FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How soon can I have the procedure?
A. 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.
Q. How long should I expect my treatment sessions to take?
A. The human head has an astonishing 2000 follicles per square inch. Not surprising then that it usually takes a minimum of three sessions to achieve the final desired look on a mainly bald head. As part of our diligent, results-focused approach, we apply a lighter pigment during treatment number 1. Session 2 sees us adjust to obtain a perfect match (sometimes using even 3-4 pigment shades to get the perfect result) whilst adding density and the crucial blend into natural hairline. In subsequent sessions we focus on completing the appearance and adding detail.
Q. What are the hygiene standards in your clinics?
A. Our clinics adhere stringently to the Health Protection Unit’s standards for infection control practices. Sterile medical gloves are used and single-use needles are disposed of immediately after use into sharps containers.
Q. What qualifications do your practitioners have?
A. All of our practitioners have completed our in house advanced scalp micropigmentation training programme, they also carry full practitioners insurance.
Q. How will I look after a treatment?
A. 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. All of our treatments include 3 sessions, as you can see from the Images below, the result is improved after each session, as each new layer is added to build density, coverage and colour to get the perfect result.
Q. How real will the Scalp Micropigmentation look?
A. 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!
Q. Will it Fade?
A. The pigment will fade slightly over the first 4 weeks to achieve your target shade.
Q. How long will my Scalp Micropigmentation last?
A. To maintain your look, we recommend that maintenance touch-ups be planned for once every three to six years. Your Scalp Micropigmentation could last a lifetime if cared for correctly however use caution with the sun as sunburn can cause damage to your Scalp Micropigmentation results.
Q. I have scars from a Hair Transplant, can Scalp Micropigmentation be used to camouflage them?
A. Yes we can camouflage all forms of scarring, Strip/Punch/FUE, so you can wear your hair as short as you like.
Q. Is there a Guarantee?
A. Yes there is a 12 month Guarantee from your first session, just in case any areas of the treatment is not perfect, simply give us a call and we will book you in for one extra session at no extra charge, any style or colour changes are chargeable at an hourly rate.
Q. I’m nervous about how we design my hairline….
A. 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.
Q. How Painful is the Procedure?
A. 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
Q. I prefer to avoid any pain – can I take a painkiller?
A. If you are keen to minimize any pain, we recommend you try paracetamol and/or ibuprofen an hour before treatment.
Q. Will the pain continue after the treatment procedure is finished?
A. Happily no. The discomfort is only during the actual medical tattoo procedure and it is considered to be discomfort rather than pain.
Q. How long do I need between treatments?
A. The normal scheduling would be something like:
- Initial Consultation: Initial free consultation and patch test if requested
- First Session: Lasting between 3-5 hours depending on the complexity of your Micro Pigmentation needs.
- Second Session: Roughly 1 week after the first, lasting 2-4 hours where the colour is gently perfected and the hairline refined.
- Third Session: Three to five weeks after the second, lasting 1-3 hours to perfect the shade and hairline for your perfect result.
Q. What is the downtime?
A. 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 or can be removed with a gentle exfoliation between 5-7 days after treatment, leaving your scalp looking fresher and follicle-full!
Q. What size is the needle?
A. The single-use sterile needle used is a 3 point micro is three steel needle system specially developed for Skalp® Micropigmentation.
Q. How often will I need to shave?
A. 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 😉
Q. I have forehead Botox – is this important?
A. Yes this is important although not a problem but your practitioner will want to know your Botox schedule to ensure the Micropigmentation treatment doesn’t clash.
Q. How flexible can you be about appointment scheduling?
A. 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, and with a highly effective advance booking system, once you are happy with your dates we ask for a non-refundable deposit of £250 to secure your dates.
Q. Is there a long waiting list?
A. We try to be as light on our feet as possible. We know that when the decision has been made, you’ll be keen to get the process underway ASAP (allowing for the cool-off period of course), however our clinics are very busy so expect a minimum of a 2 week notice period depending on the clinic.
Q. What age restrictions are there?
A. It is a treatment suited to all ages. We have treated clients in their 60s and 70s. At the other end of the scale, we are able to treat alopecia sufferers from age 12 – assuming we have full parental consent. 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.
Skalp® Skincare Range
We know you’ll want to take top care of your investment so Skalp has developed a unique range of 100% organic and natural skin and scalp-care products, each designed for use by all shaved-head men, micro pigmented or not, covering the entire grooming process – washing, cleansing, exfoliating, shaving, moisturising, sun-protecting, showering and toning.
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 for Skalp® any on going 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 Skalp® micropigmentation 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. We can envisage our clients looking to change their look, perhaps soften a hairline or maybe even recede slightly as an individual becomes older. To soften a hairline is possible with only 20 minutes of laser treatment.
How much does a touch-up cost?
After 3-6 years you may feel the need for a touch-up, maybe to have a slight re-style or you might fancy going a bit darker, touch-ups are charged at an hourly rate which is £300 per hour, a touch-up is usually only one hour long, sometimes two hours depending on the size of the area needing treatment.