Inexperienced scalp artists often wonder if they can reuse tattoo needles for scalp micropigmentation or it is a good idea to go only with SMP needles. But there is a world of difference between tattoo needles and SMP needles. Microblading or tattoo needles are big enough than SMP needles and cannot create the right impression of follicles. If a scalp artist uses tattoo needles, it can cause all sorts of problems, from giving fake results to looking unnatural. What’s more, micropigmentation needles are smaller than a tattoo needle and do not have to go deeper into the scalp to create a natural shaved look. Only a trained and experienced SMP artist uses the best needles for scalp micropigmentation.
SMP Needles Vs Tattoo Needles
Skin is made up of three layers – outer or Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis. When a scalp artist injects pigment into the skin, the purpose is to make an indelible marking that gets trapped underneath the Epidermis. There is a risk of the ink washing away if it is not implanted below the outer layer of the scalp.
SMP pigment is implanted into the Dermis layer whereas tattoo ink goes beyond the Dermis. Since SMP ink stays just below the upper layer, it is less likely to fade or lose shape as compared with tattoo ink that goes deeper into the skin and is likely to lose shape. Top scalp artists understand the need for controlling the shape and size. Their focus is to create the look of follicles that replicate their size and shape.
SMP uses pigments that are organic and plant-based and won’t risk turning blue or get discolored. On the other hand, a tattoo artist is least concerned about the type of ink. They prefer non-organic ink.
Additionally, SMP uses specialized micro-needles. While tattoo needles are too thick, SMP needles are way too thin and are used to create the look of tiny follicles. There’s a lot of difference between the two types of ink and pigments.
Scalp micropigmentation ink may require touch-up after a few years. On the other hand, tattoo ink is permanent. SMP can go wrong if the pigment goes deeper than the dermis layer.
SMP cannot use tattoo or microblading needles, which are quite big and create the optical illusion of follicles.
Since SMP needles are smaller in size, they are apt for creating the look of naturally shaved hair.
SMP works in the following ways:
- Creates underlying shading for areas with diffuse thinning
- Hides patch baldness or alopecia
- Conceals scars after surgery
The Most Common SMP Needle Size
Single needles come in 0.20, 0.25, and 0.35mm. These are less commonly used today. Triple needles come in all sizes, including 0.20mm, 0.25mm, 0.30mm, and 0.35mm. The smaller diameter of the needles allows them to penetrate the skin easily.
Scalp Tattoo Is Different
Both techniques use specialized ink to improve the appearance of a body part. A tattoo can cover scars or decorate a part of the body. Scalp micropigmentation is more than a cosmetic procedure. It can cover scars from injuries or hair transplant and is ideal for hair thinning, alopecia, and other hair loss problems.
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