WHAT IS SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION?
Scalp Micropigmentation is the number 1 way to deal with hair loss for both men and women. Whether it’s used for adding density to thinning hair or completely restoring a hairline, it offers perfect, undetectable results almost instantly and with very minimal inconvenience and aftercare.
When compared to other options such as highly invasive and expensive hair transplant procedures and drugs that can have a multitude of side effects, SMP offers a welcome alternative. The client can completely get back their confidence over a few short visits without the risk or cost of other options.
Using cosmetic tattoo we can deposit tiny amounts of pigment into the scalp to replicate hair follicles. It is a completely natural, non invasive treatment that gives the appearance of tiny hairs growing out of the scalp that can completely restore the hairline add density to thinning hair.
What’s the cost of the treatment?
At Brandwood Clinic everyone is treated as an individual. Thus there is no ‘one size fits all’ process that we apply.
The price of your treatment will depend very much on the stage of your hair loss and the type of look you require. It is based on the number of sessions and time required and the complexity of the procedure.
When you visit us for your free, no-obligation, style consultation and patch test we will issue a quote at that time which will be valid for a set period. If we start the treatment within that period that will be the price you pay, regardless of whether we have to spend more time on your treatment than initially suggested. We are always focussed on your satisfaction and achieving a look that we’re all happy with.
How long will the treatment take?
The average human scalp has an astonishing 100,000 hair follicles, 700-1000 per square inch. We are committed to delivering the most authentic replication possible – the appearance of natural hair. As a result it usually takes a minimum of three sessions to achieve a great result on a predominately bald head. Generally and depending on your specific needs, our advice on scheduling would be along these lines:
Initial Free Consultation: Consultation and patch test.
First Session; At least 24 hours after initial consultation. Likely to last between 3-4 hours depending on the complexity of your micro pigmentation needs.
Second Session: Approximately 1 week later, lasting 2-4 hours gently perfecting the colour and refining the hairline.
Third Session: 2 to 4 weeks later, 1-3 hours to perfect the shade and hairline for your perfect result.
Total time period to completion ranges between 4 – 6 weeks.
What qualifications do the practitioners have?
Paul and Simon are two of the most qualified and experienced practitioners in the world, using their skills to train others. Both have UK Diplomas for permanent cosmetics and micropigmentation treatments and Level 4 in scalp procedures, the highest independent qualification available in the world.
Paul & Simon also have NVQ Level 4 in Anatomy & Physiology. Additionally we carry full practitioners insurance with our medical malpractice cover.
What are the hygiene standards?
Health and safety is foremost in our considerations and Brandwood Clinic stringently follows the Health Protection Unit’s standards for infection control practices. Single-use needles are used by practitioners wearing medical gloves, all of which are appropriately disposed of immediately after use. All apparatus is sterilised to medical standards.
How will I look after my treatment?
You can expect instant results with an immediately visible hairline as well as some redness, which will fade after a few days. Initially pigment dots can appear darker than planned. It may take up to four weeks before the pigments soften to their natural look and finished size. As mentioned above our treatments usually take three sessions with results improving after each. View our gallery to see examples of the results from each stage of treatment.
How long will my scalp pigmentation take?
Your treatment will last a lifetime if cared for and maintained in the right way. We will discuss all these options with you once we begin. We generally recommend brief touch-ups every three to six years. We do advise caution with the sun as sunburn can have a detrimental effect on your SMP. If you have scars from a hair transplant SMP can help to camouflage them. Our practitioners are extremely skilled in this procedure and have personal experience of such scarring. SMP can camouflage all forms of scarring: Strip, plug, FUE, flat, raised and indented.
What is the guarantee?
We issue a 24-month guarantee dated from the end of your final session. We were the first and still one of the few Clinics worldwide to offer this length of guarantee. Full details are available at time of booking.
How do you design my hair line?
Our consultation process is quite extensive and we will work to your instructions to create an appropriate and authentic hairline. A wax pencil is used to demonstrate the position of the hairline that will work for you. Your satisfaction is paramount and your preferences will be observed. Many choices are available from a firmly defined hairline to a soft, jagged or perhaps even a mature, slightly receding effect. We tend to advise a soft line initially making adjustments to reach perfection during the treatment process.
Will it fade?
Some initial softening may occur as your natural shade is achieved. Providing that you follow the correct after-care, including use of sun-screen, the effect of SMP will be adequately maintained.
Is it painful?
No, it is a minimally invasive procedure that most clients describe as feeling a slight discomfort.
What age restrictions are there?
SMP is suitable for all ages. We have treated clients in their 60s and 70s and alopecia sufferers can be treated from age 14 providing we have full parental and individual consent.
What is the after-care procedure?
We provide complete after-care guidelines, though it is relatively straightforward. Intense (sweat-producing) exercise is not recommended for 7 days after treatment and the scalp should not be washed or shaved for 4 days. We recommend a high-specification sunscreen and chlorinated swimming pools are avoided for a month.
How often will I need to shave?
It can be down to personal tastes and your speed of re-growth. Most clients tend to adopt a freshly shaved or ‘buzzed’ look shaving every 1-2 days. Letting your hair grow out will adjust the appearance thus we tend to advise that you take care to see what level of grooming is required.
What if I go grey?
Hair colour is generally comprised of many different shades. Our talented practitioners are always careful to match these colours when carrying out the procedure. The use of shades is central to our ability to deliver a realistic result.
Most people retain this light and shade throughout their life, giving a ‘salt and pepper’ effect when older. The look of the SMP may also soften in time and should age with you.
What about ongoing hair loss?
Our method of blending SMP into your remaining hair with decreasing intensity means that the noticeability of future loss is minimised. Treatments can be topped-up to maintain a fuller look.
What if I want to change my look or even reverse the process?
Having treated thousands of clients we have yet to experience this issue. Any removal process would be similar to that of a tattoo with the exception that Brandwood clinic micro pigmentation is only situated within the 2nd dermal skin layer, a conventional tattoo is almost twice as deep. A full reversal could easily be achieved with a laser treatment. We envisage our clients may wish to change their look, perhaps soften a hairline or maybe even recede slightly as an individual becomes older. It is possible to soften a hairline with only 20 minutes of laser treatment.
What pigment do you use?
Our pigment is totally organic, natural, plant-based and even vegan-friendly. We believe it is the most ethical pigment in use in any UK clinic.
As it is organic we believe it aids the healing process, there is less recovery time.
Alongside the issue of price, the most common question we’re asked is about the pigment. We think the treatment is about more than this and people should be more concerned about experience, technique and skill – even needle size is potentially more significant.
It is important that you should undertake your own research, look at the galleries and previous treatments, read the client studies and talk to the practitioners. We believe that once you’ve done this there is only one choice and that is Brandwood Clinic.