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 meant to help lessen the appearance of stretch marks, like at-home moisturizing creams or laser treatments that can be performed by a doctor. 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 the micro-needling technique that can aid stretch marks all on its own, to kick-start the body's natural skin repair process. This stimulates new collagen, which smooths 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 identifies as a tetrachromat, meaning she has the rare ability to perceive color in super-high variations. In fact, tetrachromats like her can potentially see millions more colors and shades than the average person. "I can see right away when someone’s eyebrow color is slightly off," she tells Glamour. "Or match any Pantone chip by sight. It’s easy for me."
She uses this superhuman eye for color to flawlessly match the tattoo pigment to her client's skin tone. This results in 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.
Can't quite afford several grand to treat stretch marks? This $30 micro-roller promises to give you impressive results with regular use—at a mere fraction of the cost of skin-tone matching tattoos.
Head over to Glamour to read the full article. Next, learn how to prevent and treat ingrown hairs, according to an expert.
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