Scalp micropigmentation is a revolutionary procedure in the cosmetic field. This method helps recreate the appearance of a full head of hair for men and women who suffer from a severe lack of hair growth or alopecia. However, many clients don’t know that several factors contribute to choosing this method aside from simply correcting their appearance! One such factor, which our team here at Simply Scalp is well-versed in, is longevity.
Micropigmentation is a cosmetic tattoo. The pigmentation will last more than 20 years, but fading will begin to occur within three to five years. Tattoos are permanent, so why wouldn’t this be over the long run?
Although scalp micropigmentation is performed similarly to traditional body tattooing, there are significant differences. Traditional tattooing holds pigment better due to the pressure applied when it’s being done on large areas of skin. However, with scalp micropigmentation, there isn’t as much pressure being applied while the needles are puncturing the skin, which makes the formulation of pigments different.
- The most significant difference is in the depth or thickness of your skin. There are two layers in the dermis called the papillary layer and reticular layer. The pigment in our ink is implanted into the papillary layer below the epidermis. Whereas traditional tattoos are placed in your reticular layer of the dermis, where they sit on top of many nerve endings with varying degrees of pain involved depending on how deep it goes. The tattoo goes quite far under the skin, whereas the micro-tattoo only reaches your skin’s surface, making it easier to apply than a regular tattoo.
- Another fundamental difference between artificial and natural pigments is the type of pigments. Pigments used in scalp micropigmentation contain naturally occurring ingredients, unlike traditional tattoo ink, which has more chemicals to create the vibrancy of the colours, something synthetic pigments don’t need.
- The final difference is the needles. Unlike traditional tattooing, scalp micropigmentation needles have microscopic rough edges, and they are finer than traditional tattoo needles.
Everyone will experience fading, and for some, it will happen a lot sooner than others. There are many different reasons why this may be. Some people’s hair colour is directly related to the body rejecting the pigment. In contrast, others might find that just being out in the sun too often can accelerate otherwise natural fading.
We all start to lose our hair in some way or another at some point in life, whether it’s worrying about the early signs of male pattern baldness in your 20s or even affecting menopausal women. The best way to deal with hair loss is not to let it get you down. Take things into your own hands before resorting to wearing a hat every day without cream! Our scalp micropigmentation specialists are here for you.