Is Scalp Micropigmentation Same as Tattoo

Posted by Mary Shoufield on

There are a only few similarities between scalp micropigmentation and tattoo. Both SMP and tattoos use a handheld machine to implant pigment into the skin with a microneedle. Now that’s where the similarities end. Both procedures use different needles, pigments, and techniques for implanting the ink. In fact, SMP artists are trained and skilled in using specialized tools to implant pigment into the client’s skin. While a majority of people choose SMP to cover scalp problems, tattoo is more like a cosmetic procedure that clients prefer for fun.

Which needle is used for scalp micropigmentation?

SMP involves using a microneedle, which is smaller than the average needle size. The goal of the whole procedure is to recreate the impression of hair follicles and hide scalp flaws. Top SMP technicians use a 3-point-micro-needle to create follicles. There is a major difference between SMP and tattoo needles. While tattoo needles are big, SMP needles are relatively 75% smaller. A scalp artist cannot use a tattoo needle for the scalp job. If someone uses a needle meant for body art, that would amount to ruining the client’s SMP job. the reason is simple. While the job of SMP needle is to make precise and minute impressions on the scalp that look like hair follicles, a tattoo needle would create bigger dots that might look weird after the treatment is over.

The DermMicro HD Series Needles are specially designed to allow for a superior experience for the scalp project. These needles make the scalp job easier for the client as well as the artist. Being minute in size, the HD needles create a painless experience for clients. For the scalp artist, they help them easily recreate the impression of hair follicles without worrying about the dot size.

Does Depth Matter?

Another difference between tattoo and SMP is in the depth of pigment implantation. While tattoos go deeper into the dermis, scalp micropigmentation stays just underneath the Epidermis. As experts in SMP, a scalp practitioner is skilled in using specific techniques, needles, and pigments to take on the scalp job of clients.

Tattoo artists are not aware of scalp micropigmentation basics nor do they use the specialized tools that have made SMP a name to be reckoned with in the hair restoration industry. SMP needles do not do any damage to the skin.

Another difference is in the type of pigment used in both procedures.

Studies show that traditional tattoo inks are formulated with heavy metal and chemicals, which may include copper, chromium, lead, nickel, and manganese. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t stop here. Some tattoo inks may even contain rust and plastics, in addition to additives. On the other hand, SMP pigment is formulated with natural ingredients that do not cause any allergic reaction or harm to the skin.

While the best quality SMP ink requires no dilution and stays firm on the scalp without blurring or discoloration, tattoo inks are known to break down over a period of time so much so that they separate into different colors. That means if an artist uses tattoo ink for the SMP job, the pigment will turn green or blue over a period of time, which would ruin the whole procedure.

Where to get the best SMP ink?

The best scalp micropigmentation ink is of HD quality, which means it is high density ink packed with the highest particle per millimeter. DM HD pigments are best known for creating finer and darker impressions.

Order DermMicro HD pigment on the DM store today and create a memorable experience for clients.

 

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