How soon can I have the procedure?
We believe this is a very important decision in your life. Whilst we are confident you will love the results, in the interest of professionalism we insist on a cooling off period of a minimum of 24hrs between consultation and treatment – to allow you to be committed and prepared.
How long should I expect my treatment sessions to take?
The human head has an astonishing 2000 follicles per square inch. Not surprising then that it usually takes a minimum of two sessions to achieve your final desired look.
What are the hygiene standards in your clinics?
Our treatment rooms must meet strict health regulations for infection control practices. Sterile medical gloves are used and single-use needles are disposed of immediately after use into sharps containers.
What qualifications do your practitioners have?
Practitioners are fully certified for permanent cosmetics and micro pigmentation treatments; they also carry full practitioners insurance.
How will I look after a treatment?
You can expect an instant visible hairline result, as well as some redness, which only usually lasts a couple of days. Typically the pigment dots will appear darker than planned for up to four weeks before the pigments soften to their natural and finished size, giving you the natural appearance you are after.
How real will the Scalp Micropigmentation look?
Our clients tell us that even close up in the mirror, they themselves can’t distinguish where their real hairline ends and the pigmentation blending begins. Even when copping a feel, people still can’t tell it isn’t real hair!
Will it Fade?
The pigment will fade slightly over the first 4 weeks to achieve your target shade.
How long will my SMP last?
To maintain your look, we recommend that maintenance touch-ups be planned for once every three to six years. Your SMP could last a lifetime if cared for correctly however use caution with the sun as sunburn can cause damage to your SMP results.
I’m nervous about how we design my hairline….
We will work with you using a wax pencil to sculpt and craft a hairline that you love. Some clients will want a firmly defined hairline and others prefer soft, jagged, or perhaps even a mature, slightly receding effect. Generally we advise a soft line at the first treatment with adjustments made to reach perfection during the following treatments.
How Painful is the Procedure?
The procedure could not be described in any way as painful. Using a pain scale (see below) – pain is usually in the 1-3 mark
Rating Pain Level
0 No Pain
1-3 Mild Pain
4-6 Moderate Pain
7-10 Severe Pain
I prefer to avoid any pain – can I take a painkiller?
If you are keen to minimize any pain, we recommend you try ibuprofen an hour before treatment.
Will the pain continue after the treatment procedure is finished?
Happily no. The discomfort is only during the actual medical tattoo procedure and it is considered to be discomfort rather than pain.
Is it a good idea to try the Patch Test first?
Yes. In fact we insist on it. We apply a few dots to a discreet part of your hairline to test for allergic reactions. We can do this at your consultation if you request to avoid a special trip for the test.
How long do I need between treatments?
The normal scheduling would be something like:
Initial Consultation: Initial free consultation and patch test if requested
Second Consultation: Minimum 1 week later (cooling off period and diary availability) lasting between 3-5 hours depending on the complexity of your Micro Pigmentation needs
What is the downtime?
Following the treatment, your body will immediately begin, through homeostasis, to repair the ‘damage’ by manufacturing platelet-filled scabs at the dot sites and this is hardened by additional fibrin over the next several hours These ‘scabs’ will fall away naturally. 5-7 days after treatment, your scalp looking fresher and follicle-full!
How often will I need to shave?
Most of our clients go for a freshly-shaved or ‘buzzed’ look so they shave every 2-3 days, saving a fortune on barber visits! Letting your hair grow will give away the secret .
How flexible can you be about appointment scheduling?
We understand that you’ll want the treatments to impact your work and family life as little as possible. Many of our clients fly in for treatments so we ensure we are flexible, open late and at weekends.
Caring for my Scalp Micropigmentation
We’ll make sure you have full verbal and written after-care guidelines, but in reality, after-care is remarkably straightforward. Sweaty exercise is not recommended in the 5 days after treatment nor is shaving or washing the scalp and you’ll need to wear a good sunscreen and avoid chlorinated swimming pools for a month.
What about on-going hair loss?
Our method of truly blending into your remaining hair with decreasing intensity means that noticeability of future loss is minimized. The treatment can be topped-up to maintain the fuller look and as top-up treatments are less labour-intensive. Any ongoing treatments are not too tough on your wallet either.
What if I want to change my look or even reverse the process?
We’ve never had a customer to date want a reversal process however the removal process would be similar to that of a tattoo with the exception that scalp micro pigmentation is only situated within the 2nd dermal skin layer compared to a conventional tattoo being almost twice as deep. A full reversal could easily be achieved with a laser within two sessions.
What does it cost?
Treatment cost depends on the level of pigmentation required but as a guide 2 treatments for a Norwood scale level 3-4 pattern balding will cost around $3400 and full coverage of a completely bald head will cost $5500.