FAQ

Consultation

As a micropigmentation provider, we a consultation system prior to treatment, although the actual consultation format could take one of many forms.
These are the common methods:

  • Face to face by appointment
  • Face to face immediately before your first session
  • Over the phone
  • Via Skype or similar
  • Via email with supporting photos

The ideal situation is to either meet or speak with someone prior to the day of your first session. Meeting face to face isn’t always feasible due to distance or other commitments, however I would suggest that you do have a conversation with us over the phone at least, or via digital media messenger or skype or such like. It is so much more personal than email, and you’ll get a lot more out of it.

There are certain things that you need to establish during your consultation. It is, after all, your opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the process, and whether scalp micropigmentation will be compatible with your life over the long haul.
This is a massive decision you’re about to make, and for many people, the consultation is the greatest aid to making that decision.
So here goes. Do not leave your consultation without clear answers to the following questions:

  • Who will be doing your treatment?
  • How much experience do they have? Is their experience relevant to your requirements?
  • How were they trained, and where?
  • What pigments will they use?
  • Ask about dot size and penetration depth, and expect an informed answer.
  • How many sessions do we anticipate you will need?
  • If you have scars, to what extent will they be camouflaged?
  • How much will your treatment cost? Is the cost capped if more treatment is required?
  • Is there a deposit to pay? How much? What happens if you change your mind or postpone?
  • Do you get a guarantee? If so, what are the terms?

Do not commit to any treatment if your questions are not satisfactorily answered, if your consultation feels rushed or awkward, or if you remain unsure. As a reputable provider,we will not rush your decision, so take your time.

A relatively simple treatment to undertake, the scalp micropigmentation (permeant procedure) method consists of depositing small ‘dots’ of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin, with the use of a fine needle. Combined with thousands of other ‘dots’, an illusion of a full head of shaved hair is created.
The client usually requires 2-3 sessions, each lasting approximately 2-3 hours, but time does vary depending on individual requirements. The process is repeated until both the technician and client are satisfied that the semblance of hair cannot be distinguished from the surrounding real hair.
Tricopigmentation is commonly referred to as temporary scalp micropigmentation, which is an accurate descriptive. Whereas a permanent procedure will need top-ups every 3-5 years or so with pigment remaining in the skin for 20+ years, tricopigmentation is refreshed almost entirely every 6 – 9 months.
The treatment sessions are up to 4 hours on 2 consecutive days followed by a 3rd treatment approximately 1 month later.

Common applications

Scalp micropigmentation can be applied to much wider range of hair loss variations than hair transplant surgery; from general balding to hairline recession, to burn or surgery related hair loss, and of course alopecia (most commonly alopecia areata). It can be also utilised to conceal hair transplant scars or blemishes as a result of trauma to the head. The method can even be adapted to blend noticeable birthmarks into the scalp.

Most people experience a mild amount of discomfort during the early stages of the session, though this tends to become more tolerable as the session progresses. Some areas of the scalp have a denser collection of nerve endings than others, particularly at the sides of the head, and can often be the most challenging to deal with, but many choose to focus on the benefits and the final of the treatment to help contain the sensation.

Once the pigments are deposited, the skin needs to heal. A recovery period of one week for permeant treatments should be allowed, so that the micro-wounds created during the procedure may dry up and close while the pigments get assimilated into the dermal layer.
The treatment process must likewise follow a strict procedure that allows the patient’s scalp to heal between treatment sessions. The industry standard timescales are as follows:

  • Day 1 – first session
  • Day 8 (or later) – second session
  • Day 15 (or later) – third session

Basically, leave a minimum of one week between each session, however there are a couple of considerations.
First, it is feasible to leave just 5 days between each session for clients who have an issue with time, for example when they’re travelling from far away for their procedure. Second, it is common to leave several weeks between the second and third sessions, to allow time for the pigments to fully settle and to establish whether a third session is needed.

The treatment process must follow a strict procedure to ensure the best results. The industry standard timescales are as follows:

  • Day 1 – first session approximately 3 – 5 hours
  • Day 2 – second session approximately 3 hours (consecutive days)
  • Day 30 (or later) – third session approximately 3 hours

You need to consider the time you need to commit to undertaking these treatments, although this is a one-off investment of your time – future touch up sessions 6 – 9 months later will require around 3 – 5 hours.

Micropigmentation in general has very limited side effects and does not tend to cause adverse reactions. This is because the technique addresses the visual symptom, (the hair loss itself) rather than the underlying cause. This makes a full medical diagnosis less important. Whilst the side effects are limited, the advice of a technician prior to starting treatment is still necessary.

For guidelines see our price guide.

Experience is key

A successful scalp procedure relies on an accurate appearance of hair follicles. Pigments that do not blend well with surrounding natural hair follicles, for example deposits that are larger or darker, can cause the treatment to look unnatural and lead to its detection by others. The assistance of an experienced technician regarding the style and specifics of the treatment will ensure that the client leaves the clinic with natural looking ‘hair’.
This best results can only be achieved by a fully trained technician and in addition to this, has the right inks, needles and equipment specifically made for scalp micropigmentation.

Private appointments can be arranged please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Everyone wants to know how long their treatment will last. The nature of the process means that it will fade slowly over a period of time. Whilst the pigments will probably remain visible for 20 years or more with the permeant treatment, regular top-ups are needed to keep your ‘hair’ looking its best. Most clients find they need top-ups every 3-5 years.
For Tricopigmentation the effects will be visible for up to 6 – 9 months, then will require re-application.
For maximum longevity, it is important to keep the scalp in a good condition. Ensure that your head is cleansed and moisturized daily, take adequate precautions in the sun and avoid topical products that contain alcohol.

How do I prepare my skin?

There are some issues with the skin which might cause problems and the most important ones are dermatitis and dryness. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the scalp skin so the area becomes more sensitive. Dryness can be dealt with if you make use of a moisturizing cream a few days prior to the treatment.

What should I wear?

Sounds like a stupid question, right? You’d be surprised how many people ask. The answer is very simple – wear something comfortable. bear in mind you’re going to be sat in a chair or laid on a bed for 3 hours or more, so don’t wear your Sunday best. You want something that is light and airy.

Should I cut my hair?

Assuming you are male, your technician will need to shave your hair off before they commence treatment. This is done at the clinic prior to your session starting, so whether you choose to shave your head at home, or let your technician do it at the clinic, is entirely up to you.

Can I take painkillers?

Yes, if you wish. Pain levels really aren’t that bad, however you may feel more comfortable with a little help. Any painkiller based on paracetamol or codeine is fine. Anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen will have little effect.

Please note: Do not take blood-thinning painkillers like aspirin, as this will encourage bleeding during your procedure. If you are already taking medication that thins your blood, please consult a suitable medical professional, and advise your technician. It doesn’t mean you can’t have treatment, but they do need to be aware.

Can I use an anaesthetic cream?

Check with the clinic beforehand.

Can I have a drink for Dutch courage?

The obvious answer is no. If you arrive intoxicated, we are likely to refuse to treat you.

Can I wear a hat to hide any redness on the way home?

Yes. Just ensure the hat is loose-fitting and does not contain fibres that could catch your scalp. Hats made from wool are not a good idea. A nylon-based beanie or baseball cap is ideal.

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.

Aftercare

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.

Reducing redness

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