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Scalp Micropigmentation Needles: All You Need To Know About Them

Everything You Need to Know About Scalp Micropigmentation Needles

Types of Needles Used in Scalp Micropigmentation

Needles generally scare people, however Scalp Micropigmentation needles are nothing to be afraid of. Scalp Micropigmentation otherwise known as SMP, is a cosmetic treatment that uses micro-needles. These tiny needles deposit pigment into the scalp, creating the illusion of a full head of hair. In fact, the micro-needles used in SMP are specially designed for this treatment. They are also very different from traditional tattoo needles. Understanding the different types of needles, their size and pain is important for anyone considering this treatment.

There are several types of needles used in Scalp Micropigmentation. The most common needles used are the round needles and the sloped needles. Round needles create a more natural-looking hairline and for filling in larger areas. Sloped needles create a softer, more natural-looking hairline. Practitioners choose their needles based on the the specific needs of the client.

Pain Level and Size of Needles

When it comes to the pain level and regarding the size of needles used, SMP is relatively painless. The needles used are very small, usually between 0.25mm and 0.5mm in diameter. This is much smaller than traditional tattoo needles, which can range from 1.5mm to 3mm in diameter. The small size of the needles helps to minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure.

We use a combination of various size needles on certain areas of the scalp. By using different size needles, we’re better able to replicate the exact size and shape of hair follicles in that area of the scalp. The pain level for most clients is around a 3 out of a 10.

How Scalp Micropigmentation Needles Insert Pigment

Similarly to how tattoss artists give tattoos, it’s not too different for SMP. However, the pigments used in SMP are specifically designed for use on the scalp, as well are the needles. The needles used in SMP insert the pigment into the upper layers of the skin. This helps to create a realistic-looking hairline. The scalp micropigmentation needles work by making small, precise dots of pigment on the scalp. These tiny dots are then blended to create the illusion of a full head of hair.

The Differences Between Scalp Micropigmentation Needles and Traditional Tattoo Needles

A primary difference between traditional tattoo vs. scalp micropigmentation needles is their size. SMP needles are specifically designed to create a more natural-looking hairline. Traditional tattoo needles however, create a bold and solid line. SMP smaller size allows for more precise and detailed work.

Another key difference is that SMP needles are single-use, while traditional tattoo needles can sometimes be reuseable. Finally, the needle depth used in SMP is shallower than that of a traditional tattoo. This is important as it is being placed on the scalp skin that is much thinner than other parts of the body.

scalp micropigmentation for women before and after
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scalp micropigmentation performed on a bald man

Frequently Asked Questions About Scalp Micropigmentation Needles

We use a combination of different size needles in different areas of the scalp. By using different size needles, we are better able to replicate the exact size and shape of that hair follicle in that area of the scalp. The pain level for most client is around a 3 out of a 10.

Our follicle shaped needle implants into the epidermis, never reaching the dermis. The skin is made of up a matrix of cross fibers that have Lumen within the cells. The lumens allow the ink to deposit into the dermis and stay consistent in size and shape.
We inject ink using a rotary machine, which any other permanent makeup machine uses. The difference is the stroke in which we lay the ink and the depth that we implant the ink. We can implant ink on the top layer of skin because we are injecting more ink. Excess ink will fade away while the rest will stay. This leaves behind a small follicle shaped impression. The impression won’t change in size due to the face that it is siting on the dermis. The epidermis is has blood flow and overtime it spreads and will become a shade and blend into each other. This is why you see a lot of men and women who end up having a shade on their head 1-2 years later.

In order to protect what makes Scalp NY so different from our competitors we do not release the specific measurements of our needles. However, we can guarantee that we have taken our time in perfecting the tools of our trade. As a result every client can walk away knowing their treatment was specially crafted to provide the best look possible!

Absolutely not. We never reuse our needles, they are all single use needles. Every client receives a new needle at every sitting.

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