Instant solution to hair loss now available at Velvet Tattoo

Besi Besemar July 22, 2014

Scalp micro-pigmentation is now being offered as a service by tattooist Eve Pleavin at her studio in Brighton.

Velvet Tattoo

We asked Eve a few questions regarding this revolutionary treatment.

What is scalp micro-pigmentation?

Scalp micro-pigmentation is essentially the process of having your scalp tattooed with tiny dots that resemble the appearance of stubble, giving you the appearance of a short, ‘buzz-cut’ hairstyle. This technique darkens the scalp by replicating hair follicles and is a truly effective cosmetic solution for those people who are suffering from alopecia, baldness, thinning hair or transplant scars. The treatment is semi-permanent and can last up to 5 years; typically clients have a top up procedure every 18 months-2 years.

What does it involve?

Your first visit will be for a consultation and patch test. We will agree a suitable hairline with you, based on your original one and face shape. Your second visit will involve the first half hour with a topical anesthetic giving you a chance to ask any last minute questions. When suitably numb I will map out the hairline with a white pencil and then add hundreds of tiny dots over your scalp. A sitting typically lasts between 1 and 4 hours; if the whole head is being treated a few sittings may be required. Thanks to this technique even those who don’t have a single hair on their heads can now get a natural looking hairstyle and no surgery!

Does it hurt?

It hurts less than having a regular tattoo, certainly a lot less than a hair transplant, and an anaesthetic is available to numb the scalp.

How much does it cost?

Prices, which vary depending on how much of the scalp needs to be treated, start from £180.

Is it like a regular tattoo?

Even though the idea of an alopecia, baldness or thinning hair treatment based on a scalp tattoo might seem somewhat unorthodox, it’s important to keep in mind that the hair micro-pigmentation technique is much more sophisticated than a regular tattoo. This type of micro-pigmentation requires the use of different needles and pigments from ordinary tattooing.

How many times do I need to come for the treatment?

The SMP process may require two to three treatments 6 to 10 days apart to get the colour shade just right. Individuals absorb pigment at different rates. Your finished SMP process should last years before needing a touch-up, but everyone is different.

What will I look like immediately after SMP is done?

Immediately after the procedure, your scalp will look slightly pink, somewhat similar to a sunburn. This pink colour will fade out over the course of 24 to 48 hours. This is more pronounced in patients with a light skin colour. You will appear to have a full head of hair that has a closely shaved look. The pigment may also appear more pronounced until you wash your scalp and remove the excess pigment three days later. Depending on each patient and the type of skin, the pigment may fade as it settles in. This is the reason why you may need more touch-ups, so that the shade and colour are just right. Although I recommend at least 6 to 10 days between SMP applications, you can wait weeks or months depending on your schedule.

Eve added: “It’s a real confidence booster for men who have suffered hair loss. Satisfied clients are telling me that it’s really changed their lives; they’re told by family and friends that it looks really natural!”

Velvet Tattoo was founded in 2012 by Eve Pleavin who wanted to create an open, relaxed and non-intimidating space in Brighton. The unique gay-friendly emporium offers a wealth of services by qualified technicians including tattoos, piercing, laser tattoo removal, semi-permanent makeup, hairdressing, nails and lashes as well as scalp micro-pigmentation. Velvet also frequently holds art exhibitions and has a shop selling fairground lights, jewellery and much more.

Telephone Eve on 01273 973746 or 07746 165243 for a free consultation.

You can find Velvet Tattoo at 48 Norfolk Square, Brighton BN2 1PA

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