The difference between Hair Tattoo and Scalp Micropigmentation?

The main difference is the durability over time of the treatments that are performed with these techniques. A tattoo is permanent while Tricopigmentation/Scalp Micropigmentation is designed not to be, this is so that the faded blueing effect associated with tattoo's is avoided.

With Scalp Micropigmentation or Tricopigmentation, the colour remains in perfect condition for a period ranging from 6 months to 12 months after which it will need a top up/touch up treatment to maintain the proper colour. This way Tricopigmentation becomes permanent and at the same time avoids the blueing effect of a permanent scalp tattoo. This is a very important feature of advanced Tricopigmentation technology and clearly distinguishes it from simply tattooing the scalp

The Scalp Tattoo is a permanent technique, colour and shape deteriorates over time, causing undesirable and unnatural effects. Think of a blurred / faded old tattoo!

After several years a scalp tattoo tends to look more like a grey-blueish even shade rather than real hair follicles. The only way to remove the tattoo is with a special laser treatment. Which is expensive and can take several costly sessions to complete.

Scalp Micropigmentation allows the client and technician to modify or refresh the result as and when needed. If the clients decides it does not want to keep the scalp micropigmentation he or she can simply let it fade away within 2-3 years.

The replication of real shaven hair on the scalp is a highly specialised process, and should only be attempted by those with specific knowledge in this field. Unfortunately there are now many tattoo artists and permanent makeup artists that have not been properly trained. What they do not realise is that it takes months of training and years of experience to perfect the SMP technique, and is best completed by those who can invest much of their time in performing this treatment.

                          
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The Blueing  Effect How it should look
 

Can Scalp Micropigmentation camouflage scars?

Scalp Micropigmentation (also called Tricopigmentation) is an effective technique to camouflage scars on the scalp. Most scars on the scalp are due to previous Hair Transplants (FUE or FUT) but occasionally also from other trauma.
In most cases we are able to blend the scar with the natural hair. This process is very advanced and should be treated very carefully by well trained technicians.

Some scars due to their condition may not be suitable for micro-pigmentation. But this will be asscessed by our technicians in the initial consultation  in order to ascertain if the scar is able to be pigmentated. Most scars can be treated very effectively but we always need to make sure the scar tissue is stable. Scars must first be tested  with only a few light micro dots in order to asscess the pigment differentiation as compared to dots in the surrounding tissue, this is essential in order to properly blend and camouflage the scar. In most cases scar camouflage is very successful.

 

How much will the treatment cost?

Prices are always determined for each client specifically. Every client is different and has specific needs. Therefor we recommend our clients to book a consultation to establish the cost for their treatment.

We do have a general structure for our prices which is based on the Norwood Scale and areas to be treated on the scalp. Prices vary from around £800 up to £1,600 and in the case of total alopecia this can be up to £2,000. Prices are calculated on an individual basis as most people have huge variations in hair loss and the areas to be covered can be very large or small depending on the individual.

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Special care post treatment products are included in the price.

Is it Painful?

This is probably the most asked question when it comes to Trico-Pigmentation (scalp micro-pigmentation). If you have ever had a tattoo before and you reckon the pain on a scale of 1-10, (10 being the most intense pain) was an 8 or a 9, then a Trico-Pigmentation treatment in comparison would be around in my opinion a 2 or a 3. A Tattoo is painful a Trico-Pigmentation treatment is not.

With my last session of Scalp Tricopigmentation I actually found it to be very relaxing and almost fell asleep. That being said everyone has a slightly different level of pain thresh-hold. But even taking that into consideration most clients who have had the treatment do not think of it as being unbearably painful, and no one has ever stopped the treatment because of the pain. Speaking from my own experience I would go as far as to say that YES  certain area's are a little bit more stingy than others, but over all the experience of a Trico-Pigmentation treatment is a relatively pain free one. 

Four years ago, in 2010, the Scalp Guru website decided to survey 100 customers who came from various ethnic groups and that had various physiques and ages to see how the pain would be rated by them. The highest value was a 7 and the lowest was a 2, the average value based on 100 customers was a 4.2.

I'm not sure how many of the 100 customers in that survey scored a value of 7, but from my own experience and from the feedback from my clients and also taking into account that the average score was a 4.2, I would say that there probably would not have been many 7s. Looking at the bigger picture most clients do not mind enduring some slight discomfort type of pain simply because they have set their goals to achieve and transform the way they look forever and in doing so they know they will regain their lost confidence and they will no longer to have carry the burden and anxiety associated with hair loss.