As SMP Artists in Columbus, OH, at Ohio SMP Studio, we understand the allure of basking in the sunlight and achieving that perfect tan. However, for those who have undergone Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) treatment, safeguarding the scalp from prolonged sun exposure becomes paramount.

Scalp Micropigmentation is an innovative procedure that involves the use of needles to insert pigments into the scalp, giving it the appearance of a closely shaved head, ideal for individuals with hair loss or thinning hair. While this treatment is a long-lasting solution, the pigments may gradually fade over 6-7 years. To maintain the pigmentation’s longevity, we offer our clients essential advice for the post-treatment period.

Protecting Your SMP Investment: The Aftercare Guidelines

In the first month following SMP treatment, we recommend avoiding wet or moist conditions, swimming, saunas, hot baths, direct exposure to sunlight or UV rays, heavy workouts, cardio exercises, and shaving the head with a blade. During this time, refrain from using any creams, lotions, or moisturizers on the scalp for at least four days to ensure proper healing.

The Role of Sunscreen in Preserving SMP Pigmentation

Once your scalp has fully healed, you can shield it from direct sunlight by employing sunscreen or sunblock before stepping out. These products, available in the form of creams, lotions, or sprays, offer a protective layer that reflects harmful UV rays, preventing them from penetrating the skin and causing damage or pigment fading.

Regular use of sunscreen is crucial for maintaining the integrity of your SMP. Those who neglect scalp protection are more likely to require touch-ups more frequently than those who incorporate sunscreen into their daily routine. With average touch-ups recommended every six years, those exposed to excessive sunlight may need touch-ups after just five or four years, or even sooner.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen for Your Scalp

Opt for a sunblock with a high SPF level, ideally 50+, though 30+ is acceptable. For an added benefit, consider hydrating sunscreens that offer extra moisture for your scalp. When spending extended periods in the sunlight, reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours to ensure continuous protection.

Understanding Pigment Fading: Immune System and Sunlight Impact

The fading of SMP pigments can be influenced by two primary factors: the immune system and exposure to sunlight or UV rays.

1. Immune System: Our immune system may naturally absorb the pigments inserted into the scalp, leading to fading. While we cannot control the immune system’s reactions, we can focus on minimizing the impact of the second factor.

2. Sunlight or UV Rays: Regardless of skin type or tolerance to sunlight, the effects of sunlight on SMP pigmentation depend on the duration of exposure. Extended periods of sunlight exposure can lead to fading of pigments on the scalp.