Updated on July 20, 2020
Why do I lose hair?
Before you look at scalp micropigmentation, it is important that you understand the cause of your hair loss.
Genetics – Your hair follicles appropriate DNA, which is inherited from your parents. You have their hair color and thus also their lack of hair growth. If your parents suffer from hair loss, there is a good chance that you will also suffer from hair loss.
Hormones – Men who inherit hair follicles that are at risk for hair loss are often hypersensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone dilutes cold hair, and inhibits new hair growth.
Other factors – Smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet, stress and special medications can cause hair loss.
WHAT IS SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION?
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a form of treatment that takes place by using microneedles on a thin layer of pigment in your scalp using simulated short hair. SMP creates an appearance of full hair with thin layers of pigment.
1. How does an SMP treatment take place?
An SMP treatment is often divided into 3 sessions. Some treatments may require multiple sessions, but 3-5 sessions are average of all SMP treatments.
The actual treatment takes place by microneedles applying microscopic dots of pigment in your scalp. The process is a bit like a regular tattoo, but there is a difference between the needles, the working depth and the pigment. The dots are used in the outer layer of your scalp, and look like short-cut hair stubble.
The first part of a treatment course with Micropigmentation of the scalp requires a consultation. Her you meet your therapist who hears about your goals. They discuss the shape of your upcoming hairline, your hair color as well as the density of your hair follicles. Once the therapist has an overview of your exact goals, the treatment can begin.
The microneedles leave microscopic wounds in the outer layer of your scalp when pigmented. The immune system will counteract these wounds and try to heal the exposed skin. This means a fraction of the applied pigment will “fade” away in the days after your session. The gradual fading is the reason why at least 3 sessions are required to create a satisfactory result with micropigmentation of the scalp.
An SMP treatment is not just dots that damage your scalp. A good SMP result requires different shades of pigment. Most often, lighter pigment will be used in the initial session, after which dark pigment will be used in the last sessions. It gives a natural look of different hair follicles that not just look like a tattooed scalp. This technique is called SMP 3D.
2. How long does an SMP treatment course take?
A treatment course with scalp micropigmentation requires a minimum of 3 sessions. You should take a one-week interval between each session. You can therefore expect a finished result after at least one month.
3. How long does SMP treatment last?
This full-bodied result holds up to 2 years before it begins to fade. After 2 years, you should have an SMP touch-up, as there is a lighter treatment where your faded spots are pigmented to recreate this full-bodied look of short-cut hair.
4. What is the pigment made of?
The pigment is organic ink, which is found in distilled water, organic powder and ethyl alcohol.
5. What are the side effects and risks of SMP?
Micropigmentation of the scalp has no significant side effects. Immediately after your session, your scalp will be red, but it will disappear within 24 hours of your treatment.
6. Is SMP for men only?
Micropigmentation of the scalp is an effective treatment for both men and women. Women are also affected by hair loss, and more women have started SMPs against hair loss.
There is a significant difference in Scalp Micropigmentation for women and men. Men often use SMP to simulate short haircuts and go for the short haircut. Women, on the other hand, use SMP to camouflage thin-haired spots and reduce bald spots on the scalp. The therapist will therefore have pigments to choose from for a full-bodied look.
7. How much maintenance does SMP require?
SMP requires minimal maintenance. Avoid sitting in the sun for too long. UV light can cause this pigment to fade faster.
Be aware for the first 5-7 days after your treatment should avoid movement as well as washing your hair with shampoo.