May 26, 2022

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

What is scalp micropigmentation? Scalp micropigmentation is the process of using permanent, cosmetic grade inks to fill in areas in the scalp where hair may be thinning, to restore the hairline, and to enable the person to feel more confident about their appearance. The idea is similar to microblading eyebrows except that instead of creating fine lines that replicate the look of eyebrow hair, tiny dots of different shades are used to produce the appearance of closely cut hair. SMP Liverpool offer expert scalp micropigmentation that can take people’s focus off your bald spots and put it back on your smile where it belongs.

How Does Scalp Micropigmentation Work?

Scalp micropigmentation uses much of the same equipment and techniques as that of tattooing but the goals are fundamentally different. The goal of the tattoo is to call attention to itself while the goal of scalp micropigmentation is to blend into and augment a person’s appearance in a positive way without drawing attention to itself.

Who Should Consider Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment?

In the hands of a skilled technician, micropigmentation can be tweaked to provide the precise effect the client is after. For this reason, the process can be beneficial to a variety of people suffering from different scalp-related maladies, including:

Hair loss

Perhaps the most obvious candidates to undergo scalp micropigmentation are those whose hair is thinning all over or falling out at the temples and the crown. Whether your hair loss is the result of genetics, stress, a recent health condition or any other factor, SMP can help. There are two primary approaches taken by the technician for people experiencing hair loss. Either thinning areas are treated in order to eliminate the appearance of the bare scalp through the hair, or the person adopts a buzz cut and SMP is used to give it an all-over even appearance.

Alopecia

Alopecia is a type of hair loss but it’s different from normal thinning or male pattern baldness. Alopecia is believed to be an autoimmune condition and the hair loss it produces is rarely as orderly as other types of hair loss. Instead, the affected person (man or woman) may see a single large area become completely bald in a short period of time, or see multiple bald spots appear but at seemingly random areas on the scalp. For people with severe alopecia trying to maintain long hair is usually a losing battle. A better approach is to cut the hair short and fill in the bald areas with SMP.

Scars

Whatever their cause, scars on the scalp usually leave a person with permanent hair loss in that area. Depending upon where the scar is the person may wish to find some way to reduce the appearance of the scar that does not entail trying to fold the hair over it and hold it in place with hair spray. A better solution is scalp micropigmentation. A scalp micropigmentation tattoo can make the bare, scarred area blend in with the rest of your hair so you can go about your life worry-free.

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Who Should Avoid Scalp Micropigmentation?

There are some instances when a person may want to forego SMP altogether. For instance, if they suffer from psoriasis of the scalp they should avoid the procedure during outbreaks. In fact, some people with psoriasis of the scalp may want to forego the process altogether. The same with people who experience scalp acne. In addition, people prone to developing keloid scars may also want to avoid SMP.

Is SMP Painful?

One of the jobs of the scalp is to help protect your brain, so it is crisscrossed with an impressive network of nerves designed to alert you to potential trouble. As such, there is no way that the SMP process is going to be completely free of discomfort. Just how much pain a given person experiences will differ from person to person. Some may experience little discomfort and others may have quite a sore scalp for several days following the procedure. In either event, the discomfort will fade in time and you will be left with a more attractive, commanding profile.

The Pros and Cons of Scalp Micropigmentation

SMP will not restore your hair. What it will do is lessen the visible effects of hair loss, regardless of the cause. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of this simple, effective procedure now.

SMP Pros

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It produces the look of authentic stubble

A talented technician like you will find at SMP Liverpool can transform the way a bald head is perceived. Strategic application of the permanent inks involved will make it look as though the person has several days’ worth of stubble growing on their head, rather than looking like a bald man who shaves his head. SMP can also be useful in helping those employing an undercut or tapered haircut achieve a more consistent, natural look.

It counteracts the effects of thinning hair

Most people start losing some hair in their 20s or 30s. With many, the loss is barely noticeable. But in others, the sight of the bare scalp shining through where there used to be hair can fundamentally change a person's appearance. SMP tattooing can eliminate the sight of the bare scalp and produce the effect that the person has a full, thick head of hair. The illusion can be so effective that even when right next to someone with SMP it can be hard to tell.

It can recreate your natural hairline

If you are losing your hair you know how disconcerting it can be to look into the mirror and see your hairline recede further and further back every year. Scalp micropigmentation can bring an end to that sorry state of affairs by recreating your natural hairline as it was before hair loss set in. The scalp micropigmentation tattoo is then blended into the existing hairline to create a seamless mesh.

It does not require surgery

Hair transplants work well for some people and not so well for others. In addition, they are extremely expensive, each set of transplants requires lengthy recovery time, and more often than not you are left with scars across the back of your head. In addition, the transplanted hair may not take root, necessitating a repeat of the procedure. You do not have any of those issues with SMP.

SMP won’t break the bank

The final cost of the procedure will vary from client to client depending on the type and extent of the SMP needed. However, as a general rule, SMP is about 10% of the price of hair transplants. Depending on the extent of your hair loss that could be a very significant cost differential.

It’s perfect for men and women, young and old

One of the biggest advantages of SMP is that it is available for anyone who needs or wants it. The only goal of the SMP artist is to help the client reclaim the appearance of their head before they were ravaged by time, genetics, illness or other causes. Men and women, young and old from all walks of life are taking advantage of this simple, effective, permanent process. You can too.

SMP Cons

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Nothing is without its potential downside, and that includes scalp micropigmentation. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind while deciding whether this procedure is right for you.

It’s permanent

The fact that SMP is a permanent solution to the vexing problem of hair loss is one of its major selling points. Some people, however, might want to keep their hair treatment options open going forward, and in that case, the permanent nature of SMP might not appeal to them.

There are people offering SMP that aren’t properly trained

Since it took off as a treatment for hair loss SMP has attracted a lot of attention. Most of it good, some of it not so good. Anything that attracts a lot of positive buzz is going to attract scammers who will try to cash in. SMP is no exception. Make sure you always choose a reputable clinic such as SMP Liverpool to perform your scalp micropigmentation. In the long run, you will be glad you did.

Cannot create the feel of stubble

When done by a qualified professional, SMP can make it appear that a person has a few days of hair growth on their head, and many people find this a very appealing look. What SMP cannot do, however, is recreate the feel of several days’ growth.

There may be modest discomfort for a short time

As we mentioned earlier the process of tattooing the scalp may create a bit of discomfort that lasts for a few days after the procedure. It’s nothing to be alarmed about and is a perfectly natural reaction by your body to the procedure. The pros at SMP Liverpool can advise you on the best way to deal with this discomfort if it happens.

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Hopefully we've answered your question, what is scalp micropigmentation. To learn more about skin micropigmentation or to schedule a consultation at SMP Liverpool call us on 07432859488, or use the contact form on our homepage.

Article written by CraigSMPLiverpool
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