Are there Scalp Pigmentation Side Effects

Are There Scalp Pigmentation Side Effects?

smp-fadingScalp pigmentation – the process of ‘tattooing’ the scalp with ink to simulate hair – is an ever growing, ever more popular way of improving a balding head. It is a relatively new procedure (only have been around for about 12 years), so some results are still being calculated, but all in all it seems there are very few side effects, if any, to worry about.

However, it is always worth listening closely to your practitioner when they explain what aftercare is required, as getting this right can mean the difference between a successful procedure, and an unsuccessful one. It will also mean that your recovery is more comfortable.

Research when it comes to scalp pigmentation is of the utmost importance, and will give you the confidence to know that the clinic an practitioner you choose not only knows what they are doing, but has carried out the procedure successfully many times before. This will reduce the chance of the pigmentation changing colour over time. This is not exactly a side effect, as – apart from natural fading – this simply should not happen if your practitioner is good at their job, but if the clinic you go to uses cheaper ink in a cost saving exercise, or to lower the cost to the client to entice more people to use them, this can become blue or even green in hue over time.

Good clinics will use high quality ink, and if that means that you pay more to begin with, it is surely better than having to have remedial procedures to fix ink that has turned an unnatural colour.

Are there Scalp Pigmentation Side Effects


Unsanitary conditions can also cause side effects including infection of the scalp – always ensure that you visit the clinic you choose before any procedure date is scheduled so that you can see exactly what the conditions are like. Don’t feel beholden to any particular clinic, even if you have made enquiries and feel as though you should use them because they were particularly helpful when you had questions; if there is even the barest hint of any kind of bad cleaning or poor sanitariness, it is not worth using that specific clinic.

Using good equipment is something we take very seriously at Vinci Hair Clinic, our specially designed MSP machines use the finest, very best pigmentation needles to give you an authentic result.

Scalp Pigmentation Aftercare

Scalp Pigmentation Aftercare

Taking care of your scalp, and the pigmentation itself, after the procedure is essential in order to maintain a healthy, natural look for your hairline. As long as you carry out the required aftercare, there is really no reason why your scalp pigmentation shouldn’t continue to look fantastic for many years to come.

Your practitioner should have a copy of the aftercare guidelines to give you, and this is something you should ask about at your initial consultation – it is so important, and it is something we take very seriously at Vinci Hair Clinic, to provide you with the information, and to discuss it with you to ensure you understand before leaving the clinic.

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It’s not just aftercare, either – by carrying out some pre-treatment actions before you even get started, you can prepare your scalp and your body for what is to come. The first thing to do is to shave your head completely one or two weeks before your first session. This will show you exactly where the problem areas lie, and will also get you into the practice of shaving your scalp. If you have any scars or marks that you didn’t know about you will now be able to see them and your practitioner will be able to address them accordingly.

You should also moisturise your scalp to prepare the skin for the pigmentation. You need your skin to be in top condition before any procedures are carried out. Dry skin will make it harder for the tattoo to work, so it’s best to try to rid your scalp of it in advance.


As with any tattoo, the skin beneath it and around it will need time to heal. It is best not to touch it if at all possible to give it the time it needs, and to reduce the chances of infection. Don’t wash your scalp for at least three days after your treatment, and if you can avoid sweating, do. This means no gym, no sports, and, if the weather is hot, try to stay indoors in a cool room as much as you can.

When you do wash your scalp, do it with water alone. Once washed, you can add moisturiser. Once a week has gone by, you can use a gentle facewash or cleanser on your scalp.

And for 30 days you shouldn’t use any kind of exfoliating products, and neither should your scalp be exposed to prolonged UV rays.

After 30 days, you can resume your normal lifestyle, and enjoy your new look.

Long Term Aftercare

You want your scalp to look for many years to come, and in order to do that there are some long term aftercare precautions to take – the first is to be careful in the sun. Use sun cream on your scalp to protect the pigmentation, and don’t use sunbeds as they increase the effect of fading of the scalp pigmentation.

You should also now regularly use an exfoliating scrub on your scalp; this removes the dead skin cells and keeps the pigmentation looking almost as good as new. Also, continue to moisturise daily to ensure your scalp looks healthy at all times.

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Scalp Pigmentation Pro's and Cons

After SMP For ScarsAs with any cosmetic procedure, scalp pigmentation has its pros and its cons. When investigating scalp pigmentation as an option to working with your own hair loss, it is important to consider all the aspects, as what will work well for some may not be as great for others – it could be that a hair transplant, for example, would work better.

It is clear that scalp pigmentation can relieve the emotional distress that is so often caused by thinning hair. It increases the self confidence of the patient, and enables them to enjoy life to the fullest once more. So if you are considering this treatment, what are the pros and cons to think about before signing up with a clinic?

Advantages for Scalp Micro Pigmentation

SMP is a Non-Invasive Technique

One of the things that make proponents of scalp pigmentation cite as their reason for going ahead with it is that the procedure is non-invasive. This means that not only is the procedure itself much quicker than other types, but it also means that the desired effect can be achieved quicker too – sometimes in just a few hours. And of course, non-invasive procedures offer a faster healing time, with less chance of infection.

Durability of Scalp Micro PigmentationAffordability of the Treatment

Unlike some hair transplant procedures, scalp pigmentation is a lot more affordable. It’s the perfect way to enhance your appearance without spending a fortune to do it.


Scalp pigmentation can last for many years with proper after care. Although touch ups may be necessary, you won’t need to schedule them for many years.

Disadvantages to Scalp Micro Pigmentation

Limited Look

Whereas the more expensive hair transplants grow in line with the follicles, when it comes to scalp pigmentation, there is only really one achievable look – the ‘buzzed’ style. If you would prefer a thicker head of hair, or one that can be styled, then scalp pigmentation may not be for you.

It’s Not 3D

Scalp pigmentation is a very clever – very good – illusion of hair. It is not ‘3D’, so anyone touching your scalp would not feel hair at all.

Does Not Age

This may not be a con at all for some people, but for others it could be very important; because scalp pigmentation is a tattoo, it will not change colour (apart from slight fading), and therefore will not go grey or white with age, unless you choose to have further procedures.

Restoring your Hair without Surgery with Vinci Hair Clinic

Restoring your Hair without Surgery with Vinci Hair Clinic

mohammad-after-1-sizedBeing able to achieve hair growth is essentially one of the reasons to use a balding solution. Camouflaging hair loss is also another method to accomplish relatively the same outcome. Those undergoing alopecia want to be liberated from its mental burden. This is usually caused by the anxiety that accompanies balding. A person may tend to feel more self-conscious of how they might appear to others. Growing their hair back might seem to be the first option but creatively concealing their alopecia could serve the purpose just as well. There are many treatments available today that can already achieve this. It is often selecting the best one that proves to be most challenging.

Hair transplant surgery is one of the methods that some people turn to for a balding solution. It is an effective means to increase the hair density of the scalp through repositioning of its healthy hair follicles. There are no new ones created so the patient can only make use of this procedure if he has an adequate supply to cover the bald areas of his scalp. It is also limited in its application. Male pattern baldness is where it finds its best use. This is not recommended for something like alopecia areata and it is impossible to benefit from this technique in a case of alopecia totalis. There is likewise concern about the scarring it leaves behind. Hair cannot be worn short without these marks becoming noticeable.

Achieving the most natural look is the best thing that a balding solution can provide. Scalp micropigmentation is one those techniques that can accomplish this easily. It mimics the appearance of the patient’s actual hair follicles through the use of well-placed pigments. The design of the hair pattern should provide a close match to how his real hair would look like. Care has to be taken in selecting the pigment’s size, shape, color and density. The practitioner has to take into consideration his client’s facial features and skin tone to create an accurate scalp micropigmentation design.

The restoration process should begin through consultation. An experienced practitioner will always take the time to interview his patient in order to find out his exact requirements, assess the type of balding and recommend ways to address it through scalp micropigmentation. The client in turn, can use this opportunity to gather more information about his hair loss, discuss the way he would like the hair pattern to appear and learn how this technique can aid him to conceal his balding. This should be conducted in a discrete and professional manner within a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Potential patients should not be made to immediately undergo a procedure. They must be provided with at least a full day to physically prepare for and mentally commit to their scalp micropigmentation. Shaving all their existing hair off will provide the practitioner with a blank “canvass” to layer the pigments upon. Understanding that this is a permanent life-changing treatment is important before actually going through with it. This will not cure hair loss. It will however be able to successfully camouflage it.

The process will be divided into sessions each taking an average of three hours to complete. Depending on the degree of balding and required intricacy of the design, an entire treatment will usually take more than two sessions to finish. There will be a seven-day recovery period in between them to allow the pigments to settle-in and fade. This gives the opportunity for the technician to observe how best to approach the succeeding sessions. The client only has to make sure that he does not touch any part of his scalp while it is healing to avoid interfering with the assimilation of the pigments with his skin. Eventually, scalp micropigmentation will be able to effectively provide an accurate semblance of hair without the use of any invasive surgery.

Daily Mail Scalp MicroPigmentation Article

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Showcased in Daily Mail Article

Daily Mail Scalp Micro Pigmentation ArticleWe are excited to report that on 4 May 2015, the Daily Mail (Mailonline) published an article by Madlen Davies on the subject of Scalp Micro Pigmentation. At Vinci Hair Clinics, we are extremely proud of this advanced hair-restoration technique, which has helped numerous clients to improve their appearance and regain their confidence.

The Daily Mail article is an informative piece which looks at the growing popularity of Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) and provides details on how the procedure is performed. The article demonstrates through the use of client before and after photos just how successful SMP has been for sufferers of scarring, alopecia, male pattern baldness and other hair-loss conditions. It also notes that SMP is pain-free, non-invasive and can be used by both men and women.

Along with photographs documenting the visible effects of SMP treatment for hair-loss, the article also includes an interview with a client who has had the procedure. He was quoted as being impressed with the treatment, in  particular the natural-looking results.

If you would like to read the complete Daily Mail article, please click on the following link.

You can also learn more about Vinci Hair Clinics and SMP by browsing our websites or by booking a free consultation. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form and we'll be in touch to help you discover what SMP can do for you.

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Concealing alopecia with Scalp Micro Pigmentation

There are different kinds of balding that could occur during a man's life. Male pattern baldness is the most frequent. It could account for a majority of all the types of hair loss reported. This can initially be detected by observing how hair is lost. It would usually begin with a receding hairline at the temporal and frontal areas of the scalp. The vertex region would also start losing hair that will begin at the center of the scalp and move outward. All of these areas will eventually cause the top of the head to lose its hair. Only the regions at the lower sides and back of the scalp will continue to have active hair follicles. Male pattern baldness is brought about by genetic causes.

Alopecia areata on the other hand, is an autoimmune manifestation. Many regard this as being triggered by stress though there are still actual tests that need to be performed to confirm this. It appears in numerous bald patches often resembling the shape and size of a coin. This does not have a set pattern when it would show up. It can also vanish without a trace and reappear once again much to the dismay of the patient. Alopecia areata can also advance to a more serious case known as alopecia totalis or hair loss over the whole head.

The type of hair loss that is confirmed to be stress-induced is telogen effluvium. Hair in this case is shed in clumps on different parts of the scalp about three months after the stressful event occurred. These are usually caused by major life events such as death of a loved one, divorce, accident, major surgery or childbirth. This jolts into action a sudden shift between the anagen and telogen hair growth cycles resulting in a longer resting stage. The density becomes thinner in different areas of the scalp because it is not able to replace it with new hair growth.

There are also types of hair loss as a result of illness, infection or medication. Targeting the cause of its appearance could easily help the scalp regain its hair. It would be difficult to do this however in cases where medication is still required. A person might want to continue with it and disregard the loss of his hair in favour of regaining his physical health. He may however plan ahead by getting treatment already in place before he starts with his medication. It is possible to do this through scalp micropigmentation.

This is perhaps the most innovative among the multitude of balding solutions available today. It is not only applicable upon any type of hair loss but it can also be implemented upon whatever phase it is currently in. Male pattern baldness can easily be camouflaged though this procedure. The same goes for the aforementioned cases of alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and even telogen effluvium. Its use can go beyond those caused by alopecia and may even be implemented to conceal any type of scarring brought about by hair transplant surgery or any kind of trauma caused to the head.

Karl Before

Karl After

There are two styles that could be used to create an illusion of hair, which this treatment is quite known for. The first is the “just-shaved” hair pattern that resembles a close-cropped haircut. It is easy to implement this style. A client who is interested to use it simply has to shave his existing hair off and visit the clinic to have his pigments layered. The other kind of scalp micropigmentation requires certain prerequisites before it may be used. There should be no other type of balding aside from diffuse thinning at the vertex region and the patient’s hairline should remain intact. Satisfying these two requirements would allow easy implementation of the treatment. These are the two effective ways that scalp micropigmentation can effectively conceal alopecia or any type of scarring.

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How long can scalp micropigmentation last?

Being able to successfully treat hair loss is the only thing that a balding solution should be designed to do. There is no room for failure or even a half-baked result. Losing hair is one thing. Recovering from it only to lose it again is quite another. To be fair, there has yet to be an actual cure developed that can totally prevent or reverse the effects of androgenic alopecia. There is however another technique aside from hair regrowth that can provide lasting effects. This is done through camouflaging hair loss.

Scalp micropigmentation is steadily gaining popularity as one of the leading methods to conceal male pattern baldness. In fact, it is so dynamic that its applications go far beyond this certain type of alopecia. There have been many other successfully treated cases of hair loss completed through the use of this technique. Other products or services might be more appropriately used depending on the current stage a certain kind of balding is in. Scalp micropigmentation can be implemented regardless if it is just beginning, in its mid-phase or even if it has completely caused all the hair to be lost. It is simply hard to put a limit on how effective this treatment can be.

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Finding the right service provider is crucial in order to benefit from this treatment. Such establishments can create high quality scalp micropigmentation work that is hardly detectible. It could be made so well that it would remain indistinguishable even when it has already been pointed out. The part where the patient’s real hair follicle begins and the pigments end would not be obvious. This is what scalp micropigmentation should essentially create, an illusion of hair that is able to effectively camouflage alopecia.

A first rate treatment will last anywhere between four to six years between refresher sessions, provided that it is delivered to a high standard. This will generally be made up of top grade inks, specialised equipment and experienced practitioners. The pigments must also be given time to heal for a minimum of seven days after each session is completed. This is simply the best time for it to settle into the scalp and fade. The scalp can become dry and itchy sometime in the middle of the week. Because of this, a conscious effort should be made to refrain from scratching its surface. This can cause pigments that have yet to assimilate with the skin to come off, resulting in a patchy looking hair pattern. It would be easy to counter this however because the practitioner simply has to layer another batch of pigments over the required area.

There are some ways to ensure that scalp micropigmentation will last as long as possible. Having an aftercare regimen is necessary to wash away any excess oil and dirt that has built up over the surface of the skin. This can block the pores and cause it to break out with pimples, potentially affecting the pigments wherever it may appear. Keeping the scalp moisturized is another essential component for its maintenance. Dryness can often result in flaked or cracked skin. This might cause premature fading due to the amount of skin that has been shed. Applying a moisturizer regularly can prolong the vibrancy of its hue. When the time does come that the pigments have faded noticeably, the client would only need to visit the clinic to request for a touch-up procedure. This would instantly refresh its color and make it appear like new.

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The patient must also be wary to avoid prolonged sun exposure. He should likewise be mindful not to apply any alcohol-based tonics on his head. These instances would something that can speed up the fading of his scalp micropigmentation. Nothing could be done however if the client’s own immune system or skin acidity would cause premature fading. His only recourse would be again, to visit the clinic to receive another touch-up treatment.

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Scalp micropigmentation can be used to conceal strip scars

After SMP For ScarsBeing able to regain hair growth after being bald for a long period of time can make anyone feel good. All the bouts of anxiety will slowly disappear and a revived sense of positive self-worth takes its place. It is truly a happy time when this heavy mental burden is finally unloaded. Those that have had to carry it during the progression of their alopecia can rest easy in the knowledge that they can always find a solution for their balding. There are many choices that lead to freedom from hair loss. Selecting one does not necessarily mean that another can no longer be chosen. Using them in tandem can often provide greater benefits. Being able to receive a confirmatory diagnosis from a qualified physician however should always be first and foremost before embarking upon a solution for balding.

The type of hair loss that a man will usually have is androgenic alopecia. Its initial symptoms often manifest itself in his late twenties. There have been quite a number of cases though where this has appeared earlier or at times, later than the mean age. The balding can initially be observed in the temporal as well as the frontal regions. An M-shaped hair pattern will form once a significant portion of the temporal area has receded. There might be some thinning in the frontal region at first before it also starts revealing more of the scalp. The vertex area comes next, beginning with a bald spot at its center and radiating outward. All of these regions will ultimately leave the top of the scalp hairless and only the lower portions will have coverage. It is this remaining amount that is the most important consideration to treat male pattern baldness with hair transplant surgery.

The donor area is where the healthy hair follicles are extracted from to graft unto the areas exposed by hair loss. Hair transplant surgeons must make sure that they do a proper estimate of this location because of the scarring that will ultimately result from the operation. There should be a sufficient quantity of the patient’s hair that could grow long enough to cover these revealing marks. It would be helpful to have a good approximation of this area especially when a large supply of hair follicles is required.

Using follicular unit transplantation or the strip method can guarantee greater quantities of hair in a single operation. This mode is preferred where the balding has already exposed close to a third of the scalp. There would still be enough healthy hair follicles to provide coverage to the required area for treatment. This would be extracted by making a fine, horizontal cut at the back of the patient’s head to derive a strip of skin containing these units of hair. This will be divided into smaller pieces which will be the ones implanted unto the balding area. It will leave a very noticeable scar that can be hidden when the client eventually grows out his hair.

Patients might sometimes opt to keep their hair short even after going through with follicular unit transplantation surgery. They are interested in having the appearance of a full head of hair though it does not necessarily have to be long. This decision can cause the strip scar at the back of the head to be easily distinguishable. Scalp MicroPigmenatation can be used to help it blend in with the rest of his existing hair. The use of well-placed pigments can be layered over its surface causing it to appear just like real hair follicles. These strip scars can easily be concealed with scalp micropigmentation provided that the hair design can seamlessly blend in with the client’s actual hair.

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Scalp micropigmentation to conceal FUT scars

Androgenic alopecia has no known cure as of the moment. Totally preventing it from happening is still a work in progress. The most that present balding solutions can do is slow it down or camouflage it. This is already a huge leap for earlier options such as putting on a hat or a hairpiece to conceal hair loss. Today’s methods offer a full range of techniques that can provide authentic looking hair or even help it regrow in places of baldness. It is also possible to use more than one method. This allows the process to become more imaginative, raising the bar on how realistic a certain combination of solutions can appear.

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The progression of male pattern baldness has to be taken into consideration before using any technique. It starts with a receding hairline at the temporal areas followed shortly after by the frontal regions of the scalp. There will usually be a good amount of thinning in these areas before the center of the crown region begins to bald as well. The hair loss will increase in all areas until it results in the top of the scalp being completely without hair. What would remain will resemble the shape of a horseshoe type pattern.

Treating this type of hair loss can be accomplished through the use of hair transplant surgery. The strip of hair that will be left in the end stages of androgenic alopecia can be used to harvest healthy hair follicles from. It should not be allowed to reach this far however because the bald areas would be far greater than can be possibly be treated with hair transplant surgery. The hair follicles are only rearranged through this technique. There are no new ones that will be grown in the transplanted region aside from those units that were grafted. A good estimation of what will constitute the donor area should then be made while there are enough hair follicles to supply these balding regions with. It is also important to determine this with certainty because of the scars that will surely result from surgery.

Using the follicular unit transplantation method or FUT can cover a large area exhibiting hair loss. This technique requires the surgeon to make a horizontal incision to extract a strip of skin containing healthy hair follicles. This is further partitioned into smaller grafts under two classifications. Mini grafts will have anywhere between four to six hair follicles while micro grafts will consist of one to three units. They are then implanted unto specific areas of balding that can best recreate the appearance of having a full head of hair. This entire process while effective is not without a downside. A long linear scar will take the place of where the strip of skin used to be. Though this would be easily covered when the patient’s existing hair grows out, it still poses a limitation to what he can do with his hair. Wearing it short or cropped for example will not be possible without seeing the mark left by surgery.

Scalp micropigmentation can be used to conceal this FUT scar. It has long been utilised to camouflage hair loss. The same can be done with scarring caused by hair transplant surgery or any other marks as a result of trauma to the head. There is no formal design to think of because this would most likely be used to increase the appearance of density as well as uniformity of the hair growth. Implementing it is mainly to provide added freedom to the patient should he want a shorter hairstyle. Combining FUT surgery with scalp micropigmentation only goes to show that two methods can be used to create a more realistic hair loss solution.

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A review of scalp micropigmentation as a remedy for hair loss

Searching for an effective treatment to address balding does not have to be a solo endeavour. It is true that all the information is available online. This is made all the more useful however when it is coupled with sound advice from an experienced professional. They would know how accurate the claims of certain endorsements are and might even agree to some of them.

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Hair loss comes in many forms, each exhibiting different symptoms. Applying a certain remedy might entail some guesswork if it is without the proper guidance. What may be suitable for one might not be the same for another. While this is true in most instances, the same does not apply when it comes to scalp micropigmentation. Prior consultation is still advised to be sure, though what is being is emphasised is that this treatment is broad in its application. It can be implemented on almost any balding condition in whatever phase it is in. This is how dynamic scalp micropigmentation can be. It is able to provide quick and effective results for anyone experiencing hair loss.

Creating a semblance of hair is the main purpose of scalp micropigmentation. This treatment does not try to remedy the root cause of a balding condition. It merely tries to camouflage its existence. Clinics that can do this on a consistent basis use excellent materials and equipment for every procedure. Skilled technicians treat each case with careful consideration. They are aware that some hair patterns are more suitable for certain skin types and facial characteristics than others. How the pigments are arranged should be able to accurately mimic the actual hair follicles of the patient.

Scalp micropigmentation can be executed in three different ways. Perhaps the most widely used is the close-cropped style. The client just has to remember to always shave off his existing hair to make the design look consistent all throughout. The pigments are two-dimensional while actual hair is three-dimensional. Another application uses these two components to increase the hair density of a patient’s scalp. It only requires that the hairline is still complete and that the type of hair loss being exhibited is limited to diffuse thinning. This is very effective in maintaining the realism of the procedure because of the presence of actual hair. Anyone who might accidentally touch the client’s head would still feel real hair as well as appreciate a perceived density. The last mode of implementation for scalp micropigmentation is to cover scars left by hair transplant surgery or any other type of scarring for that matter. It must be flat and if possible, colorless in order for the pigments to easily appear authentic. Using Fraxel laser technology however can help smoothen out any raised scars before the use of scalp micropigmentation.

All of these treatment styles are permanent once the pigments have been allowed to settle-in and fade. They will consistently stay in place no matter how often the scalp gets wet. This feature however might also be a point of concern for some patients. There might be instances when a certain hair pattern would look outdated due to the many years scalp micropigmentation can remain in a fixed position. Laser removal can be used to take off pigments in certain areas in order to help sculpt a new look. This can assist a patient to change the appearance of his hair pattern as often as he may choose to do so. There will be a time however when the pigments will start to lose its color. Scalp micropigmentation treatments usually begin to fade after four to five years. Visiting the clinic for a fresh application of pigments is all that is necessary to rejuvenate the hair pattern.