Your scalp micropigmentation is an investment, which you want to enjoy at its best for as long as possible. But how long does it last and what can I do to prolong the awesome results I have received?
My name is Rob James SMP as one of Vancouver’s busiest Scalp micropigmentation artists I perform hundreds of procedures each year. If you’ve just had your SMP done or at thinking about the treatment, this post is aimed at helping you get the most out of your newly acquired SMP.
A question I frequently receive is;
“How long does SMP last?”
On average a properly administered Scalp Micropigmentation should last an individual anywhere between 5-7 years before a refresh is needed.
The longevity of an SMP depends on several factors.
Your own individual skin chemistry can affect the durability. Excessively oily skin can have issues holding pigment especially around the crown area. Skin at the other end of the spectrum, which is excessively dry, can also have issues with pigment endurance.
However your practitioner should recognize these conditions during the two-month touch up and adjustments should be made.
SMP lasts between 5-7 years under optimal conditions
It’s imperative to follow the aftercare instructions in order to maintain your Scalp micro pigmentation results. As there are elements, which will affect the longevity of your scalp micro pigmentation in the long run.
Excessive UV light exposure is the biggest destructive factor for your SMP. Sunburn, prolonged and intense UV exposure acts as a laser on the pigment, gradually lightening the overall tone.
To avoid premature SMP fading the following aftercare steps must be maintained.
Cover up the scalp when in intense sunshine, avoid burning the scalp at all costs, as this causes excessive skin turn over and skin peeling.
Aftercare instructions are important to follow
It doesn’t mean that you have to avoid the sun at all times. Don’t forget that sunshine is good for your health as it provides the body with immune boosting vitamin D. And if you live in a more temperate climate such as the one here in Vancouver Canada you must make the most of the few months of nice weather. So get out and enjoy yourself, but take the following precautions.
I tell my clients to use a daily SPF factor 30 for everyday use. I suggest a dry mattifying sunblock as this also aids in reducing shine and doesn’t leave that sticky residue.
For times of prolonged sun exposure during the summer, perhaps playing golf, sailing, jogging or exercising. Or when on a beach vacation, I recommend a high SPF factor cream or baseball cap.
When washing your scalp avoid harsh chemical shampoos, instead opt for gentle, simple skin cleaners or soaps. And avoid anything with an abrasive quality, such as an exfoliate. Use a quality moisturizer that does not contain alcohol, such as coconut oil to maintain a healthy skin Ph. value.
Keep the surrounding hair short and trim to maintain the optimal aesthetic appeal of your SMP.
Always keep surrounding hair short for optimal results
Rob James is one of Canada’s busiest and in demand Scalp micro pigment specialists, working out of his Vancouver Clinic, Advanced Scalp. Always approachable and happy to answer any of your SMP related questions.
Call 778-917-7772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free consultation.