Micropigmentation Benefits for Men
The numerous benefits of SMP for men are what make it a popular choice for those undergoing hair loss. Some of these include the following:
- Increased hair density: SMP can give the impression that your hair is denser and more voluminous than it actually is. This eliminates the need for temporary solutions like wigs or hats to hide bald patches or thinning hair.
- Restore receding hairlines: Having a receding hairline can contribute to having a much older appearance. By restoring receding hairlines through SMP, you can look more youthful while evening out other problem areas on your scalp.
- Scar camouflage: When poorly done, hair transplants can lead to visible scarring from donor areas. SMP effectively hides these scars and other imperfections.
- Boost in self-confidence: People experiencing hair loss or hair-related issues tend to develop feelings of insecurity. Much like one’s face, one’s hair is a visible aspect of one’s appearance. By undergoing an SMP treatment, an individual’s self-confidence can be boosted as they no longer have to hide bald spots or feel as though they will be judged because of their hair.
The Micropigmentation Quality on Your Scalp Hinges on Two Things
To make scalp micropigmentation work, two elements are needed:
- Using the right machines, needles, and pigments
- Having a skilled and experienced SMP practitioner perform the SMP treatment
Without the right tools, an SMP treatment might not be as effective and long-lasting. Pigments may fade easily and the layering process might not look as natural. Poorly done SMP treatments can also result in the pigments changing color over time. Allergies and skin issues may also develop from using incompatible pigments or the wrong needles.
It’s also important to ensure that a skilled SMP practitioner performs the procedure. Keep in mind that SMP practitioners are generally not required to undergo formal training like that of doctors. Licensing and regulation may also vary between states.
However, you can select a suitable and skilled SMP practitioner by checking on their background, portfolio, and duration of training. See which SMP treatment centers they have also been associated with. You can also visit their center to ask questions about their procedure.
Does the Micropigmentation Treatment Hurt?
A common concern about SMP treatments is if they hurt. Generally speaking, they don’t, as it is a non-surgical procedure. However, this would still depend on the client’s pain tolerance. Most procedures are completed with minimal pain or no pain. However, since needles are used, some level of discomfort may occur.
It’s also important to note that people who have psoriasis or other skin conditions should first consult their doctors before undergoing SMP. Flare-ups or breakouts can make it more difficult for the pigment to be applied and may even result in scarring. Those who are also prone to developing keloids might also want to avoid undergoing this treatment.
That being said, SMP treatments are certainly less painful than hair transplants. Scalp micropigmentation also requires little to no maintenance and has minimal recovery time. Depending on your goals and situation, you may need to undergo two to four treatments spaced between several weeks. After that, only touch-ups are needed for maintenance, which can be done every four to six years. Keep in mind that the skin undergoes natural exfoliation and touch-ups are needed when the pigment on your scalp begins to visibly fade.
What’s the SMP Treatment Process for Men?
Since each client has a unique situation, we will always have a discussion with them first. We take this information into account before beginning any kind of treatment. A detailed discussion helps set the expectations of both parties. In addition, it’s understandable that you might have several questions about the treatment process, which our SMP experts will be more than willing to answer.
Once we have a clear picture of your condition and objectives for undergoing SMP, the treatment phase can begin. Our process involves three stages:
- Creating a hairline and initial impressions
- Providing a second set of impressions, wherein impression densities are filled
- Application of a topical aftercare gel to the affected area
During your treatment, our practitioners will use highly specialized pigments suited to your skin type and tone. Different needle sizes, penetration depths, and pigment colors are also applied while layering your scalp. This will depend on the area that needs to be restored, as well as your desired results.
What to Know Prior to an SMP Treatment
Before undergoing an SMP treatment, you need to be aware of a few things that can help make the procedure a success. These include the following:
- SMP is not a one-time treatment. Rather, you need to undergo two to three, or sometimes even four, treatments depending on your situation. Treatments are scheduled several weeks apart to give the pigments time to settle on your scalp.
- Typically, treatments can last about four to five hours. Make sure you reserve a whole day for your treatment as it may take longer than expected.
- Bringing food and drinks to your appointment is not prohibited. Make sure to have easy-to-eat snacks on hand, and to keep yourself hydrated.
- As mentioned, you may feel some discomfort during the SMP procedure. You can mitigate this by listening to music or watching TV. Reading books or watching a video from your phone might also help. The bottom line is to take your mind off the discomfort using an enjoyable distraction.
How to Prepare for the First Scalp Treatment
It pays to be prepared before undergoing your first SMP treatment. Our SMP experts will discuss the following general guidelines with you:
- Do NOT wash your hair or head prior to the treatment. This is to ensure that your scalp does not have any traces of shampoo or chemicals that can cause dryness.
- Instead, moisturize your scalp with lotion to achieve the best results.
- As mentioned, SMP treatments can take time so make sure your schedule is open for an extended period.
- Depending on what we discover during our consultation phase, you may be asked to shave your head.
Read Our Scalp After-Treatment Guidelines
Following our after-treatment guidelines are just as important as preparing for the SMP procedure itself. How you care for your scalp will help ensure that the treatment is long-lasting. At the same time, performing after-treatment care correctly will help avoid irritation, allergies, or any adverse effects.
Overall, the goal of after-treatment care is to keep your head clean and dry. We have found that these guidelines are generally helpful to our clients:
- Avoid touching the treated area
- Don’t get your hair wet
- Don’t shave for at least four days
- Stay out of direct sunlight
- Cancel your swimming plans until further notice
- Avoid saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, or places that will make your scalp sweat
- Refrain from using shampoos and moisturizers
Who Is a Candidate for Scalp Micropigmentation?
You may be a good candidate for an SMP treatment if you belong to one or more of the following categories:
- Men and women who want their hair to look more dense
- People with shaved heads who want to define hairless areas
- Those who suffer from Alopecia, a condition wherein your immune system attacks hair follicles, thus leading to hair loss
- People who are ineligible for hair transplantation such as those with blood-related or blood-borne diseases, people under the age of 24, or those with serious health complications
- People with scarring on their head
If you’re unsure whether you’d be an optimal candidate for this treatment, contact our SMP treatment center to schedule a consultation or an appointment.