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GUEST POST: Camouflage Tattoo: Treating Scar, Stretch Mark and Vitiligo

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For some, scars, stretch marks and even vitiligo can be great conversation or storytelling starters, but for others these marks are felt as unsightly and sometimes even embarrassing. In many cases they can be life changing or have resulted from life changing effects. They can be difficult to manage and may distract us from our lives depending on the history and the story behind these changes to our body. This is why so many wonder about how to get rid of or conceal their scars, stretch marks or even vitiligo. We are constantly torn between having so many treatment options and the option that we should do nothing at all, but to embrace our true selves.

Whatever the choice, and for whatever the reason it is helpful to know what options are available for concealing these marks.

Camouflage Tattoo: Treating Scar Camouflage Tattoo: Stretch Marks

Over the past decade medical and beauty industries have exploded with choices and procedures all aimed at improving our complexion and how we look. Among these services on the cosmetic side are camouflage tattoo which has doubled and even tripled in interest since 2004. Source Google Trend data.

Camouflage Tattoo: Vitiligo

Scars, stretch marks and vitiligo can be traumatic skin issues that have impacted the look and feel of the skin.

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Can scars, stretch marks or vitiligo be removed?

No, at least not easily. Removal of scar tissue is possible, and of course skin grafting is available too, but these are serious and invasive procedures requiring much consultation, much time and can be cost prohibitive. It is also difficult to find experts who can perform such procedures and may sometimes require the patient or client to travel extensively outside of their home region, and in some cases need multiple consultations and follow-up visits.

Will scars, stretch marks or vitiligo go away on their own?

These three prominent skin changes, though distinctly different, all share one thing in common. They never go away on their own. Scars and stretch marks may fade or change colour, texture or shape over time but they are here to stay.

What can be done to avoid scars, stretch marks or Vitiligo?

Scarring takes place as a result of injury to the skin, whether intentional (self-harm, surgery) or by accident. Only a single injurious event is required to forever change the skin. The deeper the cut, the longer it takes to heal, and potentially the more scar tissue remains.

Stretch marks may occur due to rapid weight gain, sports like body building, power lifting, or pregnancy.

Vitiligo has unknown origins but is understood to arise from autoimmune diseases and may be triggered or exacerbated by stress, sickness or other conditions.

Across all three common skin conditions there is only so much that can be done to prevent these marks or loss of pigmentation. There exists many natural remedies, topical creams (drugs or cosmetics) to prevent scarring resulting from injury; to prevent stretch marks resulting from body changes.

How do I get rid of scars, stretch marks or Vitiligo?

Laser treatments, skin grafting, fillers, microneedling have all been popular treatments, depending on the location and severity of the skin trauma or loss of pigmentation.

Increasingly popular is the use of camouflage tattoo processes, which aims to cover up and mask those areas of the skin that we might not want to see.

What is Camouflage Tattoo?

First, camouflage tattoo is not micropigmentation (which is a much more superficial approach to repigmenting the skin). Instead, camouflage tattoo combines traditional tattoo methods with custom formulated pigment matching to blend away unwanted areas. A modern tattoo machine with an oscillating needle works pigment deep into the dermis of the skin. Using a custom formulated tone matching process a unique mixture of pigments are blended together to perfectly suit your existing skin tone. The pigments are deposited, usually in just one application (depending on the surface area).

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Is camouflage tattoo permanent?

Yes, camouflage tattoo is expected to be permanent. Due to the depth of the needle and the combination of the pigments used we can expect that the pigments will last as long as traditional tattoos do on the body. Though there may be only slight fading in time (as with traditional tattoos) the pigments are unaffected by sun exposure or cellular turnover.

Am I a candidate for camouflage tattoo?

If you are treating scars or stretch marks that have healed for at least 2 years, and if the scars or stretch marks are “white” in colour, then yes, you are a candidate for camouflage tattoo. Vitiligo clients are almost always candidates for camouflage tattoo.In all cases ANY skin colour can be pigmented, regardless of ethnic origin or colour.

What areas of the body can be camouflaged with tattoo pigments?

Nearly every area of the body can be camouflaged with the exception of the corneal region of the eye. It is highly recommended never to tattoo the eye and the practice is not lawful in Canada.

Can I camouflage the dark circles under my eye?

There are a few different options for addressing dark circles under the eyes but camouflage tattoo is not recommended. Instead, fillers may be the better choice here. There does exist a semi-permanent solution in BB Glow, a permanent makeup procedure which micro channels temporary pigment into the outermost layers of the skin. This superficial and temporary pigmentation process may last several weeks up to several months depending on the number of applications.

For more information on camouflage tattoo for scars, stretch marks or vitiligo, or for BB Glow permanent makeup, please contact Ivonne Sanchez Beauty at hello@ivonnesanchez.com or call 613-695-6662. As well, be sure to follow their social media @ivonnesanchezbeauty

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