How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

February 17th, 2022

The first thing clients want to know about scalp micropigmentation is how long it will last. The SMP treatment will require 2-3 sessions and Scalp micropigmentation practitioners recommend getting a retouch typically every 4-6 years to maintain the look. 

The Longevity of Scalp Micropigmentation Results 

Micropigmentation is a fast-growing solution for concealing hair loss and balding in men and women. It is a quick procedure with permanent results and minimal touch-ups. The process neither prevents hair loss nor causes the growth of hair follicles. It is more of a scalp tattoo and calls for highly skilled SMP artists.

Scalp tattooing creates natural-looking hair follicles by matching your skin tone to conceal receding hairline and baldness. Once completed, the results can last several years, subject to various factors. The treatment lasts for 4-6 years, so a retouch might be necessary to maintain a fresh low-cut appearance.

How Long Results Last Before A Retouch

After the last micropigmentation session, you should expect the results to last for at least four years. Clients will have the hairline permanently but can use a retouch to rejuvenate the look and maintain a neater, fuller, and more natural appearance. Some habits and exposures can result in the need for a retouch sooner.

They include: 

1.    Sun Exposure 

You should protect your scalp from direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays. Your artist will provide various instructions, including avoiding washing your head immediately after the procedure. Some instructions aim to speed healing.

Taking other measures, like staying away from the sun, target better performance. 

The longer your head is exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet rays, the faster your treatment will need a retouch. Once you are ready to go out, minimize the hours in the sun to protect your new SMP results.

2.    Pigment Type/Quality

The pigment type and quality are crucial aspects you should review before undergoing a procedure. Some pigments need retouches sooner when exposed to sunlight and the elements. Traditional tattooing inks and SMPs should not be exposed to UV for long durations. Other pigments are more resistant and last longer.

Pigment quality will vary depending on the artist’s source. You should choose practitioners with premium quality micropigmentation pigments with the best longevity. Working with a reputable artist will ensure you use safe, top-quality pigment matching your skin tone. The results will also last longer before a retouch is necessary. At Scalp Micro USA, we use Folicule pigment which is made specifically for scalp micropigmentation. 

3.    Quality of the Procedure

Scalp micropigmentation requires 2-4 sessions 10 to 14 days apart. You can retain a neat look for up to six years or change the appearance as desired. Experienced practitioners best handle the procedure, so be sure you should choose yours carefully. 

Micropigmentation requires precision and artistry with attention to detail. Always work with scalp tattoo artists specializing in concealing baldness/receding hairlines.

4.    Hair Loss Speed

Hair loss does not happen overnight, but you might notice a receding hairline over the years. After SMP, you will have a neat, natural appearance of full short hair. Your natural hairline will continue to recede at the same rate since SMP does not cause hair growth or stop hair loss. The faster you lose hair, the earlier you will need a retouch.

SMP aims to conceal the bald scalp areas and clients may have more bald spots before the recommended years. A retouch will ensure a neat look and cover the new bald spots. Clients characterize varying hair loss rates, so you should get a retouch based on your needs. Speak to your artist about future balding and how you can combat it proactively.

Top Tips for Maintaining SMP Results Appearance?

Micropigmentation pigments are foreign to the macrophage cells they are deposited. Over time, the body will wear the dye away, calling for a retouch. Your results will never go away. However, they will require maintenance to keep the crisp, lush, and near-natural appearance of a new procedure. Here are five tips for clients looking to have longer-lasting effects:

a)    Proper Aftercare 

After the procedure, you should avoid scrubbing your scalp and using shampoo for 4-5 days. You should also keep your scalp safe from alcohol, bleach, and other harsh agents. Remember to use a mild, non-greasy moisturizer daily.

b)    Research all Products

You will encounter several aftercare products, including soaps, moisturizers, creams, and sunscreens. It is vital to review each product and consult with your artist if possible. You should only use safe scalp products for people looking to heal faster after micropigmentation. Just use gentle, non-abrasive products from highly regarded brands.

c)    Choose Professional SMP

Working with an expert in the trade is your best chance of getting longer-lasting outcomes. Micropigmentation is a popular trend and works for both men and women. It suits shorter hair and makes thin hair appear thicker and fuller by adding darker pigments. You should consult and hire a skilled, licensed SMP artist to handle the procedure.

The Right Time to Consider SMP Retouch

You can follow the general recommendation (4-6 years) or retouch as desired. Simply consult your SMP artist to discuss the need for retouch and determine the best time to have another procedure.

At Scalp Micro USA, we provide leading SMP procedures for clients in New York City, Los Angeles, California, Austin, and Houston, Texas. Our team features experienced artists passionate about helping you achieve the most natural hair loss solution. The scalp micropigmentation process is non-invasive, affordable, and 100% effective. Contact us today if you have questions about this procedure or if you are interested in a free consultation. 

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