Most of us have stretch marks, whether from puberty, pregnancy, or weight gain/loss. And most of us have simply accepted them as markers of events in our lives that are probably here to stay.
Hang on a sec. Is this really the case?
If you’ve been exploring treatments that will help to hide or get rid of stretch marks, then you’re in for a treat. Aside from some pretty exciting techniques that allow us to camouflage stretch marks and scars, there is another option: inkless stretch mark removal.
Interested? Let’s find out more.
Answering Commonly Asked Questions on Inkless Stretch Mark Removal
We’re sure you’ve got a lot of questions, so let’s dive straight in and try to answer as many as we can.
What is Inkless Stretch Mark Removal?
Inkless stretch mark removal is also known as inkless stretch mark camouflage or inkless stretch mark revision (ISR). It is a non-invasive skin treatment that helps the skin repair itself using a blend of serums and vitamins inserted just under the skin using tiny needles. Imagine a gentle tattoo procedure, minus the ink.
The products introduced to the area encourage collagen production along with elastin and melanocytes. The skin becomes smoother and firmer with a return of the natural skin tone. The treatment is focused on targeted areas and will closely follow the stretch mark line.
Inkless stretch mark camouflage is much like microneedling in that the process causes skin “trauma” which the body rushes to rectify.
“Microneedling targets the dermis, the middle layer of your skin where stretch marks form. Within this procedure, tiny needles are poked into your skin to trigger collagen production. Increased collagen and elastin promote skin regeneration that can improve your skin’s appearance and reduce stretch marks.
“To effectively treat stretch marks, you’ll need to participate in more than one treatment over a course of months. Microneedling has been an effective treatment for reducing stretch marks, specifically for patients with darker skin.” (Source)
Inkless camouflage takes this procedure to the next level by introducing collagen and elastin into the affected areas for greater effect.
Collagen is a protein that occurs naturally in the body and gives structure to the skin and strengthens bones. Stretch marks are, effectively, scars where the underlying layers of skin have basically given up. That leaves a sliver of skin without support that needs to be propped up from beneath.
News medical answers this question for us, saying, “Elastin is an extracellular matrix protein that lends elasticity and resilience to tissues such as the arteries, lungs, tendons, skin, and ligaments.”
Basically, elastin is a protein found in the skin that is more “stretchy” but not as strong as collagen. These two proteins together make for smooth, firm skin.
Can Inkless Stretch Mark Camouflage Be Used All Over the Body?
Inkless camouflage can be safely used everywhere except for the face.
What’s the Difference Between Inkless Stretch Mark Removal and Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage?
Suki Mezei, licensed micropigmentation and medical tattoo specialist, answers this question. “Brazilian stretch mark camouflage is a revolutionary scar treatment whereby a unique formulation of tattoo ink is matched to your skin pigmentation. Through a specialised tattooing technique, the ink is perfectly blended with your natural skin tone, thereby reducing the appearance of scars or stretch marks anywhere on the body. While the scar or stretch mark will not necessarily disappear, the flesh tone pigmentation will adequately disguise the area.”
This procedure differs from inkless stretch mark removal in that it disguises the scars, rendering them all but invisible. Whereas inkless stretch mark removal gives the skin a potent mix of what it needs the most to heal itself and bring back the client’s natural skin pigment.
Is Inkless Stretch Mark Removal Safe?
It’s always wise to be cautious of emerging technology, especially in the beauty industry. After all, nobody wants to be a guinea pig. However, rest assured that inkless stretch mark removal is entirely safe. In fact, it is considered one of the safest procedures available right now for stretch marks.
Will it Remove My Stretch Marks Completely?
The result of your inkless stretch mark removal treatment will depend on your skin type, the stretch marks themselves, and your overall health. Typically, clients have seen a 20 – 50% reduction in the appearance of stretch marks, with around half of these people requiring more than one treatment. In cases where the stretch marks are red or purple, therefore still “new” we will likely see a better result.
How Long DoesInkless Stretch Mark Removal Take?
The length of treatment will depend mainly on the area you would like covered. The larger the area, the more time you will need on the table. It’s always a good idea to chat with your preferred aesthetician to get the finer details of what to expect, costs, and downtime.
Are My Results Immediate?
Immediately after your treatment, the area will be red and a little swollen – a typical result after such a procedure. After a week or two, the area will settle as it begins to heal. How soon you’ll see results will depend on how your body responds to the treatment, but you should see results in around 40 to 60 days.
Your Next Step
Inkless stretch mark removal is a wonderfully natural way to treat stretch marks if you feel self-conscious about them. It’s a non-invasive way to enjoy better skin tone and texture, with long-lasting permanent results.
If you’d like to know more or book an appointment with Suki, please call us on 07525820681. We’re here to make you look your very best!