Are you feeling frustrated with thinning hair or bald spots that rob you of feeling fully confident in your appearance?
If you’ve been noticing your hair thinning over the years, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, millions of people, both men and women, are dealing with the effects of thinning hair. And many of them are searching for a good solution to an unwanted problem.
Though there are many things you can try to either restore natural hair growth or create the illusion of a fuller head of hair, one method that has been growing in popularity recently is scalp micropigmentation.
This procedure offers a semi-permanent solution for those small areas that could benefit from a little touch-up. It’s also great for men who have gone bald but want to make it appear as if they’re simply sporting a buzz cut.
If you’ve heard about scalp micropigmentation but don’t know much about it, here’s what you need to know to decide if it’s right for you:
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- What is SMP?
- Who is SMP ideal for?
- Advantages of SMP
- What is the procedure like?
- Preparing for your SMP session
- After Care
- Before & After with Results
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment. It uses very small needles to deposit pigment into the scalp to give the appearance of hair follicles. This procedure is performed in an effort to restore the look of fuller hair. Men and women who are unhappy with receding hairlines, hair thinning in spots, or full baldness can benefit from this treatment.
When micropigmentation is performed by a licensed, experienced specialist, the treatment can create the look of buzzed hair. For those looking for actual locks of hair, a hair transplant is a better alternative. It’s used to blend in areas where the hair is thinning or and define the hairline.
Scalp pigmentation services don’t require ongoing, tedious maintenance and there are no daily restrictions or lifestyle changes to be made.
SMP is usually performed for:
- People suffering from male or female pattern baldness
- People who wish to add hair density. Those with thinning hair and scalp visibility
- People who want to hide scars from previous hair transplant, neurosurgical procedure or any traumatic scar
- People with alopecia of any other cause for hair loss
- Or along with hair transplant to achieve improved results
- no surgery involved
- no downtime
- minimal maintenance
- no need for any medications and diet or lifestyle modifications
- pocket friendly
What is the Procedure Like?
Those with skin sensitivities like psoriasis, frequent breakouts, or a tendency toward developing keloids, should avoid undergoing this treatment. If you have concerns about whether or not you’d be a good candidate, speak with the technician and/or your doctor ahead of time.
Before undergoing micropigmentation, clients usually want to know if the process is painful. The short answer is: it varies.
Before the procedure takes place, the technician applies a topical numbing cream to the scalp. The numbing agent is pretty effective but there’s always the chance of some mild discomfort. The level of discomfort depends on your individual tolerance for pain.
Microneedles are used to make small, pinpoint marks in the scalp in which the pigment is injected. Expect to feel some soreness once the numbing agent wears off, especially if large portions of your scalp are treated.
How Can I Prepare for Micropigmentation?
Once you’ve found a trustworthy, experienced artist to perform the procedure, you’ll probably have an initial consultation. During the consultation, you and the practitioner will discuss what kind of results you hope to achieve and whether or not those results are realistic.
Your practitioner will discuss some guidelines with you on how you can prepare for your appointment. These guidelines might include some of the following:
- Shower before your treatment since you’ll be unable to get your scalp wet or excessively sweaty for a minimum of 4 days following the appointment.
- Plan on your appointment taking 4-5 hours to complete.
- The total number of treatments you’ll need to achieve full results will depend on how well your skin takes the pigment, how large of an area is being treated, and how well you take care of your skin afterwards.
- Most clients usually need between 3 and 4 treatments for long-term retention. Treatments are scheduled weeks apart.
If you have any questions about the procedure or how to prepare, the consultation is the time to do so.
After you’ve had your scalp pigmentation appointment, it’s vital that you adhere to all the aftercare treatments that you’re given.
Typical aftercare instructions include, but aren’t necessarily limited to, the following:
- For at least 28 days following your appointment, it’s important that you completely avoid anything that will wet your scalp. This includes swimming, saunas, heavy exercise, and steam rooms. Participating in these activities can compromise the pigments.
- Stay out of direct sunlight for the first 28 days as well. After that first month, make sure to use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your scalp.
- Moisturize the treated area beginning on day number 4 following treatment. Use an approved moisturizer that is fragrance-free. Your technician will give you a list of approved moisturizers and perhaps a sample to take home.
How Long do Results Last?
Of course, you probably wonder how long the results of your treatment will last. Micropigmentation is considered semipermanent.
There’s no guarantee how long the results will last because each person and their skin is different, but effects could last for years. Treated areas will gradually fade over time as the skin goes through a natural exfoliation process.
Note that the colour will also gradually lighten over time, but the hue should not change unless the wrong pigment is used.
If you have particularly dry skin, fading will occur more quickly since dry skin tends to flake which can expedite the exfoliation process.
Find a Clinic
Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about scalp micropigmentation and what you can expect from the procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation or to ask any additional questions you have.
We offer many different kinds of treatments for restoring lost hair and reshaping your body.
Give us a call or today to see how we can help you.
Scalp Micropigmentation FAQs
Q. What is SMP?
SMP (Scalp Micropigmentation) is a highly advanced method of cosmetic pigmentation where of highly specialized equipment and techniques are used to inject medical-grade pigment matching your hair colour into the scalp.
Q. Is it safe?
SMP at Tamira is completely safe. We use pre-packaged single-use sterile needles. Our centrestrictly adheres to the rules to maintain the highest level of sterility.
Q. Is it painful?
We use topical anaesthetic cream to anaesthetise your scalp for SMP, so procedure is pain free.
Q. Do I need to shave my head for the procedure?
No, it is not necessary to shave hair for the SMP.
Q. What will I look like immediately after SMP is done?
Immediately after the procedure, your scalp will look slightly red, which usually settles over the course of 24 to 48 hours. You can wash hair only after 3 days of procedure. During this period pigment may appear more pronounced until excess pigment is removed by hair wash. Depending on each patient and the type of skin, the pigment may fade as it settles in. This is the reason why you may need more touch-ups, so that the shade and colour is just right.
Q. When can I get second session done?
Although we recommend at least 2 weeks between SMP sessions, you can wait weeks or months depending on your schedule and geographic location.
Q. What if I am not bald, but I want to make my hair look denser?
SMP gives an illusion of fullness as it decreases the contrast between your scalp colour and hair colour. SMP is a “permanent” cosmetic concealer. Unlike some other concealers, with SMP you will not have to worry if your scalp is showing from the uneven application of concealers, it does not stain on your clothing, pillow, or on your significant other’s fingertips.
Q. If I continue to bald after doing the procedure, will it look natural?
You don’t have to worry about it as we plan our procedure considering your current baldness and possible pattern future baldness. Even otherwise, SMP can be repeated in case of future baldness.
Q. Is it permanent?
Yes, SMP, with minimal maintenance, is a permanent, like permanent makeup or a traditional tattoo.
Q. What if it fades?
The SMP process requires two to three treatments spaced out at least two weeks apart to get the colour and shading just right. Your SMP results should last for 2-3 years before needing a touch up, but everyone is different.
Q. What if I want a hair transplant later?
You can always have a hair transplant done even after SMP procedure. SMP can be done after hair transplant to improvise the results.
Q. Can my tattooist do what you do?
No. SMP is unique procedure requiring specialized instruments, needles, and pigments. A tattooist may be an expert at what they do (creating wearable art) and their clients are proud to show off their tattoo, but a successful SMP application should be virtually undetectable. SMP is performed under a local anaesthesia to ensure a painless procedure, which a tattooist cannot deliver.