Scalp Micropigmentation (commonly known as SMP or micropigmentation) is a cosmetic tattoo that creates natural-looking hair follicles using microneedles and organic pigments. This gives the illusion of a completely full head of hair, closely shaved to a “buzz cut.” When this procedure is performed by a trained and experienced SMP practitioner, the results appear 100% natural. Your work colleagues, friends and family members won't be aware that you’ve undergone treatment. The most common feedback in this respect is that clients receive compliments of looking younger or healthier.
SMP can be performed on bald, receding, thinning clients and people who are looking to camouflage scars, burns or hair transplant scars. This technique is also great for clients who suffer from with medical conditions such as alopecia or cancer.
Over two to three sessions, we gradually add density, allowing you to adjust to your new hairline. Each session can take anywhere from one to five hours depending on the degree of hair loss. Treatment sessions are spaced apart by a minimum of 2 weeks. With our methods there is virtually no pain at all involved. Most describe the treatment as relaxing and therapeutic.
Losing your hair can be a daunting process for both men and women. We fully understand that your confidence and self-esteem can be knocked, that's why we are here to help you. This treatment really is the perfect solution for those who have suffered from typical hair loss problems or alopecia, and is a great alternative to hair transplants.
How long does scalp micropigmentation last?
The results are considered permanent, however, over time the colour will fade to a lighter shade. We suggest having a top-up appointment every 3 - 5 years to keep your scalp looking in top condition.
Is it Painful?
Although many people think this treatment may be painful, in reality, the answer is no. At worst, most clients describe the feeling as slightly irritating.
What if my hair goes grey?
At the time of your treatment, we will match your hair colour to our pigments for the perfect blend. However, if your hair does begin to turn grey, we can adjust the pigment shade on your retouch appointment every 3-5 years, maintaining a seamless transition.
Grey Hair appears lighter when the hair is longer, but when shaved down, the root of the hair is actually darker. And as our pigments fade over time you will find that going grey will not affect the appearance of your scalp micropigmentation treatment.
What if I have long hair?
People with long hair can still benefit from this treatment, although a consultation would be required to determine if there is enough hair left for the procedure to look realistic.
How many treatments does it take?
It can take between 2 - 4 sessions to fully complete. Each session must be spaced apart by at least 14 days to allow the skin adequate time to heal.
How do you choose my hairline?
When considering this treatment, it's important to understand that this will not wash away. A hairline that suits you today, may not look right when you age. Your technician will go through a variety of different styles and suggest a hairline to suit you.
Can I go straight back to work?
There is no downtime involved with our hair tattoos. Redness may occur with some clients and can last up to twenty four hours post-treatment. Clients usually return to work straight away and can wear hats should they feel the need.
Before having scalp micropigmentation performed, you must be aware of the contraindications that are associated. Although some of these conditions may mean we cannot perform the procedure, your practitioner will advise you during your consultation on any causes for concern.
Herpes simplex virus
Immune system weaknesses
Auto- immune diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes, Lime Disease or Lupus
Undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy
Infections - bacterial, fungal or viral
Any skin conditions on the scalp
including but not limited to dermatitis,
bruising, sunburn and skin ulcers
HIV, AIDS or any other blood conditions
It's best to prepare for your appointment ahead of time to ensure the best outcome.
48 Hours Before your SMP appointment
Please don't consume anything that may thin the blood, for example alcohol or aspirin.
Although bleeding is extremely minimal during treatments, blood thinning compounds
can cause more bleeding than usual, resulting in adverse effects.
The results looks best when your hair is shaved between a grade 0 and 1.
Shave the night before your treatment or we can do this for you on the day.
Take a shower on the morning of your SMP and ensure you have washed your scalp thoroughly.
For the first three days following your procedure do not:
Touch your scalp (unless absolutely necessary)
Wash or shave your scalp.
Expose your head to any strong sunlight
Swim or Sweat
Once this initial period of three days is over, for the next week, please ensure that you:
Wash your scalp daily with water only
Moisturise your scalp daily with a gentle moisturiser that is free from alcohol
( We have aftercare available for our clients )
Shave your head gently with care not to be abrasive
Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to your scalp if it will be exposed to strong sunlight
Do not swim without wearing a swimming cap
Do not sweat excessively
Do not itch, pick, scratch or rub your scalp
When a week has passed since your last session, it is important that you continue to:
Wash and moisturise your scalp daily
Take care when shaving your scalp
Apply strong sunscreen on days you know your scalp will be exposed to strong sunlight
Please remember that the colour of your Scalp Micropigmentation procedure will appear darker in the first couple of weeks following the treatment, and the true shade will not be visible until at least the first week following your last session.
During the healing process, the colour may seem to have faded as it is obscured by the healing skin. Under no circumstances should you have further permanent cosmetic work undertaken during this healing period.
In order to keep your work in good condition it may be necessary to have a maintenance procedure around every three to five years, though this will vary for each individual. The cost of this procedure is roughly a quarter of the original procedure.