It’s not unusual to receive a call about scalp micropigmentation for density improvements in our clinic. And this is surely followed up by the question concerning the need to shave the existing hair in order to receive your SMP treatment. In this article, we are going to cover the aspects of how this works and also explain in understandable terms how scalp micropigmentation with hair is possible, even if your hair is long.
Scalp Micropigmentation is the ideal solution for anyone wishing to add to their full head of hair appearance. It is a restoration treatment that fits perfectly for smoothing out all discrepancies between thinning hair and scalp. SMP is a life-changing treatment and provides the added benefit of being the natural way to achieve a look of density which is long-lasting and maintenance-free.
How SMP Works for Density
Firstly, let’s clear up the most commonly asked question from clients. Do you need to shave your hair to receive SMP for density purposes? And there is no way of putting this answer down in poetic terms, so it’s in simple terms – no. You don’t. When a technician provides you with treatment resulting in the appearance of a fuller head of hair they will work through the existing hair, section by section. Slowly but surely, pigments are implanted underneath the outer layer of your skin. This implant is embedded by microneedle into the upper dermis layer. The dermis layer is located just underneath this outer, waterproof layer and once the pinpricks received from the microneedle have healed, the pigment will become trapped. This is the indelible marking that resembles a series of tiny hair follicles.
Does Scalp Micropigmentation Work for Density on all Hair & Skin Types?
In essence, yes. However, there are certain cases where SMP for density is better adapted than others. If we take the example of female pattern baldness. A traditional course of thinning in this scenario tends to be overall diffuse thinning or the widening of a parting. With men, the thinning or baldness tends to be in one particular zone and the classical pattern for male hair loss is continual. As a long term solution, SMP for female pattern baldness is the perfect candidate. With men, albeit it is the ideal answer for restoration purposes, if thinning continues – which invariably it does – it can provide relief on a shorter-term basis. Thereafter, the treatment will need to be reassessed and modified.
Technicians in the SMP industry are constantly making huge leaps and bounds through research. Working on various skin types and tones is always a challenge but rarely one without a solution. Any underlying blemishes and scar tissue is workable, albeit occasionally more complex, and any types of skin conditions may require prior assessment, yet again, are invariably workable.
Will Scalp Micropigmentation Damage my Existing Hair Follicles
Every strand is precious when you’re suffering from the devastating effects of hair thinning. The idea of creating damage to the existing hair follicles is an obvious worry. For this reason, you’ll be delighted to learn that the holistic nature of SMP treatments and the use of natural pigments deem this procedure completely safe to receive. There is no damage to existing hair follicles and any medication you are taking to promote hair growth will continue to work post-treatment.
Scalp Micropigmentation for density is becoming increasingly popular. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of this innovative and contemporary treatment, reach out to us here and we can talk through the treatments with you.