Frequently Asked Questions
Treatments & Options
Q: What is 3d Scalp Micropigmentation?
A: 3D Scalp Micropigmentation is a hair follicle replication procedure which helps individuals who are experiencing hair loss, or who may have scarring on their heads that they wish to cover up.
Prime Line utilize meticulously designed colors and a unique application method to mimic hair follicles in the scalp. The procedure is a completely non-intrusive treatment and requires no surgery whatsoever. Our procedure boasts vastly lower costs and much lower risks compared to alternative hair replacement medications and practices.
Q: What is the difference between Scalp Micropigmentation and a regular head tattoo?
A: Although some people may label 3D Scalp Micropigmentation as a hair tattoo, it’s actually quite different. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is the skill of the practitioner. Erin skillfully replicates a 3D look of natural hair. Needles are firmly embedded into the dermis, which is one of the more controlled layers of the skin. This is what prevents the dispersion of any ink. Also, the needles used for this technique are single-use needles that are three-quarters smaller than any available tattooing needle.
Q: Can Scalp Micropigmentation disguise scars?
A: Absolutely. Scar camouflage is a service offered by Prime Line
Q: How long will the treatment take?
A: Treatments will take roughly 3-4 hours for the first session, then around 2-3 hours for the second and third session. We offer a complete guarantee on any fading and a 1-year guarantee on touch-ups for hairline alteration or fading.
Q: What are the sizes of the needles which are used?
A: The needle that is used is a quarter of the size of the needles used by companies that implant pigments using permanent makeup guns. This gives us the advantage of creating actual follicles that look the same as hair. Other companies have no choice but to create a shade or fill that gives the illusion of hair. Our needle can make the dot of a small pin. If you look closely at the impressions, it is impossible to tell the difference between the hair and the impressions.
Q: Can you explain what occurs when the pigmentation needle machine goes into the scalp?
A: The follicle shaped needle implants go directly into the epidermis, not reaching the dermis. The skin is made of a mixture of cross fibers that have lumen within the cells. The lumens allow the ink to deposit into the dermis and stay consistent in size and shape.
Q: Can you explain precisely how the pigment is injected?
A: The ink is injected using a specialized rotary machine, similar to a permanent makeup machine. The difference is the stroke, how we lay the ink, and the depth at which we implant the ink. We are able to implant ink on the top layer of skin because we inject more ink. The excess ink will fade away while the rest will remain. This leaves behind a small follicle shaped impression that will not alter in size due to the fact that it is sitting on the dermis. The epidermis has blood flow and over time, the ink will spread, becoming one shade and blending into each other. This is why you see many men and women actually ending up with a slight shade on their head 1-2 years later when done by other companies.
Q: What is the pain level?
A: Most people experience a mild amount of discomfort during the early stages of the session, though this tends to become more tolerable as the session progresses. Some areas of the scalp have a denser collection of nerve endings than others, particularly at the sides of the head, and can often be the most challenging to deal with, but many choose to focus on the benefits and the final of the treatment to help contain the sensation.
When we talk to our clients, they say they would rate the pain level at 3 out of 10. Both women and men who have scarring from hair transplants will often have a little more discomfort due to the sensitivity of the area as well.
Q: Will people be able to tell I have had this treatment done?
A: The look we provide is unbelievably realistic. If you don’t tell them, they won’t know. Not one client that we have treated has ever reported an incident where someone could tell. Our procedure has the age-renewing aesthetics to make the hair of someone who is balding look younger and improve his or her overall appearance. Just take a look at our client before and after pictures to see real examples.
Q: How will I look immediately after the procedure?
A: Following the treatment, there is a redness for anywhere between 2-10 hours, depending on your skin type. The pigment’s initial color will appear darker than the “cured” result, but don’t worry, getting to your ideal color will only take up to 1-2 weeks.
Q: Will the pigment used change colors or fade at all?
A: No our pigment and technique allow us to mitigate migration risks by doing the treatment in a slow and steady manner.
Q: Does the end result look like a tattoo?
A: Although this is a form of tattooing, the process and end result are far different than that of a regular tattoo. Both our technique and our equipment are specifically engineered to create an end result that appears natural.
Q: What is the average time between sessions?
A: We always suggest to our clients to wait at least six days after their initial treatment to have a second and third session. Every procedure package comes with at least three treatments. This secondary procedure ensures optimal results while allowing for minor adjustments to the hairline and color after the product has had the necessary time to cure.
Q: How many hairs are placed in each session?
A: Clients generally receive around twenty thousand tattooed hair follicles, using our point-by-point placement system. This is the general treatment that includes the hairline, front, top and crown with a blending.
Q: Are there any common side effects?
A: Micropigmentation in general has very limited side effects and does not tend to cause adverse reactions. This is because the technique addresses the visual symptom, (the hair loss itself) rather than the underlying cause. This makes a full medical diagnosis less important. Whilst the side effects are limited, the advice of a technician prior to starting treatment is still necessary.
Q: How long does the illusion last?
A: Everyone wants to know how long his or her treatment will last. The nature of the process means that it will fade slowly over a period of time. Although the pigments will probably remain visible for 20 years or more, regular top-ups are needed to keep your hair looking its best. Most clients find they need top-ups every 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.