Scalp micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic, or paramedical tattooing, meaning it’s done in a similar way to a tattoo, but there are some crucial differences. It creates an illusion of more density by covering the scalp with dots that look like hair follicles, i.e. hair which is starting to emerge.
The look is created using a machine designed specifically for cosmetic micropigmentation to implement pigments shallow into the skin of the scalp. It’s important to understand that scalp pigmentation is not a traditional tattoo – the colors used are formulated differently from tattoo ink so that they can be broken down by the body, and they’re implanted a bit closer to the surface of the skin.
How can Scalp Micropigmentation help?
SMP can treat the whole scalp area, or only patches. Here’s a list of issues scalp pigmentation can help camouflage:
Male pattern baldness
Scars on the scalp
How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?
The longevity of the results is very individual and it depends on many factors. Generally, scalp micropigmentation lasts between 4 and 8 years for most clients, but there are cases of it fading after just a year or two, or lasting out as long as 10 years.
As a form of cosmetic pigmentation, SMP fades gradually. The pigment inks used are formulated in such a way that the immune system breaks them down and extracts them from the skin, fading them. This happens gradually, over a period of several years, but the results can be refreshed if you want to keep them longer.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone who needs hair restoration, whether it’s on the whole scalp, in patches, over scars, or they need extra density between existing hair which might be thinner than you want it.
There are circumstances that can make cosmetic tattooing unsafe. If you fall into any of the following categories, you should consult with a doctor before pursuing scalp micropigmentation:
diabetes (consult your doctor)
who take blood-thinning medications (consult your doctor and discontinue use if possible)
Pregnant or nursing women
a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
viral infections or diseases
are going through chemotherapy
skin irritations or Psoriasis near the scalp area
skin was tanned recently
Is Scalp Micropigmentation for only men?
While men most often deal with male pattern baldness and a receding hairline, thin hair and bald spots can occur in both men and women. It works on areas with no hair, but can also improve the look of patches where hair is sparse.
If a larger bald area is treated, the look is a buzz cut style – the area looks like the hair was shaved off and the hairs are just starting to grow back out. This is perfect for clients who have no or very little and cut it very short anyway.
But it can also densify sparse, longer hair. The areas between the natural strands are shaded with the dotting technique, and the result is an illusion of more density. This works very well on women, regardless of the length of the hair. Of course, the hair will still be thin, but the scalp won’t be so prominently visible through it.
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Scalp Micropigmentation is available by consultation only. You can schedule your consultation below to see if scalp micropigmentation is right for you.