If you or someone close to you is suffering from Hair loss either alopecia, a great solution can be hair micropigmentation. We are talking about a novel, non-surgical and semi-permanent technique; that simulates hair coming out of the scalp.
But how does it work? Does it hurt? Can anyone undergo the process? We know that although this simple procedure has gained popularity in recent years, there are still many questions about it.
What is hair micropigmentation?
Also known as dermopigmentation or trichopigmentation, Scalp Micropigmentation is a simulation of the hair follicle that gives the appearance of real hair on the male or female scalp. This is achieved by introducing pigments of different shades into the skin with microneedles, at different angles of penetration.
What is the difference between micropigmentation and ‘microblading’?
Although pigment is applied to the skin with both methods, the difference lies in the tools used to follow the process. In it microblading manual blades are used, while micropigmentation must be done with an electric needle device, such as tattoos, due to the thickness of the scalp.
What types of Scalp Micropigmentation are there?
Currently there are different micropigmentation techniques. From simulating baldness to receding, this process can be tailored to suit your needs.
- Standard micropigmentation. This is the most popular method, which involves the precise application of pigment to the entire scalp to simulate hair follicles. It is often used to create the illusion of greater density or a short haircut.
- Micropigmentation on the crown. For those who have lost hair only at the crown of the head, this process focuses on the area to visually create volume.
- Micropigmentation in the hairline. Losing the hairline is very common as we age. To shape it and make it look full, this is the kind of process you should follow.
- To hide scars. In this case, the natural color of the hair around the scar is matched, hiding the lack of growth in this area and making it less noticeable.
- For people with alopecia. Reproducing the look of a shaved cut, this technique mixes different shades of pigment on the scalp to give it a natural look.
Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation
- The effect is natural. Micropigmentation experts reproduce the appearance of hair follicles with pigments that are the same ––or very similar–– to the natural hair color. Thus, an effect of volume and density is achieved.
- It can be customized. We all have a unique hair pattern and micropigmentation can be matched for more realistic and natural results.
- Its process is safe and minimally invasive. When carrying out a process where surgery or chemical products are not necessary, it is a safe and minimally invasive option.
- The result is immediate. Although it is not a surgical procedure, the result is immediate.
- It is low maintenance. The pigments used in this process are long lasting. Over time, these gradually fade, prolonging their effect.
How is hair micropigmentation performed?
As we mentioned before, micropigmentation is a hair tattoo technique, which consists of inserting tiny organic pigments into the superficial layer of the skin, perfectly replicating hair follicles. The ink is injected to a depth that varies between 0.25 to 1.75 millimeters and gives a hue to the skin similar to that of the hair color.
It can be performed on the skin of the skull, as well as on the beard, eyebrows or any hairy area chosen by the client.
- Consult with a specialist. The first approach with a specialist in micropigmentation is key to defining the best process that you should carry out. In this session, the pattern of hair loss and expectations are defined.
- sessions. Depending on the degree of hair loss and the type of micropigmentation that you are going to choose with the help of the specialist, the pigment can be applied from one to four spaced sessions.
Is the procedure painful?
Micropigmentation is not usually a painful process. Before it is performed, a numbing agent is applied to the scalp to relieve pain. However, you may feel some discomfort depending on your pain tolerance.
Likewise, you may present some symptoms such as itching and burning during the healing process, after applying the pigment.
How long does Scalp Micropigmentation last?
This procedure is similar to semi-permanent makeup, so it can remain on the skin for four to eight years. However, touch-ups may be required to ensure results are maintained.
Is scalp micropigmentation for everyone?
This procedure is mainly indicated for those people who suffer from alopecia and the hair graft not be the solution. Both men and women can undergo this treatment and, although the final result is much more natural in young people, it does not prevent older people from resorting to this technique.
In the same way, he considers that, although the range of pigments available can be adapted to a wide variety of hair colors, from black to reddish brown, there will be more difficult to achieve tones such as blondes, whites or reds.
For their part, experts recommend avoiding this treatment for those who suffer from conditions such as acne on the scalp and psoriasis.
Although it is rare, there are also those who may have an allergy to pigments. If you have had tattoos before and your body has had reactions to the ink, it is better to avoid them. Of course, it is important to consult a specialist beforehand.
How to care for hair micropigmentation?
During and after the procedure, it is important to follow some essential steps to ensure longer lasting effects and avoid complications. Follow the instructions indicated by the professional who carried out the process and take note of the following.
- Avoid getting your head wet after each session. Take into account that, as the specialist who performs the treatment will surely indicate, you will not be able to wet your head for approximately four days. This includes avoiding the gym, steam rooms, and swimming pools, as heat and sweat can interfere with the process. When you finish the sessions, you will have to wait at least 28 days to do any of the above activities.
- Keep the scalp clean. Cleaning is essential after the process. When you can get your head wet, wash gently with an alcohol- and sulfate-free soap. Also take care that you have the pH balanced.
- Moisturizes during and after the process. It is important that you hydrate the skin during the process with different products. Although the person who carried out your process will tell you which one is best for you, we recommend that these be water-based and low in fat.
- Avoid direct sun exposure. To protect your treatment, it is important to avoid exposing the skin to the sun, as UV rays can fade the effect. We recommend wearing a cap or hat and applying a sunscreen to the scalp.
- Be careful with the styling. Those who do not have total hair loss should take care of styling products. In general, it is recommended that they be soft and use them from the middle to the ends. Of course, wait for the process to heal and heal. For later, our recommendations are the TRESemmé Absolute Hydration Conditioner and the eGo Control Hair Loss modeling cream.
Editor’s tip: If you are thinking of undergoing this procedure, it is important that you do it with a certified doctor and in a safe clinic, where your health is not endangered.
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