With such a life changing procedure, there are inevitably many questions. On this page we have attempted to answer the top ten questions asked by our client prior to attending on of our FREE consultation in which many more questions can be asked and frank , honest advise and answers given by our qualified expertise staff. Find out why our Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation services can not be described as a simple traditional Hair tattoo. In no particular order here are our clients top 10 questions and answers:-
- What is Pigmentalia /Tricopigmentation?
Pigmentalia /Tricopigmentationis the procedure of introducing quality shaded pigments into the epidermis layer of the skin to replicate natural hair follicles. The ink is introduced using a specialised digital micropigmentation gun utilising some of the finest needles found within the industry.
The technique relies on a highly-trained practitioner’s skilled in the use of precision needles and advanced skin pigments to colour the upper layer of the skin (the epidermis). These pigments are “permanent” compared with normal cosmetic pigments – but semi-permanent in that, as the skin in the epidermis gradually replaces itself, they’ll fade over several years.
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- How does Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation differ from traditional scalp micropigmentation and hair tattoo?
Primarily the main difference between Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation and scalp micropigmentation is that the pigment for Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation is only inserted into the epidermis layer of the skin, whereas with scalp micropigmentation or hair tattoo the pigment is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin. Pigment inserted into the dermis layer of the skin works very much the same as a traditional tattoo in such way that the pigment stays permanently in the skin. The issue with the latter is that over time you will usually find that the inks in the dermis layer of the skin ‘bleed’ a little which results in blurring and consequently move away from the appearance of a natural hair follicle. Also being permanent hair tattoo represented follicles are not adaptable and without intervention cannot altered over time to match the naturally aging hairline.
- Does the Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation treatment Hurt?
The average Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation client would describe the procedure as a little uncomfortable yet not as painful. The treatment uses some of the finest needles available in the market place today and as such the individual intrusion into the skin area is minimal, also taking into consideration the needles only enter the epidermis layer of the skin then the treatment is also often described as being half as painful as the average tattoo (which uses far larger needles and go much deeper into the dermis layer of the skin).
- Do the pigments used in Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation change colour over time?
No the pigments used in the process of Pigementalia / Tricopigmentation do not change colour over time. The colour of the pigments can fade back over time, however there in no change to the principle colour used. Sometimes Pigementalia / Tricopigmentation are confused with cheap semi-permanent makeup pigments used in the beauty industry which can often change colour over time. Also a traditional tattoo artist can sometimes mix pigment colours when looking to achieve the final colour for their hair tattoo. The pigments used for our Pigementalia / Tricopigmentation treatments are not mixed colour pigments, have been specifically designed for this unique service and do not change colour (as with all Pigments used within the Redeem clinic services).
- Can the pigments used in Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation match my natural hair colour?
Yes, unlike many scalp micropigmentation pigments that can use a single graphite based pigment within their treatments the specially designed pigments used within Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation treatments can be adjusted to match the shade or colour of the clients natural chosen hair colour. The exception to the latter are clients who have ginger/red or very light blond hair which unfortunately cannot be matched.
- How long does a Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation last?
The average initial treatment can last from 1-2 years, yet with regular top-ups Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation treatments can last a lifetime. After one year the treatment will usually start to fade back due to the natural exfoliation effect in the epidermis layer of the skin, so with top-up treatment new bright pigments can be re-introduced to keep that perfect follicle look.
- What happens if in years to come if I decide I no longer want the shaved hair look or want to change my hairline style?
The beauty behind Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentationis that they are semi-permanent in nature and if desired after several years with no top-ups the scalp will return to its natural unblemished state. This said in most cases the client will just let the hairline recede back to a natural state throughout their aging process whilst continuing with their regular top-ups. The latter ensures a completely 100% realistic hair result for all of our client and for those that want to retain a youthful hairline for longer then there is no need to let the hairline recede back. Scalp Micropigmentation and Hair Tattoos are permanent and as such have nowhere near the flexibility of Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation treatments. Yes it’s true that Scalp micropigmentation as with regular tattoos can be lasered off, yet as with any form of laser removal (we know because we have performed laser removal for years) there are no guarantees that all the pigment will be removed, on average it takes a year for a tattoo to be removed (in which time new pigment can’t be added), laser can cause unsightly blisters ,bleeding, scars and it is obviously very painful. In the interest of the client and to ensure a true continuity of perfect looking hair follicle without the need of lengthy and costly intervention Redeem clinic chose only to offer Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation and not scalp micropigmentation services.
- What is ‘Helmet Head’ and can this happen with Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation treatment?
Helmet head is where a technician either enters the pigment follicles into the scalp too close to one another or following a top-up treatment new pigment is introduced too close to existing pigment. The latter ultimately giving a very unnatural hair follicle appearance or the blacking out of entire scalp area and is often found after traditional scalp micropigmentation and hair tattoo treatments. The unique tools used with the pigmentalia / tricopigmentation treatment process have been designed to eliminate human error with regards to dexterity and over population of hair follicle to the scalp. The treatment uses unique needle cowls (not used anywhere else) that place a visual ink guide for the technician ensuring pigments are never placed too close to one another or inserted into the same area. With traditional scalp micropigmentation and hair tattoo treatments the placement of the inks entirely relies on the dexterity and skill of the technician which untimately in too many cases results in some of the inks being placed too close together or added to existing areas. Also as scalp micropigmentation and hair tattoo treatment dot spread and bleed in the dermis layer of the skin over time then these pigment dots often connect up to give the helmet head look. Finally although scalp micropigmentation and hair tattoos are supposed to be permanent due to the issues of spread and fade many clients on average will look to have their head hair follicles topped up after three years. Adding permanent ink into an already permanently inked scalp will naturally result in very heavily densified areas, which again ultimately result in helmet head. With pigmentalia / tricopigmentation the latter does not occur due to the fact that over time some of the ink will naturally exfoliate and therefore when top-ups take place this ink is simply replaced, thus maintaining consistent density and a fully natural look.
An example of a tattooed scalp ‘Helmet Head’ is as below.
- How do Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation costs compare in relation to Scalp micropigmentation and Hair Transplants?
From the ‘Cost – Male & Female’ page on this site you will see that Pigmentlia / Tricopigmentation initial treatment costs are considerably cheaper than the average costs found for Scalp micropigmentation / Hair tattoo, who’s costs on average are £2000 to £3000 (plus Vat) for a similar service. It’s true that there is a requirement for more top-up treatments with Pigmentlia / Tricopigmentation yet if we look at a 21 year example period for both treatments you will find overall costs are a third cheaper with Pigmentlia / Tricopigmentation. For example:-
Treatment for a Norwood scale 6 client:- Scalp Micro pigmentation (hair tattoo) £2000 intial treatment, £1000 per 3 year top-up (x7) =SMP total £9000.
Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation £1250 initial treatment, 6 month top-up (if required) £249, 12 month top-up £425, Each following year £212 (x 20) = P/T total £6164).
The costs for the average hair transplant Fue treatment is £7500 if we added the £35 monthly cost for the recommended aftercare treatment such asRogainthen this gives a 21 year cost for hair transplant at £16320 which again is considerably more expensive than a Pigmentalia / Tricopigmentation.
The added down side of a Fue treatment is in years to come the transplanted hair will in most cases thin as per the hairline areas it was transplanted from and as we have all seen many clients are left with unsightly hair transplant scars for the rest of their lives. On the face of it therefore for most clients Pigmentlia / Tricopigmentation treatments as well as being the lowest price initial treatment compared to Scalp Micropigmentation (hair tattoo) and Hair transplant, it is also the lowest life time cost of all treatments, whilst never having to worry about unsightly scars, pigment bleed or ‘Helmet head’ in years to come.
- How long does a procedure take to perform?
How long generally depends on how much hair loss and which areas are to be treated? Unlike most scalp micropigmentation treatment that are often carried out in a single sitting with the pigmentalia / tricopigmentation procedure it is felt that in order to achieve the very best results there is a need for a client to have three sittings. Also by carrying out the treatment in three sitting the clients comfort levels are kept at an optimum. If we take for example a client with hair loss on a Norwood 6 scale (see cost page) then the first siting would be 2-3 hours, 2nd sitting (the next day) 2 hours and the perfection siting (30 day later) a further 2 hours. The minimum siting for an initial pigmentalia / tricopigmentation procedure is 1.5hours.
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