Hair loss can be a devastating experience. It can impact self-esteem and confidence, especially in women. There are several solutions that can address the problem, from hair transplants to wigs. One solution that is transforming the industry daily is scalp micropigmentation from Dot Matrix. Also known as a hair tattoo, this treatment conceals baldness or thinning areas, and it even covers birthmarks and scars.
What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation, also known as SMP, is a non-surgical procedure that adds density and camouflages thinning hair or balding areas of the scalp. It is a pigmentation technique that involves inlaying tiny dots of color under the skin to mimic shaven hair follicles. Unlike traditional tattooing, which is done on an open wound, scalp micropigmentation is applied under the skin of the scalp and is done with a specialized machine. The treatment is completely safe and works to conceal the following hair loss conditions:
While some people can accept a receding or thinning hairline, others are left feeling less confident. Hair loss can take a big toll on a person’s mental and emotional health. This is why scalp micropigmentation, which is a cosmetic procedure that helps to camouflage bald spots and create the appearance of a fuller head of hair, has become so popular.
Scalp Micropigmentation works by depositing medical-grade pigment into the scalp. The process is similar to eyebrow microblading, which uses a fine needle to deposit tiny dots of color to create the illusion of a more natural-looking brow. During the process, your practitioner will apply a topical anesthetic to make it as comfortable as possible. Most clients report that the procedure is no more painful than a deep tickle.
When the procedure is complete, your practitioner will review your results and determine if additional treatments are necessary. While SMP is a great camouflage solution for most patients, it is not a hair growth or restoration treatment. It is simply a way to make your hair look more dense, which is why many people opt to combine it with other treatments like Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and/or Follicular Unit Excision (FUE).
It’s important to note that if you are prone to keloids, this procedure may not be a good option for you. Keloids are scars that grow larger than surrounding skin and are caused by injury or trauma. People with a history of scalp scarring from prior hair transplant procedures should also consult with a dermatologist before getting this treatment.
How Does Scalp Micropigmentation Work?
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical treatment that uses a special tattoo needle to deposit tiny dots of pigment to your scalp to simulate the appearance of hair follicles. The dots are so small that they’re virtually impossible to see. They can also be customized to your exact needs, whether that’s a full head of closely shaven hair with the perfect hairline or simply adding density to thinning hair.
Unlike topical tonics, sprays or other hair loss solutions that can be ineffective, expensive or even harmful, scalp micropigmentation offers a permanent, low-maintenance solution. The best part is that it looks totally natural!
Also known as SMP, scalp micropigmentation works to conceal hair loss and thinning hair in both men and women. A modern, innovative and revolutionary aesthetic treatment, it is rapidly becoming a leading option for those who wish to avoid the commitment of getting a hair transplant or suffer from scarring caused by past procedures.
A camouflage artist can create a range of effects with SMP, from filling in a receding hairline to defining and improving how strands frame the face. They can even draw attention away from a bald spot or add density to areas that have thinned over time, as well as help those with alopecia and other serious conditions such as trichotillomania.
The results of SMP are immediate, so you can go back to your normal routine immediately after the treatment. The area may be slightly red and tender, but this should quickly fade. You’ll need to follow your practitioner’s aftercare instructions, including keeping your scalp dry, avoiding hot showers and steam rooms, avoiding heavy exercise and avoiding sun exposure.
SMP is a great option for most people suffering from hair loss, whether that’s pattern baldness, a receding hair line, or thinning hair, as long as they have a healthy and intact base of existing hair. It’s also ideal for those who have undergone a hair transplant, as it can be used to hide scarring and add density. However, SMP isn’t suitable for everyone, as the skin type of the client plays a big role in how long-lasting the treatment will be.
What Can You Expect After Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution that provides natural-looking results and quick healing. However, like all treatments, it is important to follow proper aftercare recommendations to avoid fading or other complications.
Before your treatment, research and familiarize yourself with the process. This will allow you to have a better understanding of what to expect during your scalp micropigmentation recovery time and make the healing process go more smoothly. You can also take some time to identify the problem areas you want to address so your technician can be better prepared for your session.
During the first few days after your SMP session, you may experience some redness and itching of the skin. This is normal and should subside over the course of a few days. Avoid rubbing the area as this could cause bacteria to enter your bloodstream and create an infection. Instead, use a gentle cleanser on the skin to keep it clean and free of bacteria.
After the healing period is over, you can resume your regular activities. It is a good idea to wear a hat and apply sunscreen to the scalp to avoid the sun’s rays as these can fade the pigmentation. Additionally, avoid excessive sweating as this can ruin the appearance of your SMP. If you must sweat, ensure that you have a towel on hand to cover your head.
Over the long term, you can continue to follow the above advice and ensure that your scalp micropigmentation looks its best. Eventually, though, the pigment will begin to fade due to sunlight exposure, age, and other factors. It is a good idea to book in for a touch up after about a year, or when you think that the pigmentation has faded significantly.
A touch up is a relatively painless process, and you can choose from a variety of colors to restore your hairline and give your scalp that extra boost of confidence. It is also worth mentioning that you will probably need to have several sessions before your SMP looks its best, as it might require some tweaking after the initial sessions are complete.
How Long Will Scalp Micropigmentation Last?
As with any semi-permanent tattoo, scalp micropigmentation will fade over time. However, this can be delayed by following your aftercare routine as recommended and limiting your exposure to UV light. Your hair restoration surgeon will be able to help you determine the best approach for maintaining the look of your SMP.
SMP can also be impacted by other medical conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid disease. These can slow the metabolism, which may result in the pigment fading faster. It is important to discuss these issues with your hair loss professional before undergoing treatment.
If you’re considering SMP, be sure to find a practitioner who has experience performing the procedure and can show you plenty of before-and-after photos of successful results. You should also ask about the type of pigments they use. Certain types are more resistant to UV rays and will hold up better over time than others.
Choosing an experienced practitioner will greatly improve your chances of enjoying long-lasting SMP results. As an added bonus, a practitioner who has years of experience in the industry will have the tools and machines to perform the treatment to the highest standards.
SMP is a highly effective solution for people suffering from a receding hairline, bald spots or thinning hair, and it can be used to create a full head of hair or a shaved look that is perfectly tailored to your individual appearance. It is a great way to restore your confidence and feel as amazing as you deserve to be, without the expense and downtime of traditional hair transplants.
If you have any further questions about scalp micropigmentation, or are ready to book a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team is always happy to assist you in your journey towards a healthier, happier and more confident version of yourself. We look forward to helping you achieve the natural-looking hairline of your dreams! *Please note that if you do not maintain your skin health and hair restoration routines, your SMP will most likely require touch ups. We cannot guarantee the duration of your results, but we will do everything in our power to help you enjoy them for as long as possible.