Scalp Micorpigmentation Is It For You?

If you are among the 35 million men or 28 million women in the U.S. who are experiencing hair loss, chances are you’ve already investigated a variety of pills, topical remedies, or other means of slowing or reducing hair loss.

Scalp micropigmention, or a hair tattoo, could be the next big thing in non-surgical means of treating hair loss.

How It’s Done

During each treatments, tiny needles are used to create pigment dots on your scalp in a process that resembles getting a tattoo. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is an intensely technical process. Highly trained technicians create the tiny “dots” of pigment, placed in the dermal layer of your scalp, creating the illusion of a full head of shaved hair.

Since the average scalp contains roughly 100,000 hair follicles, the treatments will be based on the extent of your hair loss, and how much coverage you would like. The initial treatment sessions can range from three to five hours.

Subsequent treatments will take less time to achieve the density and darkness of the pigmentation. Your treatment session will include the application of different shades of pigmentation. Different shades offer a realistic and less “flat” look over time. The first session includes the application of lighter pigments, while subsequent treatments will utilize darker pigments.

How Long Has SMP Been Around?

Unlike surgical hair restoration or topical remedies, SMP is fairly new. It was first offered to the general public in 2006. Less sophisticated versions first appeared in 2002.

Is There a Recovery Period?

For those of you who worry about downtime, there is none. Since the treatments can be uncomfortable at first, many people choose to return to work the next day. You can schedule your next treatment as early as seven days after the first one.

Unlike creams, shampoos, and supplements, scalp micropigmentation has true staying power. Unlike wigs or hair pieces, the end results are subtle and natural-looking. There is minimal downtime, and you can return to your normal activities the next day, although you should avoid shampooing your scalp for several days.

As with any procedure, be sure to find a provider that is trained in scalp micropigmentation, and ask to see before/after pictures of their patients. Talk to several providers before making the commitment. Once you’re ready to move forward, you’ll enjoy long-lasting, realistic results.

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