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Is Scalp Micropigmentation a Good Way to
Cover the Thinning Hair?

In fact, scalp micropigmentation is a method that works for both men and women to cover thinning hair and baldness. The scalp micropigmentation method is used to increase the hair density for people with diffuse thinning and creates a shaved head look for people with baldness on their scalp. 

Is scalp micropigmentation the same as a tattoo?

Actually, scalp micropigmentation is a branch of cosmetic tattoos, however, the machine, needle, inks and technique are different from regular tattoos. This procedure needs more accuracy and proficiency to have a natural result. 

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Applications of scalp micropigmentation: 

SMP has a wide range of applications including:

  1. Increasing hair density for men and women-thinning hair
  2. Creating a shaved head look for men with baldness
  3. Scar concealment 
  4. Hair transplant complementary to increase the density or camouflage the scars
  5. People with Alopecia

Who are good candidates for this treatment?

  1. People who don't want to go through hair transplant surgery.
  2. People who do not have a good hair donor area and are not good candidates for hair transplantation.
  3. Women who suffer from thinning hair.
  4. People suffering from alopecia.

Scalp micropigmentation procedure:

In the SMP process, using microneedles or very small needles, pigment enters the outer layer of the scalp. The process of doing it is almost similar to a tattoo. Of course, SMP is much more precise, technical and specialized and must be done by trained and experienced professionals.

In this method, tiny dots of pigment are created in the outer layer of the skin, which creates an appearance similar to a shaved head.

Before getting the scalp micropigmentation, you must have a consultation session with the relevant specialist. In this session, the artist explains to you about the desired shape, the desired volume and desired color and hairline.

To create each point, a small wound is made in the skin. Over time, these wounds are repaired and scabs are formed on the scalp. When these scabs are fallen and removed, part of the injected pigment is removed. In addition, the body's immune system also begins to fight the pigments, which causes them to become smaller.

As a result of this process, the created dots become lighter. That's why you need to repeat this work in several sessions to complete the scalp with your desired color and shape.

For this, different colors may be used, which makes the pigments different and some of them appear more prominent than others. In the first session, lighter colors are usually used, and in subsequent sessions, the colors become darker.

How much does scalp micropigmentation cost: 

The price varies depending on the treatment area and clinic, however, the entire process costs between CA $600 to $4000. 

Is this SMP painful?

Those who have done this method, usually experience burning and discomfort at the beginning of this process, but this pain and burning will decrease over time. Some parts of the scalp such as the temples are more sensitive than other parts. However, most of the people who choose this method, focus more on the results and do not care about the little pain.

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What is the aftercare of scalp micropigmentation?

For the first few days after the SMP, you should avoid activities that make you excessive sweat. Also, you should not wash your head for 3 days. After four days, men can shave their scalp, but they should not manipulate the parts of the head where the wounds are scabbed.

In most cases, the result obtained from the SMP remains for about 4 to 6 years. After this period, people can touch up this process to make it fresh again.

How realistic the SMP result would be?

The quality of the scalp micropigmentation result depends on the specialist who does it for you. Skill and experience are two significant factors in this work. That's why before choosing a clinic, do enough research on it. See portfolios and before and after pics and make a decision with an open mind.

There is always a possibility of dissatisfaction. Especially if you have not chosen the best option for scalp micropigmentation.

Does SMP cause hair loss?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions of the clienteles. The simple and straightforward answer to this question is no, but let's take a look and see if this method is a safe choice for those concerned about their hair thinning.

In the beginning, I should say that the hair follicles are quite deep in the scalp, at the lower level of the dermis, and about 4 mm from the scalp. SMP when performed by a skilled practitioner, penetrates the upper layer of the dermis, which is about 0.5 to 1 mm deep. As a result, this procedure cannot leave a negative impression on the hair follicles.

What are scalp micropigmentation disadvantages?

This method also has disadvantages that you should know before choosing it. Among its disadvantages, the following can be mentioned:

SMP or Scalp Micropigmentation is a permanent method. This can be one of the disadvantages of this method. Because the pattern of hair growth always remains the same and cannot be changed. Just like a tattoo, scalp micropigmentation can be removed with a laser.

Exposure to intense sunlight and UV rays causes pigmentation to be faded. For this reason, the patient may need to visit the relevant clinics several times for touch-ups.

Men with baldness who choose to scalp should always keep their hair shaved in order to benefit from this method and have a natural look.

How long is the SMP recovery period?

Redness and burning after scalping may last one to two days after the procedure. Other than this, recovery in SMP is a fast process and you can even continue your daily activities the next day.

How long does the scalp micropigmentation last?

Scalp micropigmentation is considered a permanent treatment. Depending on how this procedure is done and how to take care of it in the following years, it can last up to 6 years or more. Micropigmentation of the scalp usually begins to lighten after 4 to 6 years, which requires touch-up.

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