What is the Healing Process After Scalp Micropigmentation?
During the Scalp Micropigmentation procedure, micro-perforations are made into the skin, and the pigment is placed into the upper layers of the skin ( epidermis- dermis).
When perforation or injury extends from the epidermis to the dermis, miniscule lymph production or bleeding can occur and inflammatory response begins. Clotting mechanism begins and the micro scab is formed within several hours making the treated areas appear darker for a few days.. The micro scab covers the micro dot wound to prevent any microorganism from entering the skin. New cells are formed and after some days the wound is closed off by “contraction”.
The Recovery Stages of Scalp Micropigmentation
1. The recovery time varies from client to client , but typically what you can expect is:
2. After the first session, the immediate response you will notice would be redness. It is a natural response as the skin is a sensitive organ. We will use a cooling spray immediately after the procedure to reduce the redness appearance and inflammation appearance. Redness if any will last maximum 24h post the treatment with us.
3. You may still notice slight inflammation, which is again, natural. The micro-perforations made throughout the area cause inflammation, but it is nothing to worry about. Inflammation is the first stage of wound healing. Inflammation will last max 2h to 6h post the treatment with us ( if any).
4. During the first and second week when the redness subsides you may notice some scab formation throughout the area. Scabs are protective layers. The healing process still continues under the scabs. They are not visible to the naked eye so nobody will know its scabs. They are micro in size and in a shape of a shaved hair follicle. There might be a strong urge to scratch these scabs as the skin can be itchy during the healing, but it is best to not disturb them. When the healing is done, scabs will fall off ultimately ( without you even noticing it as they are micro in size). Picking at them will not only disturb the healing process, but the pigment might come out with the scab.
5. As the scabs fall off, new skin is formed and the scalp fully heals itself. This is usually by the end of the week and the client is ready for the next session once the skin settles down between 2 weeks to 6 weeks later.
How Does the Healing Effect the Pigments?
When the skin heals after the perforations and closes off, it encloses the pigments within itself. It goes deep in some areas and shallow in other areas. Due to which the pigments may appear lighter, darker, translucent or even invisible. All of the above will give us the effect of the 3 d appearance of hair follicles growing out of the skin at the different growth stages.
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