FAQs About Scalp Micropigmentation
The society we live in today is often unfairly image oriented. Often the first thing a person will notice about another is their face or head. A healthy head of hair has always been a measure of youth and vitality throughout many cultures across the globe. As a result, hair loss of any kind can often have a lasting psychological impact on both men and women, while also damaging their self-confidence. Whether it be due to regular patterned balding or a result of a medical condition such as alopecia, people have always gone to great lengths to treat or cover hair loss. Many times these treatments either are painful, leave permanent scars, do not provide realistic results, or just plain don’t work. Scalp micro pigmentation is a lasting, hyper-realistic procedure that provides instant results.
What is scalp micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation is essentially the placement of pigment into the second dermal layer of an individual’s skin with a super fine needle usually attached to an armature bar that is being driven up and down by use of electromagnetic coil in either a gun or pen set up. These fine needles allow the technician to achieve hyper-realistic results that will hold up even under microscopic inspection. This procedure is perfect for people experiencing hair loss of almost any kind. It has been proven effective in treating hair loss due to alopecia, chemotherapy, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disorders, head scars, premature balding and more. The scalp micropigmentation community is finding new ways to help people every day and we are very excited to be a part of it!
Is scalp micropigmentation a tattoo?
While the mechanics of micropigmentation are similar to a traditional tattoo, that is where the similarities end. Tattoo artists use INKS that are meant to last indefinitely. Alpha uses PIGMENTS that are designed to mimic the look and aging of natural hair follicles. They are designed to soften over five to seven years as normal hair follicles would. The pigment we use will never change color turning blue or green like a traditional tattoo ink would or other scalp micropigmentation inks will. The color just becomes less strong over time. Tattoo ink is placed deep within the skin, so deep, that it draws blood. Our process only penetrates the second dermal layer of the skin resulting in little pain, detailed results, and consistent color. Tattoos and a lot of scalp micropigmentation inks will fade, change color, and blur over time. We are not willing to risk this happening to our client’s head especially with so many pigmented follicles, so close together. The pigments we use retain their shape and fade out of the skin before any blurring or color migration would ever take place. The needles we use are custom made to be the width of a real human hair. Traditional tattoo needles are much thicker and are not capable of producing realistic looking follicles. As you can see, our process is far different from a tattoo.
Does it hurt?
As you may have already read elsewhere on our site, we are only depositing pigment two layers deep in the dermal layers of the skin. It is rarely deep enough to draw blood like a traditional tattoo. As an extra measure of comfort, we apply a numbing solution to the treatment area before we begin the procedure. While there may be a small level of occasional discomfort, the procedure is relatively painless.
How long do procedures take?
Every procedure is different and it really comes down to the size of the area we are treating. Procedures can last as little as one hour or as long as four. Some clients will require multiple sessions before the procedure is complete. All of this will be determined and discussed in your free consultation.
Am I still a candidate if I have already tried other hair replacement procedures?
Yes, we can help people that have had hair transplants and even multiple hair replacement procedures in the past. In fact, many of our clients come in to have hair transplant scars covered up. If you are unsure about whether or not you would be a candidate please contact us for a free consultation. There are very few people that we are not able to help.
Do I have to shave my head to have this done?
No, we can work with hair types of all lengths and thicknesses. It is a common misconception that you need a shaved head to be a candidate for this procedure but that is certainly not the case. We work with men and women with hair types and lengths of all kinds.
Will this procedure work if I have light colored or blonde hair?
Yes, because we use colored pigments instead of typical micropigmentation inks we are able to treat people with any hair color.
What is the cost of the procedure?
Just like the length of the procedure, the price varies with the amount of area that needs to be treated. We have seen companies that charge as much as $8000 and $9000 for a procedure. We think this is unfair and will never gouge our clients like that, not even for a completely bald head. With us, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2500 to $3500 on average for a procedure depending on the area and length of the procedure. Our prices are extremely fair for the amount of work that will be completed. You will never see hidden fees or “surprise charges” on your bill. The cost of the procedure is agreed upon before we ever start and you will never pay a penny more. We also provide free touch-ups for the life of your procedure which many other companies will charge for. Contact us today for your free consultation!
Does the finished product look natural?
Because we use pigment instead of ink, the correct needles, the correct equipment, and provide comprehensive aftercare instructions, yes, your results will absolutely look natural.