Stretch marks are completely natural and many people develop them over the years. However, few come to terms with them and wish to have them removed as soon as possible. The beauty industry thrives on people’s desire to conceal these supposed imperfections and offers tons of creams, surgery options, and devices to get rid of them. Few methods have proved useful.
Until a Brazilian tattoo artist came up with a brilliant and effective idea. Stretch marks are difficult to get rid of, but they aren’t difficult to camouflage. The artist deployed the use of dermal pigmentation to improve the discoloration of stretch marks, making them look exactly like your natural skin tone.
The stretch marks are still there, but the Brazilian camouflage method makes them invisible to the eye! Here’s everything you need to learn about this genius solution to stretch marks:
What is Brazilian Camouflage?
Brazilian Camouflage comes under the category of paramedical permanent tattoos. This specialized method disguises stretch marks, burns, injuries, surgery scars, hypo-pigmentations, and various other skin imperfections.
The camouflage method works by implanting pigmentation, the same color as the client’s skin color, on the scars and discoloration using a special technique. As a result, the stretch marks are disguised under the pigmentation, making them invisible to the eye. The pigment is embedded directly into the dermis, making it a permanent tattoo.
Don’t confuse the Brazilian technique with micro-pigmentation, as the former isn’t affected by cellular regeneration and stays permanent. Therefore, no sun exposure or time can fade the pigment or make the scars visible again.
It should be noted that the treatment can also improve the texture of the skin and will match the color of the scar to the complexion of the client, making it look natural and seamless.
Different Types of Stretch marks
There are different types of stretch marks, and the Brazilian camouflage method can only be performed when the scar is at a certain stage. It is important to understand the different kinds so you can make a timely decision on contacting a permanent makeup artist.
At their very acute stage during the early formation when the skin overstretches, stretch marks are classified as Striae Rubrae. At this stage, the epidermis starts to flatten, rete ridges begin to disappear, elastic fibers decrease, and the collagen fibers thicken. This stage is categorized by its perpendicular and parallel patterns on the skin.
Overstretching of the skin also leads to inflammation and pink and red coloration. The skin texture changes into raised markings and with time, increases in length and width. The marks are usually asymptomatic but are likely to be itchy and slightly uncomfortable.
The Red and Purple Stretch Marks
After the acute initial stage, stretch marks appear red and purple. Over time, the red and purple color fades into discoloration, making them less noticeable. The angry red and purple color is a result of inflammation when the collagen and the elastic tissues are undergoing destruction, and the blood is still circulating in that area. Once they are destroyed all over, the color fades away into a whitish complexion.
At this stage, itching and irritation might be experienced and the Brazilian camouflage cannot be practiced. You can only get a permanent tattoo at the site once the tissues are destroyed. Conclusively, if you have a red and purple stretch mark, you’ll have to wait a while before heading for a Brazilian camouflage tattoo.
When the stretch marks are at their chronic or more mature stage, they are classified as Albas Striae. The skin at this stage is still itchy or sensitive to the touch, but the appearance starts to change. The marks become like an old scar, irregularly shaped, and faded into a whitish tone. Some people also develop a wrinkly texture at this point. At this stage, stretch marks become their most visible and noticeable, even more so as we age.
The Most Common Sites of Stretch Marks
While the entire body is susceptible to stretch marks, the most common areas include:
- Back of the knees
- Love handles
- Lower back
Who Is a Good Candidate for Brazilian Camouflage Permanent Tattoo?
If you meet the following criteria, you’d make a good candidate for the Brazilian Camouflage Treatment:
Completely Healed Stretch Mark
If your stretch mark has completely healed and is no longer purple, pink, or red then you are probably ready for the treatment. It usually takes 9 to 12 months for a stretch mark to reach this stage after the initial symptoms. A reputable and accredited tattoo artist would never touch scar tissue unless it is completely healed with no odd colors or sensitivity. Those who are unsure and are under treatment for their stretch marks must also seek their physician’s permission for the procedure.
When your stretch mark has finally attained a smooth texture and is relatively flat, then you might make a good candidate for the procedure. When the stretch marks have extreme textures, such as raised or bumpy skin, wrinkly texture, or irregularity, a permanent tattoo fails to make the marks invisible. The extreme skin texture gives it away and makes it difficult to camouflage. In that case, you would need to visit a dermatologist first.
Stretch Marks For Over 2 years
Anyone who’s had stretch marks for more than 2 years and the color is lighter than the skin tone, would make for an excellent candidate for the procedure.
Camouflage your Stretch Marks in Vernon, BC
If you are trying to regain your confidence with stretch marks, allow Studio Ki Permanent Cosmetics in Vernon, BC to help you out with our professional expertise.
Our artists excel in paramedical tattooing. With ingenuity and expertise, they offer unique solutions that work. Their inkless stretch mark camouflage removal uses tiny needles and a blend of organic oils and vitamins to not only make stretch marks invisible but also treat them entirely by building collage and skin melanin.