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How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

Besides the cost of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), another common question we receive at Shapiro Medical is, ‘How long does scalp micropigmentation last?’ This is an important consideration; after all, how often do you want to go through the process? If you’re considering SMP, here are the factors that play in its longevity and how you can maintain your SMP hairline for the years to come. 

Is Scalp Micropigmentation Permanent?

SMP is a noninvasive hair loss solution that mimics the appearance of a shaved head with no incisions or long recovery time involved. Unlike traditional tattoos that penetrate deeper into the skin layers and use a broader range of colors, SMP uses micro-needles and custom pigments that blend with the tones of your scalp and hair color. As such, it delivers an ultra-realistic appearance that few other methods can match.

SMP is designed to be semi-permanent, which means that it will fade over time. The average length of time that SMP lasts ranges from 3 to 6 years, depending on various factors such as your skin type, hair growth, size of the treated area, and aftercare practices. In some cases, SMP can last for up to ten years, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

What Keeps Your SMP Results

The longevity of your SMP treatment depends on a lot of things. Understanding how these factors will play out post-treatment will help you determine the optimal time for touch-ups and when you should consider additional sessions.

Skin Type

Individual skin types and characteristics play a significant role in determining how long SMP lasts. People with dry skin may experience faster fading compared to those with oily or normal skin, as their skin’s dryness may weaken the pigments more quickly. 

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is another significant factor that can impact the lifespan of SMP. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to the pigments fading faster than they would in a shaded area. For this reason, we always recommend avoiding excessive sun exposure and using a hat or sunscreen with a high SPF rating when you’re outdoors for the first few weeks following the procedure.

Aftercare Practices

Proper aftercare practices ensure that the pigments remain vibrant, and the scalp area stays healthy, providing optimal results for as long as possible. Tips for aftercare include avoiding heavy sweating, avoiding exposure to chlorinated water or salt water, and using only approved hair care products that aren’t too harsh on the scalp.

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Hair Growth

The pattern, rate of growth, and density of your hair will impact the level of maintenance required for SMP. Hair grows in small increments; however, some areas, like the temples and crown, have a denser growth rate than others. Additionally, for individuals experiencing balding, the SMP may need to be integrated into existing hair. During a consultation, your SMP technician will discuss your options and create a personalized treatment plan that matches your hair growth pattern.

SMP Pigments, Techniques, and Equipment

High-quality pigments are necessary to provide a more extended lifespan because they contain fewer heavy metals. Also, the techniques utilized can affect the final result. Your SMP technician should use a gradual process of building up pigment to create a natural-looking hairline. 

Additionally, good quality equipment, needles, and cartridges are less likely to irritate the scalp and create unnecessary fading. At Shapiro Medical Group, Dr. Shapiro and his team perform scalp micropigmentation in a state-of-the-art facility. It’s neat, advanced, and comfortable – everything you’ll want from an SMP provider in the Minneapolis area. 

SMP Touch-Ups

While SMP is designed to last for a long time, touch-ups are necessary to maintain the boldness of color and natural-looking appearance of the hairline. Touch-ups can also help maintain the uniformity of the pigments throughout the scalp. 

SMP touch-ups may be required every year to three years after the initial treatment, depending on the quality of the SMP and aftercare practices followed. The frequency at which you’ll need touch-ups depends on several factors, such as hair growth patterns, natural shedding of the contributing hair, and exposure to sunlight. 

An experienced SMP provider like Dr. Shapiro and our technicians at Shapiro Medical Group can help you schedule the right time for touch-ups and the optimal time between sessions.

How Long Does Each SMP Session Last?

Each SMP session typically lasts between 2 to 5 hours, depending on a number of factors, including:

  • the size and complexity of the area being treated
  • your skin type
  • your desired results

The first session usually takes the longest, as this is when the technician will design the hairline and begin to apply the pigment. Subsequent sessions may be shorter, as the technician will be working to fill in and refine the results.

Why is Scalp Micropigmentation Expensive?

The initial investment for SMP micropigmentation can be relatively high compared to other treatments like topical medications or hair transplant surgery. However, SMP provides a longer-lasting solution and is more cost-effective in the long run. 

Additionally, SMP treatments are relatively quick and straightforward compared to other treatment options that require extended recovery times and multiple office visits. The cost and time investment of SMP speaks to its effectiveness and value. To put it simply, scalp micropigmentation is worth it. 

Take Control Of Your Hair Loss Today. 

Get the natural-looking hairline you’ve always wanted and join the countless men who have regained their confidence with SMP in Minneapolis. Call us to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in and around Minneapolis, including Golden Valley, Columbia Heights, Roseville, Richfield, and the greater Minnesota area.  

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