FAQ About Scalp Micropigmentation
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 or medication and is 25% of the cost of a hair transplant.
What is the cost?
The cost usually runs between $3000-4000 depending on how much area needs to be covered. It’s very easy to get a quote by uploading your pictures through our website or emailing us at info@MicroDotUS.com.
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 for up to 10 years and you get free touch ups for 1 year ensure proper density and optimal results.
Will the pigment used fade or change color?
No. This is not tattoo ink, this is specially formulated ink used for our purpose. There is no risk of color turning blue or green. Long term (10-15 years) it maybe be necessary to have additional treatment.
Does it matter what color my hair is?
No. We are professionals at matching colors. We have ink to match any hair follicle. We use a specialized ink called SCALPA INK, it is divided into three different blends, letting us mix matching the three to create any hair color.
How many days am I required to wait in-between multiple sessions?
Every procedure package comes with a standard 2 sessions. We allow this secondary procedure to ensure optimal results while allowing room for small adjustments to the hairline and color after the product has had time to cure down. The second “Final Touches” session is scheduled by the client within the first year of their initial procedure and advise our clients to wait at least one week after the completion of their initial service to schedule.
What is the width of your smallest smp needle?
Our needles are 80% smaller than standard tattoo needles and we use the same size needle in every procedure. This is to ensure control over product and placement while providing a natural look as it is the same size as a hair follicle at it’s point.
How long does the scalp take to fully heal after the procedure?
We provide a post care protocols that should be followed for the first week and after that all we ask is that you keep your scalp protected with a high SPF like in our Anchor Care Cream.
Do you offer some sort of guarantee of satisfaction?
We offer 100% satisfaction guarantee and offer free touchups in the first 12 months to make sure your head is perfect.
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 at 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.
How long do I have to wait to shave with a razor?
We recommend waiting at least a week. This is because your scalp is in the healing process and you would not want to interfere with your body’s natural healing process.
What if my scalp is dry?
If the practitioner notices your scalp is dry they will recommend a moisturizing regime, which will take place one week after your procedure.
I have a pool/hot tub when is it okay to expose my head to chlorine?
You need to wait until at least 7 days after your procedure date.
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. We use our own single use hand crafted needles which are 75% smaller than the needles that are commercially sold.
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. Not one client we have treated has been noticed. It actually makes someone balding look younger and better. Check out our photo gallery.
Quick overview of our technique?
The Scalp Micropigmentation procedure is made up of a small single use needle that we have made to replicate the exact shape and size of a follicle. We use a high powered rotary machine, which we modify to create a longer rotary stroke and implant, which gives us the ability to implant more ink per second. By doing so we can inject more ink into the epidermis without going through the dermis, which can create a blowout (ink bleeding from going to deep and creating a larger impression).
What is the size of the needle which inserts the scalp and what is the pain level?
Our needle is a quarter the size of a 3 round needle, used by companies that implant pigments using permanent makeup guns. This gives us the advantage of creating actual follicles, that look just like hair. Other companies have no choice, but to create a fill or shade that gives the illusion of hair. Our needle can be compared to making the dot of a small pin. If you look up very close to our impressions, you can’t tell the difference between the hair and the impressions. The pain level most clients tell us is 2 out of 10. Men and women who have scarring from hair transplants, they tend to have a little more discomfort due to sensitivity.
How many ‘hairs’ are achieved in each treatment?
For a standard treatment that includes the hairline, front, top and crown with blending can expect to have 14-15 thousand hair follicles tattooed using our point by point placement.
Am I able to see previous work of the person who is actually doing my treatment?
Every technician that works with us here at MicroDotUS goes through a very specific training program and you will be able to see before and after results.
What is the estimated price range of this treatment?
We have a range of prices that start at $1,200 for a scar and up to $4,000. Most of our clients have a horseshoe pattern and need a hairline, top, sides and blending.
Do you reuse needles?
We never reuse our needles. They are all single use needles. Every client receives a new needle at every sitting.
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.
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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.
I noticed a slight shine, what anti-shine product does Scalp Aesthetics recommend?
Milk of Magnesia, Max Anti Shine Gel and Headblade Headlube Matte lotion.
When can I first wash my head?
Immediately following your procedure only with baby shampoo and you will continue to use baby shampoo twice a day for one week, we will provide you with a bottle after your procedure is complete.
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.
Can scalp micropigmentation disguise scars?
Yes, we blend the scar with surrounding hair and it becomes almost impossible to notice.
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. The Scalp Aesthetic pigments initial color will appear darker than the “cured” result, which can take up to 1-2 weeks.
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.