There are two types of people: Those who don't care about their stretch marks one little bit, and those who try myriad different creams and lotions (like raw shea butter for example) to treat what they see as being stubborn skin blemishes. Whichever camp you fall into, it's personal and totally up to you. Just like with everything else, there's no right answer or way to feel or think about stretch marks.
If you do wish they would go away, there are certain treatments that can help lessen their appearance (like certain moisturizing creams or laser treatments). But if you've tried pretty much everything and you're still not happy with the result, know that there's a new way to do away with stretch marks that involves flesh-colored tattoos.
According to Glamour, there's a cosmetic tattoo artist who specializes in this practice, and the before-and-after photos don't lie. Keep scrolling to see how skin-colored tattoos can make stretch marks disappear.
Dominique Bossavy is the genius cosmetic tattoo artist behind this insane before-and-after image. She works out of offices in New York City, Beverly Hills, and Paris, using a digital tattoo pen with a technique called "Nano Color Infusion." According to Glamour, there are two steps. The first is to fix the stretch marks' indentation. She uses "micro-puncturing," which is similar to micro-needling, to kick-start the body's natural skin repair process. It stimulates new collagen, which smoothes out the skin, doing away with any unevenness or dips. This process usually takes three in-office treatments to work completely.
Next, she matches a mineral pigment to her client's skin tone. Bossavy is a tetrachromat, meaning she has the rare ability to perceive color in super-high variations. In fact, tetrachromats like her can see millions of more colors and shades than the average person. "I can see right away when someone’s eyebrow color is slightly off," she says. "Or match any Pantone chip by sight. It’s easy for me."
She uses this superhuman vision to flawlessly match the tattoo pigment to her client's skin tone. What results are perfectly camouflaged stretch marks. It's like they never existed in the first place.
Before you make an appointment, know that it's an expensive treatment, starting at $3500. If the area is large, or the stretch marks are severe, it can cost much more than that. It's also not exactly permanent. Bossavy says it lasts for three to five years, depending on the person. But even though it has its downsides, you can't ignore the results. The stretch marks disappear like magic.
Head over to Glamour to read the full article. Next, learn how to prevent and treat ingrown hairs, according to an expert.