So, you’re noticing that your hair is getting a little thinner, or your hairline is a bit farther back than it used to be, and you’re wondering the best way to correct the issue. With so many different methods from surgery to medication, it’s hard to know the treatment that would best suit you.
With around two-thirds of men seeing their hair thinner by age 35, around 85% by age 50, you are certainly not alone. One treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is Hairline Tattoos, also known as Scalp Micropigmentation.
This technique creates the illusion of fuller hair through the use of tattoos on the scalp. It also works to cover scars or hair loss due to alopecia and is also an option for women experiencing thinning of the hair.
Hairline Tattoos for a Clean Hairline
If you currently have a receding hairline and are used to wearing the shaved head, a hairline tattoo will blend in perfectly with the stubble that naturally grows on your head. How? A trained technician uses a microneedle, which is much smaller than a regular tattoo needle, to recreate the look of hair follicles by injecting pigment into the scalp.
When creating the hairline tattoo, the technician only goes down two levels of skin as opposed to a regular tattoo which goes through five layers. It is done this way to keep it looking more natural by preventing the ink from spreading and losing its shape.
The color will be matched carefully to your natural hair color with some strands a shade darker to create the illusion of a shadow and make the appearance more three-dimensional.
Most patients need to go for two to three sessions depending on the severity of the hair loss.
What is the process of Scalp Micropigmentation?
If you are thinking that Scalp Micropigmentation may be the solution you have been hoping for, you, of course, are going to want to make sure you have the best in the field to do the procedure. It is very important to do your research and find a fully certified Scalp Micropigmentation expert who has had plenty of training and experience. Here is what you can expect once you have found an experienced practitioner.
- First session: You will meet with the practitioner for an initial consultation to go over your options and figure out the style that will work best for you. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
- First treatment: This usually takes around 3-4 hours and creates the foundation for your new look. The technician uses an advanced computer-controlled system to guarantee that the ink is applied consistently across the scalp.
- Second treatment: Done at least six days later to be sure that the first treatment of ink has settled. This treatment is when the technician will fill in all the minor details and usually does not take as much time as the first treatment.
- Third treatment: Normally a third treatment is not needed unless you are wanting to go darker.
What to Expect after a Hairline Tattoo
There are very little side effects from having Scalp Micropigmentation done. Most just experience some redness and scabbing and do not need to take time from work.
You should not wash or touch your scalp and avoid activities which may cause sweating for four days after treatment.
The redness is normally gone in two to three days and the entire healing process within about seven days. The pigments usually take about a month to settle in.
We hope this will be helpful for making your decision on how to conquer your hair loss. If you’d like to find out more about the process, reach out to one of our team members today.