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How Long Will Your Hairline Tattoo Last?

by | Dec 1, 2022 | Blog

A popular hair loss treatment for both thinning hair and a receding hairline, scalp micropigmentation is durable and effective. A qualified practitioner can create coverage that will boost your confidence without the need for frequent reapplications.

Read on to discover all you need to know about how long scalp micropigmentation lasts and how you can get the best and most reliable results.


How long does scalp micropigmentation usually last?

If you’re worried about hair loss – whether it’s frontal baldness, a receding hairline or thinning on top –  chances are you want a dependable treatment that requires minimal upkeep. Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) could be just what you’re looking for.

Where other hairline treatments, such as hair fibres or coloured sprays, last less than a day before you need to reapply and restyle, micropigmentation is far more enduring. SMP uses specialist carbon-based pigment to produce permanent results that may require a colour refresh every four to six years, depending on your lifestyle.


How quickly will you see the results?

The process of SMP itself is fast and straightforward. The initial procedure typically takes two to four hours, and you’ll see the results immediately. During follow-up sessions, your practitioner will continue to add density to achieve the look and shade you’re after. In most cases, you’ll need three to four visits in total, depending on your individual circumstances and the level of coverage needed.

It’s common practice to space out your SMP sessions by 10 to 14 days to allow the scalp to heal fully. However, the non-invasive nature of SMP means it heals much faster compared to other hair loss treatments, such as hair transplants.

What factors can impact how long SMP lasts?

Overall, scalp micropigmentation is a simple and effective hair loss treatment for most people. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that some skin conditions and prescribed medications may impact the longevity of your results.

If you’re concerned that a condition may affect how quickly your scalp micropigmentation fades, speak to one of our knowledgeable team members. We always carry out a free consultation and patch test to assess your individual situation.

How to maintain SMP to avoid fading

One of the biggest advantages of scalp micropigmentation is the fact that it’s so low maintenance. Following your SMP treatment, you won’t need to worry about it fading quickly or having to regularly top it up. Instead, you can live freely and enjoy your restored hairline for years to come.

However, there are still a few ways you can make sure your SMP remains bold and vibrant for as long as possible.

In the short term, it’s important to keep your head dry and moisturised (using our aftercare products) for four days after the initial procedure. On day 5, you can gently wash it with warm water and a mild shampoo.

Exposure to strong sunlight can increase the risk of your scalp micropigmentation fading. So, in the long term, you’ll want to make sure you protect your scalp from intense UV rays. Always wear a SPF in the sun and /or consider getting an SPF hat to wear on sunny days.

Keeping your scalp moisturised and healthy will also help keep your SMP in top condition. If you’re prone to dry skin, it’s particularly important to find the right kind of moisturiser.

Likewise, it’s best to avoid alcohol-based products, which can be harsh and drying. You can always speak to a member of the derma.microtech team if you’d like any advice on the best type of moisturiser to use.

Scalp micropigmentation treatments in York

SMP is a simple yet effective hair loss treatment that offers permanent, natural-looking results. No matter what level of hair loss you’re experiencing, our qualified practitioners can offer bespoke solutions to get the ideal outcome for you.