What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?
Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP) is the process of applying hair follicle impressions to match or replicate real human hair follicles. This procedure matches the exact hair color of the person to make it look very realistic. In most cases, there can be no distinction made between the real hair follicle and the replicated Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) follicle.
How many Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) sessions will I need?
Most clients will require 2 sessions and in some cases 3 sessions. Additional treatments will increase the density or the number of ink dots in one area. More density will result in a darker, more natural look, which will help integrate the procedure into any remaining hair. However, it’s always better to work conservatively and not do too much too quick per session. If you are covering scars, you are more likely to require more sessions as scar tissue absorbs ink more readily, resulting in more significant fading. Treatments on clients with Alopecia may still be completed after 2-3 sessions. However, the sessions are likely to be longer, especially if the client is suffering from aggressive Alopecia Areata, patchy hair loss, or Alopecia Totalis, the total loss of all head hair.
Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) treatment painful?
Scalp Micro-pigmentation requires a small needle to be inserted into the upper dermis of the scalp. A certain amount of discomfort is inevitable; however, most clients report the sensation to be nothing more than mildly irritating, even therapeutic. The general consensus is that the pain varies from a 3-4 out of 10. Some parts of the scalp, for example, the temporal regions and the hairline, can be more sensitive. Additionally, some people experience more discomfort than others, and people who have used hair systems for a long period of time, or have a significant amount of scar tissue to cover, are also prone to a higher pain level. Pain can be minimized with an over the counter painkiller before each session as well as with the application of numbing products
What is the recovery/healing period?
You may experience some redness and swelling on the scalp for a few days after the procedure. The pigment initially will appear a few shades darker and can take one to seven days to lighten-up and in rarer cases up to 14 days. Bruising can also occur which may cause the treated area to appear darker or to appear slightly blue. This is relatively uncommon affecting approx. 1 in 10 clients, and goes away after a few days.
What if I’m a hair system or hairpiece user?
If you normally wear a hair system, rug, or hairpiece, be sure to NOT to wear the hair system for 10-14 days before the procedure to allow the skin to breathe. By not doing so, you will take the chance that the procedure will not take properly