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PRP FAQ

Does it hurt?

Everyone experiences SMP differently. Some patients fall asleep during the procedure while others experience modest discomfort. The sensation is commonly described as a “nagging” feeling that is around a 3 on a pain scale of 1-10. At Bernstein Medical, we offer the option for local anesthesia or medications to relax you, to make your procedure as comfortable as possible.

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How many sessions will it take to see the final outcome?

You should expect to see the final result after the third or fourth session.

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Why can’t it be done in one session? Isn’t it a tattoo?

The skin is the largest organ in the body. Its many surfaces have different textures, thicknesses, pH levels, etc. The skin is unpredictable in how it heals; therefore, it is necessary to use the first session to create a framework for following sessions. Pigment absorbs more easily in some skin types than in others, so follow-up sessions help determine where pigment needs to be reinforced and where extra density needs to be added to create an even look.

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How long do I need to wait between sessions?

4-6 weeks are usually recommended between sessions. Since the epidermal layer of the skin regenerates about every 27 days, waiting at least this period between procedures ensures adequate time for healing and allows for a more accurate assessment of pigment retention at follow-up visits.

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How long does each session take?

The procedure time varies depending on the size of the area of coverage. The procedure can be as short as one hour or take as long as 8 hours.

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How long does it last?

The results from SMP can last anywhere between 2-10 years. The retention of ink is based on multiple factors that include skin type, sun exposure, and chemicals applied to the skin.

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Is it going to turn blue or green over time like some tattoos do?

The pigments we use are specifically formulated for SMP. We use carbon-based pigments that get diluted with distilled water to match the shade of the hair shaft where it emerges from the scalp to give the most natural appearance.
In contrast, tattoo pigments used for traditional tattoos or permanent makeup are sometimes combined with several different colored pigments to achieve the shade you see during the procedure. Over time these pigments break down in the skin and may result in the blue or green hues seen in traditional tattoos. These pigments should not be used in SMP.

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Will SMP damage my hair follicles or interfere with future hair growth?

The needle and pigment used in SMP do not penetrate deep enough to reach, or damage, the hair follicle. Often SMP is used after a hair transplant to add the appearance of density in regions where the hair is still thin.

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Why can’t I exercise for three days after I get SMP?

Excessive exercise can lead to sweating which is not ideal for SMP during the healing period. Sweating in the region of fresh ink may disturb the pigment before it is able to completely settle and seal in place. Sweat can also support the growth of bacteria in the newly treated area. To have the best outcome, you should avoid sweating during the healing process.

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What are some common unrealistic expectations?

SMP is designed to mimic individual hair follicles to create the appearance of coverage and/or density. The SMP dots mimic and enhance the appearance of hair in regions that are thinning. SMP will not achieve the darkness that a heavily coated head of concealer would achieve as it is designed to look more natural.

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What if my hair goes gray/white in the future? Will dark SMP look funny?

The pigments used in SMP are designed to naturally soften over the years. Even with white hair, dark SMP dots on your scalp provide an element of dimension within your hair. When white hair exits the scalp, it appears to have a darker color underneath the skin surface and so dark dots often blend within white hair naturally.

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Why does my SMP look slightly cloudy and not as sharp as right after I had the procedure done?

SMP is performed by inserting pigment through the epidermis and into the upper dermal layer of the skin. The epidermis naturally sheds and regenerates approximately every 27-28 days. Immediately after the procedure, the implanted pigment is seen in both the upper dermis and epidermis, which is why it looks so dark and crisp. Over the course of the 27-28 days, as your skin goes through its natural exfoliation process, the residual pigment that is in the epidermis sheds as well. When the cells regenerate, the layer of epidermis no longer has pigment in it, but sits on top of the upper dermal layer where your permanent pigment resides. This results in a slightly less sharp pigment dot, since there is now a layer of skin on top of the permanent pigment.

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Do more men or women get SMP?

At Bernstein Medical, it’s approximately 50/50 when it comes to the SMP procedure. Both men and women who have thinning hair and may not be a candidate for surgery (or who would like more coverage following their surgery) opt to have the SMP procedure done. Hair loss does not discriminate and neither does SMP!

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When is SMP not a good option?

SMP is not a good option for someone with a bald spot whose surrounding hair is longer than ¼ of an inch. The reason for this is because SMP is used in one of two ways: to add the appearance of density to an area that already has a sufficient amount of hair coverage to reduce the look of scalp showing through, or to mimic closely shaved hair. You should not use SMP on an area with no hair coverage with long hair surrounding it because you will end up with a spot that appears shaved, when the rest of the hair is noticeably longer.

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Updated: 2020-02-11 | Published: 2020-02-11