A hair tattoo, scalp micro pigmentation (or SMP for short), is a medical, non-surgical, cosmetic tattoo that gives the illusion of a close buzz cut hairstyle on a bald head or adds density to a thinning hair line. The procedure can also be used to conceal scars from hair transplantation, hide the visual impact of burns or scars on head. Scalp micro pigmentation can be performed on all skin types and colours. This procedure involves local anesthesia to avoid any pain during procedure. In contrast to other tattoos, the procedure penetrates the epidermal level of the skin and pigment is deposited in upper dermal level and the inks (or pigments) used are less prone to color change over time. The advantages of this procedure is that the hairline can be adjusted and freshened up with relative ease.
The cost of scalp micropigmentation depends on a variety of factors, such as where you live, the type of clinic you choose, the treatment area required and how many treatments you need. The procedure takes about two or three sessions, which usually last about three hours each. Clients can choose from hundreds of shades of ink to match their original hair color and skin tone. Whilst scalp micro pigmentation is a permanent treatment, it can be removed with a correctional procedure or laser treatment. Since the procedure is relatively new, there is not much, if any scientific data on whether people have suffered side effects. Due to the two main health concerns with hair tattoos being the cleanliness of needles and the possibility of an allergic reaction to the ink used, many practitioners of the procedure perform a small patch test on an inconspicuous part of your scalp before performing the full treatment. Finding a natural looking hairline is the most crucial aspect of scalp micro pigmentation. If this procedure is not done properly, it can, in some cases, totally prevent the illusion of hair and leave the client with an un-natural finish.
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