HomeTATTOOEDSay Good-Bye to Stretch Marks with Skin Colored Tattoos
Say Good-Bye to Stretch Marks with Skin Colored Tattoos
Nov 3, 2017
Tattoos have taken a new direction in the form of cover-ups instead of color-ups. Tattoo artists are now able to tackle stretch marks with tattoo ink that matches the recipient's skin tone. The result is a seamlessly blended canvas where tiger-striped stretch marks used to reside. Take a look!
Stretch Marks. Essentially, stretch marks are scars. They are places on our skin where the elastin has broken down and torn essentially, leaving behind a small crease where once smooth skin resided. How to actually fix this has baffled skin care professionals for years.
Common. Stretch marks are also called tiger stripes in slang and are quite common. They happen after weight gain and/or loss, childbirth, puberty, and a slew of other reasons.
The Treatments. There are a slew of treatments and creams available to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but no cure for them.
The Latest Techniques. In the latest techniques, tattooing your stretch marks is becoming a major trend in larger cities where it's available.
The Concept. The concept itself is simple enough - at least to explain - but requires a keen eye for color matching and some ever important background credentials and training.
Two-Part Process. In simple explanation, the process is two-fold. The first step is to fill in or "plump" the creases so they are flush with the rest of the skin. Once that's complete, clients come back after they are healed and have the skin tattooed with skin-tone ink to blend in any discoloration.
Micropuncture. The first step is called microneedling or micropuncture. It involves actually puncturing the scar tissue with tiny needles. This actually forces the skin to heal itself by creating collagen to heal the wounds. When the body produces the collagen, it actually fills in the creases on its own, leaving behind a level surface.
The Treatments. This process is often repeated three or four times, depending on the client's needs. Once the skin is "puffed up" enough that it is level and healed completely, the patient can schedule phase 2.
Phase 2. The tricky part of the second phase is finding someone with an eye for color detail. You need to ensure you have someone with exquisite color definition detail in order to flawlessly match your skin tone.
Locations. At the moment, there are only a handful of locations that offer the highly detailed procedure. If you're in the market, you'll need to travel to New York, Beverly Hills, or Paris to have the procedure done.
Tetrachromat. The technique requires someone who is a known tetrachromat to seamlessly match your skin tone with the ink. A tetrachromat, for those of you not in the know (ourselves included, we had to look that one up), is someone who can detect 100 times more color variations than the average person. Makes sense.
The Tattoo. Once the skin has puffed and healed and your perfect skin-tone ink has been chosen and created, you're ready for step 2: the tattoo. The artists will actually tattoo over the newly filled in creases with the skin-tone ink to blend the scars with the healthy skin.
The Results. The results, when done properly and professionally, are flawless. Do you see any stretch marks? I don't. Where do I sign up?
Hold On. Before you go rushing off to LA for the procedures, here are a few more details you'll want to know. First, the process is (unfortunately) not permanent. According to reports, they will last approximately three to five years, but they will eventually fade and your stretch marks will reappear. D****.
They're Not Cheap. Also,, the procedure itself costs around $3,500 per area, depending on the size. So plan on about $1,000 per year for maintenance. Ouch. Maybe we'll stick to our "udder cream" lotion.