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Scalp Micropigmentation Is Not A Tattoo

The goal of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is not to create hair-like lines like you would do in microblading brows, but instead to use small, layered dots in various shades of black or brown to recreate the look of real hair follicles and enables the most realistic illusion of real hair at a millimeter length. This style, is done to create natural looking depth and definition.

A skilled Scalp Micropigmentation specialist will ensure to create the look of real hair follicles and blend seamlessly with the client's complexion.

This process can be helpful for people who suffer from all forms of hair loss. This includes people with:

  • cancer
  • alopecia
  • thinning hair
  • male and female pattern baldness

Does it hurt?

How painful is this procedure? The short answer is: it depends.

How much discomfort depends largely on your pain tolerance. Usually we hear from clients that they have a burning sensation but not that it is painful.

People with scalp acne or other skin-sensitive skin types such as psoriasis should avoid SMP during an outbreak or flare-up as it will be difficult to apply pigment to the inflamed areas. If you're prone to developing keloids, which are more common with darker skin, you may not be a good candidate for Scalp Micropigmentation either.

Once you've done your research and found a responsible and skilled SMP artist, you'll likely have an initial consultation. During this conversation, your practitioner will prepare you for what to expect and how to prepare in advance.

For example, here are some general guidelines:

  • Shower before each treatment. You cannot wash or wet your scalp (including excessive sweating) for four days after each appointment.
  • Each treatment usually lasts between four and five hours.
  • How many treatments you need will depend on how much SMP gets. Even if it's only for a small area, it still takes three to four treatments for long-term retention, as SMP is a process of color layering.
  • The treatments are scheduled with an interval of several weeks.
  • In the weeks between treatments, do not swim, use steam or sauna rooms, or take extremely hot showers that could cause a steam storm.
  • Don't expose your scalp to the sun for the first four days (wearing a hat is fine). On the fifth day after the treatment, you can expose the treated skin to the sun for an hour, or 45 minutes if you have very fair skin.
  • Keep in mind, however, that less sun exposure on the treated area means better long-term retention.
  • After your last treatment it is essential to:  avoid swimming, saunas and steam baths for 28 days after your last treatment.
  • Keep out of the sun for 28 days after the treatment. Then use sunscreen.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for five days after your last treatment.
  • Begin regularly moisturizing the treated area after the fourth day of your last treatment (including between treatments).

How much does it cost, and how long will it last?

The price of SMP varies depending on how much of your scalp needs to be covered and depends on the practitioner.

Micropigmentation is considered semi-permanent. While the effects can last up to eight years, the treated area will fade over time as all of the skin naturally exfoliates itself. If you have very dry skin, fading will likely happen faster. Since the skin has a tendency to flake with dry skin, this can accidentally flake the pigment off more quickly.

The most important thing to know, however, is that no formal education is required to become a Scalp Micropigmentation artist (the same goes for microblading ). It is for this reason that it is really vital that you do your due diligence when looking for a reliable practitioner.

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Juan Guerrero is the CEO and Founder of ScalpMicro Tampa Bay clinic. He helps people with hair loss problems to regain their confidence through scalp micropigmentation.

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