Before performing a scalp micropigmentation, you have to schedule a consultation to gain an idea of the final results you expect to see. Depending on your wishes and determining factors like extent of hair loss or thinning, the expert will guide you through the process to determine the most suitable style for you.
Due to factors like different hair colours, hair follicle patterns and skin colours, every person’s need is unique.
As a result, the specialist helps you map out a custom treatment plan to achieve your desired results.
The procedure itself requires about two to three sessions to complete, but the time required for each session can differ depending on individual circumstances. Each session lasts for a relatively short time of about 3-6 hours. The premise of SMP is inserting a droplet of ink through the skin into the upper dermis. It’s done using an instrument that supports one to six microneedles. In the first session, the procedure usually lays down the foundation of your new look. The first session is conservative in order to guarantee optimal results. The technician uses a lighter shade of pigment because it is easier to apply a darker shade of pigment later on than it is to apply a lighter shade.
The subsequent sessions are where the specialist fills in the details to complete your look and fulfil your requests. The ink applied is of a darker shade in order to create the appearance of real hair follicles and mask any evidence of hair loss.
The technician needs to insert the pigment droplet precisely into the upper dermis of the skin. Any higher and it would leak out after a few days after the procedure. A deeper insertion of the pigment will also be unsuccessful as the ink diffuses away from its confined space. The specialist therefore has to judge the accurate depth through visual judgement, feel and experience. Furthermore, the specialist has to make technical and artistic decisions throughout the procedure since every area of the scalp is different. Different shades and viscosities of ink will be used depending on the skin colour, hair colour, hair loss and natural hair distribution. All these considerations show just how difficult it is to ensure the success of a scalp micropigmentation procedure. It’s therefore prudent to make sure you only utilise the services of an expert to get your money’s worth.
Temporary vs permanent Scalp Micropigmentation
Improvements in the field of pigmentation have ensured that you have the ability to test a look before committing to anything long term. The pigments used for temporary SMP are biocompatible in order to break down naturally within the body and fade away faster.
Temporary SMP lasts anywhere between 6-18 months depending on several factors like exposure to UV rays, skin tone, and others.
However, the pigment doesn’t necessarily fade completely or evenly which can be a nuisance for those affected. You need to make repeated applications within 12 months if you want to keep your look.
Permanent SMP remains viable for a much longer time.
The time taken for the ink to start fading is around 3-6 years depending on individual factors like age, immune system response, complexion and exposure to UV.
It’s important to note that despite its relative permanence, a technician can revise or remove permanent SMP using laser treatment, but it will cost you. However, the procedure is virtually the same for both options; the only difference is the pigments used.
Does Scalp Micropigmentation have Side effects?
The procedure has virtually no significant side effects since no surgery is involved. However, there is some mild discomfort felt by the patient especially in the beginning of the procedure. You may opt for some anaesthetic to reduce the pain but it’s not necessary and many people don’t even bother.
In general, the pain is less compared to a hair transplantation procedure or even a normal tattoo. After each application, your scalp will be red due to some inflammation but this fades very quickly. There’s no recovery period to speak of and you’ll be able to resume your normal activities within hours.