Scalp Micropigmentation FAQs

How Do You Prepare For a Procedure?

SMP Liverpool will give you instructions to follow before your treatment. In general, you may shave or pluck your hair within 48 hours of having the treatment. Some procedures don't require any shaving or plucking.

It's important to eat a meal before your procedure begins. You may also bring snacks and drinks. If you feel nervous, ask about listening to music or watching a movie to distract you.

How is Scalp Micropigmentation Performed?

This treatment involves placing microdot tattoos in the outer layer of the skin. This stippling pattern gives the effect of hair follicles. It looks like you have cut your hair close to the scalp.

Similar techniques introduce colours into scars allowing them to blend with your scalp. The artist chooses colours that closely match your natural skin tone.

These procedures involve a high level of detail. Depending on the extent of the micropigmentation needed, it can take 4 to 5 hours. Often, individuals choose to have this completed over 2 to 3 sessions.

Now let's discuss each step of the scalp micropigmentation process.

Are There Any Risks Involved in this Process?

As is the case with most medical procedures, there are small risks involved with SMP.

While micropigmentation isn't technically considered a tattoo, tattoo ink goes much deeper into the skin and is injected with a thicker needle. Services like SMP and other permanent makeup do carry similar risks. These include allergies to certain components in the pigment and infection associated with the tattoo ink.

However, the most important thing to be aware of is that no formal training is required to become an SMP artist (the same goes for microblading). It's for this reason that it really is vital that you do your due diligence when searching for a reliable practitioner like SMP Liverpool.

So Why Get Scalp Micropigmentation?

Understanding the process of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) often leads to the immediate decision to undergo the life-changing treatment. Compared to other hair procedures, Scalp Micropigmentation offers non-surgical, low cost, and guaranteed results. Natural-looking custom-made pigments are injected into the epidermal layer of the scalp to mimic the true look of real hair follicles. Darkness and density during the application process may be customised to create the desired result.

On consultation, our certified SMP Liverpool practitioner will assess your scalp and the direction of your natural hair growth. Together, you will discuss your desired look and type of hairline. Based on your desires, your practitioner will speak to you about what options that you have for hair follicle replication. Your Scalp Micropigmentation specialist will also help you determine the best hairline for your face and even draw a rendering of your scalp to show you the possibilities.

Does SMP Hurt?

We do advise every single client that they may experience a tiny bit of discomfort when receiving treatment. However, this will depend on your personal pain tolerance in much the same way as a person receiving a regular tattoo. We haven’t had any clients up to now that have asked us to pause or to stop completely due to pain whilst receiving a hair tattoo at SMP Liverpool.

People with scalp acne or other skin sensitives like psoriasis should avoid getting SMP during a breakout or flare-up, as it will be difficult to apply pigment to the inflamed areas. If you're prone to developing keloids, which are more common in darker skin, you may also not be a good candidate for SMP.

For example, here are some general guidelines:

Shower before each treatment. You won't be able to wash or wet your scalp (this includes sweating excessively) for four days after each appointment.

Each treatment typically takes between four and five hours.

How Does SMP Work? And Who Can Benefit From it?

The goal of SMP isn't to create hairlike lines as you would when microblading eyebrows, but instead to use tiny, layered dots in different hues of black to replicate the look of a shadow on your scalp. This style, referred to as pointillism, is done to create natural-looking depth and definition.

A skilled practitioner will work to ensure the dots look like a natural hair follicle and blend in seamlessly with your complexion.
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