As someone who has been through the process of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and now a practitioner in the field, we at Elegant SMP understand the importance of proper aftercare for the best possible results. SMP may be a popular and effective solution for those suffering from hair loss, but it’s essential to take the right steps for proper healing and maintenance.
If you have recently undergone scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment or are planning to, you too should understand the importance of these essential aftercare steps you need to take for proper healing and maintenance. SMP can be a life-changing solution for hair loss, but without caring for & protecting your investment, you could end up with sub-optimal results.
In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the steps you need to take for SMP aftercare 101.
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Why Aftercare is Important
Good aftercare is key to ensuring that your SMP treatment heals properly and looks great for years to come. Proper aftercare can help:
- Promote healing and minimize scabbing
- Prevent fading or discoloration of the pigment
- Maintain the longevity & vibrancy of your SMP treatment
- Fewer touch-up sessions required
- Prevent infection or complications
Essential Steps for SMP Aftercare
1. Keep the Scalp Clean and Dry
For the first 3-4 days after SMP treatment, it’s important to keep the scalp clean and dry. Avoid showering or washing your hair for at least three days after treatment, and avoid sweating or any activities that may cause your scalp to become damp (dab it with a towel if it happens to get wet). When you do shower, use lukewarm water and avoid scrubbing too hard & direct water pressure on your scalp.
2. Avoid Touching Your Scalp
Avoid touching your scalp as much as possible, especially in the first 4 days after your treatment. It is important to avoid touching your scalp as much as possible. Your scalp needs time to heal naturally, and any interference can lead to scabbing or delayed healing. Touching your scalp can also lead to the spread of bacteria or germs, which can cause infections.
3. Use Mild Shampoo
After the first 4 days, you can start washing your scalp with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Use a gentle, non-medicated shampoo that is sulfate-free and designed for sensitive scalps. Avoid any products that contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, parabens, or sulfates, as they can irritate your scalp and cause the pigment to fade. When shampooing or moisturizing, be gentle and avoid rubbing the scalp vigorously. Instead, use a soft, gentle touch to apply the products and let them sit for a few minutes before rinsing off. Also, avoid using hot water, as it can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness. Most baby & infant shampoos are safe to use, please check the labels.
4. Keep Your Scalp Moisturized
Moisturizing your scalp is an essential step in SMP aftercare. On the 4th day or when your scalp starts to get itchy is a good indicator to start moisturizing your head. Aftercare instructions provided to you by your practitioner should be followed closely for the best results possible. Keeping your scalp moisturized will help prevent dryness and flakiness, and promote better healing.
5. Protect Your Scalp from the Sun
Direct exposure to the sun can cause the pigment to fade… fast, so it’s important to protect your scalp from the sun’s rays. Wear a hat (this is the best way to protect it) or use a sunblock with at least SPF 50 to shield your scalp from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
6. Avoid Scratching or Picking at Your Scalp
It’s important to avoid scratching or picking at your scalp after SMP treatment. This can cause the pigment to fade or cause scabs to form, which can lead to complications or infections. Instead, gently tap your scalp if you experience any itching or discomfort.
7. Follow Up with Your SMP Technician
After your SMP treatment, it’s essential to schedule a follow-up appointment with your practitioner. This appointment will allow your practitioner to assess your scalp and ensure that it’s healing correctly. They may also make any necessary touch-ups or adjustments to your SMP.
Proper aftercare is extremely important for the best possible results after receiving your SMP treatment. Keep your scalp clean, avoid touching your scalp, use a mild shampoo, keep your scalp moisturized, protect your scalp (preferably with a hat), don’t scratch or pick at it, and schedule a follow-up appointment. Remember to follow your practitioner’s instructions closely and be ready to ask any questions that you may have.
If you’re located in the Buffalo, NY area, feel free to contact Elegant SMP for a free 30-minute consultation to talk about your hair loss situation. We use the best techniques and equipment in the industry to ensure the most natural-looking & undetectable scalp micropigmentation treatment in the world.