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Scalp Micro Pigmentation Densification
What Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP)?
Virtual Follicle Implantation Treatment (VFI), is a clinical version of Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) and involves the use of a digitally controlled needle that applies medical grade hypoallergenic colour pigment into the scalp. Unlike a traditional tattoo that would use ink, VFI is performed using specially designed pigments that will not have the colour change or migration that is commonly seen with a body art tattoo.
The pigments used for Virtual Follicle Implantation Treatment are of a pharmaceutical quality and fulfil the most demanding quality and security regulations, complying with category 1 of EU Cosmetics Directive and European Directive ResAp 2008(1). The pigments are dermatologically and microbiologically tested and contain high quality mineral pigments. Additionally, they are sterile, hypoallergenic and do not contain any kind of artificial preservatives, aromatic amines or heavy metals.
Although it may appear to be a similar technique to body art tattooing, tattoo inks are not subject to the same stringent testing and regulations as the pigments used in Virtual Follicle Implantation Treatment. In addition, tattoo needles and treatment depth into the skin are very different. Both techniques use needles to implant colour, but that is where the similarity ends. Traditional body art tattoos have the tendency to change colour. If it was black to start with, very often they will turn blue as a result of migration due to the type of ink used and the tissue level at which the tattoo was implanted. Virtual Follicle Implantation Treatment is not implanted at a deep level on the scalp; the simulated hair follicles are implanted in the very top layers of the epidermis.
Depending on the area the treatment takes on average 5 hours and requires 2 to 3 sessions over 3 weeks with great visible results being seen after the first treatment.
Virtual Follicle Implantation Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
You will see the results almost immediately, but it can take a few days for the mild redness to dissipate and for the true final look to be achieved.
The results never completely disappear, however after 2 to 3 years the pigmentation starts to fade and some patients have a slight touch-up that costs around £400
Most patients can return to work and normal activities the next day.
Typically, you require 2 to 3 treatments over 3 weeks, with each treatment taking on average 5 hours.
This depends on the area to be treated i.e. the degree of hair in that area. However generally, no.
With every cosmetic procedure there are always risks. The risks associated with Virtual Follicle Implantation Treatment are minimal when the procedure is carried out in a clean sterile surgical environment. We work to the highest hygiene standards and use the highest quality pigments and products. This greatly reduces the risk of infection. You will be given aftercare advice and a check-up 2 weeks post treatment. Side effects and allergies to the pigment are rare but we will offer you a patch test before your treatment.
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