The immune system is ready to act whenever the body receives any sort of injury or break in its largest organ, the skin. White blood cells are immediately sent out to combat any foreign entities that could result in disease or any infectious ailments. Collagen and other fibres produced by fibroblasts aid to mend any open wounds. Coagulating agents in the form of platelets ensure that these exposed areas quickly become clotted to seal off the skin and begin repairing the damaged region.


This is the same process that a scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment goes through after each completed session. The technician needs to perform miniscule puncture wounds to deposit the pigments, setting the healing process into motion. Collagen and new elastin are generated and sent at the site of the trauma, enclosing the pigments at the same time. There will be a difference in its appearance, which is dependent on the thickness of the new skin being formed. Its vibrancy can vary between very clear to not being seen at all. This only increases the authenticity of a well-made treatment.

Completing a treatment takes a minimum of two sessions though a touch-up procedure might only require one. The wounds would take about a full week to heal, which is the minimum period required before beginning another session. Pigments during this time begin to settle into the skin and exhibit fading. It helps the specialist plan his next move depending on the outcome of this prior treatment.

The skin will understandably be tender immediately after each session. It naturally behaves this way having had to endure numerous miniature puncture wounds to receive the pigments. Though it may be appear a bit red and become sensitive upon contact, a cream may be applied to help alleviate any discomfort that is felt. Protecting the scalp area from accidents with a simple covering is suggested though it should be removed occasionally to allow the scabs a better opportunity to dry out.

By the middle of the recovery week, the redness that was evident on the first day will have noticeably decreased. The scabs would also be more obvious, appearing bigger than regular hair follicles. This is largely attributed to the dried blood that formed to help heal these micro wounds. It will promptly come off at different times however, as the days go by. Some dryness of the skin might be felt due to crusting of the treated areas. Patients must refrain from scratching their scalp because they may accidentally peel off prematurely healed scabs. This might include pigments that have not fully settled into the new epidermis resulting in a patchy SMP because of early exposure in some areas.

The final day should reveal a more even skin tone. By this time, a majority of the pigments would have faded and its appearance of a lighter shade. This is due to the body trying to discharge a foreign entity from its system. Pigments that have been able to deeply assimilate itself with the newly formed skin are harder for the immune system to cast out. Some would likely observe that a good amount of hair have started to regrow by this time. It would be a good opportunity to shave it off and examine how the SMP looks underneath.

This mostly makes up the recovery process of any treatment. It may vary among patients though this is approximately how most scalps will heal, barring any untoward incidents. There would be more fading and settling of the pigments within the next two to three weeks as it tries to fully integrate itself into the skin. The appearance of your treatment will likely be the same as how it looked like a month after it was implemented with proper care and maintenance.