How SMP Improves Hair Density

Scalp Micropigmentation can be used to accomplish a number of different goals which consist of reconstructing the hairline to camouflaging surgical scars. Increasing hair density is one of the most commonly requested Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) treatments because it produces incredible results that are unmatched by any other non-invasive treatment for thinning hair. Hair serums, herbal supplements, special shampoos and medications are a roll of the dice, but SMP provides real results every single time. Here’s how this treatment improves hair density.

What Does It Mean to Add Hair Density?

When we talk about adding hair density with SMP, we need to be clear—we’re not adding actual hair to your head, we’re adding the illusion of hair follicles with pointillism. Your hair itself won’t be thicker or fuller, but it will appear more dense on the scalp because we blend your native follicles seamlessly with our work. When you choose Scalp Prodigy for Scalp Micropigmentation treatment, we provide hyper-realistic results that look completely natural.

Clients who want to increase hair density have a full head of hair and a hairline that is largely intact, but they have some areas that are thinning and need to be blended. We see both men and women who want to increase their hair density with SMP. Men typically have diffuse thinning, while women with female pattern hair loss often want to focus on the hairline and part line. Often, this type of hair loss occurs due to hormonal changes, stressful life events, or illness.

How SMP for Hair Density Works

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical solution for hair loss that involves making small impressions in the papillary layer of the scalp, replicating the appearance of hair follicles or stubble using tiny micro dots of ink. Scalp Prodigy is a leader and innovator in providing natural-looking SMP treatments, with precise gradient scales and a skilled team with an eye for detail and an understanding of the science involved in SMP.

When possible, we attempt to perform SMP without cutting the hair down. This can be achieved in cases where native follicles are dispersed evenly throughout the scalp, but when the hair is too thin and the scalp is balding your hair will need to be cut down to the skin for the most natural blending. Shaving is necessary for clients who have experienced significant hair loss, but for most women and men with mild diffuse hair loss, SMP can be performed without shaving first.

Treatments are typically completed in under two hours, resulting in an immediate increase in hair density and a more youthful appearance. While SMP that is designed to reconstruct the hairline can take as many as four sessions to complete, SMP for hair density often requires fewer sessions. Our clients walk out of our doors with a renewed sense of confidence and results that can last up to five years before needing to be retouched.

Learn More About How SMP Improves Hair Density

If you’re interested in learning more about SMP and how it can help you achieve the look of a full head of hair, contact Scalp Prodigy today at 702-331-0201 or book an appointment at one of our three locations on our website.

The Importance of Patch Tests in SMP

The preliminary work we do before Scalp Micropigmentation treatments at Scalp Prodigy lay the foundation for successful results. It’s why we spend the time working with you to choose the right type of hairline and it’s also why we always perform a patch test for our clients who come in for Scalp Micropigmentation in Las Vegas.

Why Is a Patch Test Needed for SMP?

There are some SMP providers that skip patch tests or only perform them upon request. We believe patch tests are important for all of our clients. While it’s true that most people have no adverse reactions, for those that do, it’s critical to identify these reactions before working on the hairline. Consider it an insurance policy—you probably don’t need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you had it.

A patch test allows us to identify:

  • Atrophic or scarred skin that reacts to pigment differently than expected. This is particularly important when we perform SMP to camouflage scars. Scarred skin can require a different technique to achieve the desired results.
  • Allergies and sensitivities to ink. We use the highest quality organic ink, 5PM Shadow, which is made from carbon black, distilled water, and alcohol. This ink is non-toxic and formulated differently from tattoo ink, which can migrate and change color once it enters the skin. It’s exceptionally rare to have an allergy to this pigment because it doesn’t contain metals, but it’s still advisable to patch test.
  • Allergies and sensitivities to needles. Like our pigments, we’ve gone out of our way to source the highest quality needles for SMP. We use Japanese steel needles, which are known for staying sharper for a longer length of time. It’s rare to have a sensitivity to these needles, but because stainless steel contains trace amounts of nickel and iron, it can cause discomfort in some clients with hypersensitive skin.
  • Color matches. By performing a patch test, we can ensure that once the pigment is under your skin, the color is correct and matches your natural hair follicles.

A patch test also allows you to understand what SMP will feel like when you’re ready for your first session. Most clients rate the pain somewhere between a 2 and a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, but it’s still helpful to know what to expect since everyone has a different threshold for pain.

What Happens During an SMP Patch Test?

We perform a patch test in an inconspicuous location, allowing us to see the results of SMP on your unique skin and letting you preview your results. We perform patch testing in a small area with a sparse spread of micro dots which means that your patch test won’t be noticeable to anyone once you leave our studio.

Patch tests are a great way to test sensitivities in 24 hours if you are nervous about allergies. It is highly unlikely that you will have a reaction, but for those who just want to be sure the ink doesn’t irritate their skin, a patch test is always available. If you don’t experience any rashes or sensitivities we will move forward with your full SMP treatment.

Learn More About the Scalp Micropigmentation Process

If you’re ready to build your confidence with hyper realistic scalp micropigmentation, contact Scalp Prodigy today at 702-331-0201 or book an appointment at one of our three locations on our website.

What is Beard Micropigmentation?

At Scalp Prodigy, our services go beyond the scalp. We also provide facial micropigmentation for beards. This procedure is similar to that of our Scalp Micropigmentation services using ink to replicate the appearance of hair follicles, but the technique focuses on facial stubble which mimics a five o’clock shadow. Our skilled technicians have advanced training and the specific eye for detail needed to create a hyper realistic look for all of our Beard Micropigmentation clients.

Who Can Benefit From Beard Micropigmentation?

Beard Micropigmentation is one of the most effective options for clients who have patchy beards, Alopecia Areata, or Alopecia Universalis. It’s also a common treatment used for those who are transitioning in the LGBTQ community, which will provide them with a more masculine facial appearance. 

Beard Micropigmentation can be used to obscure acne scars, surgical scars, burns, and other types of skin irregularities. Often after an injury scarred tissue will not grow hair, so facial micropigmentation is an excellent tool for camouflaging these areas.

How Does Beard Micropigmentation Work?

Beard Micropigmentation creates a fuller beard by layering impressions on top of each other to mimic a five o’clock shadow. As you complete each session the beard will get darker. 

Scalp Prodigy delivers hyperrealistic results to all of our clients by carefully studying their natural hair and facial features, and understanding how facial hair grows. Beard Micropigmentation is an art and a science; it requires an eye for detail and exceptional skill. 

When you choose Scalp Prodigy for facial micropigmentation, you can feel confident knowing you’re getting the best possible service from a leader in the field. 

How Long Does Beard Micropigmentation Last?

The longevity of Beard Micropigmentation depends on a number of factors, including the skincare products you use, sun exposure, and lifestyle. Clients who are athletic and active may need touch ups sooner than those who are not, but generally speaking, micropigmentation lasts between three to five years before it starts to fade. 

Avoiding facial peels and acids, as well as applying SPF 50 sunscreen and moisturizer each day, can extend the lifespan of your facial micropigmentation treatment.

Does Beard Micropigmentation Look Natural?

Beard Micropigmentation looks natural when it’s performed by a skilled artist, which is exactly what you’ll get at Scalp Prodigy. The micropigmentation used on the beard and mustache area needs to be applied differently than the micropigmentation applied to the scalp. Beard follicles are larger and beard hair is more coarse than the hair on your head. The texture of facial skin is different than that of the scalp as well. We have the expertise to create a natural look, whether it’s on your face or on your scalp.

Schedule a Consultation With Scalp Prodigy

If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss Beard Micropigmentation with one of our artists at Scalp Prodigy, there’s no better time than right now. Contact us to learn more or book your appointment online.

All About Scalp Micropigmentation for Women

When it comes to discussing hair loss, the subject is almost always centered around men. Women’s hair loss often takes a back seat to their male counterparts due to mass marketing efforts geared toward men, yet millions of women suffer in silence because they are unaware that there is a solution. If you’re a woman who is looking for a long-lasting solution to your hair loss, consider Scalp Micropigmentation. Scalp Micropigmentation for women is similar to the process of microblading eyebrows, using pigments to replicate the appearance of natural hair. 

In this guide to female Scalp Micropigmentation, we’ll go over some of the most common causes of hair loss and take you through the micropigmentation process. We have helped countless women across the country look and feel their best. If you’re self-conscious about thinning hair, read on to learn more.

Hair Loss in Women

While men typically have a very straightforward and predictable pattern of hair loss, hair loss in women can be quite different. Often, the first sign of hair loss is at the part. You may notice that the hair near your part seems thinner and finer. This results in a part that looks wider. Over time, the thinning hair is noticeable elsewhere on your scalp as well. This is called female-pattern hair loss. It’s often seen in women who are experiencing hormonal changes (pregnancy or menopause) or stress.

Another common type of hair loss for women is traction alopecia. Tight ponytails and hair extensions are often the culprit here—when the hair is pulled back tightly, the hair follicles are damaged. Typically, we see traction alopecia at the hairline. Unfortunately, once hair follicles are damaged from traction, hair loss can be permanent.

Chemotherapy, nutritional deficiencies, radiation therapy, medications, and some autoimmune disorders can cause hair loss in women as well. If an underlying medical condition is causing hair loss, it’s important to seek treatment.

How Scalp Micropigmentation for Women Can Help

Thinning hair in women doesn’t reverse hair loss, but it does reverse the appearance of hair loss. There are few proven treatment options for hair loss in women—we have many clients who have tried every shampoo, hair mask, tonic, and medication under the sun without seeing any results. Scalp Micropigmentation works and that’s what makes it different from all the products that promise solutions for hair loss but don’t deliver.

Scalp Micropigmentation uses an electric tattoo device to create tiny, layered dots on the scalp to replicate the appearance of hair follicles. This adds depth and definition to your scalp. Although you might wonder how a tiny tattoo can replace an actual hair, when you take a look at our before and after photos, you can see the dramatic difference Scalp Micropigmentation makes. It can fill in a wide part line and bring down a receded hairline in a way that looks realistic and lasts for years.

The Scalp Micropigmentation Process

It’s important to find a skilled practitioner for SMP—it takes an eye for artistry, an understanding of hair, and a steady hand to produce results that look natural. Our team at Scalp Prodigy is the best in the industry, so you can feel confident knowing you’ll get the results you’re after. Before we do any work, we’ll have you come in for a consultation so we can discuss your treatment goals and how many sessions you will need to achieve them.

The process begins by numbing your scalp with a local anesthetic cream. Then, the micropigmentation begins. You’re likely to feel some discomfort while we work, but it shouldn’t be intolerable. The entire session can take between four to five hours.

After your treatment, you’ll need to avoid swimming, sun exposure, and heavy exercise. We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help you maximize your results. Scalp Micropigmentation is a form of tattooing, but it’s not quite the same as a tattoo—unlike a tattoo on your arm, for example, SMP will eventually wear away as the skin on your scalp sheds. SMP typically lasts for 2 to 3 years, although clients who are especially active may need retreatment after a year.

Learn More About Scalp Micropigmentation for Women

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Scalp Prodigy to find out if SMP is right for you, contact us today or book your appointment online.