So, what is Micropigmentation?
When is Micropigmentation used?
First of all there are numerous times when micropigmentation or scalp tattoo can be used. As a rule any type of hair loss with permanents. Also skin conditions resulting in scarring. Maybe you have heard of some of the following?:
- Male Pattern Baldness
- Female Patterm Baldness
- Scarring Alopecias (Lupus, Lichen Planus, Frontal Fibrosing
- Alopecia Areata
- Alopecia Totalis
- Alopecia Universalis
- Traction Alopecia
- Scar Tissue
- Shaving bumps
- Burn Covering
This list goes on and on.
Of men under 50 years will show significant levels of hair loss
Of Women will show Permanent thinning before they are 50 years.
Subtle difference in the thickness as you can see. It has to look Natural. In this case the patient has had the frontal hair line thicker up with micro pigmentation after an FUE Hair Transplant Procedure.
What other Options are there?
A Closer look at Micropigmentation
So you know now that we use scalp tattoo ink to create small follicular unit marks on the skin. This creating the illusion of thickness and of course having more hair. The needles themselves are extremely small (0.2mm approx).
How Long does it take?
This is dependent on the size of the job. Also the type of skin and length and amount of hair present. We could be applying 30,000 – 40,000 micro dots on the scalp tattoo when we use micro pigmentation. These are individually implanted by hand. Furthermore, each individual implant required a unique pressure and angle to ensure the correct amount of ink is applied.
Therefore to accurately give you a time frame is difficult. As a rule we divide each Micropigmentation patient into three sessions. The first to establish the first layer. The second to fill in the gaps and add shading to add the authentic look. Finally the third session to complete the process and touch up any loose pigment.
Drawing a hair line to blend in to the existing follicular units. Each session building up the layers to ensure that natural look.
Firstly, the best advice is to arrange a consultation. I will run through the process in detail and answer any questions you have. Furthermore its a free service and you get to see that we are a medical establishment which take cleanliness and professionalism as a priority. You will find many clinics set up in beauticians, hairdressers and perhaps tattoo stations. In most cases none of which are hair or skin specialists. Therefore you have no idea if it’s safe to conduct this procedure on your scalp. Remember, event though this is a simple but lengthy process, we are injuring your skin. In fact we are creating potentially thousands of wounds that could have complications. We are a TTS registered hair clinic that specialist in skin disease, hair loss, hair transplants and of course the scalp tattoo micropigmentation. So you know that its safe to conduct the procedure and you know it is being administered by a skin specialist.
To arrange a free consultation please drop us a line or give us a call an we will invite you in at an appropriate time. Thanks and look forward to seeing you soon.
This Patient fell asleep
Is it Painful?
So does it hurt? A question I get asked all the time. Tattooing is inherently painful for some. Furthermore, everyone has a different pain threshold. So let me tell you, A scalp tattoo doesn’t penetrate as far as a tattoo. The instances of discomfort are momentary. Also I find that most patients find this process therapeutic and not painful. Furthermore, different spots on the head maybe more sensitive. So the answer is yes if might give you some discomfort but most have no issue with this procedure. In fact I’ve had several patients fall asleep.
Price Range – from £350.00-£1900.00
Firstly, every patient is different and vary in the time it takes. The following factors are taken into consideration: size or area, length of hair, pain tolerance, patient availability, type and area of scar and type of skin. The overall factor is how long will it take for us to conduct the procedure. Micropigmentation can take up to 10 hours to perform. This is not all in one go of course. We never rush a job. But you will soon see that once we start we don’t mess around.
Firstly, micropigmentation is less invasive that that of a tattoo hence the feeling of pain is minimal. Furthermore, most patients find it comfortable and in some cases therapeutic. Recovering from this will take a matter of a few days. There is likely to be some minor inflammation and redness. This tends to last for 24-48 hours. Remember the ink is positioned at the top of the dermal layer therefore skin injury is small and skin recovery in most cases is quick. The equipment used today also reduces recovery.
Therefore, don’t worry as recovery is quick. Follow up treatments may be administered after 7 days. Albeit I tend to leave it a few more days to be sure the skin has healed.
Men who have a scalp tattoo often ask how quickly can they shave the head? typically, around 10 days is in most cases deemed the right time. However, as long as the scabs have fallen then shaving with a foil razor is deem appropriate.
Micropigmentation Side Effects
There are virtually no side effects. There will be some redness as mentioned above. The dots themselves will be darker to start with. As the skin heals they will reduce in size and colour. Any scabs that form on top of the skin will fall off within a few days. Most importantly, the one major side effect can be that of a reaction to the skin. Even though the ink is considered safe, some skin may react hence a patch test should be conducted.
Men or Women?
Micropigmention may be use on both men and women. Men and women suffer hair loss in similar and different ways. Remember, this procedure is not designed to make hair grow. Albeit in some cases like Alopecia Areata it may actually help. The main reason why patients go for this option is to increase the skin follicular density therefore thickening up the appearance of hair. So, men and women can use this as an extremely effective way of making the hair look much thicker.
Men, when suffering from Male Pattern Baldness will loose the hair on top of the head only. The sides are not affected. Women, when suffering from female pattern baldness may well loose hair on a permanent basis throughout the scalp. So men have a choice of adding to the thickness of longer hair or as in most cases create a full head of hair by adding the dot system to the areas of loss. The head will be completely shaved to make the micropigmentation blend into the natural hair without trace. Thickening up the hair is the method most women use. This darkens up the skin reducing the colour between the skin and hair, so the hair looks thicker.