Scalp Micropigmentation – Scarborough, Maine

We are excited to offer Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)!


What is scalp micropigmentation? (SMP)

Scalp Micropigmentation Service MaineScalp micropigmentation is a cosmetic treatment for thinning hair or hair loss. It’s sometimes also called a hair tattoo. A provider uses thin, small needles to deposit tiny dots of pigment (color) on the scalp. These dots give the appearance of thicker hair. Scalp micropigmentation pigments are cosmetic-grade, permanent inks. Scalp micropigmentation can hide thinning areas on your scalp. It may also hide birthmarks or scars. The treatment can also give the illusion of having shaved hair or a “buzz cut” on bald people. Scalp micropigmentation is noninvasive and doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia.

How Is the Scalp Micropigmentation Procedure Done?

Scalp micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic tattooing. It’s done by implementing tiny dots of pigment into the skin of the scalp with a small pen-like machine like a tattoo gun. The pigments are formulated differently from traditional tattoo ink, so they fade evenly and consistently over time, without the risk of changing tone or blurring if the treatment is done right. The dots are made wherever hair is sparse or missing altogether, so the treatment can be done to give existing hair an illusion of more thickness and density or to recreate the buzz-cut look on the entire scalp for clients who have very little to no hair. It can be done on clients of any gender, and the technique can be adjusted to give different results.

What is scalp micropigmentation for?

Scalp micropigmentation is a type of micropigmentation (permanent makeup). The treatment can create the appearance of thicker hair in people who have:

  • Alopecia Arata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss.
  • Chemotherapy-related hair loss.
  • Hair loss in women.
  • Hormonal conditions that cause hair loss, including polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Male pattern baldness, receding hairline, or baldness at the crown of the head.
  • Scars or birthmarks on the scalp.


What are the advantages of scalp micropigmentation?

  • Less invasive (no surgery or incisions).
  • Less pain.
  • Lower cost.
  • No downtime.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t get scalp micropigmentation?

People who are prone to keloids (scars that grow larger than normal) should not get scalp micropigmentation. The treatment can cause keloids to form in some people.

SMP Procedure Step by Step

Step 1 – Consults

Consults are perhaps the most important stage of the process, since they determine how the results will turn out, allow you to meet the artist and get a sense of their style and expertise, and allow the artist to walk you through the important aftercare instructions. To book a consultation call or message Corey at 207-200-7039. It’s always advisable to do the consults on a separate day, not right before your treatment. This way, you have time to discuss your wishes with your artist with no rush, and they have the time to assess your scalp, make sure you’re a good candidate for the SMP procedure, and come up with the best shape and color for you specifically.

What happens before scalp micropigmentation?

Before scalp micropigmentation:

  1. Wash your hair and scalp before your appointment.
  2. When you arrive, your practitioner marks the areas of the scalp that they’ll treat.
  3. If you’re bald, you and your provider may create a hairline based on your facial structure, age, and head shape.
  4. You and your provider choose pigments that match your hair color.
  5. Your practitioner applies numbing medicine to the scalp to make you more comfortable. The needles are thinner and smaller than tattoo needles, so scalp micropigmentation is usually less painful than getting a tattoo.

Step 2 – Cleaning

At the actual appointment, the first step is cleaning the scalp. Since the skin will be broken, the area needs to be free of all dirt and product residues, to eliminate the risk of contamination and subsequent infection. The artist will use a disinfecting cleanser to clean the area.

Step 3 – Outlining

Then, the artist will map out what will become your new hairline. This is an important step and the artist will take their time with it. Deciding how far down to bring the hairline should be based on your natural features. They will draw on the outline, and you’ll have the chance to approve it and decide how you want it to look. Once it kicks in, the cream will be removed and it’s time for the actual micropigmentation.

Step 5 – The Micropigmentation

Finally, it’s time for the actual pigment implementation. The artist will choose a custom shade of pigment in the tone emerging hair follicles have, regardless of your natural hair color. Your provider uses a needle to deposit medical-grade pigment on the desired areas of the scalp. The dots vary in size, angle, and depth to provide a natural, hairlike appearance. Your treatment may take up to five hours, depending on the size of the treatment area. Most people need three or more treatments, spaced several weeks apart. Each treatment adds more pigment to create the look of thick hair. The process shouldn’t be painful, since your scalp is numb, but it may be a bit uncomfortable, especially around the temples. If you feel actual pain, let your artist know – they can add more numbing.

Step 6 – Cleaning and Photos

When the pigment is implemented, it’s time to clean off the residues from the skin. Then, the artist will take some photos for reference, and ask you whether it’s okay with you if they share the photos on their social media.

Step 7 – Healing Process and Aftercare

The SMP procedure doesn’t end once you leave the salon – over the next few weeks, the pigments will settle into your skin and the incisions will heal. This stage is crucial to the success of the treatment – you need to pay some special attention to your scalp and follow the aftercare instructions your artist prescribes. Generally, this boils down to:

  • Cleaning your scalp in a certain way and according to a prescribed schedule.
  • Applying an aftercare ointment.
  • Keeping your scalp out of sunlight.
  • Avoid any products your artist doesn’t approve of.

What happens after scalp micropigmentation?

Since there’s no surgery or anesthesia, you can go back to daily life quickly. There are very few side effects of scalp micropigmentation. You may have some redness on your scalp that lasts several hours. You can wear a hat or scarf to cover the scalp if you want. You won’t wash your hair for 3 days afterward.

Step 8 – Further Sessions

Generally, scalp micropigmentation is always done in 2+ sessions. A single session usually isn’t enough to implement sufficient pigment, and further sessions are needed to make sure the results last for several years and to get the color saturation even in all spots. With each session, less and less work will be needed, so they won’t take as long as the initial session. For most clients, 3 sessions give great results, but it’s all individual. The treatments are a financial commitment, your artist may accept payment plans.

Step 9 – Success!

Once the results of your SMP are as dark as you want them to be and your skin has recovered from the final session, you can consider your SMP procedure successfully over! Enjoy your new look!

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

Scalp micropigmentation usually retains its appearance for four years or longer. The pigments used in scalp micropigmentation are permanent cosmetic pigments. They are not the same as tattoo ink, so they resist fading or color change.




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