What is Micropigmentation?


What is Micropigmentation?

Because hair loss and sparse eyebrows affect the most visible, they can influence people’s views of themselves and their confidence. Micropigmentation, which can also be called “cosmetic tattooing,” “medical tattooing,” “hair tattoo,” “eyebrow tattoo,” or “alopecia tattoo,” addresses these issues by making a person’s hair look fuller and more natural without the expense and inconvenience of hair transplant surgery.

Micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure that enables the professionals at Ruth Swissa to rely on a thin needle for depositing small dots of color on the skin. Varying the depth and size of the dots creates the appearance of fuller and thicker hair. Two of the most common types of micro-pigmentation are the following;

  • Scalp Micropigmentation addresses hair loss in men and women. When applied to a bald head, micropigmentation can create the appearance of a buzz cut. Special shading techniques can enhance the density and depth of the look.
  • Eyebrow Micropigmentation enriches the look of the eyebrows for men and women. Using a finer needle can create strokes of pigments that approximate the delicate look of eyebrows.

Although micropigmentation can hide bald spots or thinning hair, it does not affect existing hair follicles or natural hair growth. It is not a treatment that will restore missing hair.

What Produces Hair Loss?

Hair loss can occur for many reasons:

  • Alopecia Areata. This autoimmune condition attacks the hair follicles, producing unpredictable hair loss, often in round patches. For some people, the hair loss may be permanent, while for others, it may grow back. Variations of this condition include Alopecia Totalis, which eliminates all the hair on the scalp, and Alopecia Universalis, which creates hair loss on the scalp and the entire body.
  • Genetics. Male and female pattern baldness is hereditary. For men, the thinning of the hair can start with the hairline and the top of the head. The normal hairline remains for ladies, but the hair becomes thinner overall.
  • Birthmarks or Scars. A hairless birthmark or scar can easily show through a full head of hair.
  • Medical Treatments. Some treatments for medical conditions cause hair loss. One example is chemotherapy, which attacks quick-growing cells, such as cancer cells and those of your hair roots.

Hormonal changes, stress, certain illnesses, and medicines can also produce hair loss, which is usually temporary.

What Are the Advantages of Micropigmentation over Traditional Tattoos?

You won’t be suffering tattoos when you go with micropigmentation, which offers the following advantages:

  • Minimally Invasive. Because micropigmentation avoids the surgery associated with hair transplants, it minimizes discomfort and downtime, and avoids scarring and infections. The needles used for micropigmentation are thinner and smaller than those used to apply tattoos.
  • Natural Results: The professionals at Ruth SwissA are proud of the artistry they practice during micropigmentation. By using special techniques and pigments, they can create subtle and realistic results, which contrast with traditional tattoos, which can easily look harsh and artificial.
  • Low Maintenance: Unlike actual hair, micropigmentation does not require constant care, cutting, or plucking. Scalp micropigmentation typically lasts for four years or longer because permanent cosmetic pigments are used, which are unlike tattoo inks that can fade or change color over time.
  • Suitable for All Genders: Micropigmentation enhances the appearance of people of all genders who want to treat hair loss in the eyebrows and scalp.
  • Boost Confidence. Restoring a hairline or defining the eyebrows can increase a person’s confidence while enhancing his or her life.

What Happens During the Micropigmentation Procedure?

While the details vary according to the type of micropigmentation chosen, here’s what to expect in general.

  1. Consultation. You discuss your results and goals with a micropigmentation specialist, who examines the area to be treated and recommends the best technique and color. Upon request, we can show you before-and-after pictures of our patient so you know what to expect.
  2. Procedure. Before the procedure, you’ll need to wash your hair and the area being treated. If the treatment is for the scalp and you’re completely bald, the professional may create a hairline that considers your age, facial features, and head structure. To reduce discomfort, a topical anesthetic is then applied. Depending on the treated area, the entire process can take from 1 to 4 hours. You may also need more than one treatment.
  3. Recovery. You will need to protect the treated area from being exposed to the sun for a week or so. You must also avoid wetting the area such as by washing, taking a shower, or engaging in heavy exercise that causes sweat. It is normal for scabs may develop and flake off after a few days.
  4. Follow-Up. About 4-6 weeks after the first session, you’ll need a follow-up appointment to assess the area, ensure color consistency, and refine the results as needed.

What Are the Risks?

The risks of micropigmentation include an unnatural appearance after treatment, infection from unsterilized equipment, and allergic reactions to the pigments. However, these are only possible with an unlicensed or inexperienced practitioner. Not only is Ruth SwissA fully licensed and well-known throughout Southern California, but she also has many years of experience working with medical professionals, such as the Cedar-Sinai Medical Group and the Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital.

Is Micropigmentation Covered by Insurance?

Because micropigmentation is an elective or optional procedure, it is not covered by insurance. Be sure to thoroughly understand all the costs involved before you sign up.

What Is the Difference between Micropigmentation and Microblading?

While both micropigmentation and microblading produce natural and realistic-looking results, microblading uses a small plastic or metal pen to make small incisions in the skin. This technique duplicates the look of your hair pattern or shading but can be more painful than micropigmentation because of the trauma inflicted on the skin. It is not recommended for skin that is sensitive, mature, thin, or delicate. And it only lasts between three months and a year.

Micropigmentation avoids these issues by never cutting into the skin and by lasting for up to four years or more

Why Rely on Ruth Swissa?

Ruth Swissa sees herself primarily as an artist who specializes in micropigmentation. Backed by a family that has been in the aesthetics field for three generations, she laid the foundation for her expertise by studying drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography at international fine arts schools. She is also certified by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and is a certified medical micropigmentation specialist.

Ruth has worked extensively with breast cancer survivors, and burn survivors whom she has helped physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She has also been seen on many network shows and has received accolades such as the Allergan’s Patient Care and Medical Aesthetics award.