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The price of your treatment will depend very much on the stage of your hair loss or scarring and the type of look you require. It is based on the number of sessions and time required and the complexity of the procedure. When you visit us for your free, no-obligation, style consultation; we will issue a quote at that time which will be valid for a set period. If we start the treatment within that period that will be the price you pay, regardless of whether we have to spend more time on your treatment than initially suggested. We are always focused on your satisfaction and achieving a look that we’re all happy with.
Scalp micropigmentation can be applied to much wider range of hair loss variations than hair transplant surgery; from general balding to hairline recession, to burn or surgery related hair loss, and of course alopecia (most commonly alopecia areata). It can be also utilized to conceal hair transplant scars or blemishes as a result of trauma to the head. The method can even be adapted to blend noticeable birthmarks into the scalp. SMP is a great treatment for men and women.
Scalp micropigmentation has become such an effective hair loss solution because of its consistently natural and undetectable results. The treatment is done in a manner to seamlessly replicate each individual hair follicle to create a perfect match for each client.
Scalp micropigmentation should never be considered a one treatment process. Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring. These treatments are usually spaced about 3 weeks apart to allow for full healing of the scalp.
A relatively simple treatment to undertake, the scalp micropigmentation method consists of depositing small ‘dots’ of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin, with the use of a fine needle. Combined with thousands of other ‘dots’, an illusion of a full head of shaved hair is created.
The client usually requires 2-3 sessions, each lasting approximately 2-3 hours, but time does vary depending on individual requirements. The process is repeated until both the technician and client are satisfied that the semblance of hair cannot be distinguished from the surrounding real hair.
You can expect subtle results to get use to the change as well as some redness, which will fade after a few days. Initially pigment dots can appear darker than planned. It may take up to four weeks before the pigments soften to their natural look and finished size. As mentioned above our treatments usually take three sessions with results improving after each.
Some initial fading will occur as your natural shade is achieved.
After the treatment, your body will begin to repair the ‘damage’ with minor scabs at the dot sites. These ‘scabs’ will usually fall away naturally, so DO NOT force remove them. Healing can take up to a minimum of 3 weeks.
After completion of your treatment (2-4 sessions) a client should expect the strength of the color to last for many years. Over a longer term, a client will very gradually begin to notice slight lightening (not discolor) of the treatment. When this occurs, they can undergo a brief “touch up” session to restore any fading and secure many more years of their style. Touch ups usually happen around 3-5 years, but can vary depending on your lifestyle.
For maximum longevity, it is important to keep the scalp in a good condition. Ensure that your head is cleansed and moisturized daily, take adequate precautions in the sun and avoid topical products that contain alcohol.
No. Scalp micropigmentation is a form of permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattooing or permanent makeup, the pigment we use is designed to fall within the same color spectrum of short cut hair. The pigment contains no additional colorants or additives and will only lighten, not discolor over an extended time.
Scalp micropigmentation also utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing, ensuring the needle and machine are designed specifically for micropigmentation of the scalp.
Scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive and requires no down time. In most cases, you will not need to take any extended time away from work, school, or other functions. After treatment, it is common to notice slight redness on the scalp for 2-3 days post session. This redness subsides quickly and most clients return to work either right away or within a couple days. Clients are also allowed to wear hats or headwear should they feel the need.
We understand this is where clients get nervous, so if you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work for you, we are here to help. There are many choices available from a firmly defined hairline to a soft, jagged or perhaps even a mature, slightly receding effect. With artistic experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, we can help recommend what’s best. We tend to advise a soft line initially making adjustments to reach perfection during the treatment process.
Depending upon the pattern and extent of the thinning hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length of hair. Scalp pigmentation can help thicken areas so that less of the scalp is seen showing through. However, if there is a strong pattern of hair loss or just not a lot of hair density left, the client is recommended to cut it shorter.
Yes! By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending the color around the scarring area, transplant and surgical scars can see massive improvement in concealment.
We do pre-numb to make you comfortable and is consistently less painful than traditional tattoos. Most people experience a mild amount of discomfort during the early stages of the session, though this tends to become more tolerable as the session progresses. Some areas of the scalp have a denser collection of nerve endings than others, particularly at the sides of the head, and can often be the most challenging to deal with, but many choose to focus on the benefits and the final of the treatment to help contain the sensation.
Yes, those with gray hair can still benefit from the scalp micropigmentation procedure. First, most clients are recommended to cut their hair to a short-buzzed length. When this is done, gray hair does not appear as gray because the hair root itself is darker. Hair only shows gray as it gets longer. Second, we use a gray-scale pigment that can be adjusted in shade to blend with lighter hair tones. We simply create a lighter dilution for blending into the existing gray hairs.
Yes! We are able to match the shade of our pigment to a wide range of skin tones. Whether you are Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Islander scalp micropigmentation can work for you.
Once the pigments are deposited, the skin needs to heal. A recovery period of one week should be allowed, so that the micro-wounds created during the procedure may dry up and close while the pigments get assimilated into the dermal layer. The treatment process must likewise follow a fairly strict procedure that allows the patient’s scalp to heal between treatment sessions. The industry standard timescales are as follows:
Week 1 – first session
Week 3 – second session
Week 6 – third session
Basically, leave a minimum of three weeks between each session, however there are a couple of considerations.
First, it is feasible to leave just 5 days between each session for clients who have an issue with time, for example when they’re travelling from far away for their procedure. Second, it is common to leave several weeks between the second and third sessions, to allow time for the pigments to fully settle and to establish whether or not a third session is actually needed.
Clients can continue using Propecia during and after their scalp pigmentation procedure. Rogaine (topical minoxidil) should be suspended during the course of treatment and for 30 days post your final session. This is to ensure the proper healing and settling of pigment without interference of the chemicals found in Rogaine foam.
Yes. The scalp may be a bit reddish for 2-3 days post session, so we recommend wearing a hat after treatment if you wish to conceal the redness.
Yes. We use our specialized scalp micropigmentation technique to deposit color matched pigment into the scar to reduce visibility.
Micropigmentation in general has very limited side effects and does not tend to cause adverse reactions. This is because the technique addresses the visual symptom, (the hair loss itself) rather than the underlying cause. This makes a full medical diagnosis less important. Whilst the side effects are limited, the advice of a technician prior to starting treatment is still necessary.
Safety and cleanliness are our top priority and our environment and commitment reflect these values. Our studio is at the cutting edge of cleanliness featuring all disposable single use tattoo needles, microblades and tubes. We use high grade pigments, numbing solutions, machines and microblades. As well as being health department approve and abide by all the regulations.
Our method of blending SMP into your remaining hair with decreasing intensity means that the noticeability of future loss is minimized.