouflaging the marks.
Medical stretch mark camouflage can make an improvement in the look of mid-sized scarring on various areas of the body. Whatever type of mark you are having treated, a topical anesthetic cream or ointment will be applied over the area to ensure your skin is numb and you are comfortable. The best way to proceed with medical stretch mark camouflage is to arrange an initial consultation with the provider. The specifics of your stretch marks will be examined, you will be provided with pricing and all of your questions will be answered. This procedure is a good option for:
- Stretch marks
- Hypopigmented skin or areas of skin with an abnormally lighter coloration than the skin in the same area
It’s important to understand that results vary from patient to patient. You may see excellent results after your first treatment. In the majority of cases, a series of treatments is necessary to see natural and extremely soft results. This procedure requires intricate attention to both shadow and tone to create an illusion of three-dimensionality or protrusion. During each session, the professional can perfect the design a little more while making corrections for any asymmetry. The actual time necessary for each treatment will depend on the size of the stretch marks and how much area needs to be camouflaged, among other factors. This procedure is non-surgical. There is no discomfort or set downtime after your procedure. You can immediately resume your life after your treatment has been completed.
The best candidate for medical stretch mark camouflage has stretch marks or scars. The procedure uses a custom-blended, perfectly matched corrective pigment or skin tone that is tattooed over the stretch marks or scarring and the surrounding skin. The purpose of the procedure is to camouflage stretch marks, scars or any area missing color or pigmentation. The procedure has been classified as permanent cosmetics and paramedical tattooing. The procedure is referred to as medical stretch mark camouflage, corrective pigment camouflage, skin re-pigmentation, skin camouflage, skin color tattooing, corrective camouflage, scar camouflage and camouflage tattooing.
The specialist performing the actual tattooing must understand the concept of human tissue and skin and the science behind the pigments used. The procedure also requires the specialist to have skills, training, advanced knowledge, experience in color theory and permanent cosmetics and an artistic eye for both skin tone and color. The first tattooing session often has very good results. Since most skin abnormalities and scars are unpredictable in nature, multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.
If the scar or stretch marks are pink or red, it is an indication that the tissue may not be fully healed. Our specialist may not perform the procedure on scar tissue unless it is completely healed. This procedure will not correct or camouflage extreme changes in the texture of the skin. If your stretch marks are raised or bumpy, your results will not be as good. If you have an irregularity in your skin with an unknown underlying cause, you may need to speak with a dermatologist prior to having this procedure. Again, this procedure will not remove the scar or stretch marks, but the difference in color can be hidden so the scar or stretch marks are no longer visible.
Once the desired look has been achieved, you will need to have the area touched up as needed for ongoing benefits. However, the results of the procedure can last for years. According to psychological studies, when the appearance of an individual has improved, their self-confidence increases. This can be achieved through this procedure. The loss of pigmentation and color can result from numerous sources including pregnancy, weight gain, accidents, burns, different skin diseases and congenital abnormalities. This is an excellent alternative to a surgical procedure with potential complications, downtime and a long recovery period.
The Procedure for Medical Stretch Mark Camouflage
The process begins with you coming to our office for a consultation. You will discuss the details of the procedure during this meeting. Your skin tone will be analyzed and a few pigments may be tested to determine which is the best match for your skin.
To camouflage your stretch marks, you will most likely need a series of treatment sessions. Your expectations for this procedure do need to be realistic, whether you are having stretch marks or scarring camouflaged. We will make sure to provide you with realistic expectations during your consultation.
There are a lot of benefits that medical stretch mark camouflage can provide including:
- You will not need invasive surgery or medication.
- Your results after just one session are usually apparent.
- The pigments and colors are layered and adjusted during each session.
- Your stretch marks or scarring will fade or no longer be visible.
- Any side effects or skin reactions from permanent makeup or traditional tattoos are extremely minor or nonexistent.
Talk to an Expert
If you have stretch marks or scarring that you do not want to be visible, set up a time to come to Bella Forma CSC & Medspa for a personal medical stretch mark camouflage consultation. During this meeting at our office in Duluth, GA, we would be more than happy to evaluate your marks and determine if this treatment option is right for you. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!