There will always be the ‘panic phase’ following that first session, which is completely common and very well documented. Those initial thoughts of ‘what have I done?’ are perfectly understandable and it can take some time to adjust to your new appearance.
In the days following your treatment, a lot is happening to your scalp. You must follow the aftercare advice provided to you by your SMP artist, as this will ensure you maintain the longevity of the treatment and are left with the best results.
Patience is key
The actual SMP process is the most important thing to be aware of before your treatment. Know what to expect from your first session and the following days before your next treatment. You must understand that it is a multi-session procedure and that a sufficient time gap between sessions must be allowed.
What to expect following your treatment
The most noticeable process is the fading of the pigment and this is sometimes the most common source of anxiety.
Fading pigment after a scalp micropigmentation session is a normal and expected part of the process. All that is happening is that dark scabs are falling off the scalp, creating a lightening effect. What is actually happening is a combination of two things – healing and the skin’s natural exfoliation process.
This can disappoint many people, usually because they liked the dramatic change they saw immediately after their procedure. However, there is no need to worry. As more pigment is introduced in your following sessions, the density increases and a skilled technician should be able to give you the appearance you’re aiming for.
Immediately following your treatment, you may experience some inflammation which is absolutely normal. Your scalp has technically endured trauma and inflammation is the first stage and immediate response to healing. Depending on your artist, you may be provided with a soothing balm to be applied throughout the healing process.
Redness is also quite common and is naturally an immediate response due to the skin being a sensitive organ. However, there is no need to worry as this should subside after a day or so.
Finally, you are likely to experience some scab formation over the area. As tempting as it is, picking will only disrupt the healing process and run the risk of picking the pigment off with the scab. The scabs are protective layers and healing is still happening under the scabs.
In this context, a little knowledge is a good thing. You’ll reduce any unnecessary anxiety and enjoy the experience a lot more if you know what to expect.
When you meet with your SMP artist prior to treatment they will explain to you in thorough detail what to consider in the days following your treatment.