Today’s technology allows us to explore our options to look good and feel good. If you’re experiencing hair loss, scalp micropigmentation is the non-surgical hair loss solution that may solve your problems. Let me explain how scalp micropigmentation works and how it can solve your hair loss problems.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation or SMP is a non-surgical hair loss procedure considered a semi-permanent tattoo. SMP is also referred to as head tattoo, hair tattoo, scalp tattoo, micropigmentation, hairline tattoo scalp pigmentation, or hair pigmentation.
If you heard of the cosmetic procedure called eyebrows micropigmentation, SMP has the same concept. The goal of the procedure is to create the illusion that the hair looks fuller and thicker. The procedure involves the application of natural-looking pigments on the scalp’s dermal layer.
The natural-looking pigments cover the bald spots and replicate a newly shaved look. If you want to cover up your receding hairline, scalp micropigmentation is a great option.
It is considered an instant and excellent solution for hair loss for both men and women. It’s the only treatment in the world today where you can get a new and semi-permanent appearance in an instant.
Over the past few years, scalp micropigmentation became one of the sought-after hair loss treatment procedures. Here’s what happens during scalp micropigmentation making it a great hair loss solution.
What happens during Scalp Micropigmentation?
If you’re wondering what’s happening during a scalp micropigmentation, think of it as tattooing many tiny and layered dots of pigment on the scalp. The procedure naturally replicates the appearance of hair follicles by using many hues. The artist will shadow and camouflage the area with no hair.
The artist uses an electric tattoo device during scalp micropigmentation, unlike eyebrow microblading, where a manual blade is used. It requires a stronger device to penetrate the scalp’s dermis layer. Micro needles are used to apply detailed pigments to the scalp without damaging the hair follicles.
For optimal results, a client is usually advised to have 2-4 sessions of the treatment after the initial consultation with a certified practitioner. It will look more natural and more effective with multiple sessions as compared to a single work.
The treatments will be scheduled weeks apart for the best results. Only well-trained practitioners or artists with much experience can perform the treatment.
Who Can Benefit From Scalp Micropigmentation?
COVER SURGERY SCARS
I’ve had clients who had their head scar covered through scalp micropigmentation. There are clients who had strip scarring, scarring caused by hair transplant, accident scarring, or alopecia scarring. The goal is to deposit natural-looking pigments in the scar tissue and the surrounding area of the skin. This will help to blend out and diminish the visible scarring.
Receding or changing hairline comes with aging, especially in men. To get a youthful and natural look, scalp micropigmentation is recommended. There are different looks you can request for: a crisp style, clean-cut look, a slightly receded hairline, and mature-looking hairline.
It will depend on your preference and what style best fits your appearance. Each person has a different head shape and suitable hairline for their face. That’s is why the procedure is modified depending on the client’s needs.
HAIR LOSS FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Hair loss or balding is a possible side effect of cancer treatment. You can get this as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or stem cell transplant. Cancer patients will benefit from SMP, especially if they don’t want to wear a hair wig.
Many people with alopecia can benefit from SMP. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder (the body attacks itself) that causes the hair to come out in clumps.
It may leave a large visible bald spot, hair thinning, or for some, big chunks of falling hair. Alopecia areata has no known cure today; it is possible that the hair may grow back but might end up falling once again. That is why SMP will help people with alopecia areata, just as with our client, and it will help boost their confidence.
MALE AND FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS
SMP can benefit both men and women who had lost most of their hair or are in the process of losing their hair. SMP is an ideal solution for both men and women who suffer pattern baldness.
This can help with adding density to thinning areas, so hair looks fuller and stronger. Do not wait to seek help when you already lost many strands of hair before getting a scalp micropigmentation.
Does Scalp Micropigmentation Hurt?
The pain tolerance differs from one person to another, so the answer to this question is subjective. If you had a tattoo before, you know what to expect.
Before the process, there’s a numbing agent applied to the scalp to alleviate the pain. There may still be discomfort during the treatment, but it’s still tolerable. I’ve had patients who silently read a book during the process and feel like he’s having a head massage.
The average pain scale of these types of treatments is 4 out of 10. Remember that there are areas of the scalp that are a little more painful than the other areas.
After the treatment, here are what you should avoid making your new hair more manageable:
- Swimming, Sauna, or steam rooms at least one month after being treated
- Vigorous physical activity for at least five days to avoid sweating
- Avoid dryness by moisturizing the scalp four days after the last treatment.
How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?
The effects of SMP ideally last for five years. I’ve had clients with the treatment that lasted for up to eight years. It is considered semi-permanent, and the skin will exfoliate naturally, resulting in a faded color over time.
It will also depend on skin texture, oiliness of the scalp, aftercare, technician’s skill, and frequent sun exposure that may lighten over time. When the color lightens sooner than the expected time, it can mean that the incorrect pigments are used, or you have very dry skin, or it isn’t moisturized enough.
Does Scalp Micropigmentation Look Real?
When done correctly, the results will look incredibly realistic. At first glance, some people cannot notice the microdots even at a close distance. After being treated, people who have a balding head have restored confidence and feel more youthful.
The treatment looks real because the artist or practitioner uses proper shading techniques to mimic hair follicles.
How much does Scalp Micropigmentation cost?
These treatments can cost from a range of $400-$1,000. Upon the first and free consultation, the treatment specialist will first assess the extent of hair loss and give you an idea of how much the treatment may cost.
The effects of the treatment may last for as long as eight years with the right care. If you want to maintain that dark shade at all times, there may be a need to have a minor retouch every 2-3 years. The minor retouch costs cheaper than regular treatment.
The aftercare is affordable; you just need to keep the scalp’s skin moisturized. You may use cocoa butter or whichever moisturizer your treatment specialist recommends.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation safe?
Scalp micropigmentation is a safe treatment and is not a permanent tattoo. With tattoos, there are associated risks like allergies or infection because of the pigment ink. Our team uses specially formulated pigment inks that are 100% safe, do not fade easily, and matches your hair color.
What makes it worse is availing the services of an artist with no formal training and experience. That is why it’s important to be treated by a team of professionals who will only use the best ink and follow a sterile process.
Always look for a reliable practitioner to do the work, not just con artists who offer cheap services and perform unprofessional procedures. Upon consultation, perform your due diligence in looking for the right professionals.
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