The longevity of your chosen hair loss treatment is clearly an important consideration when deciding which path to take in the pursuit of a fuller head of hair, and scalp micropigmentation is no exception.

Scalp micropigmentation, commonly referred to as SMP, is classed as a permanent solution for male hair loss and is therefore intended to be a treatment that you can easily and comfortably live with for the rest of your life. Although removal options are available, very few people use them as SMP is typically very straightforward to fit into your daily routine and lifestyle.

Although it is classed as permanent, the majority of clients will find they need to return to the clinic every 4-8 years for a quick and inexpensive touch-up session to renew their pigmentation. This is because over time, ultraviolet rays from day to day sun exposure combined with the natural reaction of your immune system to absorb and remove foreign materials under the skin, result in the slow and gradual fading of your replicated hair follicles.

There are a few simple maintenance requirements that all recipients of SMP should stick to after their treatment. How closely and how consistently these maintenance requirements are adhered to has an impact on the rate of fading you are likely to experience, and therefore how long your treatment lasts before a touch-up session is required.

Given that we have no control over the strength of our own immune systems, the variable that we encourage all our clients to manage as closely as possible is their exposure to the sun, particularly those clients who live or work in hot environments. Similarly, if you spend an above average proportion of your time outdoors or close to large expanses of water, the importance of protection is heightened.

We advise all clients to take basic, sensible precautions when exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. Simply put, if the situation would usually call for you to wear some sort of sunscreen, then you should do so and also apply an adequate amount of SPF cream or lotion to your scalp. The SPF factor required is a minimum of 30 for proper protection of your SMP pigments, however we understand that not everyone wants to use such a high factor sunscreen and it is obviously up to the individual. Bear in mind that protection from the sun reduces your risk of cancer, so it is something you should be using anyway, with or without SMP. If the sun is really strong, wear a hat for complete protection.

To answer the question addressed by this post – your scalp micropigmentation treatment will last for as long as you want it to. A quick touch-up session is required every few years to keep it looking fresh, but for all intents and purposes SMP is permanent unless you choose to remove it at some point in the future. By following a few simple guidelines, you reduce any fading you are likely to experience, meaning that touch-up sessions are required even more infrequently.