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.