Most of us are used to seeing stretch marks on our bodies, and we have accepted these as the markers that represent the different bodily phases of our lives. For some, however, seeing stretch marks appear on otherwise perfect skin is simply a no-no! The worst part is these marks can appear for different reasons. You could get them after you hit puberty, during pregnancy, and even in instances of sudden weight loss/gain. Luckily, long gone are the days when there was no cure for these marks.
Today, there may be no way to stop these marks from appearing, but there are several methods available to help fade, hide, or camouflage stretch marks and other prominent scars from the body. Yes, it is possible to have flawless skin once again!
One such popular method is inkless stretch mark camouflage. And that’s what you are here to learn more about. So, let’s get into it!
Understanding Inkless Stretch Mark Camouflage
Inkless stretch mark camouflage is also referred to as ‘inkless stretch mark removal’ or ‘inkless stretch mark revision (ISR)’. In this procedure, tiny needles are used to insert a blend of serums and vitamins under the skin. It is a non-invasive treatment, and the skin heals itself after the procedure. It is like tattooing but gentler and without ink, to put it into simpler words.
The treatment focuses on the stretched areas only. Once the procedure is completed, the skin feels firmer and smoother as the natural skin tone returns. The products inserted under the skin during the treatment encourage melanocytes, elastin, and collagen production to help rejuvenate the skin and return it to its original skin tone.
How is it Different From Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling targets the middle layer of the skin, known as the dermis. It is the same layer where stretch marks are formed. Tiny needles are then poked into the skin to promote collagen production. When elastin and collagen are increased in the body, they help in skin regeneration; as a result, skin appears improved, and the stretch marks are reduced.
Inkless camouflage treatment takes the process of micro-needling to the next level. Here. collagen and elastin are introduced into the affected area with more significant effects, and the results are much more evident.
Why is Elastin Important?
It is essential for our body to produce enough elastin as it is the extracellular matrix protein that provides elasticity and resilience to tissues, including the skin, lungs, ligaments, tendons, and arteries. Basically, this protein allows stretchiness in your body.
Why is Collagen Important?
It is a naturally occurring protein that provides structure to the skin and strengthens the bones. Providing extra collagen is vital for stretch mark removal because these marks are actually scars formed due to the broken underlying skin layers.
The skin is left without support, and it needs propping up from beneath. That’s precisely what inkless camouflage does. It helps prop the skin back up to its original state.
How is it Different From Brazilian Stretch Marks?
Brazilian stretch mark camouflage may be a revolutionary treatment, but it uses a matching tattoo ink that is formulated uniquely to match skin pigmentation. A specialized tattooing technique is used to blend the ink with a natural skin tone. The flesh tone pigmentation disguises the area, reducing the appearance of marks and scars. However, the marks may not disappear completely.
It differs from the inkless camouflage in that it disguises the area, rendering the scars without removing them entirely or making them invisible. Whereas inkless stretch mark camouflage provides a potent mix of serums and vitamins that the skin needs to heal itself and bring back the skin’s natural pigmentation.
How Effective is it?
There are certain factors that determine the effectiveness of treatment, such as your overall health, stretch marks themselves, and your skin type. Most probably, you would require more than a single treatment session to make the marks less visible to the naked eye.
How Safe is it?
The treatment is entirely safe, and we understand the concerns you may have but dry needling had been around for many years and these serums have been a revolutionary addition to this process. We can assure you that this treatment is considered one of the safest available procedures for the revision of stretch marks and scars today. In the hands of a trained expert of course.
What to Expect After The Treatment?
The area is likely to become red and swollen immediately after the treatment session. It is nothing to worry about as it is a typical occurrence after any such procedure. After a week or two, the skin will start to heal, and the area will begin to settle.
However, how soon you will start seeing results depends on your body’s ability to respond to the treatment. In most cases, the results are evident within 40 to 60 days.
Precautions After The Treatment
- You should avoid the following things after the treatment:
- No tight clothing for 2-3 days
- No excessive sweating for 7 days
- No hardcore exercise though moderate exercise is allowed for a week
- No self-tanning, vitamin d, sunscreen, and deodorant/perfume on the treated area for 30 days
- No peeling or scratching
- No jacuzzi, pool, or beach for 14-30 days
- Try to avoid full shower pressure for 7 days
Also, you cannot have this treatment under the following conditions:
- If you have uncontrolled diabetes
- If you are undergoing chemotherapy
- If you are pregnant or nursing
- If you have taken Accutane in the past 6 months or used retinol on the area in the past 30 days
Precautions Before The Treatment
Here is a list of things that you should avoid prior to the treatment:
- Any blood thinner
- Fish oil
- Vitamin E
- Ibuprofen (24 hours before the session)
- Aspirin (24 hours before the session)
The Next Step Is Booking An Appointment!
If you feel conscious about your stretch marks, and want them gone, then inkless stretch mark camouflage is something you should definitely consider. It is the closest thing to removing stretch marks as naturally as possible. It offers long-lasting results that can be achieved through non-invasive treatment, allowing you to enjoy better skin texture and tone.
If you would like to know more about this fantastic treatment, and whether it is right for you, look no further than Studio Ki Permanent Cosmetic in Vernon, BC. We specialize in all types of semi-permanent makeup procedures to help you achieve your perfect look! Give us a call today or book an appointment with one of our expert artists and hail goodbye to those unwanted stretch marks!