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How To Prepare Before SMP

Wondering how to prepare before SMP for baldness or hair loss? Well, SMP is an intricate procedure and requires preparation. So how to prepare before SMP? There are some important tips to prepare before the hair restoration procedure.

Tips To Prepare Before SMP

  1. Moisturize the scalp

Before scalp micropigmentation, make sure you moisturize your scalp in order to have soft skin. When a client has soft skin, the scalp artist can work better with the needle. This ensures that the needle can go under the epidermis layer easily without causing any discomfort or pain. So it is important to keep your skin hydrated and not dehydrated before the procedure. Contrarily, a hard, dehydrated scalp will only make the needle bounce off. As a result, penetration with the needle will be tough.

2. Avoid caffeinated drinks that might thin the blood

Now you don’t want to pop a blood thinner before the procedure. In fact, it is equally important not to indulge in caffeinated beverages before you go for scalp micropigmentation. Caffeine is known as a blood thinner, which may result in bleeding while the scalp artist is at work on your scalp.

Worse still, the blood might mix with the SMP pigment, which may dilute it. Anticoagulants lengthen the time for the blood to clot. On the other hand, anti-platelet drugs prevent blood from clotting. As a result, the tattoo might bleed. So when you prepare before SMP, bear this in mind.

3. Choose a hairline

What type of hairline looks more attractive? You want to choose a hairline that looks best on you. So researching the subject will surely help. You should have a hairline in mind when you want to do SMP. But let the final say rest with the scalp artist in determining whether the hairline will suit your personality and be appropriate for you. Top SMP practitioners believe in creating results that look realistic.

4. Eat well

When you prepare before SMP session, remember to eat well on the day of the procedure. You do not want to go to the clinic on an empty stomach. Besides, make sure you have a good stock of food on the day of the treatment. Remember, it is going to be a long session, so you need to have small breaks to energize yourself. It’s okay if you take a short break for a healthy snack.  Unless you have good food to take you through the session, your blood sugar might drop. As a result, you might feel dizzy and unwell.

5. Sleep well

Make sure you have a sound sleep the night before the procedure. This will help keep you stress free. Besides, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. When you skin is moisturized, it can accept the ink better. It might help to scrub or exfoliate the scalp to remove any dead cells.

The D-DAY

Now that you know how to prepare before SMP, it is important to start your D-day with a protein-packed breakfast. In addition, you must wash your head properly. Remember, it will take a few days until you can wash your scalp after the procedure. You should also not use any oily products on your scalp as that can prevent the pigment from settling down.

Now that you are opting for SMP, remember to prepare for scalp aftercare as well.

Unless you find the best scalp artist for the procedure, it might be tough to realize your dream SMP look. The top SMP practitioners in Phoenix are available at DermiMatch.

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Scalp Micropigmentation Process

We all see Instagram posts of before and after or 1st,2nd and 3rd session progression as it relates to Scalp Micropigmentation. Marketing and photos can be misleading and set false expectations of what is realistic throughout the process. Understanding the process and expectations is very important and should be relayed to potential clients during the consultation. 

I’d like to touch on the process and expectation for each session in general terms. SMP is typically done throughout 3-5 sessions realistically. For demonstration purposes, I will go through session progression as if we are talking about 3 sessions. 

First session – This is the time to create the overall foundation. Depending on your artist, this may be low density or a time to create density and get a “wow” factor for a client. Whatever path your artist chooses, this is the time to get a base down and fill in the balding area. Directly after a 1st session, the results may look amazing but as the treatment heals and the redness dies down, you will likely see sections that have faded or disappeared all together and other sections that have remained. This can leave a patchy appearance but do not be alarmed, this is normal. 

Second session – This is the time that your artist learns about your skin, how you heal, the technique used and any changes your artist must make in their technique. Each client’s skin is different and requires adjustments to be made to achieve the best results. During this session, your artist will be filling in any sessions that faded and blend the work from the first session. This is also the time to create the desired density the client is hoping to achieve or even make any changes to hairline design. 

Third session – This may be your last session for a while or it may not. This session is typically used to blend and create final detailed touches. Some artists may use a different shade of pigment to create a dusted 3D look on this session. 

As mentioned, each client is different so your artist should be working with you based on how the results are healing. A client’s scalp skin is different from inch to inch so if some sections impressions stay and others do not, you will need extra sessions. As a client, it can be a scary process when the results are not healing perfectly after every session; again this is common and each session is used to fill faded portions. 

Marketing might make one believe that each session looks perfect. This is not the case and requires many sessions to make the final results you see advertised. 

You can book a consultation with your local SMP provider or feel free to contact Dermimatch in Scottsdale, AZ at https://www.dermimatch.com and schedule a consultation. 

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Natural Propecia Alternative

If you have done any research for your hair loss you may have heard or even been prescribed Propecia (Generic name – Finasteride) an FDA approved Type II- Alpha Reductant which inhibits the body’s Testosterone from converting to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT has been linked to hair loss by blocking blood flow to the hair follicle.

Unfortunately with any medication there are side effects and Finasteride is no exception. Finasteride works by altering the body’s hormones which can lead to sexual and other side effects (Finasteride (Oral Route) Side Effects – Mayo Clinic)

If you have already experienced side effects from Finasteride or are unwilling to take the medication; there are some alternatives you may want to try.  One of those alternatives is the natural supplement sold at your local drug store called Saw Palmetto. Although not an FDA approved medication, it has been shown that an extract of Saw Palmetto berries may block 5-Alpha Reductase which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT.

There is no concrete evidence that this is a viable substitute for Finasteride but it may be worth a try if you do not want to take finasteride or if you have experienced side effects from the medication.  

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Joey lawrence Hair Loss

From what I can tell, Joey Lawrence has done just about everything under the sun to hide his hair loss. 

Joey is seen on a talk show stating that he doesn’t have any hair loss but that he just chooses to shave his head. For whatever personal reasons he is still not open about balding and what he’s done to combat it. 

Here are the things I think Joey has done to hide his hair loss. If you look over the years, Joey has shaved his head and also grown his hair back years later. With his head shaved down you can still see it looks as though he has a full head of shaved down hair. It’s apparent to me that Joey has had Scalp Micropigmentation done. The artist that did the work did a great job however, this is what I think Joey’s answer to his hair loss consisted of until he obtained hair transplants. I Think Joey has had multiple FUE transplants and I would bet he has also used body hair to obtain more grafts by looking at the texture of his hair. 

SMP in combination with hair transplants can be a great combination and I think Joey is a good example of combining these two options. 

For any SMP questions, take a look at www.dermimatch.com located in Scottsdale, AZ. 

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Trichophytic Closure

Trichophytic closure is a surgical incision closing technique that is designed to allow hair to grow through the incision. This is a great technique for scars from surgery on the scalp where you would want to minimize the appearance of a scar. 

Trichophytic closure is something you may want to ask your hair transplant doctor about. Some doctors do not feel comfortable performing this closure or feel it does not yield the best results. 

I had to request my doctor to perform this closure which he attempted to talk me out of; I insisted. I will tell you the results were 90% better than closing the scar without. That being said, I did make sure of my doctor’s resume in which he was a plastic surgeon before moving into hair transplants. If a doctor does not have the experience or feels uncomfortable with this closure, you should find another doctor. 

Best hair transplant closures in my opinion are done by doctors that understand tension and reduce scar tissue. To reduce the tension on the outer skin layer your surgeon should utilize dissolving stitches and close internally to allow the internal stitches to hold the tension. The outer stitches should close the outer layer using very little tension. (Almost just resting the two portions of skin together). 

https://www.chicagohairinstitute.com/trichophytic-closure

SMP is a great way to enhance this closure and camouflage your hair transplant scar. www.Dermimatch.com in Scottsdale Arizona. 

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Free Scar Revision Before SMP

Scalp Micropigmentation is a great way to camouflage hair transplant scars; however there are always limitations to what can be achieved. SMP can not change a scars texture or size so there are other options you need to consider in conjunction to SMP. 

Many people are shocked that you may be able to get a free scar revision. Many hair transplant doctors will revise a scar for past clients; so, if you received a hair transplant you can go back to that same clinic and have a revision at no charge. This is amazing knews that many people do not know about. The only bad side is that if you don’t like your doctor or trust their work; you may be stuck paying for a different clinic to perform your revision. 

Check with the clinic or doctor who performed your transplant and ask if they can revise the scar. I would also request that the surgeon perform a Trichophytic closure if possible. I will be making a separate article regarding this closure technique. 

Obtaining the best results and healthy tissue via scar revision before SMP may yield you a much better outcome in the end. 

Contact www.dermimatch.com on Scottsdale AZ for all SMP questions.

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Turning Gray With SMP

What happens five to ten years down the road if I turn gray? I am asked this question in just about every consultation I have with a potential client.  

The answer may vary depending on how dense and dark you request your SMP. Typically, the density and shade will be determined by your natural existing hair that the artist will match to. 

The main thing to understand is that hair shaved down in a majority of people leaves a shadow of gray. If your hair is brown, black, blond, red, etc. Once shaved, it leaves a gray shadow. The importance of this lies within the SMP pigments. Most SMP is performed with carbon black pigments that are diluted to be shades of gray when healed in the skin. Your SMP artist will add distilled water to the pigment to make the gray shade darker or lighter to match your existing hair. Some SMP pigments are warmed with warming colors added however the same principle remains. 

A small majority of clients with blonde, white or red hair may almost look bald on the sides when their natural hair is shaved down. This is actually not an issue because this transparent look isn’t going to change by the hair going gray; it will still remain transparent. Meaning, your smp will likely match and blend from the start. 

In conclusion, the SMP pigments used, heal in shades of gray already and with a shaved head the color of your hair is already leaving a shade of gray. Your hair turning gray over time may lighten this shadow, however your smp will also have been lighting up over this time as well.  

For those that do have a blending issue due to color years down the road; it’s important to know that SMP is typically removed with one laser session. 

For more information regarding SMP, please visit www.Dermimatch.com located in Scottsdale Arizona and  feel free to give us a call or book a consultation. 

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Elon Musk Hair Transplant Scars

Elon Musk is sporting a modern hipster style haircut these days and has shaved the sides of his head while leaving the top long and slicked back. 

It’s no secret Elon has done something to regain his hair as there are many pictures in his younger years with noticeable hair loss. Many folks that are in the hair loss space have known Musk likely had transplants to correct this as he now has a great full head of hair. 

Elon’s transplant results look incredible and during a recent interview; sporting his new hair style, two visible strip scars are clear as days. This is evidence that Elon has had at least two transplants however, it’s likely he has had 3 or more given the two scar sites. 

It’s very possible Elon is sporting this hairstyle to receive another transplant by FUE as the sides of his haid would need to be shaved down in most cases.

Regardless; he has exceptional results and can enjoy his youthful look. Elon may consider FUE and Scalp Micropigmentation to help camouflage these scars which would allow him to sport his shaved sides without the scar being so noticeable.  

If you have hair transplant scars please reach out to us at www.Dermimatch.com in Scottsdale Arizona. 

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Scalp Micropigmentation 2nd Session

If you have done any research into SMP, you have likely seen providers showing before and afters or even wash sessions progression. 

Any time we see this on a provider’s social media, everything seems perfect and easy going. 

Realistically, there are typically challenges throughout the treatment of many clients. These challenges aren’t anything out of the ordinary but they do require the artist to adjust and make subtle changes in their technique.

The second session is typically the most informative to the artist. This shows how well the pigment stayed in the skin, how well things heeled, does the artist need to use darker or lighter ink, etc. 

Many times clients are concerned as the 1st treatment heals because parts fade, it looks dotty, the impressions might be too large, etc.

This is all common and the client should be prepared for this in advance. You must explain that every person’s body is different and the blending and sessions must be completed to see the final results. 

 One tool an artist can use is completion correction to help with any impressions that have healed too bold or big. This pigment is a thick skin tone pigment that will work as a cover solution and helps with the blending process. 

Completion Correction can be found at www.dermimatch-products.com. Dermimatch clinic is located in Scottsdale, AZ 

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SMP Pigment Not Staying

This is a topic I never hear about from providers. 

Typically pigment not staying or sometimes not even seeing an impression stick is due to working in scar tissue. 

This can be frustrating for both you and your client. It’s the artist’s job to do everything possible to overcome this issue. 

Change needle sizes, maybe change pigments, go slower, etc. 

What if the scar tissue is just bleeding too much or the client has a history of poor healing or keloid scarring. 

Unfortunately, there are times where you as an artist may need to inform the client that they need to address the scars’ heath by letting it heal longer, look at laser resurfacing, microneedling, etc before you can continue. 

It’s important to try and spot these concerns before taking a client on, however this isn’t always obvious until you start the work. 

Dermimatch pigments may be able to help as they are slightly thicker than what is commonly used in the SMP industry. The thicker pigment can help with pinpoint scar work without the “sponge” and migration effect scars can have on highly diluted inks. 

Look at www.dermimatch-products.com. Dermimatch is located in Scottsdale, AZ