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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Discuss the increasingly popular Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) procedure here, including the advantages, disadvantages and possible long term effects.

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Old 01-23-2006, 10:16 AM
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Can anyone tell me about scalp tattoo shading/tinting. How much it costs and where in Lansing, Michigan it is done. It is tattooing of the scalp in swirls like hair to camoflauge thinning areas or small bald spots.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:51 AM
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I don't think it's a good idea at all. If you have a bald spot or thinning area and get it tatooed, you will look pretty weird when your hairloss progresses and you have nothing there but the tatoo. I've also seen cases where someone tried it and the tatoo fades to a blue-ish color after a couple of years.
The only time I've heard of a tatoo being a success for a donor scar. Even that is risky, but they guy said that they used some kind of ink that doesn't fade, and the tatoo was just 'dots' to mimmick a buzzed hair cut.
Personally, I don't think I would try it.
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:41 PM
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I agree with ts808. What does work, however, is micropigmentation in an HT scar. I have seen really impressive pictures disguising the scar completely, even with a #1 cut. Something to consider for those who had a bad (or even a good) strip experience and wish to cut their hair short behind.
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Old 01-28-2006, 06:13 AM
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A few years ago, I looked into that. Ultimately, I decided not to do it. Why not? Apparently, once you've done the micropigmentation, you've then got to wear hats and use suncream to prevent it from fading. Even if they are successful at getting the right colour (difficult), and if you're successful at not exposing it to too much sun, it will still fade in 5-8 years. Then you've got to do touch up, which is recommended. Of course, you may then have to go to a differnt micropigmentation artist who may or may not get the colour right etc. It sounds great, but is a heck of a lot of trouble and for very unpredictable results - potentially worse than what you started with (as women will testify to who went for permanent lip makeup etc.). So, perhaps something not permanent but longlasting? I found henna. Henna can be painted on yourself (don't use black because often it has been adulterated with black hair dyes, which has caused a lot of problems, skin burns etc.). The henna creates a colour that looks like a freckle and can be used for camaflauge. However, it lasts about three to five days max with washing hair. Plus it has to sit and stain the skin overnight. On top of that, you've got to preserved it in the fridge or it will go bad in a few weeks. Weird (explain this to your girlfriend,"Uh, I'm just doing my weekly henna treatment...don't touch." , time consuming, and problematic. I gave up on that stuff. Make up pens, which exists I won't use because it's just too embarrassing and also noticeable if it's too dark etc.
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Old 01-28-2006, 06:47 AM
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Thank you everyone. You have been helpful. Anymore advise would be appreciated.
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Thats a joke right? Thats rediculous... Show some pics
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:57 PM
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Let's think logically about this for a second.
Most people who are losing their hair continue to do so...until it is gone. Once the hair has finished falling out you would have a shaded head. Which looks FAR worse than being bald. Hair is three dimentional...tattoos are not. There is no way to get the proper effect. It is possible to pull it off with eyebrows because of the legnth of the hair and the way the hair lays across the skin...and yet after seeing a thousand or so women that had eyebrow tattoos, I could immediately spot them, and tell them from real eyebrows.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:05 PM
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I don't know what everyone's problem is here. I have made an appointment to have this tattooing procedure done, and I can't wait until the time comes! All my questions were answered (all the same ones that appear in this forum)to my full satisfaction. I came across this place on the internet and emailed and telephoned for weeks. I am glad I made the decision to come here, and I certainly will be back on this forum after my procedure. It is artistry concepts in southwest Florida. I have also personally spoken to others that had their procedure (the studio gave me their telephone numbers, with their clients' permission of course!) done there as well and they are all very happy and they say their lives have changed. So everyone needs to stop whining and just find a place like this one who can do it right....
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:20 PM
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Good luck thomas61. You gonna look like a clown in a couple of years. I bet you are the same poster as Jokistry CON-cepts. LOL
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