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Below are the answers to many questions about each of our procedures, about how we practice our craft at DERMAgraphics, as well as information about the art & science of micro-pigmentation & microchanneling​

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your specific inquiries, we would love to hear from you!

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GENERAL

WHAT IS SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)?


A 21st century answer to an age old problem - hair loss. Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo procedure that provides an immediate solution to hair loss: one with no invasive surgery process, no scarring, no maintenance and no down time. Using top-of-the-line specialized inks, together with advanced technical skills and color theory, we create a fully customized & hyper-realistic appearance of full hair. SMP is used for hairline restructuring, cranial scar camouflage, and alopecia mitigation. SMP can create the appearance of density in longer hair, and replicate shaved hair follicles. At DERMAgraphics, we have the knowledge base and ability to offer both short term (2 year) trico-pigmentation or longer lasting SMP. Your options can be explored in the complimentary consult. Side effects of SMP include a welcome boost of self-confidence!




FOLLICLE SIMULATION vs DENSITY SHADING?


One method of scalp micro-pigmentation adds density to thinning or receding hair through a intricate pixelated variegation of shading using a pointillism approach. The DENSITY treatment is good for both men and women who are dealing with thinning hair. The effect is hyper-realistic, unlike spray-on color, because we do not use one color but rather a family of hues and tones in order to achieve a hyper-realistic 3D density effect. The second scalp micro-pigmentation method also uses pointillism, but in a much different way. FOLLICLES are artistically and hyper-realistically replicated on the scalp to camouflage hair transplant scars or alopecia by implanting micro dots of tattoo pigment into the skin, simulating hair follicles. Again we utilize multiple hues and tones to achieve a 3D effect. These hyper-realistically replicated hair follicles give the appearance of a short “shaved look” hairstyle. Whether you come to us for DENSITY or FOLLICLES, you can be confident we have the knowledge and experience, together with the best pigments and machines, to deliver a first class experience.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP?


Most people are, regardless of age, skin color or gender. With prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are symptom-free, please discuss scalp micro-pigmentation with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with scalp micro-pigmentation include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for scalp micro-pigmentation, but should be taken into consideration.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Please bring photos of yourself pre-loss to your consultation. This will provide your technician with useful information to factor into your treatment plan. Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity for us to provide you with everything you need to know about the SMP treatment protocol in order to make the decision that is best for you. We can discuss hairline and density design options if necessary, how hue/tone variegation provides the 3D effect, trico-pigmentation vs. permanent SMP, and anything else relevant to your treatment. We will fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF SMP?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for scalp micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. (Scalp micro-pigmentation is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Or at least a 5K.) At the one end of the spectrum, an individual dealing with onset thinning at the temples may only require two separate 90 minute DENSITY sessions, 4 weeks apart. The other end of the spectrum is a complete crown FOLLICLE treatment for an individual that wants a thick hair pattern that may require four to six separate back-to-back sessions over the course of 2-3 months. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time and financial investment.




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


SMP is not terribly painful, and we will use topical anesthetics for your comfort. Any swelling or redness will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.) We begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment using pointillism. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way!




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE FOR SMP?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your SMP. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT THE SCALP ?


As with the skin on the face, the scalp also loses collagen as we age, resulting in slow hair growth and dormant hair follicles. While collagen is most well-known as the protein that helps keep the face firm and young-looking, it's also essential for hair health. Collagen and hair follicles exist within the same layer of the skin - the dermis - and when collagen production slows down this can affect the strength of hair follicles. Microchanneling is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non- invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.





PERMANENT COSMETICS

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?


Good preparation for your appointment sets the stage for a successful procedure. ❌ Avoid retinol & other skin treatments or procedures for 2 week prior to appointment. ❌ If having eyebrows done, stop waxing, tweezing or threading your eyebrows immediately. The most naturally attractive eyebrow tattoo designs work with your natural hair growth pattern. Once your chosen design is complete, we will remove any hairs that do not support the design. ❌ Avoid tanning for 4 weeks prior. ❌ Avoid injections for 6 weeks prior. ❌ Limit blood-thinning agents ( caffiene, ibuprofen, alcohol, etc.) for 48 hours prior to procedure, unless they are prescription. Please come to the appointment with your makeup as you usually do it, if you want to use that as a guide. Also please bring photos of designs you admire.




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE PERMANENT COSMETICS AFTERCARE?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first few weeks following your procedure is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your tattoo. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercize or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, agressive facial cleansing or mosturizing products, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area.




WHAT IS PERMENANT COSMETICS?


Permanent cosmetics = permanent makeup = micro-pigmentation = cosmetic tattoo. Permanent cosmetic professionals use specialized tools, pigments & techniques to carefully tattoo cosmetic facial enhancements. Specially formulated inks are inserted intradermally with fine needles, replicating the procedure body tattoo artists do when tattooing a design on the body. The skin on the face is more delicate, far thinner than on the body, especially near the eyes and mouth. For this reason, a permanent cosmetic professional must possess a comprehensive understanding of skin as an organ. Furthermore, the arteries, muscles, nerves & glands of the face are near the surface so anyone doing permanent cosmetics should have advanced training and full knowledge of facial anatomy. In the steady hands of a trained professional this detailed and exacting work can transform a face with undetectable, hyper-realistic results.




WHY IS THE SECOND APPOINTMENT SO IMPORTANT?


Many people decide to skip the second appointment of their treatment because they are happy with how their work looks at 6/8 weeks after their initial appointment. THAT IS A MISTAKE. Permanent Cosmetic procedures are a multi-step process. The second appointment is crucial to ensuring the quality and longevity of your work. As your permanent cosmetics artist, it is our responsibility to assess the bio-mechanical process of pigment retention taking place in your unique, individual skin and correct for any variances so that your permanent cosmetic work is thorough and ages well. To encourage our clients to attend both treatment sessions, we charge one price that includes both sessions. Your first session is the SCULPT session, and the second is the CURATE session. We do not consider our work to be complete until we have had an opportunity to CURATE it properly. Please also note that the 18 month Color Boost Treatment is only available to clients who completed both treatment sessions when recieving their original work. DERMAgraphics cannot be held responsible for the quality of work that was not completed.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS?


Most people are, and with prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are in good health, please discuss permanent cosmetics with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with permanent cosmetics include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. Permanent cosmetics should be delayed if you have recently used Accutane, Latisse or Retinol, received Botox or fillers, or have plastic surgery scheduled. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for permanent cosmetics, but should be taken into consideration.





 

BROWS

WHAT DESIGN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?


All of them. There are new names being created for brow designs every day, but it all comes down to hyper-realistic hairstroke lines and precision shading. Below are a few popular designs with unique characteristics; many more can be found online. Fashion can be factored in when considering a brow design, but should not be the only consideration. For some, the fine hair strokes look is quite suitable, while for others the powder effect is the better choice. The most natural looking option is usually a combination of both. During the consult portion of your appointment we will consider your aesthetic, your skin type & your lifestyle to determine the most suitable course of action, together. DERMAgraphics brow designs Each treatment includes your initial consult and a complimentary touch up session, which will be booked by your technician at the time of your appointment. This follow up appointment is crucial to the longevity of your eyebrows. COLOR BOOST | DESIGN REFRESH service is recommended every 18 months to maintain the quality of your work.




WHAT IS A TYPICAL BROW APPOINTMENT LIKE?


We begin with a consultation to discuss goals, options, and procedure protocols so that you are fully informed of every aspect of the procedure and feel confident in the choice to recieve permanent cosmetics. We will then have a design session to choose style, shape and color, and begin. The first step is cleaning & pre-numbing the treatment area, the second is eyebrow mapping. Eyebrow mapping creates a template for your artist to follow. The following tattoo procedure varies depending the style of eyebrow chosen, but at each stage we monitor your comfort level and apply further numbing if needed. Often it is necessary to lay down various levels of design to create the desired effect. At completion, we will clean & treat tattoo area, provide you with Aftercare products & go over the Aftercare Instructions. Before leaving, we will schedule your CURATE appointment. It is important to the long-term quality and durability of your eyebrows that you return for your second session. The appointment should take approximately 3 hours.




HOW LONG WILL MY EYEBROWS LAST?


The tattoo pigments we use in permanent cosmetics are different than those used in body tattooing, and are not designed to last forever. (Forever is too long to have the same color and shape of eyebrows.) Many variables influence the durability of permanent cosmetics: skin type, overall health, lifestyle, and beauty regimen, to name a few. Furthermore, excess sun, agressive skin treatments, and chlorinated water contribute to premature fading. Somewhere between 12 to 18 months after your follow up procedure, as a result of these various influences, you may begin to notice some fading. DERMAgraphics clients are recommended to schedule a COLOR BOOST/DESIGN REFRESH treatment within 18 months to maintain the integrity of their work.




I'M PRONE TO HYPER-PIGMENTATION, IS THAT A PROBLEM?


Yes, and no. We employ advanced techniques designed to minimize the trauma of the tattoo procedure, so if your skin only hyper-pigments under dramatic circumstances, you may have little or no reaction. Others will, but only for several weeks, and may determine that it is an acceptable temporary complication. Only you can know what is best for your body. One thing to note: Brightening products that treat hyper-pigmentation also cause premature fading of permanent cosmetics. Individuals who have very strong hyper-pigmentation reactions to skin trauma should avoid tattooing altogether.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOOK LIKE AFTERWARD?


Your cosmetic tattoo will be considerably darker than your target color for at least a week as your skin heals. Most people experience little swelling or redness during an eyebrow procedure, so you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately, with a few exceptions. 10 days to 2 weeks after your procedure, you may experience the 'disappearing act'. This is a potential side effect of a very natural and necessary process your skin is undergoing called proliferation, wherein the treatment site is flooded with your skin's rebuilding tools. Don't worry, once the rebuilding is complete your tattoo will return to shine through all that fresh new skin. By the time your 6/8 week CURATE appointment comes around, your eyebrows will have 'settled' into their permanent state, allow us to identify if and where fine-tuning work is necessary to achieve your target color, shape and density for the long-term.





EYES

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?


Good preparation for your appointment sets the stage for a successful procedure. ❌ Avoid retinol & other skin treatments or procedures for 2 week prior to appointment. ❌ If having eyebrows done, stop waxing, tweezing or threading your eyebrows immediately. The most naturally attractive eyebrow tattoo designs work with your natural hair growth pattern. Once your chosen design is complete, we will remove any hairs that do not support the design. ❌ Avoid tanning for 4 weeks prior. ❌ Avoid injections for 6 weeks prior. ❌ Limit blood-thinning agents ( caffiene, ibuprofen, alcohol, etc.) for 48 hours prior to procedure, unless they are prescription. Please come to the appointment with your makeup as you usually do it, if you want to use that as a guide. Also please bring photos of designs you admire.




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE PERMANENT COSMETICS AFTERCARE?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first few weeks following your procedure is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your tattoo. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercize or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, agressive facial cleansing or mosturizing products, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area.




WHAT IS PERMENANT COSMETICS?


Permanent cosmetics = permanent makeup = micro-pigmentation = cosmetic tattoo. Permanent cosmetic professionals use specialized tools, pigments & techniques to carefully tattoo cosmetic facial enhancements. Specially formulated inks are inserted intradermally with fine needles, replicating the procedure body tattoo artists do when tattooing a design on the body. The skin on the face is more delicate, far thinner than on the body, especially near the eyes and mouth. For this reason, a permanent cosmetic professional must possess a comprehensive understanding of skin as an organ. Furthermore, the arteries, muscles, nerves & glands of the face are near the surface so anyone doing permanent cosmetics should have advanced training and full knowledge of facial anatomy. In the steady hands of a trained professional this detailed and exacting work can transform a face with undetectable, hyper-realistic results.




WHY IS THE SECOND APPOINTMENT SO IMPORTANT?


Many people decide to skip the second appointment of their treatment because they are happy with how their work looks at 6/8 weeks after their initial appointment. THAT IS A MISTAKE. Permanent Cosmetic procedures are a multi-step process. The second appointment is crucial to ensuring the quality and longevity of your work. As your permanent cosmetics artist, it is our responsibility to assess the bio-mechanical process of pigment retention taking place in your unique, individual skin and correct for any variances so that your permanent cosmetic work is thorough and ages well. To encourage our clients to attend both treatment sessions, we charge one price that includes both sessions. Your first session is the SCULPT session, and the second is the CURATE session. We do not consider our work to be complete until we have had an opportunity to CURATE it properly. Please also note that the 18 month Color Boost Treatment is only available to clients who completed both treatment sessions when recieving their original work. DERMAgraphics cannot be held responsible for the quality of work that was not completed.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS?


Most people are, and with prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are in good health, please discuss permanent cosmetics with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with permanent cosmetics include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. Permanent cosmetics should be delayed if you have recently used Accutane, Latisse or Retinol, received Botox or fillers, or have plastic surgery scheduled. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for permanent cosmetics, but should be taken into consideration.





LIPS

WHAT DESIGN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?


All of them. There are new names being created for brow designs every day, but it all comes down to hyper-realistic hairstroke lines and precision shading. Below are a few popular designs with unique characteristics; many more can be found online. Fashion can be factored in when considering a brow design, but should not be the only consideration. For some, the fine hair strokes look is quite suitable, while for others the powder effect is the better choice. The most natural looking option is usually a combination of both. During the consult portion of your appointment we will consider your aesthetic, your skin type & your lifestyle to determine the most suitable course of action, together. DERMAgraphics brow designs Each treatment includes your initial consult and a complimentary touch up session, which will be booked by your technician at the time of your appointment. This follow up appointment is crucial to the longevity of your eyebrows. COLOR BOOST | DESIGN REFRESH service is recommended every 18 months to maintain the quality of your work.




WHAT IS A TYPICAL BROW APPOINTMENT LIKE?


We begin with a consultation to discuss goals, options, and procedure protocols so that you are fully informed of every aspect of the procedure and feel confident in the choice to recieve permanent cosmetics. We will then have a design session to choose style, shape and color, and begin. The first step is cleaning & pre-numbing the treatment area, the second is eyebrow mapping. Eyebrow mapping creates a template for your artist to follow. The following tattoo procedure varies depending the style of eyebrow chosen, but at each stage we monitor your comfort level and apply further numbing if needed. Often it is necessary to lay down various levels of design to create the desired effect. At completion, we will clean & treat tattoo area, provide you with Aftercare products & go over the Aftercare Instructions. Before leaving, we will schedule your CURATE appointment. It is important to the long-term quality and durability of your eyebrows that you return for your second session. The appointment should take approximately 3 hours.




HOW LONG WILL MY EYEBROWS LAST?


The tattoo pigments we use in permanent cosmetics are different than those used in body tattooing, and are not designed to last forever. (Forever is too long to have the same color and shape of eyebrows.) Many variables influence the durability of permanent cosmetics: skin type, overall health, lifestyle, and beauty regimen, to name a few. Furthermore, excess sun, agressive skin treatments, and chlorinated water contribute to premature fading. Somewhere between 12 to 18 months after your follow up procedure, as a result of these various influences, you may begin to notice some fading. DERMAgraphics clients are recommended to schedule a COLOR BOOST/DESIGN REFRESH treatment within 18 months to maintain the integrity of their work.




I'M PRONE TO HYPER-PIGMENTATION, IS THAT A PROBLEM?


Yes, and no. We employ advanced techniques designed to minimize the trauma of the tattoo procedure, so if your skin only hyper-pigments under dramatic circumstances, you may have little or no reaction. Others will, but only for several weeks, and may determine that it is an acceptable temporary complication. Only you can know what is best for your body. One thing to note: Brightening products that treat hyper-pigmentation also cause premature fading of permanent cosmetics. Individuals who have very strong hyper-pigmentation reactions to skin trauma should avoid tattooing altogether.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LOOK LIKE AFTERWARD?


Your cosmetic tattoo will be considerably darker than your target color for at least a week as your skin heals. Most people experience little swelling or redness during an eyebrow procedure, so you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately, with a few exceptions. 10 days to 2 weeks after your procedure, you may experience the 'disappearing act'. This is a potential side effect of a very natural and necessary process your skin is undergoing called proliferation, wherein the treatment site is flooded with your skin's rebuilding tools. Don't worry, once the rebuilding is complete your tattoo will return to shine through all that fresh new skin. By the time your 6/8 week CURATE appointment comes around, your eyebrows will have 'settled' into their permanent state, allow us to identify if and where fine-tuning work is necessary to achieve your target color, shape and density for the long-term.





PARA-MEDICAL MICRO-PIGMENTATION & CIT THERAPY

WHAT IS SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)?


A 21st century answer to an age old problem - hair loss. Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo procedure that provides an immediate solution to hair loss: one with no invasive surgery process, no scarring, no maintenance and no down time. Using top-of-the-line specialized inks, together with advanced technical skills and color theory, we create a fully customized & hyper-realistic appearance of full hair. SMP is used for hairline restructuring, cranial scar camouflage, and alopecia mitigation. SMP can create the appearance of density in longer hair, and replicate shaved hair follicles. At DERMAgraphics, we have the knowledge base and ability to offer both short term (2 year) trico-pigmentation or longer lasting SMP. Your options can be explored in the complimentary consult. Side effects of SMP include a welcome boost of self-confidence!




FOLLICLE SIMULATION vs DENSITY SHADING?


One method of scalp micro-pigmentation adds density to thinning or receding hair through a intricate pixelated variegation of shading using a pointillism approach. The DENSITY treatment is good for both men and women who are dealing with thinning hair. The effect is hyper-realistic, unlike spray-on color, because we do not use one color but rather a family of hues and tones in order to achieve a hyper-realistic 3D density effect. The second scalp micro-pigmentation method also uses pointillism, but in a much different way. FOLLICLES are artistically and hyper-realistically replicated on the scalp to camouflage hair transplant scars or alopecia by implanting micro dots of tattoo pigment into the skin, simulating hair follicles. Again we utilize multiple hues and tones to achieve a 3D effect. These hyper-realistically replicated hair follicles give the appearance of a short “shaved look” hairstyle. Whether you come to us for DENSITY or FOLLICLES, you can be confident we have the knowledge and experience, together with the best pigments and machines, to deliver a first class experience.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP?


Most people are, regardless of age, skin color or gender. With prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are symptom-free, please discuss scalp micro-pigmentation with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with scalp micro-pigmentation include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for scalp micro-pigmentation, but should be taken into consideration.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Please bring photos of yourself pre-loss to your consultation. This will provide your technician with useful information to factor into your treatment plan. Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity for us to provide you with everything you need to know about the SMP treatment protocol in order to make the decision that is best for you. We can discuss hairline and density design options if necessary, how hue/tone variegation provides the 3D effect, trico-pigmentation vs. permanent SMP, and anything else relevant to your treatment. We will fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF SMP?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for scalp micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. (Scalp micro-pigmentation is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Or at least a 5K.) At the one end of the spectrum, an individual dealing with onset thinning at the temples may only require two separate 90 minute DENSITY sessions, 4 weeks apart. The other end of the spectrum is a complete crown FOLLICLE treatment for an individual that wants a thick hair pattern that may require four to six separate back-to-back sessions over the course of 2-3 months. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time and financial investment.




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


SMP is not terribly painful, and we will use topical anesthetics for your comfort. Any swelling or redness will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.) We begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment using pointillism. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way!




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE FOR SMP?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your SMP. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT THE SCALP ?


As with the skin on the face, the scalp also loses collagen as we age, resulting in slow hair growth and dormant hair follicles. While collagen is most well-known as the protein that helps keep the face firm and young-looking, it's also essential for hair health. Collagen and hair follicles exist within the same layer of the skin - the dermis - and when collagen production slows down this can affect the strength of hair follicles. Microchanneling is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non- invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.





 
 

CORRECTIONS

WHAT IS SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)?


A 21st century answer to an age old problem - hair loss. Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo procedure that provides an immediate solution to hair loss: one with no invasive surgery process, no scarring, no maintenance and no down time. Using top-of-the-line specialized inks, together with advanced technical skills and color theory, we create a fully customized & hyper-realistic appearance of full hair. SMP is used for hairline restructuring, cranial scar camouflage, and alopecia mitigation. SMP can create the appearance of density in longer hair, and replicate shaved hair follicles. At DERMAgraphics, we have the knowledge base and ability to offer both short term (2 year) trico-pigmentation or longer lasting SMP. Your options can be explored in the complimentary consult. Side effects of SMP include a welcome boost of self-confidence!




FOLLICLE SIMULATION vs DENSITY SHADING?


One method of scalp micro-pigmentation adds density to thinning or receding hair through a intricate pixelated variegation of shading using a pointillism approach. The DENSITY treatment is good for both men and women who are dealing with thinning hair. The effect is hyper-realistic, unlike spray-on color, because we do not use one color but rather a family of hues and tones in order to achieve a hyper-realistic 3D density effect. The second scalp micro-pigmentation method also uses pointillism, but in a much different way. FOLLICLES are artistically and hyper-realistically replicated on the scalp to camouflage hair transplant scars or alopecia by implanting micro dots of tattoo pigment into the skin, simulating hair follicles. Again we utilize multiple hues and tones to achieve a 3D effect. These hyper-realistically replicated hair follicles give the appearance of a short “shaved look” hairstyle. Whether you come to us for DENSITY or FOLLICLES, you can be confident we have the knowledge and experience, together with the best pigments and machines, to deliver a first class experience.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP?


Most people are, regardless of age, skin color or gender. With prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are symptom-free, please discuss scalp micro-pigmentation with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with scalp micro-pigmentation include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for scalp micro-pigmentation, but should be taken into consideration.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Please bring photos of yourself pre-loss to your consultation. This will provide your technician with useful information to factor into your treatment plan. Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity for us to provide you with everything you need to know about the SMP treatment protocol in order to make the decision that is best for you. We can discuss hairline and density design options if necessary, how hue/tone variegation provides the 3D effect, trico-pigmentation vs. permanent SMP, and anything else relevant to your treatment. We will fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF SMP?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for scalp micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. (Scalp micro-pigmentation is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Or at least a 5K.) At the one end of the spectrum, an individual dealing with onset thinning at the temples may only require two separate 90 minute DENSITY sessions, 4 weeks apart. The other end of the spectrum is a complete crown FOLLICLE treatment for an individual that wants a thick hair pattern that may require four to six separate back-to-back sessions over the course of 2-3 months. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time and financial investment.




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


SMP is not terribly painful, and we will use topical anesthetics for your comfort. Any swelling or redness will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.) We begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment using pointillism. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way!




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE FOR SMP?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your SMP. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT THE SCALP ?


As with the skin on the face, the scalp also loses collagen as we age, resulting in slow hair growth and dormant hair follicles. While collagen is most well-known as the protein that helps keep the face firm and young-looking, it's also essential for hair health. Collagen and hair follicles exist within the same layer of the skin - the dermis - and when collagen production slows down this can affect the strength of hair follicles. Microchanneling is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non- invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.





SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION & CIT THERAPY

WHAT IS SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)?


A 21st century answer to an age old problem - hair loss. Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo procedure that provides an immediate solution to hair loss: one with no invasive surgery process, no scarring, no maintenance and no down time. Using top-of-the-line specialized inks, together with advanced technical skills and color theory, we create a fully customized & hyper-realistic appearance of full hair. SMP is used for hairline restructuring, cranial scar camouflage, and alopecia mitigation. SMP can create the appearance of density in longer hair, and replicate shaved hair follicles. At DERMAgraphics, we have the knowledge base and ability to offer both short term (2 year) trico-pigmentation or longer lasting SMP. Your options can be explored in the complimentary consult. Side effects of SMP include a welcome boost of self-confidence!




FOLLICLE SIMULATION vs DENSITY SHADING?


One method of scalp micro-pigmentation adds density to thinning or receding hair through a intricate pixelated variegation of shading using a pointillism approach. The DENSITY treatment is good for both men and women who are dealing with thinning hair. The effect is hyper-realistic, unlike spray-on color, because we do not use one color but rather a family of hues and tones in order to achieve a hyper-realistic 3D density effect. The second scalp micro-pigmentation method also uses pointillism, but in a much different way. FOLLICLES are artistically and hyper-realistically replicated on the scalp to camouflage hair transplant scars or alopecia by implanting micro dots of tattoo pigment into the skin, simulating hair follicles. Again we utilize multiple hues and tones to achieve a 3D effect. These hyper-realistically replicated hair follicles give the appearance of a short “shaved look” hairstyle. Whether you come to us for DENSITY or FOLLICLES, you can be confident we have the knowledge and experience, together with the best pigments and machines, to deliver a first class experience.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP?


Most people are, regardless of age, skin color or gender. With prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are symptom-free, please discuss scalp micro-pigmentation with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with scalp micro-pigmentation include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for scalp micro-pigmentation, but should be taken into consideration.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Please bring photos of yourself pre-loss to your consultation. This will provide your technician with useful information to factor into your treatment plan. Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity for us to provide you with everything you need to know about the SMP treatment protocol in order to make the decision that is best for you. We can discuss hairline and density design options if necessary, how hue/tone variegation provides the 3D effect, trico-pigmentation vs. permanent SMP, and anything else relevant to your treatment. We will fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF SMP?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for scalp micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. (Scalp micro-pigmentation is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Or at least a 5K.) At the one end of the spectrum, an individual dealing with onset thinning at the temples may only require two separate 90 minute DENSITY sessions, 4 weeks apart. The other end of the spectrum is a complete crown FOLLICLE treatment for an individual that wants a thick hair pattern that may require four to six separate back-to-back sessions over the course of 2-3 months. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time and financial investment.




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


SMP is not terribly painful, and we will use topical anesthetics for your comfort. Any swelling or redness will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.) We begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment using pointillism. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way!




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE FOR SMP?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your SMP. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT THE SCALP ?


As with the skin on the face, the scalp also loses collagen as we age, resulting in slow hair growth and dormant hair follicles. While collagen is most well-known as the protein that helps keep the face firm and young-looking, it's also essential for hair health. Collagen and hair follicles exist within the same layer of the skin - the dermis - and when collagen production slows down this can affect the strength of hair follicles. Microchanneling is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non- invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.





 

MICROCHANNELING & COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY

WHAT IS SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)?


A 21st century answer to an age old problem - hair loss. Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo procedure that provides an immediate solution to hair loss: one with no invasive surgery process, no scarring, no maintenance and no down time. Using top-of-the-line specialized inks, together with advanced technical skills and color theory, we create a fully customized & hyper-realistic appearance of full hair. SMP is used for hairline restructuring, cranial scar camouflage, and alopecia mitigation. SMP can create the appearance of density in longer hair, and replicate shaved hair follicles. At DERMAgraphics, we have the knowledge base and ability to offer both short term (2 year) trico-pigmentation or longer lasting SMP. Your options can be explored in the complimentary consult. Side effects of SMP include a welcome boost of self-confidence!




FOLLICLE SIMULATION vs DENSITY SHADING?


One method of scalp micro-pigmentation adds density to thinning or receding hair through a intricate pixelated variegation of shading using a pointillism approach. The DENSITY treatment is good for both men and women who are dealing with thinning hair. The effect is hyper-realistic, unlike spray-on color, because we do not use one color but rather a family of hues and tones in order to achieve a hyper-realistic 3D density effect. The second scalp micro-pigmentation method also uses pointillism, but in a much different way. FOLLICLES are artistically and hyper-realistically replicated on the scalp to camouflage hair transplant scars or alopecia by implanting micro dots of tattoo pigment into the skin, simulating hair follicles. Again we utilize multiple hues and tones to achieve a 3D effect. These hyper-realistically replicated hair follicles give the appearance of a short “shaved look” hairstyle. Whether you come to us for DENSITY or FOLLICLES, you can be confident we have the knowledge and experience, together with the best pigments and machines, to deliver a first class experience.




AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP?


Most people are, regardless of age, skin color or gender. With prior knowledge of a client's circumstances, a technician can make adjustments to accommodate certain challenges. It is crucial that you are 100% factual on the confidential health form we give you prior to a procedure. Some very common medications can inhibit pigment absorption rate; advance knowledge of circumstances allows us to make the adjustments necessary to insure the best possible outcome. Conditions that require doctors approval for tattooing include Diabetes, Epilepsy, Immunodeficiencies, & Heart Disease. Even if you are symptom-free, please discuss scalp micro-pigmentation with your doctor first, as there are secondary considerations only a medical professional can assess. Circumstances requiring resolution before proceeding with scalp micro-pigmentation include Psoriasis or any type of skin irritation near the treatment area - including sun burns. It is recommended to avoid any and all types of tattoo services if you are prone to developing keloid or hypertrophic scarring. Hyper-pigmentation is not necessarily a contra-indication for scalp micro-pigmentation, but should be taken into consideration.




WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE CONSULTATION?


Please bring photos of yourself pre-loss to your consultation. This will provide your technician with useful information to factor into your treatment plan. Your complimentary consultation will be an opportunity for us to provide you with everything you need to know about the SMP treatment protocol in order to make the decision that is best for you. We can discuss hairline and density design options if necessary, how hue/tone variegation provides the 3D effect, trico-pigmentation vs. permanent SMP, and anything else relevant to your treatment. We will fully explore your circumstances and your expectations, and provide you with a honest and ethical recommendation. We will provide you with an estimate of costs, and payment options. Together we will design a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!




WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF SMP?


DERMAgraphics works on a simple hourly rate for scalp micro-pigmentation, $ 200.00 per 90 minute session. A maximum of 2 sessions can be booked back-to-back. (Scalp micro-pigmentation is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Or at least a 5K.) At the one end of the spectrum, an individual dealing with onset thinning at the temples may only require two separate 90 minute DENSITY sessions, 4 weeks apart. The other end of the spectrum is a complete crown FOLLICLE treatment for an individual that wants a thick hair pattern that may require four to six separate back-to-back sessions over the course of 2-3 months. At your consultation we will assess your needs and you will receive an realistic estimate of your time and financial investment.




WHAT WILL MY TREATMENT APPOINTMENTS BE LIKE?


SMP is not terribly painful, and we will use topical anesthetics for your comfort. Any swelling or redness will be short-lived, so you can return to your regular activities immediately, with a few exceptions. (See Aftercare.) We begin with cleaning the treatment area and applying topical anesthetic. Once the procedure starts, you technician will move over the treatment area, implanting pigment using pointillism. Throughout the treatment, your technician will check your comfort level, and you are free to get up and stretch, use the restroom, have something to drink, etc. at any time. At the end of the session we will go over Aftercare, make sure your follow up session is booked, and send you on your way!




WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AFTERCARE FOR SMP?


You will be provided with detailed written instructions for your skin type at the conclusion of your procedure, as they do vary. Your instructions will include immediate aftercare, to aid in proper healing, as well as what to expect and how to protect your work long-term. The first 10 days following a treatment session is a very crucial stage - please follow all Aftercare directions to ensure the quality of your SMP. Things to avoid during your healing process are: pools or other large bodies of water, saunas or other hot places, strenuous exercise or other excessive sweat-producing activities, direct sunlight or tanning, all cleansing & moisturizing products except those recommended for healing, and above all do not pick or scratch the treatment area. You may experience slight itching, the healing balm provided will help alleviate it.




WHAT IS COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPY & HOW DOES IT TREAT THE SCALP ?


As with the skin on the face, the scalp also loses collagen as we age, resulting in slow hair growth and dormant hair follicles. While collagen is most well-known as the protein that helps keep the face firm and young-looking, it's also essential for hair health. Collagen and hair follicles exist within the same layer of the skin - the dermis - and when collagen production slows down this can affect the strength of hair follicles. Microchanneling is a American Academy of Dermatology recommended non- invasive skin treatment for inducing natural collagen production. Microchanneling involves superficially puncturing the skin with thin needles to create tiny micro-wounds, triggering the skin’s repair mechanisms and stimulating collagen production. It also brings blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth. Microchanneling is a technique-sensitive treatment and should only be performed by someone who is technique-trained and has a deep understanding of the skin and needles.