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Stretch Mark & Scar Camouflage

What is Stretch Mark & Scar Camouflage?

Camouflage (also known as Paramedical Tattoo and Micropigmentation) is the technique of inserting pigment into the dermis of the skin for results similar to permanent makeup. This treatment helps to conceal the stretch mark/scar and will lighten or darken the area to match the natural pigmentation of the skin. 

Who is this treatment for?

Camouflage can be performed on areas that have completely healed (this often takes 1 year) and is white in appearance. Scars and stretch marks that are red, pink or purplish in appearance are not a good candidate for this treatment. 

Types of scars that benefit from Camouflage:

  • ​Strecth Marks

  • Scars from Surgeries such as facelifts, breast augmentation, butt lifts and tummy tucks

  • Scars from injuries such as self-harm scars and accidents

Does it hurt?

Most clients describe the pain as a mild discomfort at most, however, each individual can experience pain differently.

How long does it last?

Paramedical tattoo inks are designed to be in the body forever. Similar to body art tattoo.  Variables like the person (everyone is unique), their lifestyle (are they in the sun a lot) may impact the longevity of the treatment and a touch up may be needed to refresh the colour.

How does camouflage react in the sun?

Pigments used in camouflage are stable and have been formulated to stay true to colour. This means when sun tanning, the area that has been camouflaged may stay lighter in the skin compared to the rest of the skin that is getting a tan as the pigment does not tan with the sun. If the skin is suntanned, the camouflage will still blend in better in comparison to the colour the area was prior to the camouflage (typically white). Once the skin is no longer tanned, the camouflaged area will blend in beautifully again. 

It is recommended that clients should always come in at their most regular skin tone to ensure the best colour match. 

How long does the procedure take?

The treatment time varies depending on the size of the area being treated.

How long is the recovery?

There is no downtime with this treatment and you may return to work immediately. 

Am I a good candidate for this treatment? 

​If you are diabetic, have an auto-immune disorder or are on blood thinners, a doctors note will be needed to proceed with the treatment.  

If you are taking Accutane, are pregnant or nursing, we will not be able to proceed with the treatment.

Not recommended for scars or stretch marks that are pink, red or purplish in appearance, Hypertrophic or Keloid scars. 

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Pre/Post Care

Pre-Care Instructions

  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior to your treatment.

  • Do not take Advil or other blood thinners such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Niacin or Vitamin-E, 72 hours prior to your appointment.  (If any of these were prescribed, please do not stop taking them without consulting your physician).

  • Stop taking Accutane/ Retin-A or Vitamin A  6-12 months prior to the treatment (if any of these were prescribed, please do not stop taking them without consulting your physician)

  • No waxing, tanning, or tinting 3 days prior to your appointment. 

  • No Botox, collagen or fat injections 2 weeks before/after your appointment.

  • Stop using products on the treatment area that contain Retinol, or acidic products such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), Glycolic or Salicylic Acid 2 weeks before/after your appointment. 

  • No chemical or laser treatments 6 weeks before your appointment.

  • PLEASE NOTE: You will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle 

Post-Care Instructions

  • DO NOT PICK or disturb the camouflage/pigmented area. It is important that IF there is any protective scabs that they stay on during the healing process.

  • OINTMENT/AFTERCARE Use a thin layer of provided ointment 2-3x per day for the first 5 days. Always apply ointment before bathing or showering.

  • THINGS TO AVOID No soap, shampoo, cleansers, or cosmetics on the pigmentation site for the first 5 days. No Sauna's, steam rooms and baths, hot yoga, or anything that causes excessive sweating for at least 5 days. No swimming in chlorinated pools for 2 weeks. No direct sun or sun tanning beds for 6 weeks. 

  • TEGADERM BANDAGES If you have a Tegaderm bandage on the area, you can safely leave this bandage on for up to a week. No water activities wearing Tegaderm bandages. 

  • CICAPLAST/SILICONE When using silicone, a deep massage of the product is the most beneficial. Start the massaging of this product after 5-7 day mark. Use in the morning and night until product is empty. 

  • SPF Once healed, use SPF products on the treated area(s). It will prevent color from fading. 

  • SPA TREATMENTS Be careful when having peels, microdermabrasion, laser or using anti-aging creams on camouflage as these may contribute to fading. 

What to Expect During Healing and other Facts

  • There is no down time with this treatment and you may return to work immediately.

  • Each following treatment should be booked 4-6 weeks from the previous treatment.

  • Please remember to be patient with your treatment.  Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage is completed over 2 - 4 sessions in order to produce the most natural results.  

  • You can expect some swelling and redness immediately after the treatment which may last a few days.

  • Please DO NOT remove or pick at any scabbing.  Removing them prematurely before they are ready to fall off will result in patchy areas.  

  • 25%-40% of the pigment will fade off during the first 5-10 days of healing. Area may appear to be healed, but it will heal for 4 to 5 weeks. *DO NOT throw out your aftercare as you will need it for the touch up*

  • Although rare, excessive swelling or an allergic reaction may occur. If excessive swelling occurs, you should consult your doctor. If any allergic reaction causes difficulty breathing and/or swelling, call 911 to go to the Emergency room immediately.

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