Scalp micropigmentation or SMP is known to last a long time, and is technically a permanent solution. But, you will need to get touch-ups after a certain period of time. Typically, the time could vary between one year to four years. Depending on how you want it to look like, the need for touch-ups will vary. The frequency for touch-ups is subjective and is influenced by a lot of factors. But before digging deeper into the factors, you must identify your needs.
Scalp micropigmentation is a specialized form of a tattoo. A needle deposits pigment under the surface of your scalp to mimic the look of hair follicles. Initially, the pigments are very dark and you will notice the final, faded color after a few days. The initial fade is quick and you are left with the desired color. But, this pigment also starts getting lighter gradually. You must be wondering about how and why that happens.
The pigment deposited in an SMP procedure is a foreign substance to your body; but, it is no way harmful to it. In fact, SMP pigments are not even deposited as deep as tattoo pigments (another reason pigment fading takes place). It’s just that your body doesn’t recognize it. Your body will react to it just like it does to any other foreign substance. Your immune system and white blood cells will slowly break it down which causes the pigment to lighten. This is the primary reason why the pigment fades over time. If you have a very strong immune system, the chances of you needing a touch up more frequently will be higher.
But this isn’t the only way pigment fades. It also fades in the process of exfoliation. Some pigment is lost as you get rid of the dead cells on your scalp. Naturally, if you have a dry and flaky scalp, you will lose more dead cells and the need for touch ups will be more frequent. People with excessively oily scalpsmay also experience excessive fading due to dilution inside the skin membrane. The harmful UV rays of the sun also damage the pigment and accelerate the fading process. Make sure to use proper sun protection and try to avoid direct exposure as much as possible. Wearing a cap or hat every time you step out in the sun will give you longer lasting results.
The most important phase in an SMP procedure is during and a few weeks after the treatment. The freshly deposited pigments require care and this will have a huge impact on how it looks. You will be told to abstain from washing your scalp for about 3 days after the treatment. This also includes excessive sweating. If you live in a hot and humid climate, take maximum precautions. Activities like swimming or going to a sauna are also not advised for a month. Leading an active lifestyle can be a reason for you needing more frequent touch ups. Apart from using sunblock, using good products without excessive chemicals and alcohol will also give you better results.
Now that you know how pigment fades, it will be easier for you to determine when you need a touch-up. If you are comfortable with lighter pigmentation over time, you will not need a touch up session for a longer time. If you want to keep the look fresh, you will need more frequent trips to the practitioner. In many cases, as the hair starts greying and the pigment starts fading, it looks very blended and natural. In case of greying hair, you will need a touch up based on how you want the pigment to look. The beauty of the treatment is remarkable; it can encompass the needs of a variety of clients with ease.