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SCAR & STRETCH MARK CAMOUFLAGE

WHAT IS SCAR & STRETCH MARK CAMOUFLAGE?

Scar Camouflage, also known as medical tattooing or paramedical tattooing, is a technique used to minimize the appearance of scars and/or stretch marks through the application of pigment into the skin. This procedure can be helpful for individuals who want to reduce the visibility of scars resulting from surgeries, injuries, burns, or medical conditions. The paramedical technique involves using tattooing methods to match the colour of the surrounding skin and blend it with the scar tissue, resulting in a seamless transition between your natural skin tone, making your scar less noticeable. Additionally, as a healing response to the trauma of tattooing, your bodies own growth factors are regenerated which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin which softens and smooths scar tissue that may be raised.

Scar Camouflage works best on light scars that are not raised. Raised scars may need a few Inkless Revision (ISR) treatments first to soften and flatten the scar before the actual camouflage portion of the treatment may begin.

All scars must be healed before treatment may begin. It is recommended to wait at least a year for scars to heal before beginning treatment.

Stretch marks are treated using the same technique as the stretch marks resemble thin scars a times.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR SCAR CAMOUFLAGE TREATMENT

You can expect your appointment to take between 1-2 hours. During that time we will take time choosing the best pigments to colour match for your skin tone. The level of discomfort experienced during your appointment can vary depending on factors such as individual pain tolerance, the location of the treatment area and the specific type of scarring. Topical numbing can be used in certain cases to ensure a more comfortable experience.

After the procedure, you can expect slight swelling, redness, a feeling of having a sunburn and a darker pigmentation to the area.  The swelling should subside in 24-48hrs and redness will reduce slowly over the following days, but it can take weeks (sometimes even months) before the pigment lightens. You will likely need between 2-4 treatments to evenly blend pigment to your natural skin tone.

Scar- before scar camouflage

When the procedure is complete we will discuss aftercare instructions, and the products necessary for the best healed results. It is recommended that you book a follow-up appointment prior to leaving the studio.​

WHAT IS INKLESS SCAR & STRETCH MARK REVISION? (ISR)

ISR is another method used to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Whats different about this technique is that instead of using pigments to camouflage, a high-quality healing serum is used to help break up scar tissue and activate the production of collagen, elastin and melanocytes to the affected area. This results in creating a more even skin tone, and better overall skin texture.

Usually, multiple treatments are needed to achieve the best results possible. However, we will better be able to estimate how many sessions will be required at your consultation. 

CONTRAINDICATIONS 

Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for Scar & Stretch Mark Camouflage. If you answer 'Yes' to any of the following, then this procedure may not be recommended. Please contact me before booking if you have any of the conditions below.

  • Pregnant, Breastfeeding

  • Diabetic

  • Lupus

  • Epileptic/prone to seizures

  • Organ Transplant

  • Heart Condition or Pacemaker

  • Chemotherapy within the last year

  • History of Keloids

  • Contagious diseases & viral infections

  • Autoimmune Disorders (must have a doctors consent)

  • Botox or fillers in the area within 4 weeks

  • Taken Accutane (or other acne medications) in the past year

  • Active skin condition such as Psoriasis or Eczema in the area

  • Allergies to topical anesthetics or metals (iron & nickel)

  • Tanned or sunburned skin (does not include self tanner)

  • Retin-A, Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) or hair growth serums on brow area within 2 weeks

  • Covid-19 vaccine within 4 weeks

PRE-CARE

  • Absolutely NO alcohol, caffeine (there is still caffeine in decaf coffee, tea and chocolate) vitamin-e, steroid medication, supplements, stimulants and any blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen(Advil), Niacin for a FULL 24 hours prior to your appointment. If any of the above listed, or any other blood thinners have been advised for use by a physician, then I MUST know before booking.

  • No active exercise 12 hours prior to your appointment.

  • Avoid any type of facial, chemical peel, microneedling or microdermabrasion (if treatment area is on the face), along with laser treatments etc. 4 weeks prior, or heavy sunlight (tanning or sunburnt) 1 week prior. Your skin should not be going through a healing process prior to your appointment.

  • Skin needs to be natural colour (no tan, fake or otherwise).

  • Do not tweeze, wax, laser, electrolysis or any other hair removal on the treatment area 1 week prior to your appointment.

  • Avoid Botox anywhere around the treatment area 4 weeks prior to your appointment. 

  • Discontinue use of skincare with active ingredients such as Retin-A, Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) on the brow area, as well as any hair growth serums 2 weeks prior (only if in the treatment area).

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