Scalp micropigmentation touch-ups are a common topic discussed during the initial consultation. Scalp micropigmentation is independent-based, and the outcome relies heavily on intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors involve age, genetics, gender, and disease states. Extrinsic factors involve anything from the outside world, from the foods we introduce into our bodies to the environment.

Occasionally a client may need one touch-up session; in other cases, two sessions are warranted depending on the amount of new hair loss or fading. Two scenarios can occur when touching up another artist’s work. In the best-case scenario, the previous artist did an excellent job, and there are minimal to no blowouts. Blowouts mean there are bigger than desired dots; the artist went too deep into the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. Remember, we are trying to replicate tiny hair follicles. Correct depth avoids large dots and the possibility of color change in the future. On very light-skinned individuals, this color change can be more evident. Sometimes it’s not the ink or the technician’s fault; it is simply that the undertone of the client’s skin contains a blue hue. It may also be noticed on the side of the scalp where natural hair follicles are present and no scalp micropigmentation. Simply under specific lighting, the blue may be slightly more reflective. That being said, it should only be apparent to the client and a trained eye.

The other scenario is a client comes in with a botched scalp micropigmentation. These brave individuals had scalp micropigmentation treatment years ago when it was a new technique. Most times, a bad job cannot be camouflaged or fixed with more scalp micropigmentation. Like any new technique, mistakes had to be made to get us where we are today. Unfortunately, in these cases, laser removal is the only option. Laser treatment is excruciating and can take several sessions (4 to 7) to remove the ink.


Sclap micropigmentation is still a relatively new technique, so we are constantly working on new methods to make the results as natural as possible. New technology in ink compositions is being developed and brought into the market as well. Ultimately, when it comes to scalp micropigmentation touch-ups, you want to do it sparingly; less can be more. It may be four years to even longer before a touch-up is needed. Over saturation of ink should always be avoided, and finding a skilled technician is imperative.


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