The Scalp Micropigmentation Process
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) or hair tattooing is a highly effective non-surgical procedure for treating baldness and thinning hair in both men and women. This advanced treatment applies natural pigment to the scalp to simulate the look of natural hair. Typically, two to four treatment sessions are required with a few days rest in between each one. SMP is a safe and effective treatment for complete or near baldness, crown balding, receding hairline, alopecia in men and women and diffuse hair loss.
How It Works
Step 1: Free Consultation
The starting point is a free consultation with an SMP practitioner who will explain the process in detail. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, such as about the time needed to commit to the procedure and the expected results. Once you have decided to go ahead, you will need to book your appointments.
In addition to conducting in-person consultations, we also accommodate clients who wish to have their consultations by voice call or video chat.
Step 2: The SMP Procedure
During your first session, you will discuss your desired hairline, and the practitioner will draw some ideas for you to select your preference. The next step is to choose the right natural pigment for you. Your practitioner will analyze your follicle color and skin tone to make the best choice. Note that different shades of the pigment will be applied to create the perfect illusion of a full head of hair.
During the procedure, tiny needles tattoo little dots of pigment on your scalp to create the appearance of hair follicles. Many patients feel little or no pain while this happens, describing the sensation as one of ‘discomfort’.
This first session will last for approximately three to four hours and lays a good foundation for your new look. However, if you only want a few small bald patches covered, the procedure can be completed in about an hour. You will notice the results immediately, as soon as the first micro-needles have deposited pigment in your scalp. For the very best results, more than one session is needed, as scalp micropigmentation is a gradual procedure. The optimal time between sessions is one week.
During subsequent sessions, the hairline may be lowered, if required, and the pigment will be darker. More density will be added, and your practitioner will carry out blending work. This is the key to a successful scalp pigmentation and ensures that nobody will be able to distinguish where your real hair stops and starts
Step 3: Aftercare
Following treatment, your practitioner will advise you on the best form of aftercare to give your scalp the time it needs to heal. Typically, the guidelines will include the following:
- During the first three days, you should avoid washing your scalp or performing any form of physical activity that will make you sweat.
- After three to five days, you may want to shave your head. If so, use an electric foil razor because it will be less likely to disturb the freshly deposited pigments. You can also have light showers that get your head wet but avoid shampoo. Resumption of exercises and activities from which you sweat lightly can also begin.
- From day seven onwards, you can resume regular showering, and there will be no issue with getting shampoo on your scalp. You can also shave your head with a razor, but be mindful not to disturb any area that might still have some scabbing.
Under no circumstances should you touch or pick any scabs on your scalp while your body repairs these tiny wounds.
Step 4: Touch Up Session
Scalp micropigmentation is affected by the sun’s rays and will lighten over time. Therefore, you may need touch ups every four to six years. For long-term care, avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible and moisturize your scalp daily.
For answers to any of your questions about scalp micropigmentation or to book a free consultation, contact our professional staff on [email protected]