Micropigmentation, or SMP, is a new and innovative technique that enables to simulate hair in bald areas. The stable pigment and the needle, which are specially designed for the use on the scalp, give a very natural aspect, similar to shaved hair. Only a contact with the scalp can help make the difference.
What is the difference between the ink used for tattoos and that used for a micropigmentation?
The pigment used for SMP is made of water and is semi-permanent. It has the advantage that it matches colour and tone of shaved hair underneath one’s skin over time. It will never turn blue or green, as this is sometimes the case for a tattoo. Moreover, the bleeding of the ink used for scalp micropigmentation happens much more rarely than for tattoos: every spot realized with our ultrafine needles remains more compact than a spot realized with a tattoo.
Is this painful?
This technique is not more painful than a tattoo. However, this is interesting to choose a clinic to undergo a micropigmentation because the medical staff can add an anaesthetic if necessary in order to raise the comfort at the roots of the hair. An anaesthetic cream, like EMLA, is also available by any pharmacist, but the mixture is stronger by professionals.
When can we consider a scalp micropigmentation?
This technique can be used alone or as a complement to a hair transplant. For example, when the covered surface was favoured over the density during the transplant, the SMP can be used to cover the scalp in order to conceal the skin.
SMP can also be used on a shaved scalp in order to give the impression of hair shaved very short.
SMP can be considered to conceal a FUT scar, for example.
The small scars left by a FUE can also be concealed by small pots realized with the scalp micropigmentation technique.
Finally, it is possible to create an eyebrow thanks to this technique.
Can women also benefit from SMP?
Of course. In their case, the ink used is slightly different. It consists of glycerine that enables the pigment to bleed slightly and to create a shadow.
How long does the treatment last?
The surface of the scalp is divided into six parts: four in the recipient area and two in the donor area. For an optimal result, the ideal is to plan three sessions for each part.
We have to wait three weeks to one month between two sessions so that healing and pigmentation can occur.
We should plan six to seven hours of work to treat a first time the four parts of the recipient area at once.
A touch-up is recommended every six to twelve month.