Getting a better understanding of your Scalp Micropigmentation treatment can reduce any stress or anxiety you might have and give you peace of mind with your choice.  Whether you have scheduled your treatment or are still considering if this treatment is for you, knowing what to expect is a good place to start!

The Basics Behind Scalp Micropigmentation

This treatment is very similar to getting a tattoo.  Both procedures use needles to transport the ink pigments in to and under your skin. Both involve similar but different tattooing equipment and are non-invasive and non-surgical procedures. Scalp micropigmentation specifically is a non-permanent procedure that uses a different kind of ink which simulates hair follicles and provides the most favorable results to hair loss sufferers.

Does This Procedure Hurt?

This is probably the first question that is asked regarding scalp micropigentation.   A good practitioner has undergone thorough scalp micropigmentation training which includes minimizing any discomfort a patient might feel during the procedure.  The process deposits pigments two layers deep into the dermal layers of the skin and uses a microscopic needle which can cause irritation or discomfort. That said, most patients report very little to no pain. 

How Long Is The Procedure?

The length of time that a scalp micropigmentation procedure requires depends on the individual.’s size of the area to be treated.  If a client has most of their hair and is only looking to cover a small area, an hour or so appointment would likely be appropriate.  Other clients, may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal coverage.

What Equipment Is Used For the Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment?

The equipment used for a scalp treatment is considered micropigmentation or “permanent cosmetic” equipment. There are many different brands and designs and equipment includes a digital power source, a hand-piece, and disposable micro needles for the insertion of pigment. Most technicians of Scalp Micropigmentation use different equipment than standard tattoo artists to ensure the deposits are delicately placed at the appropriate depth in the skin.

The needles I use are specifically made for Scalp Micro-Pigmentation and I find they give a nice round point, which is something a ‘tattoo’ needle doesn’t always give. Tattoo needles can give more of a ‘scratch’ if used for SMP. The SMP needles I use come in different sizes which I use on different areas of the scalp. Of course, all the needles are disposed of in a Sharps container after one use.

Will I Have To Take Time Off Work Following my Treatment?

This treatment is completely non-abrasive and there is absolutely no down time. In most cases, you will not need to take any time off from your job, from school, or other events.  You will probably notice some redness on your scalp for 2 to 3 days but that’s it, which will subside quickly. Most people will return to their normal routines immediately or within a few days.  As a client, you can wear a hat or any other headwear you wish.

Irritation And Redness

After the procedure, you might experience some irritation on your scalp which is perfectly natural. Even hours later you might have some remaining redness and irritation from the needlework but this will fade away as your scalp continues to heal. After a few days, the redness will probably be gone but you will probably have scabbing.  During that time, please resist from scratching your scalp or picking at the scabs. Within a week, your scalp should be healed of any scabbing or redness.

Can I Wear A Hat After My Treatment?

You are welcome to wear a hat, skullcap,, bandanna or something else.  Hopefully only for a short period of time.

Is There Anything I Should Do After Scalp Micropigmentation?

After your scalp micropigmentation procedure, it’s imperative that you take good care of your scalp to prevent any prolonged irritation.  Avoid scrubbing your scalp, prevent getting sun burned, and stay away from chemical-intensive products, for 4 days following your treatment.

Best practice also is to avoid washing your hear altogether for the first 4 days while the pigment sets.  This also includes swimming, sweating, or other activities that will dampen your head. Remember, the procedure uses needles to form punctures all across your head.  Essentially, you have microscopic open wounds for several hours following the procedure which will be susceptible to infections. These microscopic wounds will heal in an hour and may form scabs which is part of the healing process.  It’s very important that you do not scratch or pick at the scabs as this could lead to an infection as well and could even permanently damage your Scalp Micropigmentation treat. All of this said, it is most likely that any scabbing or irritation will be so minimal and brief that you will not notice it at all!