Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage & Scar Camouflage is a paramedical aesthetic technique using a meticulous tattooing method with custom proprietary flesh tone pigments. This technique is intended to create a pigment illusion in order to disguise the area that is affected.
Below, Alicia Shapira answers the most common questions regarding this procedure she both performs, and teaches.
What type of scars and stretch marks can be camouflaged?
Keep in mind that I am 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, most Clients report that it is painless, some have commented that “it actually tickles”, “it feels like a gentle scratching”, or “it’s not as bad as 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 work 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 text or email me to determine if you’re a candidate and to obtain a quote.
What to expect before and after treatment
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, I 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.
Clean the area with a natural cleanser and keep it protected. I 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, and massage for the best possible 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 I 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.
Please email a picture of the area to be treated in natural lighting (no flash photography please)