Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
Non-surgical treatment restoring the appearance of a full head of hair
Scalp Micropigmentation (often abbreviated to SMP) is a non surgical treatment that restores the appearance of a full head of hair to clients who are experiencing almost any kind of hair loss, including alopecia or even to cover scarring of the scalp.
Scalp Micropigmentation for Women
Dealing with hair loss can feel overwhelmingly embarrassing for women. Females who experience hair loss can sometimes feel pressured by modern beauty standards of having lush and healthy hair. With the constant bombardment of these images from the media, it is no surprise that women will try almost every hair loss treatment to alleviate the issue.
Here’s everything you need to know about SMP and how it can benefit females who are experiencing thinning hair, alopecia, and the like.
Can SMP work for women with long hair?
Yes, SMP works for long hair. While the treatment was created initially for bald heads, the treatment can also accommodate females with hair loss issues. The way it works is that it conceals thinning hair by making it look fuller. Pigments are deposited between the hair follicles to blend the rest of your hair together and disguise bald spots.
The Artist selects a pigment that blends in perfectly with your hair colour and works around the problem areas. Whether you have long hair or short hair, SMP works both ways to bring back your confidence!
There are a couple of things however that you need to know before undergoing SMP. For one, it does not replicate the look of long hair. Secondly, the treatment might appear noticeable if you are experiencing a receding hairline so you will need to think long-term. To find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, it is best to contact Brows Ink. to discuss all options and clarify any queries you may have so that you are able to make an informed decision.
Will your hair follicles get damaged with SMP?
Because the pigments are deposited between the hair follicles, it does not damage them in any way. SMP aims to create depth or hair density without the needle interfering with the actual follicle. During the procedure, tiny needles penetrate about 2mm deep on the scalp (the epidermis). Even if the artist were to deposit pigments on the hair follicle, the pigment would be sitting only on the outermost layer of the skin. It does not affect future hair growth or damage your already existing hair.
SMP is a safe procedure for all types of female hair loss. If you experience additional hair problems, all you need is to undergo subsequent sessions to add more pigmentation to your scalp.
How is SMP carried out?
The treatment is usually completed in 2, occasionally 3, sessions. Your Artist will carefully examine the condition of your hair and create a treatment plan specifically for you. Everyone’s needs are different and the great thing about SMP is that it’s highly customisable. Once numbing cream has been applied, the colour of your hair is matched to the pigment to achieve a three-dimensional appearance. A light shade is applied during the initial session to cover up thinning areas and the succeeding sessions are where the details and darker shades are applied to complete the treatment.
If you want to customise your SMP treatment even further, you can request for a third session and to further enhance your desired look. After the treatment, you will experience a bit of redness, but this will settle within a couple of days. You will then be advised to observe correct aftercare to ensure your treatment looks as best as it possibly can in terms of colour retention.
Does SMP fade?
While SMP uses permanent pigments, the treatment itself generally fades over time. An SMP treatment may last anywhere from 3-7 years depending on how the person takes care of it. Colour boosts are required to restore depth and detail to your hair and should be a quick procedure as opposed to your initial treatment.