02 Jun Scalp Micropigmentation – The Non-Surgical Hair Loss Solution
As we prepare to launch to our Scalp Micropigmentation Courses we wanted to share some frequently asked questions about this specialised permanent cosmetic procedure, which has grown in popularity on a global scale over the last couple of years.
1. What exactly is scalp Micropigmentation and who is it for?
Scalp Micropigmentation is a form of permanent makeup which focuses on the recreation of natural looking simulated hair follicles. As an advanced cosmetic tattoo procedure a skilled technician will carry out a detailed consultation and in depth discussion about the specific style you wish to achieve and to check your suitability for the treatment, before beginning to implant thousands of miniature pigment deposits into the scalp using specialist equipment to create the illusion of freshly shaven follicles. Whilst this type of scalp camouflage is predominantly sought after by male clients who wish to address receding hair lines and premature balding on the frontalis and crown areas of the head, it’s also suitable for; individuals who suffer from androgenic alopecia (standard pattern hair loss), alopecia areata (partial baldness), alopecia totalis (total hair loss), females with fine or thinning hair who are looking to create density in specific areas, clients who suffer from stress related disorders such as Telogen Effluvium, people who have undergone hair transplant surgery over 12 months ago and wish to enhance patches where regrowth was not as prominent as other areas, or individuals who are keen to minimalist scar visibility on their scalp caused by reconstructive surgery or injury.
2. Are the techniques used by scalp Micropigmentation Technicians the same as those used to create standard permanent makeup looks?
Scalp Micropigmentation Artists are usually Permanent Makeup Technicians who combine foundation skills acquired throughout their original training, with advanced techniques and medical micropigmentation methods to create natural looking 2 two dimensional simulated hair follicles.
3. Are PMU pigments and tattoo inks suitable for scalp micropigmentation?
No, whilst you may see some brands in both genres selling scalp tattoo pigments alongside pmu colour ranges, the scalp range would have been specifically designed and modified to suit hair follicle simulation which requires the use of pure dark inks to avoid discolouration and colour imbalances which can presenting over time and leave hues of blue if incorrect products have been used as the scalp becomes exposed to UV rays, products containing alcohol which can strip the colour and the body’s immune system which will naturally repel foreign bodies.
4. How many treatments will an average client with total baldness require?
As a general rule 2-3 treatments will be needed. After an initial detailed consultation where hair loss is measured and different styles discussed, the first procedure will be carried out to implant pigment evenly over the scalp and create the new hairline. The second treatment will introduce more colour saturation and 2 dimensional shading with more pigmented dots being added which will be further enhanced during a third session if required.
5. How long does each session last?
Depending on the skill and experience of the technician the procedure can take between 3-4 hours. Speed however should not be a primary concern as the finished result and precision application is more important than quickness.
6. Does scalp pigmentation last forever?
Scalp pigmentation will fade over time, however it’s important to remember that it’s a form of tattooing, so once implanted is permanent. Depending on lifestyle choices, a client’s immune response and exposure to UV rays and scalp products which can lighten pigmentation, a refresher is generally advised on a 121 basis with some clients requiring a top up after 3 years and others remaining happy with the colouration for up to 10 years after the initial treatment.
7. Is the treatment painful and will a numbing cream be used?
Initially the procedure may feel a little uncomfortable with a sensation similar to light scratching being felt, however as time progresses the client will begin to get used to the procedure and start to relax. Numbing cream is illegal for anyone to administer in the UK unless they are a registered Doctor and self-prescribed painkillers are not recommended as they can cause bleeding in the area.
8. How will the scalp look immediately after treatment?
The scalp may be slightly red immediately after treatment however this will only last for a couple of hours. A protective healing balm will be provided by the technician with aftercare instructions.
9. Are Micropigmentation and Tripigmentation the same?
Whilst similar in the end results both produce there is a significant difference between the two. Tripigmentation offers temporary scalp coverage which lasts for between 12-24 months, whilst scalp micropigmentation provides permanent coverage that will require only maintenance touch ups vs a full repeat treatment. Whilst both have their own unique benefits, we would personally recommend micropigmentation to avoid pigment saturation and a migration of dots which can potentially occur when multiple applications take place.
10. Can scalp Micropigmentation be removed if I’m not happy with the treatment?
Whilst it’s never encouraged to go ahead with a treatment if you are unsure as to whether you will like the outcome, it is possible to remove scalp micropigmentation by laser tattoo removal using a Q-Switch ND:YAG, which will be carried out by an experienced beauty therapist.