How Deep Does a SMP Needle Go?

Posted by Mary Shoufield on

How deep should the needle go in the skin? When it comes to scalp micropigmentation, it is a hair tattoo, which is different from a normal tattoo. SMP uses a different set of needles. Scalp technicians prefer a 3-point-micro-needle that are significantly smaller than a tattoo needle.

SMP is a long-term hair restoration solution that can last four and six years and requires touch-ups.

How deep should SMP needle go?

SMP aims to deposit pigment in the dermis layer, which is just beneath the epidermis or top layer. During scalp micropigmentation, SMP artist chooses to deposit the pigment 1.5 to 2 mm deep so that it gets past the epidermis and enters the top layer of the dermis. Unless the pigment is deposited at the right depth, it is prone to fading or migration, like tattoo ink, which is deposited deeper than the SMP ink. At that level, SMP pigment can fade or discolor. However, when deposited at the right depth, the ink remains at the same level and lasts longer.

Does SMP last forever?

SMP is known as a permanent hair restoration treatment as the results can last years. The results depend on the skills of the scalp artist as well as the tools used. Since scalp micropigmentation is a technical job, it involves skills and expertise to deposit the ink at the right depth. SMP professionals are trained and experienced in performing the procedure using top-quality equipment, which includes SMP needles, pen, and pigment.

Unless the treatment is performed with the right tools, it can affect the results significantly. Some tattoo artists also start performing SMP using tattoo needles and ink. As a result, 99% of these jobs go bad. Tattoo ink is not meant for scalp micropigmentation. That’s the reason many SMP clients regret their decision of doing scalp micropigmentation. However, the fault lies in their choice of a scalp artist and the tools used by them.

SMP is not a tattoo. When performed with HD pigments, it will not change in color. The good quality SMP pigments do nor blur or migrate. However, some amount of fading is natural as the immune system starts to absorb the pigment over a period of few years.

But when SMP is done using normal tattoo ink and needles, it looks fake and bad. Tattoo needles are bigger than SMP needles, which are micro in size. As a result, tattoo needles produce big follicle points that look so unrealistic that anybody can notice easily. On the other hand, SMP professionals prefer a 3-point microneedle, which is 75% smaller than a tattoo needle. Tattoo needles and ink can cause allergic reactions, irritation, swelling, and pain, besides producing fake results.

Where to find the right SMP Needles and Ink?

DermMicro has come up with the SMP-specific needles that replicate the size and look of hair follicles. The latest needle/cartridge system ensures a superior overall experience for both the client as well as the artist.  These are designed to create finer and darker impressions. Hight Density needles come with a superior taper configuration and ensures that the maximum pigment enters the skin per DM Follicle compared with other needles on the market.

Order DM HD needles here.

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