Laser Scalp Micropigmentation Removal: Your Opportunity to Start Over
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is designed to combat the appearance of a thinning head of hair. The idea is that, by coloring in the scalp with permanent ink to minimize the appearance of the skin between the follicles of hair, the appearance of balding will be minimized. Scalp micropigmentation can also be used in instances where, due to trauma or older methods of hair restoration, scars on the scalp produce bald spots (where the follicles are destroyed) that are noticeably different in appearance from the rest of the scalp.
Done correctly, scalp micropigmentation can be an effective and permanent tool at keeping you looking young, and it can be done in such a way as to preserve whatever functioning hair follicles the patient has left. However, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that sometimes scalp micropigmentation does not turn out as intended (more on this below).
Having Second Thoughts About Scalp Micropigmentation?
Sometimes, even when a scalp micropigmentation procedure produces the intended results, the recipient simply changes his or her mind. Whatever the reason, the fact is that sometimes people wish they had not gotten the permanent scalp micropigmentation done and wish to have it removed.
Have you gotten a scalp micropigmentation procedure somewhere else, and now you want it removed? Perhaps your technician was inexperienced, and created a permanent hairline that appears to be unusually low, or too dark. In some cases, poor quality scalp pigmentation work even produces a result that makes it look like the patient is wearing a permanent helmet.
Generally speaking, there are three reasons that someone might want to have scalp micropigmentation removed. First, the treatment procedure itself may not have gone as planned. Second, even if the procedure went the way the patient had hoped, the patient may have decided that the outcome wasn’t exactly what he or she was expecting (i.e. he or she changed his or her mind). Third, as time passes, many patients decide it is time to switch up their style, and the scalp micropigmentation may be a hindrance to doing so. For these patients, laser tattoo removal may be what they are looking for.
Mistakes or Errors in the Scalp Micropigmentation Process
No matter how advanced or cutting edge the scalp micropigmentation equipment may be, the fact that it is operated by a person means there will be times where mistakes are made. Sometimes, the technician may misjudge the patient’s hairline, resulting in pigment existing where hair follicles never did. This can result in the appearance of an abnormally low (or high) hairline, making laser tattoo removal a necessity.
Other times, the technician may have applied the pigment in such a way as to produce a permanent monochromatic appearance around the follicles. This can leave the patient looking as if he or she is wearing a helmet that happens to adhere tightly to his or her skin. In such a case, having the tattoo removed is the only way to return to a normal appearance.
Still another common error in the scalp micropigmentation process comes when the technician treats it the same as he or she would treat a tattoo on the body. Keep in mind that the pigment used in the scalp micropigmentation is supposed to be deposited into the scalp at a much shallower depth than the pigment used in regular tattoos on the rest of the body. However, some technicians deposit the ink too deep into the scalp, a mistake that can have serious permanent aesthetic consequences if it is not removed.
Pigment that is placed too deeply into the scalp tissue will not appear the same as pigment placed at the correct depth. When the pigment is too deep, patients may discover that the skin around the hair follicles takes on a permanent bluish or greenish tint. In short, rather than looking like the patient’s hair, the skin looks like a blue or green tattoo that simply takes the shape of the patient’s hairline. In such a case, laser tattoo removal may be the best option.
Another result that can arise when the pigmentation is too deep under the skin is a splotchy appearance under the hair follicles. The dots of pigmentation may appear too large, and in some cases may begin to connect as the ink spots bleed into each other. Again, if this is the situation, laser tattoo removal could be the solution, and it can give the patient the look he or she wants without any scarring.
A Change of Heart: When Scalp Micropigmentation No Longer Meets Your Expectations or Desires
A second reason that people may want to have scalp micropigmentation removed is a simple change in heart. Perhaps the process yielded results that, while expected, simply don’t “do it” for the patient anymore. Or, perhaps the scalp micropigmentation technician oversold the process, and the patient feels that the outcome isn’t what he or she expected. Sometimes, patients are unhappy with the outcome, but because they fear scarring they think they have no choice but to live with it.
Other patients may be happy with the scalp micropigmentation results at first, but as time passes, they may decide that they want to have the tattoo removed. Perhaps a friend or acquaintance says something to make them feel self-conscious. Or perhaps they just decide that it’s time for a change, and they want the tattoo removal process to leave their hair follicles undamaged (as well as leaving no scarring). Whatever the cause, it is not uncommon for a patient to seek out laser tattoo removal of the scalp micropigmentation even when it was performed with no mistakes or errors.
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