Does SMP Damage Hair Follicles?
SMP does not damage your hair follicles. Some people say that it might actually stimulate hair growth.
What is microinjury and how does it relate to SMP?
Scalp micropigmentation is actually a very close cousin to something that’s relatively new to the aesthetics field. It’s called microneedling. You might have heard of it before but the essential principle is something called controlled microinjury. People have discovered that when you cause controlled microinjury, so really tiny, either poke with the skin with needles, operation, or even chemical peels that the skin will actually regenerate itself, boosting collagen and blood flow to that area.
A side effect of microneedling is actually hair growth…
So what started happening is when folks have micropigmentation done, they realize that they do get a small amount of regrowth. Sometimes what happens is your hair follicle areas get damaged or the scar tissue and microneedling are really good at combating those things.
So scalp micropigmentation takes 3 weeks to do. There’s gonna be one appointment every seven days, minimum and what happens during these appointments is that while you are getting a hair tattoo with the scalp micropigmentation, it’s also causing controlled microinjury to your scalp and your scalp heals very quickly so within 7 days, your scalp is going to be healed and what’s happening is folks are seeing regrowth of their hair because blood flow is being brought to the area to heal and regenerate those areas and so actually, scalp micropigmentation is really good for hair regrowth.
It’s a surprising side effect of something that’s already a really effective, if not the most effective hair loss solution on the market. So that’s actually one of the really fun things I’m able to share with the client when they come in to have their scalp micropigmentation is that they may experience some baby hairs growing in areas where they didn’t have it before and that’s really cool.
But isn’t damaging the skin discourage hair growth?
I understand where this misconception comes from because you think if you’re causing injury to the skin they’re actually gonna discourage hair growth. Now, this would be true if you were doing SMP incorrectly as in you were oversaturating the skin, you were using a huge needle to do this, or shading the skin as you would in a traditional tattoo. But because of the precise and tiny nature of the needles used in SMP, the opposite is actually true.
Now, this is relatively a new phenomenon as well. This controlled microinjury is becoming widely adopted by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aestheticians as they look for new ways to heal the skin but all along, scalp micropigmentation practitioners have been doing the same thing. Now we just know what it’s called.
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