Those who experience hair loss usually have done so for many years and have tried various remedies, and often to no avail. Naturally, they’re full of questions regarding Scalp Micropigmentation treatments, the healing time between sessions, and the likelihood of having to have touch ups over the years.
Amongst common questions, clients come to us during the consultation stage wondering what the difference is between Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and Scalp Trichopigmentation (STP).
Both methods are actually quite different and confusion surrounds the two as some studios who perform Scalp Trichopigmentation refer to it as Scalp Micropigmentation. The reality is, if an artist is trained to perform Trichopigmentation, they may not be trained to perform Scalp Micropigmentation and vice versa, unless they have been trained in both techniques.
It’s important to weigh up the varying pros and cons of both treatments so you can make an educated decision going forward to achieve the result you are looking for.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), performed by our artists at Foli Sim, is a non-surgical hair tattoo treatment that involves the application of carbon based pigments on the scalp that resemble the appearance of hair follicles in the skin. Of the two hair loss solutions, SMP is the more expensive due to its long-lasting nature.
Once healed, SMP gives the wearer a permanent natural ‘shadow’ that never changes in colour, unlike traditional tattoos that sometimes change to a blue/green tinge. In saying that, the overall ‘boldness’ of the shadow does fade over time and will need to be touched up by a trained SMP artist. This is done easily, without the need to over-saturate the scalp with pigment.
After three sessions, if the client is not happy with their results, laser treatment is the only way to remove the hair tattoo from the scalp.
What is Scalp Trichopigmentation?
Similar to SMP, Scalp Trichopigmentation recreates the appearance of naturally growing hair for people who suffer from hair loss. The pigment comes in many colours that SMP does not, making it great for density work.
As a hair loss treatment, STP is the cheaper of the two because of its temporary nature. STP is considered a short-term solution to hair loss, with most of the pigment likely to fade out if you’re not happy with the results. If you are happy with the results, the pigment will have to be regularly redone, which increases the potential of pigment saturation of the scalp.
Unlike SMP, as STP fades it can change colour to blue, green, purple or orange tones — a result of the different underlying colour pigments. The pigments also easily migrate under the skin, creating larger impressions and if implanted too deep then the only way to remove it is by laser. If you have Scalp Trichopigmentation and require a MRI, you will need to inform the Doctor. In some cases, if the pigment contains Iron Oxide, you may experience a burning sensation in the area.
So… Which is better?
It really depends which solution best suits your individual needs. At Foli Sim, we recommend doing your due diligence and researching what each treatment has to offer before making a decision. Ask the artist which technique and pigment they use to ensure you get the result you are looking for. Although they are not the same, both Scalp Micropigmentation and Scalp Trichopigmentation have their place as solutions to hair loss.