Scalp Micropigmentation recovery is amazingly quick. Most clients experience some redness immediately following the procedure, which dissipates significantly or completely disappears by the very next day.
Prime Line Scalp Micropigmentation is delivered over a series of treatment sessions. Exactly how many sessions will be required is hard to foresee accurately in advance, however, it is most heavily influenced by the rate of fading experienced by the client, the combination of their hair and skin color, the shade of pigments used and any scar tissue that requires treatment.
Most clients will require 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment. However, clients with scars, alopecia or other skin conditions may require more. Some clients believe their treatment is complete after 2 sessions but may come back for a later session to correct minor fading. Most clients need 3 sessions and around 20% of clients will require a fourth session.
Once the pigments are deposited, the skin needs to heal. A recovery period of one week should be allowed, so that the micro-wounds created during the procedure may dry up and close while the pigments get assimilated into the dermal layer. The proper post-treatment is required to follow closely to ensure patient’s scalp to heal between treatment sessions.
- Day 1 – first session
- Day 7 (or later) – second session
- Day 14 (or later) – third session
It is common to leave several weeks between the second and third sessions, to allow time for the pigments to fully settle and to establish whether or not a third session is actually needed.
Q: How long is it until the procedure fades, discolors, or looks less realistic? How much does it cost to have this corrected?
A: Many clients go years without having any touch ups. Following post-care procedures and keeping your scalp from overexposure to the elements helps ensure longer-lasting results.
Q: How long will my head take to fully heal after the procedure?
A: We provide specific post-care protocols that should be followed for the first week and thereafter. Your bodies own healing ability will determine when your scalp is fully healed. You will be a little red the day of the procedure, but you will be able to live normally and even go to work the day after.
Q: I want my hair to look clean when it is shaved with a razor. Will I need my entire head done with Scalp Micropigmentation in order to get this look?
A: The look that we create for you is one that will be blended into the hair that you already have. During your consultation or after reviewing your photos, we will be able to advise you about the exact length to keep your hair in order to achieve the best look.
Q: Do I need to shave my head before the procedure?
A: Every case is different. After viewing images of your scalp, Erin will make sure you are prepared and fully informed before your procedure.
Q: How long do I have to wait before I can shave my head?
A: We would suggest about four or five days. We also recommend an electric foil shaver for the first few shaves after your treatment.
Q: How long do I have to wait after receiving my treatment before I can shave with a razor?
A: At the very least, one week. Your scalp is still in the healing process for at least one week after this treatment.
Q: What if my scalp is feeling dry?
A: If we notice your scalp is dry, we will recommend a moisturizing regimen to start one week after your procedure.
Q: When am I able to expose my head to sunlight?
A: You should wait at least 30 days after your procedure date before exposing your scalp to the sunlight without a hat or sunscreen. We recommend that you use a sunscreen with SPF 30, or a cap/hat for any time that you are out in the first month.
Q: I noticed a slight shine, what anti-shine product would you recommend?
A: Max Anti-Shine Gel, Milk of Magnesia, and Headblade Head-lube Matte Lotion are all highly recommended and really effective choices to combat any issues with shine.
Q: What should I be cautious of in the days following my treatment?
A: In the first four days following your treatment, you must avoid getting your scalp wet. This includes both washing the treatment areas and sweating in the treatment areas. When showering, ensure that neither water nor shampoo does not reach your scalp. Avoid activities that may cause you to sweat, such as running, weightlifting, and over-exposure to the sun. Going about normal daily work and home activities in the first four days is fine, so long as they do not cause you to sweat on the treatment area.
Q: My job requires physical work, will sweat interfere with my healing?
A: Although you can’t completely control sweating, we recommend waiting at least four days before doing things that cause a light sweat, if possible. After 10 days, any level of sweating should not affect your healing at all.
There is no question the treatments fade in between sessions, which is the “prime” reason multiple sessions are required to get the best results. This can be irritating and inconvenient for people and can be frustrating between you and the provider. That is why it is very important to understand the process of Scalp Micropigmentation and know it takes time and commitment. The hair follicle did not disappear overnight so it will take a little patience for the progression and outcome of the treatment! The reason the treatment fades between treatments is due to your immune system going to work, a variable in which neither you nor your technician has any control. It is perfectly normal for your pigmentation to appear too light between sessions; your treatment is not yet complete!
Long term fading is due to your immune system rejecting the pigment, and also by your lifestyle choices.
Sun exposer will fade the pigment quicker than you even though possible! Use sensible precaution, always use sunscreen or a hat if you want your treatment to last for years to come.
Other reasons are products that contain large amounts of alcohol.
Everyone wants to know how long their treatment will last. The nature of the process means that it will fade slowly over a period of time. However, the pigments can remain visible for 20 years or more. Regular touchup-ups are needed to keep your scalp looking its best usually anywhere from 3-5 years.
For maximum longevity, it is important to keep the scalp in a good condition. Ensure that your head is cleansed and moisturized daily, take adequate precautions in the sun and avoid topical products that contain alcohol.