Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
“When investing in your hair seek out a team who specialize in one thing and one thing only and that’s the subtle artistry of Scalp Micro- pigmentation”
——- Rob James ——-
Do I need to shave my Head before the Procedure?
After your consultation or viewing images of your scalp and evaluating your unique situation, we’ll be able to suggest a length your hair should be cut before the procedure. However as a general rule I will usually shave the hair to a 0.5mm hair length. And I will also suggest that you keep your hair to this length for the best aesthetic.
Does My Hair Colour Matter?
Yes it does. We have pigment to match any hair follicle.
Does Scalp Micropigmentaion Hurt?
The honest answer is that SMP can be mildly uncomfortable, some describe it as painful while others report that the pain level is not that bad at all.
For this reason, it is impossible to predict how much discomfort a particular individual will experience during the procedure, as pain tolerances are subjective.
* We offer numbing cream with lidocaine for those who are concerned about the pain
How Long Does the Scalp Take to Fully Heal?
The scalp will take approximately 7-10 days to fully heal.
How long does the Treatment Take?
Typically 2-4 hours for each session. A final touch up session after your complete SMP may or may not be required.
That will be determined after complete healing has taken place.
How Many Days am I Required to Wait Between Sessions?
While it is possible to do two procedures within the same week, we recommend waiting 7-10 days to fully heal before doing your next session.
What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?
Scalp MicroPigmentation or SMP as it is commonly known is not a regular tattoo but a highly specialized process by which tiny deposits of pigment are positioned within the dermal layer of the skin to replicate hair follicles.
When applied by a skilled practitioner, these deposits mimic the look of real shaven hair or will add the appearance of density to longer hair.
What is the Cost?
The cost usually runs between CAD $1,000-$3,600 depending on the amount of balding, thinning, scarring… etc. For example, a small scar might cost $1,000 to conceal while a client experiencing complete hair loss will incur costs towards $4,000.
It’s easy to get a quote by emailing us a picture of your scalp, however we do prefer meeting you in person and doing a consultation. In person consultations are far more personal and we can also show you our facility and get to know you a little better.
*We do offer financing for those on a limited budget.
What is the Size of the Needle?
We use single needles made from Japanese Surgical Grade 316L Stainless Steel. Our needles make impressions the size of a small pin.
With the naked eye, it’s impossible to differentiate between a follicle made with our needles and an actual hair follicle.
The needles we use are the smallest on the market.
What’s the Difference between Permanent and Semi-Permanent?
The duration of permanent or semi-permanent depends on the pigment used and the depth of needle penetration during the procedure. Skin type and after-care are also determining factors in achieving lasting results.
During your consultation we’ll discuss all of the details and options that are best for you. Clients should follow aftercare instructions carefully for best results.
Why multiple sessions?
There are several reasons why SMP is done over two or three sessions. And this again also depends on the procedure being done, the first reason is that the process of
SMP creates tiny micro wounds in the skin; the skin is essentially being punctured when each dot is applied, therefore a scab heals over the wound which eventually falls
away often taking some of the implanted pigment with it.
Furthermore, the immune system attacks the pigments, causing them to shrink slightly. This gradual “fading
Will the Pigment Change Colour?
No, there is absolutely no risk of the colour turning blue or green. We use a Carbon based pigment, which contains no blue or green undertones. As with all permanent makeup, fading will occur over time as your skin ages.
How long will my SMP last
The longevity of your SMP depends on a few variables, some are within your control, such as adhering to SMP aftercare and long-term care, and some are out of your control such as immune response and skin chemistry. On average your SMP should last between 3-5 years before a touch up is required. However there are always exceptions to this rule, some might need a touch up after two years, some might need a touch up annually and then there are some whose SMP still looks great after 5 years.