• Julie Boddy

Is Scalp Micropigmentation Safe?

The simplest way to answer this is, yes, scalp micropigmentation is safe.

It is a non surgical, non invasive procedure that is the world leading solution to hair loss.

Scalp micropigmentation is where micro dots are made in the scalp using a special cosmetic machine, pigment is implanted into the micro dots to create the look of hair follicles. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) cannot give you your hair back, but it will give your confidence back a statement used by clinics all over the world including Scalppology. The procedure is similar to tattooing but a lot more delicate due to the needle not going as deep and cosmetic pigment is used which is made of mostly natural components rather than traditional tattoo ink that has a metal base. Like traditional tattooing scalp micropigmentation can have side effects.

What are the side effects of scalp micropigmentation?

Swollen lymph nodes

Clients occasionally report lumps on the back of their head that surface shortly after treatment. They’re usually small, but sometimes can be a lot bigger. Swollen lymph nodes s are usually associated with infection but not always , tattoo inks have been known to collect inside lymph nodes and even caused cancer scares, but if you notice this problem after your treatment, the symptom is no cause for concern and goes away over time. Swollen lymph nodes is the most common side effects of scalp micropigmentation.


This is experienced by most clients after treatment and usually goes down within 1-2 days.

Itchy scalp

After a couple of days post-treatment some clients mention that their scalp feels itchy or tight. This goes away again as the scalp heals. This is caused by the natural healing process, as each micro dot scabs and the skin exfoliates.

Dots too large

Straight after your treatment, each dot is covered by a small scab. These scabs contain pigment, and look like oversized scalp micropigmentation dots. After 5-10 days, the scabs start to come away and take some of the pigment with them, leaving behind a smaller, lighter and more realistic ‘follicle’..

Rapid mid-treatment fading

This is caused by exactly the same as above, when scabs start to come away to reveal much smaller and lighter dots underneath, this is often misinterpreted as fading. It’s not fading and is a common side effect, but the change can be dramatic and leaves some clients disappointed because they believe their treatment is disappearing.

Dots are turning blue

Poorly trained scalp micropigmentation practitioners often use regular tattoo techniques to create what they believe is scalp micropigmentation. Unfortunately this means that regular tattoo inks are often used and deposited too deeply, which quickly causes pigments to break down and turn blue under he skin. So, the simplest way to answer the question 'is scalp micropigmentation safe?' is yes, scalp micropigmentation is safe. As long as you find the right clinic and scalp micropigmentation artist. Qualifications, training, experience and hygiene are the most important factor to getting the best and safest results.

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