If you’re living with a visible scar or are having to contend with unsightly stretch marks, then you should know there are effective treatment options available today. Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage is an effective way to minimize the appearance of scars, but you might also want to consider the latest revolutionary treatment known as Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment. Here we can help you decide.

What Are Stretch Marks?

“Stretch marks are very common — estimates suggest up to 90 percent of people have them. They commonly appear during or after pregnancy, or after other sudden or rapid changes in your weight.” – Healthline

Although most common in women, stretch marks can also impact men as they’re caused by abrupt changes in the skin, whether stretching or shrinking. These sudden changes cause your skin’s support – the collagen and elastin – to rupture and it’s the healing of this rupture that results in a stretch mark. The causes of stretch marks can include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Growth spurts in puberty
  • Rapid weight loss or gain 
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid muscle growth in weight training

Fortunately, there isn’t any need to continue with these unsightly scars, especially if they’re causing you emotional concern. There are various scar and stretch mark treatment options, but two popular ones that are making a real difference currently are camouflage as well as an advanced treatment.

What is Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage?

For years, tattoos were used as a way to stand out from the crowd, a unique identifier that was intended to be seen and noticed. But one São Paulo tattoo artist flipped this concept on its head when he started using tattoo ink, quite ingeniously, to camouflage skin impediments. 

The Brazilian tattoo artist, Rodolpho Torres, shared his before and after comparisons on his Instagram feed, showcasing this unique stretch mark and scar camouflage to the world. His Instagram feed quickly gained a massive following and he was inundated with business. 

This treatment is by no means a cure for stretch marks but rather treats the scar aesthetically so that it’s not as noticeable. Initially, this form of scar camouflage was only available in Brazil, but eventually, international paramedical tattooists were able to train in the art so that it was more accessible across the globe.

What does it treat?

  • Stretch marks: This form of scar treatment is very effective in treating the appearance of stretch marks anywhere on the body. It’s important to wait for the stretch marks to heal completely before getting any tattoo done, as this will allow the scar to settle in shape and color. This form of re-pigmentation drastically reduces the effect of stretch marks found on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks, thighs and elsewhere on the body. If you have darker stretch marks, it’s best to consult with a technician to determine whether camouflage will be effective.

  • Scars: Besides stretch marks, this camouflage tattoo technique can be used to treat a variety of scars, however a consultation will need to be held to determine whether your scar is suitable for the treatment. Some of the scars that have been covered with this tattooing technique include C-section,surgical scars, cleft lip scars, accident, and injury. 

  • Hyperpigmentation and vitiligo: If you suffer from discoloration of the skin because of hyperpigmentation or vitiligo, you can be treated with scar camouflage. With hyperpigmentation, areas of your skin become darker as a result of too much melanin. This is from injuries, sun damage or even hormone changes. Vitiligo, on the other hand, is where the skin loses its melanocytes, becoming lighter in areas.

What is the procedure?

Using a custom-blended range of tattoo inks that match the client’s skin tone, the technician fills in the lighter lines of the contours of the scars with flesh-colored ink using a medical tattoo process. This will heal the stretch marks and scars blend into the surrounding skin, resulting in a much smoother skin tone. Technicians should use high-quality, vegan, cruelty-free inks that offer safe and lasting results.

What is Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment?

This is a treatment unique to Washington-based studio, BeautyInk By LeAnne and a breakthrough procedure in terms of advanced stretch mark treatment. Where stretch mark camouflage masks the appearance of the scars without actually curing them, the Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment uses a special combination of organic oils, vitamins, and peptides to boost the cellular turnover of collagen, elastin, and fibroblast cells in the skin. This is considered one of the most natural stretch mark treatments available today, with improvement evident after just one session.

What does it treat?

Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment can treat almost every form of stretch mark across the body, even those that are old, deep and dark. This is because it doesn’t simply mask from the outside, it works with the body internally to address the scar tissue.

What is the procedure?

Firstly, it’s important to understand the cells within the skin that are being targeted. There are fibroblast cells that are important in the formation of your main connective tissue cells in the body. These then secrete collagen proteins which work with elastin – the main component of elastic fibers in the skin – giving skin its texture and shape. A decrease in collagen and elastin leads to thinner, saggier skin while an increase results in a more youthful, healthy appearance. Collagen is also vital for helping the skin cells renew and repair themselves.

Now that you have an understanding of how the skin works, you’ll better understand the procedure. The technician will deposit a unique serum that consists of organic oils, vitamins, and peptides directly into the dermal layer of your skin. These will stimulate the fibroblast cells, prompting them to produce more collagen and elastin which helps repair overstretched skin. This drastically reduces the appearance of the stretch marks by encouraging the body to essentially heal itself. Clients usually need between 2 and 4 sessions to get the desired results. 

If you’re interested in either Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment  or Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage, please get in touch with BeautyInk By LeAnne today.