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Scalp Micropigmentation – Adding the Hairline

So you’ve made the decision to schedule a consultation for scalp micropigmentation: what next? A common concern clients express when considering the procedure is whether the final result will look natural. The good news is, you have a considerable amount of control in that regard. There are a few things for you to assess prior to your appointment, to help your artist appropriately evaluate your goals.

First, we must understand the cause of hair loss: receding hairline or alopecia. Receding hairline, commonly referred to as “male pattern baldness”, is the thinning of hair around both the temples and the crown of the head- creating the appearance of a horseshoe hair pattern.The amount of thinness varies on the individual, and can be caused by aging, stress, diet, hormones, and various health issues. Similarly, alopecia- or “spot baldness”, is random balding throughout the body. The sizing of the baldness is about the size of a coin, and typically not permament. Knowing which catergory you fall into will help determine the density and placement of SMP follicle points needed. Next, there are two factors that dictate which look is most optimal: the depth and the shaping.

Depth is the spacing between the hairline and the glabella- the distinguising facial feature above the nose and between the eyebrows. A low hairline (from browline to hairline) spans between 2-3.2 inches (depending on gender). A medium hairline (most common) ranges anywhere from 3.5-4.5 inches. A high hairline is anything exceeding 4.5 inches.

The shaping is the placement of the front hairline, or centerpoint. Whereas some people prefer to have the centerpoint dip down slightly-creating two arches between the temples, others want the more popular “straight-edge”. A straight-edge approach attempts to mimic the look of a recent trip to the barber.

Overall, an important point to remember is that natural is best. If you had a widow’s peak prior to the hairloss, a similar hairline most likely compliments your particular face shape. However, your SMP artist should also provide valuable insight as to what will look right for you, based off look at your facial profile. For more information pertaining to this topic, please visit our DermiMatch tutorial video “How To Draw Hairliness”.

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The Human Hair and SMP

The human head has on average about 2000 hairs per square inch. When thinning occurs, it can be depressing time, stigmas attached to alopecia, balding and premature ageing in both men and women can affect confidence. Scalp Micropigmentation can restore a completely bald head, with a look of fuller hair growth. During the procedure, a cartridge containing needles that work in symphony gently injects the keratin pigment into the second layer of skin in the scalp.

In Arizona, (Phoenix and Scottsdale) DermiMatch Hair Clinic is the best choice for scalp micro pigmentation. Here SMP artist Garrett Duell has perfected the technique combining most advanced technology with his experience and understanding the nitty gritty of tattooing and Scalp micropigmentation. Understanding the clients needs and requirements are something which is of utmost priority at DermiMatch.

 Changing lives and adding new dimensions towards people’s perception is priceless. Garrett Duell, known internationally as one of the best SMP artists, has made unimaginable into achievable for his clients. At DermiMatch, you can get back to your life, back to reality.

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Arizona Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare

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:

Day 1-7

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.

Day 1-5

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.

Day 5-7

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.