No, a common misconception is that scalp micropigmentation is just a scalp tattoo. Although similar in that they both involve making marks on the skin, the similarities stop there. Scalp micropigmentation uses equipment specifically designed for this technique which is able to delicately deposit pigments into the dermis portion of the skin which is more controlled and prevents ink from spreading which means a higher level of precision. The inks and pigments used have been specifically designed for the treatment and are not permanent or prone to colour change like body art inks.
Scalp Micropigmentation General Procedure
There are different shades and colours available depending on the choice of pigment/ink. Some treatments are completed with a grey scale and some with more warm tones depending on client needs and the area of treatment. All options will be covered during an in-depth consultation.
Yes, scalp micropigmentation is a great option for men who have been left with scarring after a hair transplant. Scalp micropigmentation works to add colour tone into the scarring camouflaging it into the appearance of the hair follicles surrounding it. Scar concealment may require more sessions than standard as scars are usually made up of thick layers of tissue that can be difficult to cover and get the right depth of colour first time round. The result can allow the patient to keep their hair short without the scar being obvious as it once was.
SMP is about re-creating a natural look so although the change can be noticeable, especially for those who are having a new hairline, it should not be recognised as you having a procedure. Working with what you have naturally and with skill and expertise your technician will be looking to give you an undetectable treatment.
The down time with SMP as a minimally invasive procedure is low. You may experience some redness immediately after the procedure and for up to 48 hours. You will need to keep the treatment area clean and dry for four days to allow the pigment to settle and hold and also avoid heavy strenuous activities during this time. As soon as the treatment is completely healed you can resume all normal activities.
Some treatments will remain visible for 12 months and some may remain visible for 5 years or more. The pigment can remain in the skin indefinitely however the colour, which is affected by UV, will fade. During a consultation, all the options and average expectations will be discussed.