Hair Micropigmentation, also known as Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP is a cosmetic procedure wherein it replicates the look of hair using pigments, similar to tattooing. The micropigmentation artist creates small dots in the scalp to recreate the look of small hair follicles.
For men who are experiencing pattern or complete baldness, the procedure would result in a look resembling a short shaved or buzz cut hairstyle. For women and men, who are not experiencing complete baldness, the procedure would lessen the color contrast of the scalp and the hair, making the hair look fuller.
Scalp Micropigmentation does not only resolve hair loss problems, like balding and receding hairlines. The procedure also helps in covering scars and blemishes from surgeries and accidents. It also helps in blending birthmarks into the natural color of the hair.
A person undergoing Scalp Micropigmentation needs 4 sessions to achieve the desired result. Each session usually lasts from 2-3 hours and is done every 7-10 days. However, the time still differs for each person; those people with bald heads would take more time for their session. The sessions will continue until both the artist and the client are satisfied with the results.
Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
- Fast Procedure and Recovery
- Little to no maintenance
- Hides Imperfection
Pre-care for SMP
- Clean scalp – make sure that your scalp is washed and clean without build ups
- Avoid alcohol, coffee and certain foods that make the blood thinner
- Avoid working out – It causes excessive oil in the skin, which can affect the pigment retaining to the skin.
Post-Care for SMP
You could have a shower three days after the treatment. Also, make sure you do not wash your hair until the end of the shower. Avoid hot baths and swimming in chlorinated water. It is suggested to only shower for 5 minutes to avoid too much steam. Direct contact with water can cause the pigment to fade.
- Avoid Direct Sunlight
UV lights can cause the pigments to fade. So, avoid sun exposure for at least four weeks after the procedure. If you are going out, make sure to wear a hat.
- Avoid Sweating
Sweat can affect the fading of the pigments. Avoid heavy workouts or activities that will make you sweat a lot.
- Do Not Scratch the Pigmented Area
Scabs and dry skin in the treated area are normal. Let it exfoliate naturally. Do not pick or scratch it because it might lead to scars, loss of color, and inconsistent results when healed.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Just like any other medical procedure, there are things that you need to consider before deciding to undergo Hair Micropigmentation:
The results of Hair Micropigmentation would usually last around 4-6 years. Regular touch-ups are necessary to avoid the ink from fading.
For men with patterned baldness, whatever hair that will grow should be continuously shaven.
No Change to Hairstyle/Color
Scalp Micropigmentation is similar to a tattoo. The color does not change, so the hair color might not match, especially as you grow older. It also restricts a person to change hairstyles. Certain hairstyles could expose the traces of the procedure.
Scalp Micropigmentation might look like real hair, but it does not achieve the real texture that hair has.