May 6 / Skillmed Institute

Short Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Aftercare

SMP is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure. Nevertheless, it is minimally invasive; thus, the SMP healing process lasts for a few weeks. It is about applying special pigment to the scalp, like tattooing, to make hair look denser and hide baldness. This procedure, also called hair tattooing, is generally more effective for those experiencing hair fall or thinning, as complete baldness requires a hair transplant.

After the procedure, the patient has many questions regarding SMP scalp care. They want to know what to do and what not to do. Aftercare for scalp micropigmentation is important, as it helps ensure better results.

Here are what scalp micropigmentation technicians professionals must be telling patients about scalp micropigmentation aftercare:

Days 1-4:

During this early phase, it is important not to wash or wet a scalp. Keep it dry, and avoid sweating. It means refraining from exercise, too. Further, during these early days, patients have an urge to scratch, which must be avoided as it may affect SMP appearance.

Days 5-9:

After four days, one may take a shower, but some precautions are still needed. It is good to use a mild shampoo or even wash the scalp without using any shampoo. The patient must be instructed not to take a shower for long. Similarly, only mild patting with a towel is fine after a shower.

Day 10 onwards:

Use an electric razor only, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 30 days. It also means avoiding exposure to UV rays (avoid tanning beds) and not visiting saunas. Patients must wear a hat or sunscreen with high SPF when going outside. It may be a good idea to take extra care of the scalp for the first month.

Although these are primary recommendations, one should avoid using harsh shampoos and standing under hot showers for about a month.

Further, it is worth knowing that some individuals may need multiple sessions to achieve desired results. Some individuals require touch-ups or adjustments. Hence, they would also need more prolonged aftercare.

Although SMP is not a hair transplant, it can still make the hairline look fuller. It is a non-invasive procedure, and aftercare can help ensure long-lasting results.

Patients often ask how long SMP can last. Generally, SMP can last for several years, providing a semi-permanent solution to hair loss. How long SMP lasts would depend on the kind of pigment chosen, skin type, and depth of pigment placement. Additionally, lesser exposure to sunlight may also prevent SMP from fading.

Following these aftercare recommendations can ensure that SMP does not fade early, resulting in better and lasting results.