Ultimately, there are many reasons to resist scalp micropigmentation. But there are also huge benefits to the process; in many cases, this is the only way to manage some particularly unusual cosmetic problems properly.
If that statement confuses you, it’s probably time we told you just how versatile the SMP is…
What are the applications of SMP OR what is scalp micropigmentation?
It is assumed that SMP is just for men who are losing their hair and want to improve their “freshly shaved” appearance, giving what is left of their hair some extra texture.
However, the SMP can be used in different ways and for various reasons.
For example, it is commonly used to recede “Edge-Up” hairlines:
Is SMP Training for me?
If you have any of the above needs, you will benefit from micro scalp pigmentation. Overall, the results are very impressive, and most clients of high-quality clinics tend to report high satisfaction rates.
However, there is no way to ensure that SMP is right for you without getting a consultation. And before you do this, you need to know what to expect from the process…
What Does Scalp Micropigmentation Look Like?
Much like the cost of SMP, what the process of performing SMP looks like – how long it takes, how many treatments you need – depends on the specifics of your needs. However, at least a few separate treatments are needed to achieve a consistent and long-lasting effect in any case.
Usually, this is split into three separate sessions, although the actual time may vary depending on your hair loss, the style you need and other factors.
Why does SMP take multiple treatments?
During treatments, micro-needles are used to layer dots of pigment onto your scalp – again, like a tattoo.
A tiny wound is created in the skin as each stitch is applied. A scab heals over the wound and eventually falls off, taking some of the implanted pigment. In addition, the immune system attacks the pigments, causing them to shrink.
This gradual “fading” of the points varies from person to person but requires several sessions to achieve the required pigment shade.
But regardless, you will need to start with a consultation.
Before your first SMP treatment, during a consultation, you will meet the ‘practitioner’ performing the treatment: here, you will discuss your needs, including the shape of your hairline, it’s positioning, and the density and the pigmentation shade.
This is to ensure that the practitioner fully understands your specific needs and can plan your entire treatment program.
However, it is also important to have a consultation to know in advance how much your treatment will cost and ensure that you are completely comfortable with what the procedure entails.
Each treatment will last – in general – 4 to 5 hours. It may seem like a lot, but it usually passes very quickly.
Different shades are needed to make certain pigment deposits stand out from others.
Lighter pigments are usually applied in the first session, while subsequent sessions introduce the applications of darker shades.
You should be informed in detail before each treatment to know what to expect. And sessions tend to be several weeks apart, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
Proper preparation for each treatment is pretty minimal: just like getting a tattoo, you’ll need to be prepared for a tiny bit of pain and, of course, make sure you have plenty of free time to attend appointments.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you won’t be able to wash your scalp for several days after each treatment, so be sure to wash thoroughly before each appointment.
Does it hurt?
While most patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure – particularly in its early stages – the discomfort generally becomes more tolerable as the session progresses. Some areas of the scalp have much denser nerve endings than others, but most patients focus on the benefits of treatment rather than any discomfort they may be feeling.
However, the bottom line is that SMP hurts less than having a regular tattoo and much less than a hair transplant. Anaesthetics are commonly available to numb the scalp, although many men choose to go without.
There is no downtime or recovery after a scalp micropigmentation treatment, although slight reddening of the skin with each tattoo session can last between 24 and 48 hours.
Many patients return to work the next day, and the basic schedule between treatments is seven days. However, it is important to take a few simple short-term precautions:
- For at least five days, you should avoid exercise or strenuous exertion, which could cause sweating.
- After four days, you should start moisturizing the treated area – although it is important to be gentle!
- After about ten days, most men can shave with a razor blade
- For approximately 28 days, you will need to avoid swimming and stay out of direct sunlight
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