Micropigmentation – The Facts
Micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure that is aimed at restoring the looks and confidence of those suffering from hair loss or thinning hair. It’s also sometimes called a ‘hair tattoo’. The professional service provider carefully inserts an ultra-thin needle into the scalp in order to introduce tiny droplets of pigmentation (color). These droplets provide the patient with the appearance of having more and thicker hair. The inks that are used are cosmetic grade and the effect is permanent.
A skilled technician performing micropigmentation is able to provide a treatment that hides those problematic thinning areas – and it is also effective at hiding birthmarks and scarring. It is also in demand from those bald people who want to enjoy the stylish looks of a ‘buzz cut’. Those undergoing micropigmentation will not require anesthetic and the process is completely non-invasive.
Who would Benefit from Micropigmentation?
Hair micropigmentation is a type of ‘permanent makeup’. The micropigmentation allows for the patient to enjoy the appearance of lusher and more abundant hair, even if they are coping with:
- Alopecia areata – hair loss is the result of this autoimmune condition.
- Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is well known to cause hair loss.
- Women’s natural hair loss.
- Hair loss caused by hormonal conditions, including that caused by PCOS – polycystic ovary syndrome
- The common male pattern baldness.
- Scalp show-through or thinning hair.
- Scarring or birthmarks on the scalp.
Will Micropigmentation help my Hair Grow?
This treatment does not affect the natural growth of hair – it is not a hair loss treatment. On the flip side of the coin, micropigmentation will not cause unnatural hair loss – it also does no damage to your healthy hair follicles. It is simply an effective and stress-free way of enjoying the appearance of thicker, fuller hair.
On arrival, your service provider will mark up those areas of the scalp that require treatment.
If you are bald your micropigmentation professional will discuss and then mark a hairline based on your unique facial structure – and taking into account the shape of your cranium and your age.
You and the provider will then agree on the pigments that will allow him or her to match your hair color.
A numbing topical ointment is then applied to the scalp in order to reduce any possible discomfort. The needles that will be used are both thinner and smaller than the traditional tattoo needles, and the effect is to reduce the levels of pain to below that experienced by those getting a tattoo.
What Happens during the Procedure?
The professional who will be applying the pigment uses a fine needle to deposit pigment on the targeted areas of the scalp. This pigment is medical-grade and is used to provide ‘dots’ of varying sizes that are placed at various depths and at different angles to provide a convincing and natural appearance.
The micropigmentation treatment can take up to five hours, depending on the extent of the area to be treated. For most people, two return visits will be required. these visits are spaced several weeks apart – and each successive treatment will add more pigment to enhance the appearance of thick, healthy hair.
What can I expect After Micropigmentation?
You will not be enduring surgery, and there is no anesthesia involved, so you can resume your daily activities immediately after treatment. Side effects from the procedure are few and far between. Some patients may experience scalp redness immediately after the procedure – this fades in a few hours. Some people use this time to take their favorite hat or scarf out for an airing.
What are the Risks and Benefits of the Procedure?
Are there benefits to micropigmentation?
When compared to traditional surgery micropigmentation has a variety of upsides, these include:
Low-Invasive, there are no incisions or anesthesia involved.
Lower cost when compared to traditional surgery.
Less recuperation time.
Are there Risks to this Procedure?
By far the largest area of risk for the patient is choosing an unlicensed or inexperienced practitioner. Even a procedure as inherently safe as micropigmentation requires preparation and a professional approach.
Other Risks include:
A rare allergic reaction to the pigments used.
Infection from unsterilized needles and equipment.
Sub-standard appearance of the scalp post-treatment.
In order to void these risks you should:
- Always choose a licensed micropigmentation technician.
- Review the before and after photos of recent patients.
- Explain your allergies prior to treatment.
What Prevents You from Getting Micropigmentation?
Those people who scar easily or who tend to exhibit keloids (scars that grow abnormally) should avoid micropigmentation, as the procedure can cause keloids in some.
Your Recovery and Outlook
How Long is Recovery Going to Take?
What is the Average Recovery Time after the procedure?
You should avoid certain activities in the period immediately (at least two days) after your treatment, including:
- Getting your hair or scalp wet. Make use of a shower cap when you get into the shower or have a bath. Keep your head dry. Avoid washing your hair or scalp until you have been cleared to do so by your experienced practitioner.
- Strenuous Exercise.
- Steam rooms or steamy showers. Steam causes moisture to gather on the scalp.
- Direct sunlight on the Scalp.
- Excessively warm environments that promote sweating.
How Long will my Micropigmentation Last?
On average, a micropigmentation treatment will keep looking great for around 4 years. The pigments used in the treatment are permanent cosmetic grade, they are not tattoo ink. They are far more resistent to color change or fading.
When Should I Pay a Visit to my Doctor?
At the first sign of infection after your micropigmentation scalp, you need to contact your doctor. Signs that you need the advice of a healthcare professional include:
- Severe, long-lasting pain.
- Severe redness or swelling.
Are there Questions I Should Ask my Provider Before Opting for micropigmentation?
Once you have selected your licensed professional don’t hesitate to ask questions like:
- Is micropigmentation right for me?
- Is the result going to meet my expectations?
- How are you going to ensure that I am comfortable during the treatment?
- What are the instructions for scalp care after the procedure?
Will I be able to claim from my Medical Insurance for the procedure?
Unfortunately micropigmentation, like permanent makeup, is regarded as a purely cosmetic procedure. That is, they are regarded as optional. Be sure to ask your practitioner about the total cost of the treatment – and how many return visits you will need.
Is the Micropigmentation Procedure Worth It?
A skilled practitioner will ensure that you are satisfied with the results. The pigments remain visible and vibrant for years – meaning that micropigmentation is close to zero maintenance.
Thinning hair or accelerating hair loss does not have to spell the end of your self-confidence. There are myriad reasons behind hair loss. They range from conditions such as alopecia, hormonal changes, or male-pattern baldness. You may struggle to cope with the appearance of a scar or birthmark. Whatever your reason the fact is that micropigmentation is noninvasive, effective, and helps your hair retain that appearance of youth.