What are Stretch Marks?
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”.
What is Camouflage?
“Camouflage” is the only scar revision protocol that provides permanent, long-lasting, visible results in as little as 2 weeks but genreally may take up to 6 weeks for some and after 1-3 sessions; no downtime and minimal to no discomfort are to be expected. NUE CONCEAL has invested time and research in developing a distinctive guide for pigment formulation that allows us to create a unique tone based on the patient’s complexion. NUE PIGMENT is loaded into a precise “electronic infusing device” called NUE MACHINE that allows the clinician to adjust settings like needle depth, speed and pigment release. The NUE PIGMENT is then deposited into the epidermis and/or dermis to successfully correct the desired lesion. 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.
Camouflage vs Micropigmentation
Camouflage is a procedure that has a different technique than tattoo or micropigmentation. They are different, micropigmentation is not permanent as the pigment only lodges in the first layer of the skin where cell renews, subsequently, the results are erased in a shorter time period
Furthermore, the pigments used for micropigmentation are not effective or appropriate for stretch marks camouflage as they mark the skin and do not look natural.
Does the sun affect Camouflage?
Going back to the theory, the stretch is like a scar, it does not contain blood flow, therefore it is not affected to ultraviolet rays. A person with sunbathing stretch marks tans the skin but does not tan the stretch marks, so the color does not change and stays the same, although in some cases if you tan a lot you may notice your stretch marks again.
It is important to respect a certain rest time away from the sun after the treatment.
Are there any risks?
While being safe and cautious, we can not rule out the possibility of some risks. The technique of camouflage can cause small traumas with the skin which can lead in more time in regards of cicatrisation.
In addition, allergic reactions to the color component used in the procedure may also occur. The choice of a good professional is fundamental, because an improper procedure can cause you to have to resort to extreme methods, which are painful and expensive.
How many sessions are required?
Stretch marks can be achieved with one session only, although in many cases it may need a second and/or third. The tattoo may last up to 7 years on some skin types provided that the correct after-care procedures are maintained.
Permanent vs Semi Permanent Camouflage
99% of all Camouflage Artists prefer to use the Permanent technique. That latter houses pigments in the second layer of the skin also called the dermis where there is no cell renewal so the pigments are not expunged as easily. By using this technique the camouflage tends to last longer HOWEVER going deeper holds risks. The skin color changes over time (roughly every 10 years) as we get older we produce less melanin, a hazard may occur towards the end of the permanent tattoo life span (5-7 years). Subsequently, the pigment formerly inserted in the skin may not have the same appearance as the skin tone color.
On the other hand, the Non Permanent technique may only last up to 3 years. This technique is the safest but also the least effective of the two. It must be noted, the Non Permanent technique gives the Artist more leverage for correction in case of a mistake as the needle only penetrates the first layer of the skin also called the epidermis. In addition, if the client has enjoyed your first tattoo she/he will return sooner and that may maximize your earnings.
Lastly, both techniques are good. Either can be used, ultimately communication to the client matters the more options the better.