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The Scalp Micropigment Procedure Facts

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For most people with hair problems, such as male or female pattern baldness, hair transplant might be the only solution. However, your options are no longer limited to invasive procedures and those that do not work, such as shampoos. Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an excellent choice for those who want to bring back the thickness of their hair.

If you are suffering from a form of alopecia, you are not alone. According to statistics, androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in men, accounting for over 95%. Women also are affected, with around 40% of them showing signs of hair loss by the age of 40.

Who is Scalp Micropigment For?

To determine if you are a good candidate for SMP, you will need to visit STAR Micropigmentation for a consultation. The good news is most people can go through the scalp micropigment procedure. It is a simplified process that does not involve chemicals or even opening up the skin. If you have any of the following, you will find SMP beneficial for you:

  • You have visible scars that you may have acquired while you were younger. If you have always been conscious of them, you can turn to scalp micropigmentation to cover the spot. The procedure is also great for those with linear scarring after an outdated hair restoration treatment.
  • You have hair loss but it is not at an advanced stage yet. If you still have hair but thinning is quite noticeable, you may not want to go for a robotic hair transplant. The procedure can be over the top for those who are still at the early stages of male or female pattern baldness.
  • Some people may not be an ideal candidate for hair transplants. In transplants, hair is taken from another side of the head where hair loss does not take place. Therefore, if you are experiencing baldness or thinning all over, a hair transplant is not advised. Instead, SMP is a better solution.
  • Scalp micropigment is great for those who often shave their hair. If some spots are noticeably thinner, SMP will help cover those areas. At the same time, your head will still look natural.
  • If you have a health condition, such as thyroid issues or lupus, it can result in hair loss. Some medications also cause the problem but you do not have to suffer from this particular side effect.

Another reason why you should get SMP is if you had a poorly done hair treatment in the past. If you dealt with practitioners who did not have the proper training, they may have caused unappealing results. Turn to the real experts at STAR Micropigmentation. They can correct the bad procedure that you went through so you can go out without covering your head again.

The Process

Scalp micropigmentation is often compared to tattooing. Both processes involve the use of needles that apply pigments onto the skin. SMP gives the appearance that you have tiny yet natural looking hair follicles. It gives the illusion that you have a full head of hair while adding density to the balding areas.

While traditional tattooing and SMP are similar, their techniques differ greatly. SMP requires a professional who knows how to use a complex technique that can replicate the hair follicles. To understand better, here is how the procedure goes

  1. You will have your initial consultation with STAR Micropigmentation. This appointment is crucial to help the experts understand your situation, along with the results that you wish to achieve. You will be guided through the whole process so you can decide correctly, particularly with the style that looks best for your head. A plan of action will then be created to reach the goal and the appearance that you are going for.
  1. The treatment will be scheduled once all the requirements are fulfilled. The practitioner will make sure to have all the necessary details about you, including the shape and positioning of your hairline, the shade, and density of the pigments, and others.
  1. The next step is for you to visit the office and have the procedure. With years of experience, the experts will know exactly what to do. If it is your first time with any hair treatment, the goal is to make you feel comfortable right from the start. Therefore, the approach is minimal and conservative, which helps achieve the best result in the end. Since it is the first session, the method is to simply lay the basics of your new look.
  1. For the treatment, microneedles will be used, dotting your scalp, specifically the dermal layer, in precise motions. It is why the process gives the most realistic results.
  1. The SMP treatment typically takes about three hours during the initial treatment. The duration will depend on the condition of the client, as well as the coverage required. The second and third sessions will normally take less time.

Once you are done with the treatment, you will immediately notice that your scalp is red. This effect is normal and will usually go away within a few days. Some people easily get rid of the redness the next day. While healing, the immune system will attack these pigments after realizing they are foreign bodies. As a result, they will shrink and gradually fade. It is why the second and third sessions are necessary until you get the correct shade.

Most of the time, a lighter pigment is applied at the first session and the following ones get a darker color. The different pigments help make the outcome look natural.

Other Facts about the Scalp Micropigment Procedure

Pigmentation treatments have been around for quite some time. Some reports claim that it has existed since the 1970s. However, the procedures only became what they are now in 2002. The first ever treatment that was made public was in 2006.

Scalp micropigmentation is often performed for patients who are balding and some with hairline issues. However, the procedure is also an excellent option for those who have hair loss due to burns or after surgery. Many with blemishes, marks, and scars turn to SMP to hide these imperfections.

If you plan to go through the procedure, the following details will help you get to know more about it:

  • It is almost pain-free. Many patients say that they have experienced mild discomfort while having the procedure. It is especially true for the initial stage. However, the discomfort gradually goes away during the same session, making it more tolerable for even those with sensitive skin. If you do not want any pain, anesthetics can always be applied to the area. Nevertheless, SMP does not hurt as much as having a tattoo and even a hair transplant.
  • The recovery is quick and almost instant. Some people may see that their scalp is quite red so they do not want to go out until it lessens. For most patients, however, they can go back to work the following day.
  • If you are worried about the side effects, you will be happy to know that there is little to no side effects at all. Of course, your scalp will look a little red and the dots appear to be darker and bigger than you may want. However, these minimal issues will go away while your skin heals. Tiny scabs will be where the dotted areas are but they will fall off in no time.
  • The SMP treatment is mostly associated with men but it is also for women. If you take a look at the pictures of the results, most involve men. However, women can also benefit from the procedure. Most men go for SMP to gain the look of a shaved head. Meanwhile, women opt for the treatment to make the hair look thicker. The process involves reducing the contrast between the hair follicle and the scalp itself.
  • Women who plan to go through the procedure do not need to shave their heads. A practitioner will part the hair in multiple sections and will apply the pigment to gain a “shaded” scalp. The result is thicker-looking hair because the difference between the scalp and hair color is difficult to see.

Once you are done with the procedure, maintenance is easy. You may need to avoid sweating after the treatment. You may also have to stay away from washing your head or using shampoos and other products. This solution can last for four years or more depending on how you care for it. If you are ready to see your head with fuller hair, talk to a STAR Micropigmentation specialist today.


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Hair Tattoo and Its Benefits

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Baldness is a common problem in men. In fact, about two-thirds of the male population begins to lose their locks even before they reach 50. Some experience hair loss by the age of 35 while some see the first signs of male pattern baldness in their early 20s.

The condition, however, is not limited to men. Women also experience hair loss by the time they are 40 years old. The good news is that there are options for treating hair thinning, including taking medications and hair transplants. While they seem to be a common solution, many men and women are turning to scalp micropigmentation (SMP) or hair tattoo at STAR Micropigmentation.

A Quick Overview on the Procedure

Scalp micropigmentation is a procedure that helps both men and women in many ways. It is used to restore hairlines that recede due to aging, hormonal imbalance, stress, and other issues. SMP is also useful in helping the remaining hair appear thicker. In other cases, people opt for the procedure to hide transplant scarring.

Most often, the treatment is performed in three sessions. However, there are some individuals who only need two. The actual duration and number of sessions will depend on the style you want and the extent of hair loss among others

SMP involves microneedles, which the specialist will use to layer pigments on the scalp. The whole procedure resembles tattooing and it is why it is also known as hair tattooing. The difference between conventional tattoo and hair tattoo is that Scalp Micropigmentation is a more sophisticated and specialized procedure. Also, the Vytal device used has a unique stroke to implant pigment in the upper dermis perfectly, tattoos go past the dermal. Our Vytal needles are the smallest made at .17mm with stabilization to ensure precise follicle impressions, a tattoo artist typically uses big needles starting at .30mm. Our organic charcoal based pigments create a natural hair follicle impression, while tattoo artists use inks that will just leave black dots. This technique is highly technical and should only be done by licensed and trained specialists.

When done correctly, the tiny pigment dots, which are tattooed on the dermal layer of the skin, will give the illusion that you had your head shaved fully.

Why Should You Choose Scalp Micropigmentation

With all the other options for treating hair thinning and baldness, you may be wondering why you should opt for SMP. STAR Micropigmentation has licensed professionals who will help you achieve the following benefits of the procedure:

  1. Gain your confidence back.

You cannot deny that you are losing self-esteem because your hair is not as thick as it used to be. The condition affects how people see and feel about themselves. It causes them to feel that they are no longer attractive. With SMP, you will see your scalp and hair look better, which can help regain your confidence.

  1. You get a clear picture of the procedure and the results.

If you take a look at the products and treatments available on the market, you will find that they have huge claims. Some say you can grow your hair back in just a few weeks while others claim to regrow your hair completely. Sadly, most of these products have no positive effects at all. Many men and women are desperate to find the solution to their hair problem and these companies take advantage of them.

The difference with hair tattoo is that there are no false claims. The first step toward the procedure is with a professional. You will be briefed about the whole process and you will see how your scalp will look like after the treatment. SMP is not for re-growing hair and it never claims to give such results. Rather, it uses pigments that cover bald areas, making them look more appealing.

  1. It is not an expensive treatment.

Unlike other methods of dealing with hair loss, SMP is affordable. Even better, it delivers results. Many products, such as shampoos and hair tonics that guarantee hair regrowth within weeks are extremely expensive. However, they do not live up to their promise.

Hair transplants do work but not everyone can get them because of the high cost involved. SMP is just a fraction of a hair transplant procedure, which can go up to $20,000. Scalp micropigmentation is permanent and does not require any maintenance medications after the treatment. You get the look you desire without breaking the bank.

  1. The procedure is entirely safe.

SMP does not need to use chemicals, which reduces the risk of allergic reactions in patients. In most cases, there are no side effects, making it a great option for those with sensitivities. The procedure is also non-invasive, which means it does not require incisions. This method also greatly lowers the risk of infection.

For some people, the only concern they have is with the needle. Those who fear the needle do not have to worry about the whole process. It is only used to add pigments on the middle part of the skin, which is the dermis. Before the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic, which keeps SMP virtually pain-free.

  1. Scalp micropigmentation is simple and fast.

The entire procedure is not as complex as it may seem. In essence, it is very similar to skin tattooing and therefore only requires a couple of sessions most of the time. In most situations, it should only take a few hours. Right after the first session, you will already see a huge difference. Once you complete the two or three procedures, you will get the hairline you have always wanted. It is instant, so you do not have to wait for a few days or weeks to get dramatic results.

  1. Healing is also fast.

Another great benefit of a hair tattoo is that it does not take long before your scalp heals. For most patients, it should only take a few days or less than a week. You do not have to take a long break from work after the procedure. Many people can get back to their duties in just two days.

As mentioned, SMP is non-invasive, which is why it is a fast healing process. You do not have to change dressings and discomfort is quite minimal. You may feel slight pain but it goes away quickly. Of course, it requires you to take care of the area that underwent the procedure. However, it mainly involves cleaning and some protection, which will be discussed below.

  1. After the procedure, maintaining the results of the treatment is easy.

One of the reasons why SMP is the preferred option of men and women in Tampa and Orlando is that it requires very little maintenance. Make sure that you listen to the STAR Micropigmentation specialist who will give you advice and recommendations. Take note of the tips that will help you to preserve the look for a long time. This way, no touchups will be necessary.

To maintain the new appearance of your scalp, you will only have to wash it thoroughly to ensure it is clean. You do not require expensive products and you also do not have to waste a lot of time for styling. However, when you head out, make sure that you always protect your head.

  1. The result is natural-looking.

You can wear a wig for a temporary and cheaper option. However, it will not look realistic. With a hair tattoo procedure, you will have real-looking hair. While the treatment does not give you your hair back, it applies pigments that match your actual hair color and skin tone. Therefore, these pigments look like a natural part of your head even up close.

  1. You will look younger.

Baldness is often perceived as a sign of aging. Feeling old will make you look old, which could lead to a loss of confidence. Bring your self-esteem back while feeling younger with the help of SMP. Whether you are a man or woman, you will feel instantly better after seeing the results of the procedure. You will no longer hide your head under a wig or a hat. It is life-changing, giving you the boost that you have always needed.

  1. SMP lasts for a long time.

Scalp micropigmentation, when cared for properly, can last for years. It is a permanent tattoo so you never have to worry about the pigments falling out. It can fade if you do not follow the maintenance steps but it can quickly be restored in just two sessions. Another great thing about SMP is that it can be updated if you wish to change your hairstyle.

Hair tattoo is for anyone who wants to bring back their confidence or hide their imperfections. If you have a scar on your head or you simply want to fill those gaps in your head, you can turn to the procedure to solve your woes. If you are ready to start, contact STAR Micropigmentation today.