While it is still a relatively lesser-known cosmetic treatment for hair loss, micropigmentation has given many clients their confidence back. Many people who could benefit from this minimally painful procedure are unaware of it or don’t know how it works, and misinformation is easy to find. Among other applications, micropigmentation can help downplay bald spots, a thinning hairline, or even mimic stubble on the face or scalp. Rather than replacing hair, this treatment aims to contour and fill in the gaps with subtlety, even in specific or hard-to-reach places. But what are some myths and facts about micropigmentation? Allusions dig into the facts!
Myth: MP is just like a tattoo.
Both are permanent and performed on the skin, but tattoo artistry and micropigmentation are very different processes. Rather than ink, mineral pigments are used for a much less dramatic appearance. While tattoo ink is bold and stands out, mineral pigments are feint and buildable for extra realism.
Pigments are placed into the second layer of skin by medical professionals. This is meticulously done by hand with a thin needle to mimic the natural growth pattern of hair accurately.
Myth: MP is only for total baldness.
There are various ways micropigmentation can aid in the cosmetic side of hair loss. Micropigmentation can create the illusion of hair in place of lost eyelashes, define a thinning hairline, reshape eyebrows, or make stubble look denser. Definition is lost over time in places like these, but the shape can be enhanced. Perhaps a client is experiencing early signs of hair loss; this treatment can realistically fill in the thinning spaces to give the appearance of thicker hair.
Myth: MP looks strange as hair grays.
Micropigmentation is done in a way that makes it blend in perfectly. You should not be able to tell where the pigment finishes are where the real hair starts. Even if your hair goes completely white, the results of this treatment will resemble shadows created naturally by your hair. The illusion of definition and fullness will not be lost over time, especially if you take precautions to help the pigment last longer. Just like taking care of skin, you should ensure these areas are protected from the sun and stay clean and well moisturized.
Myth: MP is long and painful.
This procedure is generally regarded as less painful than a tattoo depending on the treated area. In some cases, anesthesia may be administered prior to the procedure for the sake of comfort. A three or four out of ten is the most common pain rating for new clients.
The healing process is relatively quick and easy, but there are some things to avoid during this time, such as showering or being in direct sunlight. Slight swelling is a typical after-effect; ice and ointment are recommended. If any micro pigmentation has been done near a patient’s eyes, they will need a separate driver to leave the office safely, as tearing is common in these cases.
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