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Camouflage Tattoo Training and What You Need to Know

Camouflage Tattoo Training

Are you looking to venture into the beauty industry? If you are interested in utilizing permanent makeup for medical, aesthetic purposes, consider camouflage tattoo training. 

Brazilian Stretch Mark and Scar Camouflage Training

 

The original camouflage tattoo technique hails from Brazil. It combines permanent makeup application and micropigmentation to create an artificial yet natural-looking skin tone—which can hide fully healed blemishes like:

Accidental Scars

Needling is a quick, efficient way to finally eliminate childhood scars, although sizable marks might need multiple needling sessions.

Surgical Scars

Patients can remove post-surgery stitches and incision marks with skin-toned ink.

Self-Inflicted Scars

Take the first step to forgetting past trauma by covering self-inflicted scars with a cosmetic tattoo. Eliminate blemishes that remind you of your past.

Self harm tattoo coverup before and after pictures

Burns

Ointments can help burn wounds heal, but they cannot wholly eliminate marks. You can only disguise them with permanent makeup.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks rank among the most common types of blemishes. Reports even indicate that 80% of Americans struggle with these skin imperfections, although anyone in the world can get a stretch mark.

How Camouflage Tattooing Came To Be

While stretch marks, scars and pregnancy scars are 100% natural, these imperfections cause insecurity. Men and women continuously look for ways to achieve blemish-free skin.

The growing need for effective scar and stretch mark removal instigated considerable medical advancements in the beauty industry. Nowadays, patients can choose from various special ointments and laser treatment programs.

creams forr scars

Most options are effective, but they also pose disadvantages. For instance, beauty cream products take too long to eliminate blemishes, and laser procedure fees would set one back several grand for little improvement. 

Since clients want an inexpensive, fast-acting alternative, Brazilian camouflage tattoos quickly became popular. They cost less than laser treatments and produce instant results. Patients can even return to their daily activities after less than a day’s worth of recovery.

Why Undergo Stretch Marks Camouflage Tattoo Training

Since the government does not regulate stretch marks camouflage tattoo services, does that mean anyone can open a shop? The answer: no!

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Mastering the Brazilian camouflage tattoo technique requires intensive research and diligent practice. You cannot learn these by watching a few introductory lectures on YouTube. 

Invest in a class with a proven training course. Trust us—running a permanent makeup studio with no formal training has serious consequences. In the worst case, a client might even sue you for an incorrectly applied cosmetic tattoo.

Apart from learning the standard camouflage tattoo technique, a proper training course will give you:

Real-Life Experience

Practicing on latex skin is different from applying a permanent tattoo on human skin. The shift often causes minor errors. Look for a class that works with a live model so that you receive relevant practice. There’s no room for mistake when inking over a client’s stretch marks or scars.

Basic Medical Information

No, you do not need advanced medical knowledge to apply stretch marks camouflage tattoos. However, a firm understanding of the basics would help. Carelessly tattooing over wounds and scars can lead to skin infections. Know when to accept and reject clients.

The Best Materials

Don’t be stingy with the materials you use. Creating inorganic pigments close to your client’s skin tone is significantly easier when you’re using high-quality ink and needles. 

Pro Tip: Ask your instructor if their training course comes with a standard kit of the materials needed for basic scar camouflage services.

5 Tips on Choosing the Best Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo Training Course

A quick Google search will reveal dozens of camouflage training programs from around the world. Having a broad, diverse range of options might seem convenient, but it also makes the selection process quite tedious and time-consuming. Most students don’t even know where to start looking.

scar tattoo and stretch mark training in natural light

To make matters worse, dishonest gurus take advantage of the confusion by tricking newbies into paying more than needed. To ensure that you make well-informed decisions, assess the following when choosing your camouflage training course:

1. Legitimacy

Steer clear of educators that claim to teach “legal” Brazilian camouflage training. They likely mislead clients with fake credentials. 

To make things clear, the government does not prohibit professionals from teaching any stretch marks camouflage technique. As such, you cannot “legalize” a scar camouflage tattoo training course.

2. Experience

Instead of choosing “legally trained” stretch marks camouflage tattoo instructors, look for experienced ones. As we mentioned above, the state does not regulate camouflage tattoo training. 

Students who wish to receive the proper continuing education should turn to skilled, experienced professionals with years of experience. Avoid self-proclaimed gurus that do not offer camouflage tattoo services themselves, or have a small gallery of before and after photos. A lot of gurus begin to train with little to zero experience for the money you can make in training.

3. Reviews

Another reliable way to gauge an instructor’s credibility is to peruse their business reviews. Look at testaments from both clients and students. Scar camouflage tattoo professionals have to prove themselves as practitioners and instructors before selling any course.

Important: Discern between fake and authentic reviews. Anonymous, overly optimistic comments are likely curated, so search for honest reviews on social media platforms and discussion forums instead.

4. Transparency

We cannot emphasize the importance of transparency when signing up for any training course. Make sure that you know where your money goes. Otherwise, dishonest instructors might deceive you with seemingly high-value courses containing negligible techniques and information. 

5. Value Provided

The training manual of your prospective studio will give you a good grasp of what they teach students. Some outlines might even introduce the camouflage technique that they use. 

scar and stretch mark camouflage tattoo training

Peruse various training course outlines, take note of the key features, then compare them with each other. See which one matches your learning preferences best.

6. Ongoing Support

Let’s face it—no one can master stretch mark camouflage techniques in just a couple of days. The art of micropigmentation involves continuous learning. For optimal learning, study under a professional that will provide ongoing support even after you’ve earned your course certificate.

Finding the Right Scar Camouflage Tattoo Candidate

It is a common misconception that you can hide any scar, stretch mark, or blemish with permanent makeup. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone can accommodate a cosmetic camouflage tattoo. Before inking over skin imperfections, you need to consider the:

Skin Tone

The success of any scar camouflage procedure heavily depends on how well you create artificial ink pigments. Apart from using high-quality materials, ensure to use the patient’s natural skin tone. Even the slightest tan can ruin your formula.

As a best practice, advise clients to stay indoors for a couple of weeks before the scheduled treatment. Also, observe proper skin care habits. Moisturizing and wearing sunscreen will drastically reduce your susceptibility to harmful UV lights.

Scar Texture

A scar camouflage tattoo creates artificial pigments to hide skin marks, but it cannot flatten raised scars like keloids. 

stretch mark camouflage tattoo

Advise patients with raised scars to undergo the necessary dermatological treatments first. Once their blemish smoothens and fully heals, you can conduct a second assessment to see if they have become candidates.

Note: The same rule applies to deep stretch marks, scars, and blemishes. Ideally, your candidate should have smooth, flat marks with little to no dents or bumps.

Scar Age

You can only apply a scar camouflage tattoo on fully healed blemishes over two years old. Prematurely tattooing over a healing scar, stretch mark, or blemish will cause further damage to the skin. Contaminating a healing wound might even lead to an infection.

Bonus: Setting the Expectations

Even after receiving top-notch training and mastering the standard scar camouflage tattoo technique, you still cannot wholly dictate the outcome of a cosmetic tattoo. Even industry experts can only make predictions. 

Keeping these factors in mind, set your client’s expectations accordingly. Make well-informed assessments based on their stretch marks, scars, and blemishes, accurately gauge the possibility of success, then relay the information as clearly as you can. Support the client with free, valuable information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is camouflage tattoo?

Camouflage tattooing produces artificial pigments designed to hide skin imperfections. While relatively new, the process quickly popularized as an effective, non-surgical way to achieve blemish-free skin.

How long does scar camouflage last?

A scar camouflage tattoo lasts around two to five years for most people. Once the tattoo fades, clients can get touch ups from their camouflage tattoo professional. However, remember that specific variables like age and skin type affect how long a tattoo can cover scars and stretch marks. Also keep in mind, this is technically a tattoo so may not ever go away, but all tattoos do change and alter over time due to aging and sun exposure.

What is paramedical tattooing?

Paramedical tattooing is another name for camouflage tattooing wherein a modern non-surgical cosmetic procedure wherein tattoo artists conceal blemishes with specialized ink. Efficacy varies from patient to patient, but a paramedical tattoo typically hides skin imperfections like surgical scars, stretch marks, burns, tummy tucks, and stitch marks. For optimal results, consult professionals before getting a paramedical tattoo. 

What is Brazilian stretch mark camouflage?

Brazilian stretch mark tattooing utilizes a specialized camouflage tattoo technique to hide blemishes. For a stretch mark camouflage tattoo to turn out well, the tattoo artist must match their clients’ skin tones, underlying imperfections, and preferences. Different types of scars require varying camouflage tattoos.

Learn Camouflage Tattooing From a Reputable Industry Expert

Applying paramedical tattoos to cover scars and stretch marks requires total mastery in creating inorganic pigments. Subpar techniques will produce undesirable results. In the worst case, poorly done camouflage tattoos might even worsen existing skin imperfections.

The bottom line: it is not whether a camouflage tattoo mentor is “licensed” or not, as there are a lot of states that do not really regulate it. In fact, just relying on such a “license” will not guarantee that you will be training under the best. You want to train under a tattoo mentor whose skills and expertise have been affirmed by online reviews because you want to replicate their success too.

camouflage tattoo training

Do you want to master the art of camouflage tattooing? Reach out to us Studio Conceal! We offer top-notch camouflage tattoo training to dozens of students from various parts of the country. The course covers everything, from micropigmentation basics to advanced needling techniques. We want to get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Check out our pricing plans to learn more. Don’t worry if you have no experience with permanent makeup; our 3-day introductory training course will get you up to speed.

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What is SMP?

Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) was developed as both a cosmetic procedure for men and women suffering with all types of hair loss, and as a medical procedure to help conceal scars, burns, birthmarks, as well as the full spectrum of alopecia. During the SMP procedure, a blend of unique pigments specifically formulated for the client are deposited into the dermal layer of the skin on the scalp. These deposits create an extremely realistic illusion that replicates hair follicles. SMP is a viable alternative to traditional hair transplant surgery, hair systems, pills, and fibers.. Around the world, thousands of clients live their lives free from hair loss without lengthly maintenance routines, unwelcome side effects or signifiant ongoing financial outlay.

Does scalp micropigmentation look real?

A typical scalp hair from a Caucasian woman is about 77 micrometers in diameters (67 Um in those of Asian descent, and 120 Um in those African descent). Typically, SMP dots placed in the dermis layer are 90-140 micrometers in diameter.

While this might seem a bit larger than a real human hair, this slight difference is virtually indistinguishable from real hair follicles. Often, when viewed 1 foot away, close friends and family will not be able to tell where real hair ends and the SMP begins.

What causes hair loss?

As hair on the scalp goes through it’s normal cycle of growing and shedding, DHT makes the follicles miniaturize. That means they get thinner and shorter because the growing cycle doesn’t last as long. The growing cycle becomes so brief that new hairs can’t grow through the skin. For women, hair loss can be caused by an imbalance of thyroid hormones, pregnancy, disease and certain medications.

How long will SMP last for?

With proper care and treatment, including using high sunscreen when outside, SMP will commonly last for many years. For a healthy client with a normal immune system, we expect that the color will last with original vibrance for about 4-6 years, with gradual fading of the pigment to last up to 8 years.

Fortunately, if a touch up is needed, a fee is charged which is generally cheaper per session than the original treatment fee. It’s important to note that each individual is different so an estimated range of longevity will be provided at our consultation meeting.

Will SMP fade, smear, or turn blue as the years pass?

Any pigment applied to the dermal layer of the skin will eventually fade, but we expect SMP to last several years or more, before even minimal fading is noticed. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun often breaks apart some tattoo inks for easier absorption by the body, resulting in increased fade rates and slight smearing. As the inks are degraded, their chromophores are often altered resulting in changed color. If this occurs, we can easily offer touch up sessions, or revise the ink color by adding additives to mute, neutralize, or warm up the tone again.

Is SMP reversible? Is receiving SMP treatment painful?

Yes, SMP pigmentation can be removed with an electro-optic Q switched laser, which is used to heat and break-up the SMP pigmentation for easier absorption by phagocytes in the dermis. SMP is fairly easy to remove in most cases because the pigment is not deposited as deeply as normal tattoo ink. The electro-optic laser, however is expensive and therefore, many clinics which advertise laser removal do not actually own one.

As for pain, it depends on the individual. In some cases, clients have fallen asleep while I have completed treatment. In other cases, clients experience pain across the temples or above the ears during treatment. Most clients rate their pain on a scale of 1-10, as 3-5 during treatment.

How long will it take for my final SMP appearance to form?

A normal client depending on hair loss extent, will take two to four treatments to achieve their final appearance. Most treatments are 2-3 hours long with small breaks as needed. The first treatment often places a very light application on the scalp to assess fading and density levels. The normal reaction from many clients is to assume that the SMP is too light. However, this is a normal part of the treatment and allows me to better treat the scalp in later sessions. The second treatment is 10-14 days later, and adds the majority of the density to your new look. Treatments three or later are usually for completing the look, addressing darkness matching or to even the density across the scalp.

What will my scalp look like immediately after treatment?

The area of the scalp that has been treated will have some redness for 24 hours after treatment, though this tends to be less visible on darker skin tones. In addition, the pigmentation will be darker for up to 7 days after treatment, again, depending on your skin tone. Thereafter, the pigmentation will appear to become lighter and softer as the pigment filled scabs begin to flake away. These scabs flake away in the first 3 to 10 days. As this happens, it appears to the observer that the SMP dots are shrinking. When the healing process is complete, the final dots are often 90 to 170 Um in diameter and blend seamlessly into any natural hair. By about one month, after any treatment, the pigments will begin to “set” and thereafter, fading will be almost zero.

How do I choose a hairline? If I have hair left, can I leave it long?

If you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work or you, I will be there to help. With an artistic eye and experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, I can help recommend what’s best. Over the course of our sessions, we can tweak and adjust the hairline for the perfect, natural result.

Depending upon the pattern and extent of your current hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length. Scalp micropigmentation can help thicken areas so that less of the scalp is seen showing through. However, if there is a strong pattern of hair loss or just not a lot of hair density left, the client is recommended to crop it shorter.

Can Studio Conceal camouflage my transplant scar?

Yes, absolutely! By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending the color around the scarring area, transplant and surgical scars can see massive improvement in concealment.

DOES THIS TREATMENT REMOVE STRETCH MARKS?

Other than a tummy tuck, or the literal removal of skin, there is no proven way to remove stretch marks. The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo only helps to conceal and diminish the appearance of stretch marks so that they are less perceptible to the naked eye. Think of it as having a permanent filter, taking away the white contrast of your scars.

IS THE TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES?

Generally, yes! However, there are a small number of people who the treatment would not be suitable for. Your stretch marks and scars need to be at least two years old, lighter than your skin tone and completely healed. Booking a virtual consultation can help determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure and is required for all clients.

CAN I GET TATTOOED IF MY SKIN IS ALREADY TANNED?

We prefer to match only your natural skin tone, and require that our clients postpone their session until their tan has faded. This ensures that we are able to custom blend an ink color that will look most natural whether you’re tanned or not.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TAN?

Your camouflaged stretch marks and scars will not change color. If you tan, your skin’s overtone will darken, but your stretch marks will remain the same color as your natural skin-toned ink tattoo. Overall, your stretch marks will still be camouflaged because the “white” is no longer there. In short, there’s less of an obvious contrast. Here’s a great video explaining what happens to your stretch mark tattoos when you tan.

WILL IT HURT? DO YOU NUMB YOUR CLIENTS?

The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin procedure so a small amount of discomfort will be experienced. Usually on a scale 1-10 (10 being most painful), the average consensus is a 6 or 7. We do not numb our clients to avoid any interference to the purity and insertion of pigment into the scar. In addition, your pain receptors will be heightened if you’re on your monthly cycle, and so we suggest you book your session/touch ups accordingly.

CAN I GET THE TREATMENT WHILE PREGNANT OR BREAST-FEEDING?

Congratulations on your pregnancy, but unfortunately, we are unable to treat women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. We look forward to treating you once your little one is weaned and your scars have been fully healed (usually within two years).

HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS?

There’s little to no downtime. Most Clients can resume work the same day, or even fly home after their session. It’s normal to experience redness and swelling immediately after the procedure for 1-3 days. For the first 3 days, you’ll be given strict instructions on how to minimize inflammation, speed up the wound healing phase, and how to “ice” the area and keep it clean. Over the next few weeks, the redness will dissipate and go through a variety of shades (from dark to light) until your skin heals. We’ll be in contact with you every step of the way.

HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Everyone’s skin is different. Variables include age, diet, hormones, general health, overtones, sun exposure, etc and so it’s impossible to give an exact number of days it will take you to heal. On average, it takes 45-60 days, but if you’re prone to hyper-pigmentation (you naturally scar dark), it will most likely take longer to heal. During your consultation, we can discuss and assess your skin’s estimated timeline and variables.
*Here’s a recent case study of our fastest healing client to help you speed along your recovery!

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS OF THE PROCEDURE LAST?

The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin treatment that’s only been around for 6-7 years. According to our industry, it’ll last 5 years, or more provided that the correct after-care procedures are adhered to. You may or may not need a touch up after 5-6 years. Remember, a stretch mark is a scar and so the skin is trickier to penetrate. In addition, as we age, all tattoos transition and change on our skin because there’s less elasticity and melanin production. This can effect your stretch mark camouflage tattoo, as well.

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROCEDURE?

The total cost of the procedure varies greatly per technician and is dependent on the location and severity of the stretch marks or scar requiring treatment. Studio Conceal charges anywhere between $500-$2,000/ per area. We require an initial consultation (in-person or virtual) free of charge with zero pressure, during which the final cost can be determined by a formal quote.

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

Yes we do! We’ve partnered with United Medical Credit to offer easy, reliable financing for all camouflage services and training. It’s really easy to apply and only takes 3 minutes to get approved. They’ll do a soft credit check to determine your options and will be in contact with you in 24 hours. Apply for financing of tattoo treatment or training here, hassle free.

STRETCH MARK CAMOUFLAGE TATTOO VS. LASER TREATMENTS?

While Laser Treatments do work on stretch marks by damaging the skin’s outer layer and forcing it to heal itself, they do not put color back into the skin. So almost all clients who get Laser Treatments for their stretch marks still have noticeable stretch marks. In fact, many of our clients have had many Laser Treatment procedures prior to walking into our studio. Another huge difference is the cost of that treatments. Laser Treatments could run $1,000 to $3,000 per session, and can easily end up costing the client over $10,000 overall.
*Here’s a short video going over the differences of microneedling vs. laser vs. the stretch mark camouflage tattoo