Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a delicate procedure requiring a lot of fine movements and careful attention to detail. It should only be performed by an Scalp Micropigmentation specialist certified in delivering scalp micropigmentation treatment. In addition, the process of scalp micro pigmentation requires the use of a specific type of tattoo ink, and using the wrong type could lead to poor results.
How Is Pro SMP Ink Different from Normal Tattoo Ink?
Pro SMP Ink is made specifically for the prevention of ink fading and spreading, unlike normal tattoo ink which is used for markings big enough that a little spreading is barely noticeable. Best results also call for the ink to be injected into a certain layer of the skin with a specially made needle. This precision can be challenging and requires a certain finesse.
Pro SMP Ink is specifically intended for use with an extremely small needle. In order to make the fine markings that resemble hair follicles, a 3-point-microneedle should be used. This tool is about a quarter of the size of a regular tattoo needle.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information conducted a study in 2017 to determine what factors are most important in SMP to produce the best results. They studied forty-five patients and different factors, such as the angle and depth of the needle into the scalp, contact time of the needle on the skin, speed of the rotor, color and viscosity of the pigment, needle thickness, and pattern of dot placement. They determined the following information:
“The depth of needle penetration into the skin is a crucial parameter influencing the adequate placement (deposition) of pigment into the dermis. If the depth is too superficial (up to the epidermis) then the pigment may not remain in the skin and will be washed off in 3–4 weeks. When the needle penetrated deep down into the dermis, there was diffusion of pigment into the surrounding skin leading to enlargement of the size of dot, giving a patchy appearance over time and also change in color of the pigment. Ideal deposition of pigment is into the papillary dermis.”
In other words, while many factors come into play regarding the quality of SMP, the ink itself must be the right kind in order for all the other factors to work together properly.
Additionally, Pro SMP Ink is a cruelty-free, eco-friendly product. It has never been tested on animals, is completely made in America, and is free of parabens, unlike other tattoo inks. If using vegan products is important to you, then look no further for a high-quality vegan SMP ink.
Risks of Using Regular Tattoo Ink
Since regular tattoo ink tends to spread out a bit over time, it should never be used for SMP. To avoid the risk of your new follicle dots running together over time, it’s best to ensure that your SMP specialist is using Scalp Micropigmentation specific ink.
While different kinds of ink can be diluted to achieve an accurate color of follicles based on your natural hair color, regular tattoo ink tends to fade to a less accurate color over time.
But with Pro SMP Ink, proper tools, and a skilled specialist’s technique, your SMP hairline or scar camouflage will stay vibrant and crisp for years to come. For more SMP care tips, check out this article.
Why use Folicule Ink for scalp micropigmentation?
Folicule is the first scalp tattoo pigment that was quality tested for years before going to market. We tested our follicle pigment across the entire Fitzpatrick scale from light skin to dark skin and light hair to dark hair. We also ensured that results from each session came back with perfect consistency.
Folicule ink has natural ingredients that help reduce inflammation and redness.
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Folicule ink is proudly used by over 700 artists in scalp micropigmentation. Our pigment has been used in over 7,000 treatment sessions from top artists all over the world.
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