Your questions about scalp micropigmentation answered by ROOTWORKS Cambridge

Is this the same as brow microblading?

Although you could argue both fall under the category of micropigmentation, microblading and micropigmentation are very different methods of implanting pigment and require a totally different delivery technique and skill set.

While microblading is typically done with a manual blade, micropigmentation is performed using an electric tattoo device. This is because more power is needed to penetrate the skin on your scalp, which is thicker than the skin under your eyebrows.

How many treatments does it take to complete?

A minimum of 3 sessions are required but sometimes a 4th or 5th session is necessary to perfect the result. The best result is built up from a series of sessions. How many treatments you need will depend on the amount of scalp getting SMP. Even if it’s only for a small area like a widow’s peak, three to four treatments are still needed for long-term retention since SMP is a process of layering colour. full treatment can be completed in 5-6 weeks usually. In comparison with a hair transplant which can take up to one year to get the full result.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

This depends on how well you look after it and your skin type. For example, if you have very dry skin, fading is likely to happen more quickly. As the skin tends to flake with dry skin, this can inadvertently exfoliate the pigment off at a quicker rate. Typically, if well looked after the treatment can last up to 3-4 years per completed treatment. It will never completely disappear but simply drops a shade. It is very easy to revitalise scalp micropigmentation with a single top up session where we apply what we call a 3D scatter of new pigment over the older treatment. It will look as good as new.

How long does each scalp micropigmentation session take?

This depends on the amount of work required and the area to cover. For partial hair loss each session can take 3-4 hours. For extensive hair loss a session could last 4-5 hours.

How long do I have to wait between sessions?

Sessions are typically spaced a minimum of 10 days apart to allow the pigment time to settle. However, I am flexible depending on your schedule.

I advise leaving a longer gap between the last two sessions, usually between 7 - 10 days depending on skin type. This allows your skin to completely heal and the pigmentation to settle on your scalp.

What happens if I recede further? Will my scalp micropigmentation treatment have patches or be difficult to fix?

If you experience a period of rapid hair loss or you recede further it's very easy to correct with a single correction session. Since we keep a record of the dilution that we chose for you, it's simple to fill in any areas that might appear over time due to further hair loss.

What happens as I go grey, will my scalp micropigmentation treatment look strange?

If you find that you're starting to go grey the treatment will look absolutely fine. Because the treatment is classed as semi-permanent and will fade a shade or so over some years it can actually blend perfectly. We also scatter pigments carefully blending into the sides and back. For more information please feel to book a FREE consultation

Are there any colours of hair that the treatment will not work for?

Scalp micropigmentation can work with almost all hair colours and skin tones because we dilute the pigment. The pigment is carbon based and so when diluted looks very natural on the skin. We dilute through a range of 40 pigment shades and so there’s a shade that will suit almost everyone.

Is scalp micropigmentation a tattoo?

When you undergo scalp micropigmentation, you’re paying for a sophisticated procedure that has been perfected by years of research. It is a much more complicated process than a standard tattoo.

A tattoo will go deep into the epidermis, while micropigmentation only goes two layers deep, into the dermis. The reason for this is simple – the deeper pigment goes into the skin, the more likely it is to lose its round shape and blow out, resulting in an unnatural look. Notice how tattoos look in people who have had them for many years, they stretch and move about because the skin is doing its job and regenerating. We don’t want this happening on your head, where the applied pigments begin to all blend together. Keeping the pigmentation shallow allows us to control the shape of our pigment while keeping it deep enough to retain the colour too.

Scalp micropigmentation uses an entirely different needle than tattoos. Standard tattoo needles are much larger and imprecise to replicate the look and texture of tiny hair follicles. ROOTWORKS use micro-needles that when implanted into the skin looks precisely like a follicle not a painted-on dot.

Many tattoos use a non-organic dye which can be harmful to you and irritate the skin. It can even cause your skin to discolour and turn blue. At ROOTWORKS only carbon based, organic dye is used.

How long does scalp micropigmentation take to heal?

It can take two to three days for the redness to diminish and about a month for the pigments to settle in and fade. The entire healing process only takes about seven days though there will be slight variations depending on the individual client

Does scalp micropigmentation hurt?

It is good to keep in mind that there may be some discomfort. However, how much discomfort largely depends on your pain tolerance. If you wish, you can take painkillers prior to your treatment.

Whilst scalp micropigmentation is a much more sophisticated process than a tattoo, the sensation is similar in a way. SMP is much less uncomfortable than a tattoo. During a tattoo procedure, a needle is dragged across the skin inserting ink deep into the dermis. During an SMP procedure a large number of tiny incisions are made at a much shallower depth. Most people who have had both SMP and normal tattoos report that SMP is a much more comfortable process.

There are steps you can take to keep pain to a minimum:

  • bring a distraction like a book, audiobook, or listen to podcasts

  • Try to relax because pain is heightened when you are anxious

  • Avoid alcohol - some people may think it is a good idea to use alcohol for pain relief prior to treatment but this is not recommended. It can heighten the pain and encourage you to bleed more than normal as alcohol will thin the blood

  • Painkillers like paracetamol can be taken prior to your treatment to help take the edge of the pain. Ibuprofen is not recommended as it will thin your blood

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