Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a process involving hair follicle replication and skin camouflage using pigmentation. Specialized pigments are embedded in the skin of the scalp or in scarred areas, using a variety of custom-designed micro needles. SMP is non-surgical and doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as normal tattooing.
The pigment is delivered to the superficial dermis, a layer of skin between the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and subcutaneous tissues. However, SMP practitioners often place the pigment at varying depths to ensure the most natural appearance. This also ensures that the coloring will remain consistent and won’t “dot” over time. Unlike tattoo ink, SMP uses a custom blend of follicle and skin pigmentation that will retain its colour with only minor fading.
Precision is key – both in terms of correctly placing the pigment and in terms of matching hair colour and skin tone.
CAN SMP HIDE ALOPECIA?
Absolutely! SMP can be used to hide alopecia in many forms. Treatments are often sought by individuals with alopecia areata and alopecia totalis. SMP can also camouflage baldness caused by traction alopecia, scarring alopecia and alopecia barbae.
IS SMP PAINFUL?
SMP hurts significantly less than having a regular tattoo, and much less than a hair transplant. We apply topical anaesthetics to numb the skin before the procedure.
Clients seldom feel much during the procedure but may experience some redness and minor discomfort once the numbing agent wears off.
WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD I HAVE?
While SMP may be useful for a select group of clients interested in concealing their hair loss, it should be approached with realistic expectations and performed by a trusted clinic.
Those considering the procedure must remember that SMP is a two-dimensional process and cannot provide the texture and growth of real hair. Undergoing SMP without recognizing its limitations may create unrealistic expectations and disappointing results. This is why a consultation with a trained SMP technician at Ultra Hair Solutions & Esthetics is an essential part of the process.
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