Scalp Microblading Bellevue & Kirkland | Scalp Micropigmentation Bellevue & Kirkland
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that creates hair-like strokes to enhance the color, density, and appearance of the eyebrows. With so much success creating hyperrealistic eyebrows, microblading artists began using the high-end technology and technique on other thinning areas of hair such as the hairline and scalp. Today, scalp microblading is one of the up-and-coming cosmetic procedures of the future. Northwest Face & Body provides the best scalp microblading Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Overview: Microblading The Scalp
Scalp microblading, also sometimes called scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is used for men and women who are experiencing a thinning hairline or patchiness. In some cases, a technique known as micropigmentation can be used to restore the look of a close buzz cut and natural hairline for men who have gone completely or almost completely bald.
The procedure uses the same philosophy of microblading, but the techniques can differ slightly. For example, using only a single-bladed tool and creating hair strokes like you would with traditional microblading can end up leading to unnatural results after healing.
Therefore, many consider the best course of action is something that more closely resembles the combo brows technique. Some hair strokes may be created, but otherwise, a dot technique is used to boost the illusion of fullness and create more shape to the hairline.
Causes Of Hair Loss
Hair loss has several causes. While generally more common in men, women can also experience hair loss around the hairline and on the scalp. The exact causes vary between people. Some frequent causes of hair loss include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Certain medications
- Medical conditions
- Environmental factors
- Drug use
- Hormonal imbalances
- Having children
- Some hairstyles and treatments
- Skin conditions or infections
Some hair loss can be treated by treating an underlying cause such as a medical condition. However, in other cases where thinning or hair loss is due to aging, genetics, or similar factors, slowing the hair loss and treating the appearance may be your only options.
There are many benefits to undergoing a scalp micropigmentation treatment. Like brow microblading, it can create a natural look that boosts the density and fullness of the hairline or scalp. Some of the benefits and advantages include:
- Help restore the appearance of a fuller hairline
- Strokes of pigment look like real hair
- Increase the density and overall look of hair thickness
- Hide scarring on the scalp
- Natural looking
- Often imperceptible unless up close
- Can sometimes promote hair growth (though it is not guaranteed to)
- Vegan pigments
- Numbing cream used to manage pain or discomfort
- Precise color matching
- Low risk and safe
- Performed by a certified tattoo artist and master microblading artist
Bellevue Scalp Microblading Candidates
Brow microblading works well for people with nearly any skin type and brow condition. However, scalp microblading does have a smaller pool of potential candidates since it does require having some form of noticeable hair loss or thinning. While it does not have to be excessive, someone with a full head of hair who has not experienced any hair thinning is likely not an ideal candidate.
Additionally, not all hair loss is adequately treated with microblading or micropigmentation. Unless you plan to wear your hair in a close buzz cut, the technique does not work well for patches of lost hair. However, in men that are bald or keep their hair close shaved, micropigmentation is a great option to restore the hairline and appearance of hair.
Otherwise, as long as a client is healthy, they are likely a good candidate for scalp microblading in Bellevue. Your microblading artist will determine if you are a good candidate for scalp microblading during a consultation at Northwest Face & Body.
Like many other cosmetic procedures, there are some contraindications. Some situations or conditions that may hinder eligibility for scalp microblading include:
- Bleeding disorders
- Currently taking or have taken harsh acne medications in the past year
- Active skin infection in the treatment area
- Recent surgery in the area
- Allergies to any of the ingredients, or a large history of allergies
- Prone to keloids or hypertrophic scars
- Rosacea (may be okay as long as it does not affect near the treatment area)
- Under 18 years old
- Anyone pregnant or nursing
Scalp Microblading From Start To Finish
Before undergoing a microblading procedure, you will meet with one of our talented brow artists. This allows them to get an understanding of your goals and the treatment areas. They will ask about the look you are going for, where you want to treat, aspects of your medical history and lifestyle, and finally, will examine the area.
If your microblading artist believes you are a good candidate, they will discuss the specifics of the procedure further. This can involve the techniques they recommend, color matching, and providing an exact map of where the results will fall. You can then schedule your treatment.
The Microblading & Micropigmentation Process
The first step in the scalp micropigmentation process is to clean and disinfect the treatment areas. This prevents infection and removes any oils or environmental debris that may be present. Generally, your artist will use alcohol to do this. From there, they will apply the numbing cream.
The numbing cream stays on for at least twenty minutes, if not longer. After they remove it, they will get started. Using either a single blade, motorized device, or a combination of both, they will begin adding pigment under the skin that matches your hair color. This may include using hair strokes or fine dots.
Like traditional eyebrow microblading, the treatment takes around two hours. However, in the case of scalp microblading, it can take up to four hours, if treating the entire scalp or a particularly large area.
Following your scalp microblading, the instructions will be similar to brow microblading. Though, if you only had the dot method performed (micropigmentation), then you may differing directions. Some of the basic aftercare instructions you can expect may include:
- Avoid getting the area wet for around three to five days
- Do not use shampoo for a week
- Make sure your pillowcase and bedding are clean
- Limit exercise for about a week
- Do not swim for at least two weeks
- Avoid exposure to hot environments including saunas, hot showers, and direct sun exposure
- Do not shave the scalp for a week
- Avoid picking, peeling, or otherwise roughly touching the scalp
It is okay to wear a hat after treatment to protect the scalp from the sun and hide the redness. Side effects should subside within a week or so. Overall, it will take about a month to fully heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Scalp Microblading Painful?
Most people do agree that scalp microblading is more painful than brow microblading. This is because the skin of the scalp is more sensitive than the brows. Numbing cream is still used, but patients may feel slightly more pain or discomfort than if they underwent microblading for the eyebrows.
Will It Affect Future Hair Growth?
Some people who have microblading performed on the scalp notice that it accelerates hair growth due to increased collagen to the hair follicles. This is not guaranteed and does not happen for everyone. Many notice no difference in scalp hair growth after microblading. Additionally, it should be noted that if you want to remove the pigment, the only option is laser tattoo removal. This can have the inadvertent effect of removing hair as well.
Can You Use Hair Restoration Methods At The Same Time?
It depends on the hair restoration methods you plan to use. In some cases, it should cause no problems. Other times, you may not be able to continue treatment or use certain medications or treatments for hair loss. Ultimately, it is best to discuss with your artist and/or one of our hair restoration specialists if scalp microblading and your chosen hair restoration method are compatible.
Can SMP Or Microblading Hide Scars?
Yes, scalp microblading or scalp micropigmentation can hide scarring. If the scarring is raised, however, it cannot completely disguise it. In general, scalp microblading is a great way to hide scalp scarring where hair may not naturally grow over. The treatment can help it look like natural hairs over the scar.
How Much Is Scalp Microblading In Bellevue?
The cost of scalp microblading depends on the size of the treatment area. The most accurate pricing is provided after a consultation at Northwest Face & Body. You can find more pricing information on our price list.
The Best Microblading & Micropigmentation For The Scalp At Northwest Face & Body
Northwest Face & Body is located on the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland, WA. A luxury plastic surgery practice and medical spa, they offer medical-grade salon treatments such as microblading, lash and brow services, and chemical peels. Performed by some of the best providers in the state, Northwest Face & Body offers the best scalp microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
The microblading artists at Northwest Face & Body are certified tattoo artists who are skilled in all major microblading techniques. Whether you have a small scar you want to be covered or need to completely reconstruct the hairline, microblading and micropigmentation may work for you.