How to prevent Hair Loss and prepare for scalp micro-pigmentation? Hair says a lot about your health, both physical and mental. Loss of this ‘natural crown’ can indicate the problem, whether it has to do with health, emotions, or some external factor. Whatever the reason, the hair loss significantly affects self-esteem, psychosocial status, and quality of life.
Many things can cause hair loss, and there are different ways to treat or compensate for this issue. If baldness has occurred in a particular region, the solution in most cases is hair transplantation. But if you are ‘afraid’ of this intervention, maybe scalp micropigmentation is the right solution.
You probably have heard of this technique, or you may know someone who has undergone it. This intervention is not a treatment for hair regrowth but a method that covers its deficiency. The SMP technique creates a visual effect of the hair, which gives excellent results both on its own and combined with transplantation.
Preparation is Necessary
The decision to undergo SMP treatment can make a big difference in your life. Suppose you have decided to fight baldness this way. In that case, gather information before you start looking for an experienced SMP technician. You must be careful to whom you entrust your head.
Although scalp pigmentation is a type of tattooing, these two methods don’t have many similarities. The most crucial difference is in the type of ink. The one for SMP doesn’t contain metals as they can irritate skin and cause allergic reactions. That’s why the result is not as durable as a tattoo.
So, a tattoo artist or beautician shouldn’t perform this procedure. You will probably come across many beauty salons or tattoo studios that provide SMP intervention at affordable prices, but this carries with it a particular risk. That is why it is always better to choose clinics that perform this intervention.
Scalp micropigmentation is a minimally invasive technique, as it involves the use of needles. They are injected with a pigment that should simulate the appearance of hair. This intervention is relatively painless and safe, but since not all people have the same tolerance for pain, there is always the option of local anesthesia. Also, you need to know that it is necessary to prepare for this procedure, both mentally and physically.
Keep Head Skin Healthy
The scalp must be soft or pre-treated to prepare for the intervention. No trusted practitioner will do the SMP if the patient has any changes or skin diseases such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Even minimal irritation is not desirable. All of this can interfere with the result.
The treatment itself can be quite painful if the technician stings you in the irritated area. So the hydration of the scalp is a must. It will soften the skin and make it absorb the pigment better. Dry skin can be problematic because the practitioner can’t stab it with a thin needle.
Below, see the tips on treating dry scalp:
Schedule a consultation in a trusted SMP clinic and discuss the dry scalp problem with experienced technicians or doctors. They can give you handy tips on hair washing and which products to use to prepare your scalp for SMP.
You will probably be advised to use gentle shampoos while avoiding extra care and styling products such as masks, gels, and hairspray. The only cosmetics you need during this preparation period is a skin moisturizer. Also, avoid blow-drying and sun exposure as much as possible.
Prepare for Shaving
Preparing for scalp micropigmentation is not strenuous, but it can take a little longer, especially if you have a problem with dry skin. Don’t do any hair treatment or dying, at least 2 to 3 weeks before the SMP intervention.
Leave the follicles to ‘rest’ for a few days. The day before treatment, go to a hairdresser to shave your head or do it yourself. For men with short hair, this preparatory step won’t be difficult. If you have a buzz cut, it will be useful for you to ‘rest’ your scalp a bit after daily shaving daily or using a foil shaver. (elcpinellas.org)
Shaving is also recommended for ladies who may have a problem with receding hair. Don’t worry; you only need to remove hair from the part of the head where you do micropigmentation. It can be only a few square centimeters. New hair will grow out fast. Shaving will help the SMP technician to see abnormalities, scars, moles, and other conditions that may affect the treatment outcome.
Avoid Blood Thinners
Although the SMP procedure is minimally invasive, blood spots may appear at the puncture site. Under normal circumstances, these microbleeds stop quickly, and the practitioner can continue with the intervention. In case you bleed more than necessary, the pigment may be diluted, and you won’t get the desired result.
So you have to prevent excessive bleeding. For a few days, don’t take drugs, foods, and drinks that affect blood density. At least two days before the SMP treatment, don’t use alcohol, coffee, and energy drinks. The same goes for painkillers. On this web source, find the list of foods that can affect blood thinning. Although these are good in some cases, avoid them before this intervention.
On the day of the treatment, do something that relaxes you, like going for a walk or reading (avoid the gym and going to the pool). Try to think positively and thus prepare yourself for your new look.
After the treatment, you will have to take care of your head to ensure lasting results. SMP procedure needs to be repeated several times. But, after a successful intervention, you won’t have to do anything for several years.
Once the causes of hair loss are known, you have to treat them directly. These can be stress, illness, hormonal imbalance, etc. You can achieve great results by changing your lifestyle, diet, sleeping schedule, and using conventional methods. If the follicle isn’t permanently destroyed, the strands will grow again in time. But if there’s no hope for new strands to appear, the SMP technique will do.