To hide the absence of hair, the dermopigmentation (also called trichopigmentation) tattoo a balding scalp with colored pigments, which creates a Optical illusion effect of greater capillary density. “We have the visual impression that there is really hair,” says Dr. Sophie Casadio, aesthetic doctor.
Who is scalp dermopigmentation for?
“The greatest demand concerns bald men or having a onset of baldness, notes Dr Casadio. The ‘shaved head’ look has become very trendy, which helps them come to terms with it! ”
Women are also affected. After alopecia areataor chemotherapy treatment for example, the tattoo makes it possible to darken the base of the area where the hair has fallen and to find an optical illusion of mass. “And this, regardless of the size of the area, the color, the texture and the length of the hair.”
You can also hide a scar or a burn, or fill in the small spaces between hair transplants for an even denser visual effect.
Woman or man, what are the differences?
Men mainly seek to have an “ultra-short cut hair” effect to hide baldness. Rather, women want to densify sparse areas.
“When the hair is dyed blond, I advise them to make a more natural gradient that will leave the base dark. Thus, the tattoo can provide the desired density”, specifies Sophie Casadio.
Scalp tattoo: how does it work?
The tattoo is done under local anesthesia (the anesthetic product is injected). “We use sterile disposable needles to draw a line that mimics a small stiff hair, and camouflage a scar or create a small length on a small space like the legs, explains Dr. Casadio. You can also practice points with a pen injector in order to imitate the eruption of a hair on the surface of the scalp and to conceal a bald area like the line in the middle of the skull. ”
The techniques will not be the same depending on the stage of baldness (beginner or final), its development (rapid or stabilized), age (bleaching) and type of hair (thick, curly, etc.). The practitioner will do it on a case-by-case basis by combining the practices. If the tattoo is done well, there is no bleeding, scabbing, or complications.
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What do we inject?
“Those are non-allergenic pigments specifically adapted to medical treatment, such as nipple tattoos during breast reconstruction “, explains Dr Marie Jourdan, dermatologist. A part being absorbed by the body, the pigments must be sterile, disposable or in vials “airless”, packaging which guarantees sterility between each use. We avoid those coming from the United States, where the legislation is not specific to tattoo products implanted in the dermis, but only regulates pigments used in cosmetics.
How effective and how many sessions are needed? At what price ?
The tattoo brings visual density to the entire hair. “When I look at myself in the mirror, I can see that the base is dark, as if it were provided with hair,” confirms Anny, who could not stand to see her white skull on the top of her head.
In men, “the tattoo provides a perfect cut, explains Yann. What we lack is density, but we no longer have any complexes!”
Do we need several sessions?
Due to the technical and artistic aspect of this dermopigmentation, the sessions are long. On average, allow four hours for an entire scalp. In this case, it is better to plan several sessions.
Who can do the tattoo?
Doctors, dermatologists, as well as beauticians trained in dermopigmentation can perform this operation.
At what price ?
The price varies from 250 to 650 € per area (the top of the head, the side, etc.). On average, count € 3,500 for the entire scalp.
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Is the scalp tattoo permanent? What are the risks ?
“The pigments being injected superficially, they degrade naturally after a few years, and even more so if they are in contact with the sun, sea water or swimming pool”, warns Dr Jourdan.
What to do if the dermopigmentation is unsuccessful?
- the result is sometimes too intense and, therefore, a little artificial. It also happens that the demarcation with the original hair is not very discreet, with bluish reflections, underlines the dermatologist. In this case, a laser session effectively attenuates the darkest shades.
- Less easy to correct, and therefore more problematic, the edge that surrounds the face when it is tattooed too geometrically or too low.
- Also pay attention to light colors, blond or red, which can turn orange very quickly and which are much more difficult to remove even with the best of lasers.