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Does Scalp Micropigmentation Fade?

Baldness is a common condition in the United States. Studies show that 1 in 5 Americans experience hair loss, leading to baldness or thinning hair. A lot of people have difficulty finding a treatment for this condition. One of the most common methods available today is scalp micropigmentation. There are also many questions about the scalp micropigmentation fading. Hence, we will provide information about the benefits, results, and guidelines for scalp micropigmentation care to reduce the fading process. Scalp micropigmentation is a solution to change your appearance and a worthy investment.

What is Scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is a method that involves the deposition of pigmentation into the scalp using microfibers. This hair loss treatment helps to bring fuller and thicker hair with the appearance of small hair follicles in your epidermis. People also call SMP as the hair tattoo.

But you should be aware scalp micropigmentation services will not help prevent hair loss problems. This method applies colorants to your scalp tattoo to recreate the look of the natural roots. How long scalp micropigmentation will last depends on different factors. Although the micropigment remains on the scalp, it will fade over time and needs to be top up for the best effect.

Does scalp micropigmentation fade?

Yes. Even the permanent scalp micropigmentation treatment does fade.

Two types of fading can occur. Firstly, as part of the healing process after each session. This is a natural part of the process and why multiple sessions are needed. Second, SMP may fade a little over time into a lighter version of the finished results. That’s why we offer re-touch sessions.

It is important to distinguish between different types of fading, as sometimes fading is expected and welcomed, and others not. The fading process usually falls into one of the following criteria:

1. Mid treatment fading

After each session, the clients go home and will be asked to return to the clinic about a week later for the next session. The reason for this is to give the scalp tattoos a chance to heal and facilitate pigment to settle in your skin and fade. The doctor will need to short-term assess and test for discoloration before deciding on the next re-touch sessions to client scalp pigmentation. It is important to remember that this is completely normal and is an essential part of the process.

This treatment has been adopted by Scalp International Hairlines and is a perfect example of what a properly done scalp pigmentation treatment when all the short blemishes are completed. Pigment dots are built into layer for maximum efficiency. If applied by a skilled professional, the dots combine different shades and dot sizes to best mimic the shape of real shaved hair.

2. Settling fading – 3 to 6 months after treatment sessions

This is where the pigment is deposited completely to create a look that you will maintain for a long time. Over time, your dots will become smaller, lighter, and less sharp in your skin. The roots of your hair will be softer and any blemishes created by different parts of your scalp tattoo will fade at different rates.

3. Long term fading – 3+ years

The degree of permanent fading depends on the technique of where the treatment is performed, the environment in which you live and work, and how you maintain the care after the treatment session.

The 9 Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation

In addition to being the only 100% safe and reliable treatment available, there are several other benefits of scalp micropigmentation, here are 9 outstanding benefits:

1. Long term usage

2. No extra maintenance required

3. Safety and confidentiality

4. Economy

5. Minimal invasive

6. Fast procedure and cure time

7. Realistic look

8. Youthful appearance

9. Reliable hair loss solutions

These are the benefits of scalp tattoos. More individuals are attracted to undergo SMP because of these factors.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

We recommend that after finishing the first course of treatment, you should go back for scalp pigments check every 3 to 6 years. This may seem like a long time, but it will allow us to give advice based on your specific situation. Scalp International Hairlines is one of the best places to do scalp micropigmentation service with excellent warranties and a commitment to the long-term durability of micropigments on your scalp.

Why does scalp micropigmentation fade?

One of the biggest factors pigmentation starts to fade is due to sun exposure (UV rays). The more your scalp pigments are exposed to Ultraviolet rays, the faster the treatment starts to fade away.

Another reason the scalp micropigmentation last is due to the type of pigments and needles applied. Some people will ask for a darker tone and bigger dots than others, meaning the time it takes for it to fade is usually a little longer.

Your skin tone will also play a role during the time SMP fades. A person with darker skin tones may not need re-apply, as faded colors may be less noticeable.

This is just a general rule and can vary from person to person.

How to prevent Scalp Micropigmentation from fading?

There’s no certain way because the main cause of discoloration is exposure to the sun and your immune system.

Both of these are inevitable, however, there are some practical steps you can take to keep things fading to an absolute minimum:

  • Do not sweat too much, scrub your head vigorously or swim for at least 30 days after each exercise
  • Avoid prolonged exposure and unprotected sunlight.
  • Use a sunscreen with a high rating or protect your scalp by wearing a hat or staying out of the sun during peak times, or when you are in tanning beds
  • Do not use any alcohol or bleach on the scalp tattoo
  • Moisturize daily with a mild, non-greasy moisturizer


Micropigmentation is not related to hair loss solution like hair transplants. Hair transplants take advantage of hair follicles that are taken from other parts of the body and inserted into the scalp by surgery. Scalp micropigmentation is the use of filaments to reproduce the color of the hair on the scalp giving ‘the look’ of a thicker volume of hair. The benefits of scalp micropigmentation treatment are numerous. This method is safe, non-invasive and requires little or no change, and maintains a strict lifestyle.

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