In the past, the only known solution to hair loss or thinning of the hair was to invest into a form of wig or hairpiece. No permanent, long-term solution was available, which would mean that you would no longer have to worry about the issue. In the past ten years or so, the idea of using a form of tattooing to create the appearance of hair has been ever growing in popularity; this is called scalp micro-pigmentation. So here we discuss the question of what is scalp pigmentation?
What Is Scalp Pigmentation? – The Essential Guide
Scalp micro-pigmentation is a non-surgical solution to hair loss. Using ink made from natural pigments of colour, a collection of tiny dots are injected onto the scalp to recreate the look of hair.
How Is It Different To A Hair Transplant?
The main difference is that a hair transplant is surgical, classed as cosmetic surgery and scalp micro-pigmentation is not. When undergoing a hair transplant, you will need to be put under local anaesthetic, and it involves a strip of skin being removed from a section of your scalp and hair grafts removed. These will then be implemented into the area of the scalp that hair is needed and over time hair will grow. Although scalp micro-pigmentation only creates the appearance of hair and doesn’t encourage hair growth, many additional risks come with a hair transplant that you will not be at risk of if you opt to go for micro scalp pigmentation instead. A hair transplant will leave you with at least one scar; micro pigmentation leaves no scarring at all. Because a hair transplant is surgical, you are at risk of infection and excessive bleeding.
Common Reasons Why People Get Scalp Micro-Pigmentation
The procedure can be used to create the appearance of hair for both men and women who suffer from hair loss issues such as balding, thinner patches and alopecia. It is an excellent solution for those who seek to maintain the look of a shaved head, but over time have started to lose all signs of hair. One of the most common uses of scalp micro-pigmentation is to restore receding hairlines and can also be used to cover up scarring which may have been caused by a hair transplant or general accident. The procedure is not limited to just areas with no or little hair; it can be used to increase the density of areas to make the hair appear thicker and fuller.
How Much Does It Cost?
Similarly to many different procedures, the cost of scalp micro-pigmentation differs depending on the size of the area you choose to get done. The reasoning for your treatment will also be taken into consideration, such as if you are aiming to cover scar tissue, this may cost a little extra due it being a more complicated procedure to ensure no scar tissue is damaged.
What You Can Expect
Prior to the day of your treatment, you will have a consultation with your specialist who will go through all the information you need to know along with your requirements. It is your specialists aim to provide you with the best results possible and to ensure you are pleased with your end look, so try to give a detailed explanation of what you want to gain from your treatment. The colouring of the pigment used will be as closely matched to your natural hair colour as possible, so it is likely that they will colour match you in your consultation. Your consultant will be an expert in hair growth, meaning that they know hair doesn’t grow all in one direction and isn’t one consistent look. This means that different sizes of needles and depths of injections, as well as different directions, will be used to create the most natural look achievable.
The amount of sessions you will require to gain your full results is dependant on your situation and the size of the area you want the appearance of hair in. The average maximum sessions people have is four appointments, but you can usually gain your full results in around two courses. You are likely to be in the chair for a couple of hours because the treatment is very detailed and utmost precision needs to be achieved, but you will see results immediately.
Is Scalp Micro-Pigmentation Safe?
Scalp micro-pigmentation is an extremely safe procedure firstly because only natural pigments of colour are ever used, which means that it is unlikely that you will suffer from an allergy from the ingredients. Unlike treatments such as a hair transplant, there is no need to be put under local anaesthetic; they say that if you can handle the pain of a tattoo, you should have no issues with pain during a scalp micro-pigmentation treatment. It is a similar sensation to being flicked with an elastic band, meaning that if you do have a low pain threshold, you could take a couple of painkillers before your treatment, but it is unlikely you will need to. Again, unlike a surgical procedure, there is no risk of infection or major side effects.
There are no restrictions on continuing your day to day life post procedure. The only recommendation is to try to keep the area as dry as possible for the first three days. This means when showing or bathing, do not get the area wet, do not try to wash the area and try to refrain from doing activities such as going to the gym that would cause you to sweat. After three days you can gently clean the area but again refrain from using any products such as shampoo or shower until at least a week post-treatment. If you wanted to be extra careful, when you do shampoo, you can use a natural shampoo. After all your sessions are complete, and you get the go-ahead from your consultant, it is recommended to use a light moisturiser and when needed, use non-greasy sun cream.