Stretch marks pre & post care
When is Medical Camouflage not advised:
Pink (new) stretch marks - Stretch marks have to be white or transparent color
Pregnant or Nursing
Issues with keloids (raised scars are ok)
Use of accutane and/or retinol (in the past 6 months
Undergoing chemotherapy (consult with your doctor)
If you have a scheduled MRI in the next 50 days
If your skin is suntanned
If you are allergic to tattoo pigments
Does Medical Camouflage hurt?
You can experience some discomfort due to the vibrations of the machine, but the discomfort is bearable. Most scar tissue had a lot of nerve damage.
You can immediately return to your life routine after the procedure, following the after care instructions given.
What to avoid prior to Medical Camouflage?
Aspirin or ibuprofen 24-48 hours prior to your appointment
Alcohol, caffeine, blood thinner 24 hours prior to your appointment
Fish oil or Vitamin E one week prior to your appointment (they are natural blood thinners)
*NOTE: Allergy testing is recommended before the scheduled appointment if there is any doubt you may be allergic to the pigment. Contact me if this is your case.
What to avoid after Medical Camouflage?
Avoid wearing tight clothing for the next 2 - 3 days.
Avoid scratching or peeling to prevent infection or discoloration.
No exercise for 3 days of the treatment (sweating will dilute the pigment).
You must keep water away from the area treated for 3 days.
Avoid exposing the area to the full water pressure of the shower for 7 days. Stick to a quick shower.
No swimming (beach, pool, jacuzzi, bath, etc).
Avoid tanning for 40 days.
Avoid sunscreen and self-tanners for 40 days.
Avoid perfume and deodorant near or in the treated area.
After care "do's":
Use Bepanthen skin care cream (liquid derma) 3 times a day for the first 3 days
Cicaplast 'La Roche'
Vitamin C for immune system
Drink a lot of water
Can I suntan 40 days after the procedure?
Yes, you can suntan once the area is fully healed (at least 40 days). It is STRONGLY recommended to avoid sun exposure during the healing process, because discoloration might occur.
For best long-term results, I recommend to apply a high SPF on the treated area prior to sun exposure.
*NOTE: Once healed, Stretch marks Camouflage DO NOT change color or fade away when you tan. It is safe to go to the beach/pool.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TAN?
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How long does the procedure take?
The lenght of the treatment depends on the size of the area to be treated. On average, a small area takes around 1 hour and a big area up to 3 hours.
How quickly will you see the result after the procedure?
30 - 90 days after your initial treatment. You should have a reliable visible indication of your final result.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild irritation, redness and swelling, which can last up to one week.
During the third week, the treated area will slightly get darker. DO NOT PANIC! It is healing.
Once this has subsided, you will begin to see the result of your treatment.
*NOTE: I advise you to book a follow up consultation after 40 days or your treatment as I may need to do some minor touch ups.
How long does the result last?
Medical Camouflage provide permanent results, if you follow the right after care protocol. After several years (5 - 7 years) a color touch- up might be needed.
Can you get the treatment done if your skin is tanned?
No, I recommend that you undergo the treatment when your skin is in its natural color (not tanned). This ensures that I am able to mix the pigment that best match your natural skin color.