Stretch marks are a common skin condition that affects millions of people. They can appear anywhere on your body, the most common being the breasts and abdomen. Just the fact that they are so common, however, doesn’t mean that we have to like them!
Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched too quickly for the underlying tissue to keep up with the growth. The resulting scars may be red or purple in colour and often have a wavy pattern to them. Although they may fade over time, these marks can still be a source of anxiety for many of us.
Thankfully, several viable options are available to camouflage stretch marks if you’ve decided not to live with them.
Stretch Mark Camouflage Options
Before you make any decisions on disguising your stretch marks, it’s wise to gather as much information as you can about the treatment options available. It’s also worth noting that you need to carefully manage your expectations with regard to achievable results. Stretch marks are scar tissue, which means that – barring surgery – they are never going to be eliminated entirely. And that’s why we talk about “stretch mark camouflage” and not “stretch mark removal.”
Inkless camouflage is also called inkless tattooing and has proven itself a safe and effective treatment for both scars and stretch marks. As with any cosmetic procedure, the final results will depend on the type, size and position of the scar, your overall health, age, and lifestyle. Most of our clients see a 30 – 90% reduction in the appearance of the treated stretch marks after the first session. However, we usually recommend 2 – 4 treatments to get the best results.
How does inkless camouflage work? The affected area is injected with a blend of serums and vitamins in much the same way as a tattoo is performed. These tiny needles force healing products beneath the skin while simultaneously “traumatising” the area. The process kick-starts the production of collagen, elastin, and melanin in the area, stimulating the body’s natural healing systems. The result is firmer, toned, more elastic skin and an improvement in the natural colour and texture of the treated area.
Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage
Another choice of stretch mark treatments is Brazilian stretch mark camouflage.
The defining feature of stretch marks is their colouring; a deep reddy purple as they form, ageing into silver or white lines. Whatever skin tone we have, these “stripes” are going to show up either much darker or lighter than our natural skin colour.
Brazilian stretch mark camouflage is a tattooing technique that meticulously matches your natural skin tone and will “colour in” the areas of scar tissue. By matching the natural pigmentation of your skin, stretch marks are rendered almost invisible. As you can imagine, matching the complex tones of your skin is no easy feat, therefore this procedure can only be performed by a highly trained expert.
The scars will need to be flat and lighter than your skin tone for this process to be effective, which means that newly formed stretch marks should be given time to heal fully. This non-invasive procedure lasts anywhere from 3 – 10 years before requiring a touch-up.
Medical needling is a common beauty treatment that uses tiny needles to stimulate the skin’s regenerative powers. The process is relatively painless, but results can generally be seen 2 – 4 weeks after treatment.
Medical needling helps the skin replace unhealthy or unsightly structural defects with smooth, rejuvenated skin by stimulating a repair and rebuild cascade. When custom topical serums are used that have been researched and shown to work specifically for the individual skin concern, a two-fold process is initiated, starting from deep within. Essentially, the skin is given what it needs to create fresh, new cells.
This procedure can be used as a stand-alone treatment, but it’s often used alongside other stretch mark camouflage techniques as it works to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and collagen in the skin’s deeper layers. This offers the best possible environment for stretch mark camouflage treatments to work, giving better, faster, and longer-lasting results.
Out With the Old
Is it time for a fresh new you? If you are considering stretch mark camouflage treatments, it is important to understand the options. Knowing what may or may not work for your situation is also essential, and the best way to do this is by working with a skilled, experienced, and highly qualified professional.
“I am a fully qualified and licensed micropigmentation and medical tattoo specialist. I have over 5 years of experience in semi-permanent facial cosmetics as well as medical tattooing for stretch marks, scars, vitiligo, and areola. I previously worked for over 10 years as a makeup artist and this is where my passion to work on people’s skin began. This work fostered a natural and successful transition to micropigmentation/cosmetic and paramedical tattooing.” ~ Suki Mezei