Prior to micropigmentation, some stretchmarks may benefit from inkless pre-treatment with natural organic oils and a vitamin serum.
What type of scars and stretch marks can be camouflaged?
Keep in mind that we are not removing the imperfection, the procedure helps to conceal the area to make it less noticeable. The most common areas performed are healed scars from past injury, surgery, abdominoplasty, breast augmentation and stretch marks.
Is it painful?
Depending on the area, a topical anesthetic may be applied to lightly numb the area in order to make the treatment comfortable. Most Clients report that it is painless, some have commented that "it actually tickles", "it feels like a gentle scratching", or "it doesn't feel like a tattoo".
How long is the downtime?
This is a noninvasive procedure similar to a tattoo. Therefore, there is little to no downtime and most Clients can resume daily living in the same day or the next day.
However, aftercare is extremely important so we recommend that you take the day off to relax and avoid touching the area for the best results.
How long does it take?
On average, a session is 1-3 hours depending on the area. Please complete your Consultation to determine if you're a candidate and to obtain a quote.
What to expect before and after treatment
Bring a pillow and loose comfortable clothing! Consultation and consent forms will be reviewed and established during your consultation. The area will be evaluated to determine if you're a candidate. As a Client, we will assess your skin tone and perform a custom pigment formula to match. Medical pigment camouflaging is an unpredictable process, therefore, this color spot test is crucial. As with cosmetic tattooing and permanent makeup, the final healed color may be different from when the pigment was initially applied. The area treated will be red, raised, and inflamed immediately after the procedure and may take a few days to subside but this is normal and to be expected. Minor itchiness can be relieved by rubbing aquaphor on the area.
Clean the area with a natural cleanser such as Silver soap and keep it protected with Aquaphor Spray/ointment. We will wrap the area after the procedure, it is important to remove the wrap and keep the area open to air after 2 hours. Keep your hands clean and avoid touching the area. Avoid using harsh soaps, creams, fragrances and lotions. Avoid active sun exposure, excessive sweating, swimming, massage for the best outcome. Complete aftercare instructions will be provided during your visit.
Although the appearance may improve after the first session, final results don't happen overnight! Each Client heals differently, it is important to understand that we cannot predict how your skin will accept the pigment (as with any tattoo).
Paramedical Aesthetic procedures are performed with adherence to strict safety and infection control practices. However, in general, these procedures may have unanticipated risks including infection, allergic reaction, granulomas and keloid formations during the healing process. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This treatment is considered beauty in nature and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. *Please note....This is a cosmetic tattooing procedure, the skin's healing process is unpredictable in retaining the pigment and therefore, not guaranteed. Results are generally successful, however, results may vary due to skin type and individual healing.
CAN STRECH MARKS CAMOUFLAGE, REMOVE MY STRETCH MARKS?
To this day, there is nothing available on the market that can completely remove stretch marks, unless in some case when the skin can be stretch in the case of an abdominal, some or all stretch marks can be removed. stretch marks camouflage, can address 2 aspect of the stretch marks the color and the texture, making them less visible.
CAN I GET THE TREATMENT WHILE PREGNANT OR BREAST-FEEDING?
My highest priority is the safety of you and your baby, unfortunately, I'm unable to treat you, while pregnant or breastfeeding. I look forward to treating you once you are no longer breastfeeding.
IS THE TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES?
Generally, yes! However, there are a small number of people who the treatment would not be suitable for. Your Stretch Marks and scars need to be at least two years old, lighter than your skin tone and completely healed. Booking a virtual consultation can help determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure and is required for all clients.
CAN I GET STRETCHMARKS CAMOUFLAGE IF I HAVE A SUN TAN?
custom color blend, match the stretch marks with the color of your natural skin color. It’s best to wait until your tan has faded, so that the stretch marks custom blend perfectly with your natural tone ones the tan as faded. Matching stretch marks to a sun tanned skin will have the client look like a tiger once the tan as faded, and the skin lighten to it’s normal lighter skin tone. Please schedule your session accordingly 6 weeks post sun exposure.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I GET A TAN:
If only I was given a dollar each time I am asked this question ( few times each day) ... When you tan, untreated scar or stretch marks, are more visible as the contrast between the tan skin and the white stretch marks increases. When you tan after having had the Stretch mark camouflage the contrast his diminished, and the stretch marks less visible. If you over tan more then 6 shade, stretch marks may become slightly more visible, but will get back as soon as the tan starts fading.
HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS?
There’s little to no downtime. Most Clients can resume work the same day, or even fly home after their session. It’s normal to experience redness and swelling immediately after the procedure for 1-3 days. For the first 3 days, you’ll be given strict instructions on how to minimize inflammation, speed up the wound healing phase, and how to “ice” the area and keep it clean. Over the next few weeks, the redness will dissipate and go through a variety of shades (from dark to light) until your skin heals. We’ll be in contact with you every step of the way.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM MY PROCEDURE?
They are many variables, like age, skin texture, stretch marks depth and type, general health, overtones, sun exposure, etc. and so it’s impossible to give an exact number of days it will take you to heal. On average, it takes 45-60 days, if you have a dark skin tone ad dry skin it might take up to 8 weeks During your consultation, we can discuss and assess your skin’s estimated timeline and variables.
STRETCH MARK CAMOUFLAGE TATTOO VS. LASER TREATMENTS?
While Laser Treatments do work on stretch marks by damaging the skin’s outer layer and forcing it to heal itself, they do not put color back into the skin. So almost all clients who get Laser Treatments for their stretch marks still have noticeable stretch marks. In fact, many of our clients have had many Laser Treatment procedures prior to walking into our studio. Another huge difference is the cost of that treatments. Laser Treatments could run $1,000 to $3,000 per session, and can easily end up costing the client over $10,000 overall.
WILL IT HURT? DO YOU NUMB YOUR CLIENTS?
The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin procedure so a small amount of discomfort will be experienced. Usually on a scale 1-10 (10 being most painful), the average consensus is a 6 or 7. We do not numb our clients to avoid any interference to the purity and insertion of pigment into the scar. In addition, your pain receptors will be heightened if you’re on your monthly cycle, and so we suggest you book your session/touch ups accordingly.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS OF THE PROCEDURE LAST?
The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin treatment that’s only been around for 6-7 years. According to our industry, it’ll last 5 years, or more provided that the correct after-care procedures are adhered to. You may or may not need a touch up after 5-6 years. Remember, a stretch mark is a scar and so the skin is trickier to penetrate. In addition, as we age, all tattoos transition and change on our skin because there’s less elasticity and melanin production. This can effect your stretch mark camouflage tattoo, as well.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROCEDURE?
The total cost of the procedure varies greatly per technician and is dependent on the location and severity of the stretch marks or scar requiring treatment. Studio Conceal charges anywhere between $500-$2,000/ per area. We require an initial consultation (in-person or virtual) free of charge with zero pressure, during which the final cost can be determined by a formal quote.