Your hair is not called your crowning glory for no reason. Luscious, shiny, and soft hair signifies youth and vigor and we take pride in showing off our good looks thanks to our hair. There is always pressure to have such nice hair whether it is on your Linkedin profile photo, your passport picture, or even a selfie with a friend. Taking care of our overall appearance is an essential part of our everyday lives.
But having such nice hair is not always the case for most people. Studies show that 42% of men between the age of 18-49 had moderate to extensive hair loss. Hair loss can come naturally for all as they age but it seems that for a number of men, hair loss starts much earlier in life.
Thankfully, there are now treatments that can help combat hair loss. From medications such as Minoxidil to hair transplants and ointments, treatments for hair loss have become readily available for those in need. But the fastest-growing solution for a receding or thinning hairline is scalp micropigmentation.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation is also called “hair tattoo” and it restores receding hairlines, hickens the remaining hair and hides any transplant scarring.
It is done by using microneedles to “tattoo” pigment into the scalp. These pigments mimic the appearance of hair follicles to restore the look of a fuller head of hair. This procedure also strengthens and adds density to any thinning areas in your head.
SMP is a technical and specialized process that requires a consultation with a trained technician prior to treatment. Upon consultation, your “practitioner” will discuss with you the details regarding the procedure including the shape of your hairline, the areas to be done and the density and shade of your pigmentation.
This treatment is usually done in three separate sessions and the actual time between sessions varies depending on your condition and the extent of hair loss.
This procedure results in tiny wounds that are implicated on the skin when each dot is applied. Over time, a scab heals over the wound and eventually falls away, taking some implanted pigment with it. The pigments also shrink due to the immune system’s response to the pigment.
The “fading” of dots happens gradually and it varies for each person but it is important to get multiple sessions to get the required pigment shade. The treatment for a patient will include the application of different shades of pigmentation since this is needed to enable some pigment deposits to stand out.
Is Shedding of Pigment Dots Normal?
Shedding of pigments after your SMP treatment is a common question among patients. This would usually happen just a few days after a session and patients go into panic mode thinking their procedure has gone haywire since they are unfamiliar with what is happening. However, this is not actually the case since the first few days after treatments are the days where a lot of things are happening in the scalp. While the scalp is undergoing tons of changes after ink has been introduced to the skin, it is natural for pigment shedding to happen since it is also part of the whole process.
This occurrence often causes a patient to become anxious about the result of their procedures. It is important to understand that the healing process will take time and all of it will go a long way towards a good result. Remember that scalp micropigmentation treatments are usually split into two or three sessions and at some point, you will experience some pigment shedding.
Remember that shedding of pigments is a normal phenomenon that happens when your scalp undergoes healing and exfoliation. It is perfectly normal and safe, and there is nothing to be worried about. While your scalp heals, the skin forms tiny scabs from where the tattoo needles penetrate the skin. These scabs will eventually fall off and some pigment will come with them, leaving a dot on your scalp that is smaller and lighter. Natural exfoliation helps facilitate this process until all the scabs eventually fall off.
Patience is key when getting this treatment since it will take around two or three sessions before you achieve the look you want. As you go along your scalp micropigmentation journey, your succeeding sessions will add more thickness and density to your scalp by using darker pigment shades.
SMP treatment has very few, or any known side effects. Although most patients will experience some discomfort during treatment, there have been no known side effects that have resulted from getting a hair tattoo. There is no downtime after treatments and patients can return to work and resume a normal routine the next day.
Who can get SMP Treatments?
Both men and women can have scalp micropigmentation procedures to treat hair loss however, treatments for each are a little different. The treatment for men usually results in replicating hair follicles in the scalp while the primary goal of treatment for women is to decrease the contrast between the scalp and hair.
Scalp Micropigmentation is one of the most sought after hair loss treatments available in the market. Not only is it proven to be effective, but it also results in a person’s satisfaction about their new looks. The next time you are worried about your thinning hair or receding hairline, consider getting a consultation for an SMP treatment.