This is a topic that feels necessary to cover, as what one does following each scalp micropigmentation session in Arizona is crucial to the overall success of the procedure. Although fading over time is both natural and inevitable, there are certain steps you- the client- can take to slow down the process and have a healthy scalp/skin in Arizona:
Apply a post-care ointment- especially prior to showering- at least twice a day for the full seven days. There are several viable over-the-counter options, such as Neosporin, Aquaphor, or A & D. However, we have an aftercare ointment available for purchase on Amazon, eBay, and through our website. The brand is not as important, as it is to accelerate healing and reduce risk of infection.
No sweating. This includes (but is not limited to) practicing sports, visits to the gym, swimming, hot saunas/bath/jacuzzis, prolonged outdoor sun exposure (those golfing sessions can wait!), and indoor tanning salons. Cutting out these rituals may temporarily pose an inconvenience on your social life, but we assure you it is well worth it. On the other hand, if you have a career that requires any of the aforementioned activities, we recommend you plan ahead to take time off work- at least for the initial healing period.
No soap. Rinse the scalp with only water, keeping the scalp away from being directly beneath the showerhead after getting scalp micropigmentation
Avoid picking, peeling, or scratching the micro pigmented areas. Although this may seem like common sense, touching the scalp is impulsive in human nature. We touch our heads constantly throughout the day, without even noticing. Try your hardest to be mindful of this behavior- which can both produce scarring and remove pigment.
Keep the skin clean. By this, we don’t mean using soap- rather avoiding cross-contamination of your skin from things/places known to harbor germs and bacteria (such as gyms, public restrooms, phones, swimming pools, etc). Treat the area as you would any other open wound or injury- as it is exactly that.
Smoking or drinking alcohol in excess. Both affect the immune system, therefore slowing the healing of wounds.
Wash scalp lightly with soap and water. No exfoliation.
Remember: Your skin has been through considerable trauma. In order to deposit the pigment into the skin most effectively (into the dermis layer), the needles must first penetrate the outer epidermis (approximately 1mm thick). Doing so disturbs that protective barrier between the two layers, deeming it an open “wound”. By following the above instructions, you give yourself-and your skin- the best opportunity to heal and retain the new pigmentation. For more information on the scalp micropigmentation process, please visit our free DermiMatch YouTube tutorials.