Scalp Micropigmentation FAQ
Results May Vary From Person to Person
IS THE PROCESS OF SMP AN ACTUAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE?
The process is not termed a medical procedure, but is conducted in sterile conditions by professionals certified in scalp micro pigmentation.
DOES THE PROCESS OF SMP LOOK AUTHENTIC?
The process of Scalp Micopigmentation gives a natural look that is designed to look like natural hair follicles. Even upon close inspection the SMP procedure people cannot distinguish SPM from natural hair follicles. We have patients that have said they told there friends they have had the procedure and there friends keep feeling their head to to see if they can feel hair. The amazing thing is that they still can't tell the difference because most people have some hair plus we have stimulated hair to grow. Therefor they can't tell the difference.
IS THE PROCESS OF SMP PAINFUL AND CAN I RECEIVE MEDICATION TO HELP WITH ANY PAIN?
The process is reported by clients to be painless but many feel a pulsing or buzzing sensation. If you are sensitive to pain we will be able to offer pain relief during the procedure. We suggest that you take two tylenol before the procedure.
IS THE PROCESS OF SCALP MICRO PIGMENTATION SAFE?
The process of scalp micro pigmentation is safe and is performed under in sterile conditions using the latest in high technology. We only used single sterile pre-packaged needles. The ink is organic and safe to the body. The ink is blended in small ink pods that is for that patient and is thrown out after the procedure. We fallow OSHA standers. The process is performed by a professional with many years of experience. The pigments used are of the highest quality.
WHAT PIGMENTS ARE USED IN THE TREATMENT?
The pigments that we use in the process are produced inside the US and come from a reputable source. The have been passed for use in the medical industry and have been designed to look exactly like hair follicles. They have also been specifically designed not to bleed or spread in the skin. They have also been designed not to cause allergies or irritation.
WHAT TYPE OF PATIENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR SMP AND IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT.
We only treat adults 18 years or over. In special circumstances a younger patient may be taken providing they have parental consent.
ARE THERE ANY POTENTIAL PATIENT TYPES THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR THE PROCEDURE.
Certain patients with certain skin conditions may not be suitable for the procedure. In some instances patients with very red hair or very white hair may not be suitable. Any concerns regarding this will be discussed during your initial consultation.
I HAVE SCARS FROM PREVIOUS HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERIES. DOES SMP HIDE OR PARTIALLY DISGUISE THE SCARS?
In the majority of case SMP can hide scars from a previous transplants surgery that used the the strip mining surgery where the scar is on the back of the head. The amount that can be disguised or concealed will depend on the severity and size of the scar tissue but in most cases SMP will be able to reduce the effects of scarring that was caused in a previous transplant. At your consultation we will advise on the best course of action and give you a possible indication as to how successful the procedure will be.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I CAN HAVE A HAIR TRANSPLANT AFTER HAVING AN SMP PROCEDURE?
A hair transplant will not be a barrier or preclude you after having had an SMP procedure. In many instances SMP is done after the hair transplant procedure to help cover the scar left after the hair transplant procedure. The hairs that are transplanted must be healed. Once the hair are healed the SPM can be preformed. This actually adds in giving the patient the appearance of having a fuller head of hair.
IS THE PROCEDURE SUITABLE FOR FEMALES?
The procedure is of course just as suitable for females as it for males. There is a difference in men and women in that males normally go bald due to the condition commonly known as male patter baldness. Females with a balding issue wouyld be better to address the cause of the baldness before seeking treatment with SMP. This would need to be examined by our surgeon, Dr Shahine and from there a treatment plan will be given.
HOW LONG DOES THE SMP PROCEDURE LAST AND IS IT PERMANENT?
The procedure is not permanent but is what we like to call semi-permanent. The treatment will fade usually within 10 years and you will be required to maintain and take care of the SPM with wearing sunblock on your head and face, year round this will keep it looking sharp. With touch ups the look can be permanent, with the proper care and attention.
IS THE PROCESS OF SMP REVERSIBLE?
This is a question that we very rarely get asked but for those that want to know - yes - the procedure can be completely reversed. The pigment can be removed by using the hoya conbio Q switch laser in a couple of treatments. Our SMP Technician has years of experience removing tattoo and can remove it if if you so desire. More on this subject look under tattoo removal.
WHAT IF MY HAIR LOSS CONTINUES ON MY SCALP - SHOULD I CONTINUE WITH SMP?
Yes and this is something that we can discuss at your consultation.
CAN YOU MATCH MY NATURAL HAIRLINE?
Yes, this is definitely what we always try to do. Our aim is to give you the most natural look possible and your natural hairline is definitely our starting point.
When it comes to Scalp Micro Pigmentation in Philadelphia we offer a unique treatment process that includes:
- FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION - we explain the process and examine your suitability. We then understand the look and feeling you want to achieve.
- We offer a Scalp Micro Pigmentation procedure - utilizing multi-needle, multi-pigment shading, layering, and blending.We offer SHADING, BLENDING, MULTI-PIGMENT AND NATURAL HAIRLINE CREATION
- We offer solutions for MALE PATTERN BALDNESS, ALOPECIA, CROWN BALDNESS AND RECEDING HAIRLINES.
- WE CAN HIDE PREVIOUS SURGICAL SCARS:EVEN THINNING, SURGICAL TRANSPLANT SCARS
- WE OFFER ORGANIC INKS:OUR INKS DON'T RUN AND
- We OFFER HOYA CONBIO MEDLIGHT LASER WHICH CAN EVEN OUT THE SKIN COLOR ON YOUR FACE WHICH CAN LIGHT SKIN COLOR AND CREATE A BETTER CONTRAST FOR THE SMP PROCEDURE. IT CAN ALSO ELIMINATE VELIOUS HAIR BUT NOT SUPERFLUOUS HAIR.
Who is a candidate for Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation is ideal for people with thinning hair including those with male pattern baldness, Alopecia, previous hair transplants, hair system wearers, and irregular hair loss. Scalp Micropigmentation is gaining popularity as a cost-effective, affordable alternative to hair transplants. It is natural, requires minimal maintenance, and produces immediate results in line with your goals and expectations.During your Scalp Micropigmentation procedure which is performed by trained and certified specialists they will match your own naturally shaved follicles like a 5 o’clock shadow with tiny ink deposits that mimic stubble hair. They will then apply small hair strokes wherever hair has thinned or been lost. Scalp Micropigmentation can be fully customized to your goals and needs, scalp and hair color as well as density. You can get the desired density and look, giving you the appearance of a full hair line.Scalp Micropigmetation restores your style, look and density – immediately and non-invasively. You can see immediate results following the first of two treatments. Other benefits include: At our Philadelphia office the Medlight Q-switch laser can help in evening skin tone and color which adds to the sharp look that we create.
How long has the process been around for?
The process has been around and commercially available for roughly 10 years. It began in the UK. When looking for a competent individual who will perform the procedure it is important to ask the following:
- Is the individual a suitably qualified technician.
- how many procedures has the person performing the procedure done in the past
- can the individual show you past work
- what inks are the individual using for the process
- how many sessions will it take and what is the cost
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