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SMP Frequently Asked Questions | Scalp Micropigmentaton Canterbury Kent

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What is scalp micropigmentation?


Scalp micropigmentation is a hair follicle replication process that helps people suffering from different types of hair loss. We use our specially designed pigments and unique application to replicate hair follicles in your scalp. This treatment is non-invasive and requires no surgery. The value compared to other alternatives like hair transplants and medications is renowned.



How long does the treatment take?


3-5 hours the first session and usually only 2-3 hours the second session. We offer a guarantee on any fading and a 1 year guarantee on touch-ups as far as hairline alteration or fading.



Does it matter what color my hair is?

We are the absolute professionals at matching colors. We have ink to match any hair follicle.



How long does the scalp take to fully heal after the procedure?

We provide after care that should be followed for the first week and after that all we ask is that you keep your scalp protect with a high SPF.



I want my hair all to look uniform when it is razor shaved. Will I need my entire head done with smp to achieve this look?

The look that we create for you is one that will be blended into the hair that you already have. During the process of photo submission we will advise the length that should be kept in order to achieve the best look possible and we always ask that when you arrive for your treatment it is in this suggested length.



How long do I have to wait until shaving my head?

Until day four or five. We recommend an electric foil shaver.



What if my scalp is dry?

If the artist notices your scalp is dry they will recommend a moisturizing regime, which will take place one week after your procedure.



What is the difference between scalp micropigmentation and a regular head tattoo?

Although it may be referred to as a hair tattoo, our inks do not change color after applying like a regular tattoo does. Our needles are inserted into the dermis portion of skin, which is more controlled and prevents ink from spreading.



Will anyone be able to tell I have had this treatment done?

The look we provide in unbelievably authentic and realistic. Unless you told them, they would have no clue. It actually makes someone balding look younger and better.



Can this procedure work on fair skinned people with light brown or blonde hair?

Yes. Since we custom blend our colors we are able to match hair color whether blonde, red, brown or black!



Will I be able to do a 0 or 1 buzz, or will I need to blade shave daily to keep things realistic?

The two most popular length suggestions are a 0 or 1 guard but we do often have clients who prefer shave or foil shave their scalp.

This is a personal preference and also based on the speed at which your hair grows.



Do I need to shave my head before the procedure?

After viewing images of your scalp we will suggest the length your hair should be cut before the procedure.



When can I first expose my head to strong sun?

Please wait at least 30 days after your procedure date. We also recommend that you use a sunscreen with SPF 30 to 50, or greater.



When can I first wash my head?

We recommend that you hold off until day 3 or 4.



My job requires physical labor; will sweating interfere with my healing?

We recommend that you hold off sweating until at least 4 days then you can sweat lightly, heavy sweating by day 10.



How will I look immediately after the procedure?

There will be redness for 2-10 hours after treatment, it depends usually on your skin type. ​Initial color will appear darker than the “cured” result, which can take up to 1-2 weeks.



What will make my procedure fade?

The answer to this questions lies in the individual makeup of the person. The sun will have a very big impact on the life of the procedure and your individual dermal collagen micro structure as well. Your genetic code has a lot to do with this as well, such as oils in your tissues and the chemical bonds in your skin tissues. The sun will break down these bonds, long term sunlight radiation breaks down ink and the ink will dissolve into the skin. This is why we recommend to use SPF. This could be the difference between your procedure lasting 10 years and due to the sun, it only lasting 2 years. You have to understand that your body sees my ink as a foreign object and naturally wants to reject it. This is why we deposit more than other companies using a modified machine. The collagen micro structure acts different for each person, either fading away faster or slower 7 days after the first procedure. This is why we require 3 procedures to ensure full coverage due to different variables.



I realize this is a tattoo, but does it look like a tattoo in person?

Although this is a form of tattooing this is not your average run of the mill tattoo. We have specifically created our system around realistic results so unless you tell those around you, your outcome will be undetectable.



My scalp will be pretty white compared to my face if I shave my head. Will tanning my head to even up skin tone affect my smp?

Whatever you do, please do not tan before your treatment! Tanning can toughen up the skin and create difficulties in getting your skin to absorb ink. We like to view the scalp in its most natural state and the less irritated the better. Before adding any pigment we will take into consideration your natural skin tone and hair color and create a look that is custom to you.



Temporary contraindications
- herpes simplex or zoster

- immune weakness

- cosmetic surgery

- chemotherapy or radiotherapy

- local infection

- unstable scarring

- skin conditions in the area of application (local dermatitis, bruising, sunburn, skin ulcers)

- infections bacterial, fungal or viral.



Permanent contraindications
- allergic reactions to pigments

- skin conditions in the application area (freckles and moles, keloids, bulky angiomas, warts, melanomas, impetigo, psoriasis, urticaria, chloasma, nevus or nevi and skin cancer).



Under medical supervision
- diabetes

- haemophilia

- heart disease

- HIV

- skin disorders or undiagnosed skin lesions in the area of application and other chronic diseases.