Learn More About Stretch Mark Camouflage

Coming up with an answer for patients with scars and stretch marks is where it all started. Stretch marks (striae) are the result of sudden or drastic stretching of the skin as a possible consequence of hormonal changes like: puberty, pregnancy, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), bodybuilding, among others; the fast expansion of the tissue leads to the tearing of the dermis which ultimately results in the formation of scar tissue. Stretch marks have been studied over the years and we know that they develop as a repair mechanism to address the damaged tissue. Initially, stretch marks start as a reddish/purple, itchy and even sometimes painful lesion. Over time, they tend to lose pigmentation (due to the tissue inability to function properly) and they turn into hypo-pigmented lesions known as “striae alba”. The use of topical agents, natural remedies and exfoliating treatments have been tested over the years and have not shown significant evidence to be effective in any way. Certain laser resurfacing frequencies, along with mechanical induction treatments like micro-needling has also been clinically studied and have been shown to provide improvement but not a significant enough reduction or even represent a permanent solution. “Camouflage” is the only scar revision protocol that provides permanent, long-lasting, visible results in as little as 2 weeks after only 1-3 sessions; no downtime and minimal to no discomfort are to be expected. Alicia Shapira is the first to learn this procedure from the creator of the inks himself in Brazil. This pigment is then deposited into the epidermis and dermis to successfully correct the desired lesion. Unlike traditional semi-permanent ink, our unique pigment formulation is free of any parabens, fragrances, alcohol or allergens; all of the factors mentioned above being harsh ingredients that could potentially damage the skin over time. Stretch marks do not pose any health risks but are an understandable daily struggle for women who have undergone the changes mentioned prior, and who are wanting to accept and celebrate their bodies.

To learn more about stretch marks:

Why do I have stretch marks?

In skins with genetic tendency, dryness, lack of hydration and moisturization.

How can we avoid stretch marks?

We must take care of our diet, water intake, certain foods with natural fats such as avocado, nuts, almonds, orange, mandarins and antioxidants with vitamin e to maintain elasticity in our skin.

What treatments are available for stretch marks?

Treatments such as dermapen, laser, and creams. In general it can regenerate the skin a little and improve the texture, but it does not improve the color.

What is Brazilian Stretch Mark Camouflage?

Brazilian Stretch Marks Camouflage is a totally innovative technique that promises the solution to diminish the appearance of your stretch marks by mixing a custom color for each type of skin tonality that covers the stretch marks permanently.

Who qualifies?

Anyone with small or medium striations that look white and notice the contrast with their skin color qualifies for the procedure. Stretch marks with a lot of depth and people suffering from hyperpigmentation or skin conditions do not qualify. A consultation is needed to evaluate your stretch marks. This can be done online by sending me photos or face-to-face if you feel uncomfortable doing so.

How many sessions do you need?

Stretch marks can be done with just one session, although in some cases it may need a touch-up. The procedure can last from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area you want to work on.

After-procedure care

After the procedure, healing care such as any tattooing or micropigmentation procedure is crucial to seeing the best results. You should avoid contact with water such as from pools or the ocean and sweat, especially the first few days, keep the area moisturized with an ointment and apply 2 to 3 times a day. It does not require rest time, the person can return to their activities immediately.

Does it hurt?

It depends on the sensitivity of each particular person’s skin. A wide range of my clients will tell you it feels less painful than getting a regular tattoo.

Does the sun affect stretch marks camouflage?

Going back to the theory, the stretch is like a scar, it does not contain blood flow, therefore it is not affected by ultraviolet rays. A person sunbathing with stretch marks tans the skin but does not tan the stretch marks, so the color does not change and stays the same. It is important to respect a prudent time after treatment for sunbathing and thus not cause damage to healing.
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Setting Expectations: Medical Tattooing, Micro Needling, & Scar Camouflage

Prospective clients often call or write me to ask if I can help reduce the appearance of a scar.  The answer is a definite “yes”, I can help. But there’s a lot more to it than that.  It’s important to understand what can and can’t be done, and to have the proper expectations from the beginning. Here’s what you should know about scar camouflaging and scar relaxation. Which technique is right for me? The most common scars I’m asked to improve are facial scars, whether from injury or surgery, and scars on the breast typically resulting from breast augmentation, breast reduction, or mastectomy.  Areola tattooing is done carefully and artistically to give the areola a realistic three dimensional appearance. Another common request is to improve the appearance of an incomplete or improper body tattoo removal. I can improve the appearance of scars just about anywhere on the body. I offer scar relaxation, and a form of medical tattooing called scar camouflage. If you look very closely, our skin is not all one uniform color – it’s a mixture of colors. I use a technique called pixilation, which uses a blend of colors to more closely match the skin’s natural color patterns. Scar relaxation is accomplished using a technique called micro needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Micro needling creates microscopic punctures in the scar tissue. This stimulates collagen production and helps blood capillaries reach the surface.  The result is improved skin tone (color), smoothed texture and a reduction of the three-dimensional appearance of the scar. Scar camouflage is similar to scar relaxation except that I add pigments matched to your particular skin to make the scar color blend with the surrounding skin. I also use specialized techniques to further mask the scar’s appearance.  For example, normal skin viewed very closely is not all one uniform color, so I use pointillism to create the appearance of a more natural mix of tones naturally occurring in the skin. What to expect: Although micro needling and scar camouflage can reduce the appearance of your scar, it’s important to understand that scars are long-lasting and no scar will ever be completely invisible.  Every scar is different: body location, size, shape, color, appearance of depth, and so on. Some scars require only a single treatment, others take multiple treatments. Results are cumulative and may take four to six weeks to fully develop. If you’ve had your scar for a while, you may have noticed that it doesn’t tan the same way the rest of your skin does.  That’s a natural characteristic of scar tissue, and is not something I can change. However, the scar should be less visible as a result of my procedures. Unlike harsher colored body tattoos, the skin tone micro-pigments I use are safe and effective but do fade over a number of years, and will need to be touched up over time to maintain their appearance. Medical tattooing can successfully improve the appearance of modest-sized scars that cut through eyebrows or the hair on your scalp. It may not be the best option for scars that have left larger areas without hair, such as those that may be left by major surgery, because of the need to periodically go back and re-pigment large areas as hair color changes over time. If you’d like me to help with your scar, typically I’d start with a one-hour appointment or a 30-minute consultation. Pricing and additional information may vary. If you want to email or text me a photo, I can take a look and let you know what I think, but I can’t be as definitive as if I see it in person. Request an appointment by simply calling 954-774-5087.    
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Camouflaging your Scars: Medical Tattooing

The number one skin flaw most people seek help for is the reduction of the appearance of a scar. And you have come to the right place. There is a lot more to medical tattooing than just diminishing the appearance; and a true professional will be able to determine which procedure is right to help your concerns.  It’s important to have the proper expectations from the beginning. Here’s what you should know about scar camouflaging: The most common scars Alicia has been asked to improve are facial scars, whether from injury or surgery, C-section scars, or to improve the appearance of an incomplete or improper body tattoo removal. Alicia can improve the appearance of scars just about anywhere on the body. Here at New Image Beauty Bar, Alicia specifically offers both scar relaxations, and a form of medical tattooing called scar camouflage. If you look very closely, pretty much microscopically, our skin is not all one color – it’s a mixture of tones and undertones. Alicia uses a technique called pixilation, which uses a blend of colors to more closely match the skin’s natural color patterns. Scar relaxation is accomplished using a technique called micro needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), as discussed in our previous blog. Micro needling creates microscopic punctures in the scar tissue. This stimulates collagen production and helps blood capillaries reach the surface.  The result is improved skin tone, smoothed texture and a reduction of the three-dimensional appearance of the scar. Scar camouflage is like scar relaxation except that pigment is added to match and make the scar color blend with the surrounding skin. Although micro needling and scar camouflage can reduce the appearance of your scar, it’s important to understand that scars are long-lasting and no scar will ever be completely invisible.  Every scar is different: body location, size, shape, color, appearance of depth, and so on. Some scars require only a single treatment, others take multiple treatments. Results are cumulative and may take four to six weeks to fully develop. If you’ve had your scar for a while, you may have noticed that it doesn’t tan the same way the rest of your skin does.  That’s a natural characteristic of scar tissue, and is not something that can be changed. However, the scar should be less visible because of this procedure. If you’d like Alicia to help with your scar, please feel free to contact directly to schedule an appointment, and start working toward your confidence again!
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