This is general guidance only.
When you arrive at the clinic, usually you would be asked to follow your technician to a private area for a pre-treatment discussion.
If you haven’t had a consultation yet, now is the time. Otherwise, the conversation is likely to be a brief recap or summary of the objective.
Make sure your technician is fully aware of what look you hope to achieve. Although you may have discussed this already during your consultation, it is always a good idea to reiterate your wishes.
A hairline will be drawn on your head and agreed upon before the treatment begins.
Everyone I speak with who is considering scalp micropigmentation, wants to return to work in a manner that enables their procedure to go unnoticed. I’d like to make some recommendations that should make the process a little easier.
First and foremost, let’s create some realistic expectations. If you’ve lost most of your hair already, unless you’ve been wearing a hair system, a significant amount of concealer or wear a hat on a day to day basis, it’s going to be very hard to explain your new ‘hair’.
Discussions around this dilemma take place frequently, and I have some suggestions below if this is your situation, however if you had no hair then all of a sudden you do, the task of returning to work requires a little more consideration.
Plan your treatment dates
Your treatment always appears the least natural or ‘passable’ during the two days following each treatment session. Your scalp will probably look a little red, your dots will be dark and your hairline and side profiles will look more angular than they should. You can avoid letting your colleagues see you during this time with a little careful planning.
Most technicians insist that at least 7 days should elapse between each treatment session, and the typical client will require three sessions.
Scheduling your sessions on consecutive Fridays, or even Saturdays, enables you to take advantage of the weekend for your head to ‘calm down’ a little, meaning your ‘hair’ will look more natural when you step back into your office or other place of work.
If scheduling your sessions at the end of the week simply isn’t possible for whatever reason, or if you don’t get a clear two days off each week, there is some post-treatment redness.
Wear a hat
This may seem counter-intuitive, given that most of us want to ditch the hat immediately after our treatments, but if a hat is acceptable attire at your place of work, it’s an easy solution for a few days until your treatment settles.
Choose your style carefully
If you’re concerned about returning to work, the chances are you’re not the type of person who wants a ‘statement’ look. More likely, you probably want an ultra-natural treatment that really does look like your real hair.
It sounds obvious, but I’m still surprised by how many people opt for low, razored hairlines and pointy side profiles. If you want your procedure to remain incognito, then make some sensible choices when it comes to selecting your pigmentation style.
Come up with a plausible excuse
If you still have a lot of real hair left, this is your number one ‘excuse’:
I just wanted a change, so I shaved my head.
However, if you’re not so lucky in the follicular department, or just REALLY want a backup plan in case someone at work quizzes you about your new look, here are some classic explanations that may help:
- I’m taking a trial drug that grows back hair
- I’ve always had hair, it just looks darker when I shave it
- I suffered with alopecia, but now my hair is coming back
- I was going bald, so I decided to shave it
Consider coming clean
The excuses above can only go so far. Your final option is to do what I did – just tell people you have had SMP.
In all seriousness, if you choose the right technician and receive a great treatment, your confession is more likely to be greeted with surprise and awe, than ridicule.
Remember that most people still don’t know what scalp micropigmentation is, so your colleagues will probably be fascinated by the illusion.
When I told, a few select people about my procedure, not only were they very supportive, it was surprising how many of my male friends approached me in private to ask questions.
For further details on aftercare you will be provided with a guidance sheet on the days of your treatment