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12/15/2017: SMP Aftercare

This is a topic that feels necessary to cover, as what one does following each scalp micropigmentation session 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:

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.

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.

8/4/2017: Hairlines: How To Achieve the Most Natural Look

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".

6/18/2017: Scalp Micropigmentation: How long does it last?

One of the most commonly asked questions during consultations with potential clients is: How long will the SMP follicles last on my scalp? While it's an understandable concern for an individual to discuss with their SMP technician, the answer varies greatly, depending on a few factors: Which of the four skin types does the client have (normal, dry, oily, combination)? Is there any indication of dandruff/flaking present? What sun exposure to the scalp can they anticipate? How frequently do they shower/wash their scalps?

A fair approximation of the longevity of SMP therapy for any client would be 4-8 years; however, it is incredibly important to appropriately set client expectations, based on the answers to the questions above. Just as it is true with most skin care treatments, a great deal of responsibility falls on the shoulders of the clients- yet, as technicians, we must do our due diligence by informing them of what "aftercare" entails. By asking your client the appropriate questions, we can most accurately assess how frequently they should anticipate to repeat treatments for maintaining their desired, ideal look.

3/21/2017: Is SMP Right for You?

Scalp Micropigmentation: Is it the right option for you? Hair loss: it's a life-changing ailment that affects millions of men and women all over the world, for a variety of reasons. The common denominator, however, is that it has the same profound effect on an individual's self-confidence, no matter the age of onset symptoms. And although there are several impressive medical solutions currently available to both relieve symptoms and slow down the appearance of the hair loss, each option has its obvious downfalls: high costs, permanent scarring, hair graft rejection, etc. Scalp Micropigmentation, an alternative that is seemingly new to the game, has gained considerable momentum in the hair loss therapy field- and for good reason. Scalp micropigmentation or SMP, as it is commonly referred to, is a method utilizing similar principles of both the permanent makeup and tattoo industry. And while it does borrows techniques of traditional tattooing- such as depositing color/pigment with needles into the skin, it entails a much more unique and personalized approach. DermiMatch pigments are designed to fit the client’s individual ethnicity and hair color. During the initial consultation, each client's individual circumstances must be taken into account when deciphering which exact approach should be taken: known causes of hair loss, the client's expectations, natural hairline, skin type, ethnicity, overall desired aesthetics, and long term goals- just to name a few factors. And because hair loss is deeply personal for the client, a fully comprehensive analysis of the clients' goals and expectations are crucial for a successful outcome. To gain a better understanding of all the benefits SMP has to offer, please visit our DermiMatch tutorials and testimonial videos, where owner and operator, Garrett Duell, discusses his experiences as both a skilled technician and recipient of the DermiMatch solution, himself.

7/21/2016: Why do I see some scalp jobs that look blue or purple

This is unfortunate side effect of the masses wanting to get involved in scalp micropigmentation. Certain scalp micropigmentation “clinics” are using,tattooing needles and even worse, tattoo inks. The reason tattoo ink turns blue is because it is made one of two ways;

1. The black ink is a combination of colors, with the primary color being blue. More and more blue is added until the ink starts to look black. Over time, as the tattoo fades, it appears blue as that is the only color left in the skin.

2. The ink was made using a method that has been around for centuries: mixing charcoal/carbon with water. While it is true that charcoal is black, and will not change color over time, charcoal in human skin appears blue BECAUSE it is pure black. You cannot put pure black into the skin, it will always appear blue. They may not appear blue in all lights, so you have to use a camera flash or fluorescent light to see it. We have seen some of the most well known scalp micropigmentation clinics out there using one of the 2 methods mentioned above. Most of these people that have gotten disappointing results elsewhere come to DermiMatch because they know that we can color correct to warm the bluish hue on their scalp Here at DermiMatch Hair Clinic, we do not use “ink.” We use real organic pigments which are a combination of black, gray and brown to make it look like natural hair in the skin. Our proprietary pigments have been tested in all lighting scenarios: indoor warm light, fluorescent light, camera flash light, bright LED, and sunlight.


4/3/2016: Why are scars priced differently than the rest of one's head?

Scar camouflage using the DermiMatch solution is a unique process from the typical DermiMatch follicles that are used to give the impression of higher hair density. With scars, the scar tissue is very different from the surrounding skin, and the different types of skin need to be treated differently. Scars, more oftne than not, do not take the pigment as well as your regular skin does. At DermiMatch, we make up for this fact by utilizing specialized needles specifically catered to help pigments stay in the scar tissue.

Using the proper needling is only one part of the equation. The artist performing the procedure must know how to properly blend so that the transition from scar tissue to natural growing hair around the scar is seamless. To get additional answers regarding scar treatments provided by DermiMatch, Get in touch with a DermiMatch technician today by calling 480-788-2432.


2/6/2016: Why do some SMP procedures require more visits, and vise versa?

Although most SMP jobs can be wrapped up in just 2 sessions, some Scalp Micro Pigmentation procedures can take up to 3 or 4. Why does this variable exist? There are 2 main reasons; the individuals immunity response to the pigment(pushing the pigment out), scarring throughout the scalp may not hold the pigment as well. Other less likely reasons can be related to the darkness of the pigment, the depth the needle is penetrating, and the width of the needle.


8/17/2015: Beware of Scalp Micropigmentation offices that also offer tattoo laser removal

There is a reason that certain scalp micropigmentation “clinics” have laser tattoo removal services available; they have a high demand for this service. If a facility is going to charge you to put their “ink” in and then charge you to take it out after they’ve disappointed you, I say, “why waste your time and money?” Here at DermiMatch Hair Clinic, we are confident in our work, and do not commit to a full job until you have had your patch test done and are satisfied with the results.


6/20/2014: Scarring and why scar tissue heals differently with scalp micropigmentation

The healthy skin on your scalp will heal within the first week of getting smp performed on your head. Scar tissue, on the other hand, tends to push pigment out at a stronger rate. This is because it does not have the elasticity to retain the pigment as well. Of the 3 layers of skin, the one that concerns us when it comes to scars and DermiMatch follicles is the dermis layer. Normal dermis layer if your skin contains loose (flexible) collagen fibers and a mesh of elastic fibers. A scar has very dense, tight, horizontal layers of collagen and has no elasticity to the fibers. This is why scars can sometimes require more than 2 sessions. All sessions are included in the original cost when you have scar camouflaged performed with DermiMatch Hair Clinic. With some smp clinics out there using “ink” instead of pigment, scars can appear as though they have migrated or have a “blurry” look to them. With DermiMatch’s proprietary patent pending hair follicle pigments, you do not have to worry about this blur.


3/5/2013: Why do some places refer to the replicated hair follicles as “ink?”

As name of the process, scalp micropigmentation, suggests, we are using PIGMENTS to complete the look of a full head of naturally short hair, NOT INK. Ink looks blue and gets blurry within the first 6 month of getting the procedure done. We have seen some of the most well known scalp micropigmentation clinics out there using one of the 2 methods mentioned in a previous article to make their inks; condensed dark blue or charcoal/carbon gray wash. Most of these people that have gotten disappointing results elsewhere come to DermiMatch because they know that we can color correct to warm the bluish hue on their scalp.

Here at DermiMatch Hair Clinic, we do not use “ink.” We use real organic pigments which are a combination of black, gray and brown to make it look like natural hair in the skin. Our proprietary pigments have been tested in all lighting scenarios: indoor warm light, fluorescent light, camera flash light, bright LED, and sunlight. They stand the test of time, staying small and not blurring over the life of the pigmentation, until it fades out (after about 8 or 9 years).

With some smp clinics out there using “ink” instead of pigment, follicle points can appear as though they have migrated or have a “blurry” look to them. With DermiMatch’s proprietary patent pending hair follicle pigments, you do not have to worry about blurring.


11/20/2012: Do the follicles blur over time?

There are some smp clinics out there that use “ink” to try and achieve the same realistic look of DermiMatch hair pigments, but they unfortunately end up looking blue and blurry. DermiMatch uses its own proprietary, patent-pending, pigment formula to achieve a look that not only appears natural, but will not blur over time. Tattoo ink placed into the skin stays there forever, which is the primary reason why it will blur over time. Your skin is always regenerating and healing itself. DermiMatch hair follicles are placed into the dermis layer of your skin, which is the layer just beneath your epidermis. This means that our pigments sit in a shallow “sweet spot” where they will not be there forever and they will not disappear in a few weeks either. They will sit in the dermis layer of the skin for about 8 or 9 years and work themselves out before they blur.


11/15/2010: How do DermiMatch pigments look so natural?

Unfortunately, the details of the ingredients that make up DermiMatch Hair Clinic’s pigments cannot be disclosed while it is in “patent pending” status, What we can say is that the ingredients used to make these pigments was meticulously tested for years before being made available to some of the first recipients of the DermiMatch solution in Arizona. All the ingredients are organic and color corrected to have a natural textured stubble look when applied to human skin.

Here at DermiMatch Hair Clinic, we do not use “ink.” We use real organic pigments which are a combination of black, gray and brown to make it look like natural hair in the skin. Our proprietary pigments have been tested in all lighting scenarios: indoor warm light, fluorescent light, camera flash light, bright LED, and sunlight. They stand the test of time, staying small and not blurring over the life of the pigmentation, until it fades out (after about 8 or 9 years).

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