Hair loss or thinning can be a major concern for many individuals, and finding a cosmetic solution that can help restore the appearance of a full head of hair can be tricky. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and tattoos are two cosmetic solutions that can be used to enhance the appearance of the scalp, but there are key differences between the two that should be considered when deciding which option is best for you.
The technique employed in Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and tattoos are different due to the differences in the desired cosmetic result and the depth of skin penetration.
SMP involves the use of a specialized needle and machine to deposit small amounts of pigment into the uppermost layer of the skin (epidermis) to mimic hair follicles. The needle used for SMP is smaller and the machine operates at a higher frequency compared to tattoo machines. The technician uses a tapping motion to gently deposit the pigment into the skin in small, precise dots. This creates the illusion of hair stubble and helps to camouflage hair loss or thinning.
Tattoos, on the other hand, are created using a tattoo machine that operates with a needle that penetrates the skin to a deeper depth (dermis) to deposit the pigment. The needle used for tattoos is larger and the machine operates at a slower speed, creating a more solid and consistent deposit of pigment. The tattoo artist uses a steady hand to deposit the pigment into the skin in the desired design. The result is a more permanent and solid image compared to SMP.
SMP is typically less painful compared to tattoos, as the needle used in SMP is smaller and the pigment is deposited into the uppermost layer of the skin (epidermis), which is less sensitive than the deeper layers of the skin (dermis). Many individuals describe the sensation of SMP as similar to a light scratching or tapping sensation.
Tattoos can be more painful compared to SMP, as the needle used in tattoos penetrates the skin to a deeper depth (dermis) and the procedure involves a larger deposit of pigment. The level of pain can vary depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo, as well as the individual’s pain tolerance. Some individuals describe the sensation of getting a tattoo as similar to being repeatedly poked with a needle or experiencing a burning sensation. Pain management during the tattoo process can be achieved through the use of numbing creams or sprays, or through the use of a pain-relieving device such as a TENS machine.
SMP is designed to be a semi-permanent cosmetic solution for hair loss or thinning, and the pigment used in SMP can fade over time more naturally than tattoo. The fading of SMP can vary from person to person, and can depend on the quality of the pigment used and the technique employed during the procedure.
Head tattoos are similar to SMP in that they involve the use of pigment to enhance the appearance of the scalp. However, head tattoos are typically a permanent cosmetic solution, as the pigment is deposited into the deeper layers of the skin (dermis) using a traditional tattoo machine.
If you’re looking for a professional and experienced provider of scalp micropigmentation, look no further than Hairline Studios. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve the appearance of a full head of hair