So you’ve finally gotten the scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment, or maybe you’re curious about the aftercare before you go ahead with it.
Scalp micro-pigmentation is a medical-grade procedure that involves injecting pigments into the upper dermal layer of the scalp’s skin.
It is very important that you follow a scalp micropigmentation aftercare routine following your treatment session. Continue reading below for some tips.
Day 0 – Day 5
You should avoid the following things for the first five days after your treatment:
- Sweating profusely – Avoid strenuous exercise for 5 days following treatment. Just like with any new tattoo, excessive sweating may interfere with the healing process.
- Scrubbing and shampooing – Any abrasive contact with the scalp can result in skin damage and open wounds, while shampooing can introduce harsh chemicals.
- Shaving – While the area is healing, avoid shaving and irritating it.
- Long-term sun exposure – Sunburn and sun damage to your skin can be caused by UV rays from the sun. This could result in the early fading of scalp pigmentation.
- Touching with hands – Avoid excessively touching your scalp with your hands. Bacteria could be introduced, increasing the risk of infection.
Day 5 – Day 10
From day 5 to day 10, your scalp should look much better and recover smoothly. It is, however, still healing. You’ll want to make sure you’re still following an aftercare regimen. You still must avoid the following again in the next 5 days:
- Scratching the scalp – In the coming days, the skin on your scalp will most likely begin to peel. It is critical that you do not scratch or pick any scabs that may form.
- Shampooing and exfoliating – Shampoo and exfoliants can interfere with the growth of new skin layers during recovery.
- Using self-tanners or skin irritants – Avoid irritants that may cause inflammation and interfere with the healing process while your scalp is healing.
Day 10 – Onward
Typically, after 10 days, your scalp will be recovered enough to resume normal activities. After 10 days, you may be scheduled for your next treatment session. Your next treatment date, however, will be determined by how well it has healed thus far. You’ll be asked to wash your hair and cut it before your next follow-up appointment.
If you want to keep your appearance looking new and fresh after your treatment, keep these guidelines in mind. You’ll have to put in a little extra effort if you want the best results.