How Does Scalp Micropigmentation Work?

Hair loss can occur due to several reasons. For example, certain drugs such as those used in chemotherapy can cause your hair to fall out.

Some diseases, such as alopecia areata, can also cause hair loss, usually in patches.

The good news is that there are treatments available that can reverse or slow down the process. For instance, there are medications that can help with hair growth.

Scalp micropigmentation is another option. If anything, it’s one of the easiest ways to enhance your appearance.

Thinking of getting it done? Want to learn more about the process? Then be sure to read the rest of the post!

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What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical treatment that uses microneedles to deposit ink into the skin. In doing so, it gives the appearance of fuller hair.

If anything, it’s like getting a hair tattoo. The only difference is that instead of strokes, tiny dots are used to replicate the natural look of hair follicles.

Generally speaking, it’s used for those who are experiencing thinning hair or male/female pattern baldness (and any other conditions that may cause hair loss).

Does It Hurt?

The practitioner will apply a topical numbing agent to your scalp prior to the procedure. In other words, you shouldn’t feel much pain.

With that said, there will probably still be some discomfort. At the end of the day, it all depends on your pain tolerance level.

How Long Does It Last?

Scalp micropigmentation is semi-permanent—that is, the effects can last up to several years. As the skin exfoliates itself over time, however, the treated area will fade.

This is especially true if you have very dry skin as the pigment will be exfoliated at a quicker rate.

Are There Any Risks Involved With the Procedure?

Scalp micropigmentation is generally safe. With that said, there are risks involved as with most medical procedures.

For example, some people may be allergic to the compounds in the ink. Poor technique can also lead to infection.

That’s why it’s so important to do your research when looking for an SMP practitioner. Ideally, they should have completed the necessary scalp micropigmentation training courses.

How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost?

The cost will depend on the size of the treatment area; the greater the area, the more expensive it will be.

On average, however, you can expect to pay $400 and $1,000 per session. And since it’s a cosmetic procedure, it’s almost never covered by medical insurance. In other words, you will have to pay out of pocket.

Enhancing Your Appearance

And there you have it—a short guide on what scalp micropigmentation is and how it works. If anything, the most important thing is to find a qualified practitioner!

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