Yes. HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation will create the illusion of a shaven head or 5 o’clock shadow, but it is not actual hair. On very close inspection or touch, you will not feel the stubble as you would with real hair. Some patients choose to have some FUE to create the feel of stubble if the donor hair is available.
The hairline is the most important part of your scalp micro-pigmentation treatment, as this is the focal point, and will determine the overall look. If not done correctly the treatment will look unnatural and fake. Our experienced technician will work with you to design, mark, measure and approve each hairline before any pigment is implanted. Some patients may wish for a very defined hairline, but we often advise them to try a more natural look that takes into account age-appropriateness and ethnicity.
Because the pigments are designed to fade, we can adjust the tone and change the hairline to be more ‘age appropriate’ to suit our patients as they mature. You often find that even if hair does turn grey, when it is shaved the natural hair follicles or roots may still be darker in appearance.
Traditional body art tattoos do have the tendency to change colour. If it was black to start with, very often they will turn blue as a result of migration (blur), which is due to the type of ink used, and the tissue level the tattoo was implanted. HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation is not implanted at a deep level on the scalp and the simulated hair follicles are implanted in the very top layers of the epidermis. Factors such as sun exposure will have an effect on colour retention, which is why it is important to adhere to the aftercare instructions for your HPT® treatment and to use a high factor sun block every day. The explanation for an ashy or green/grey appearance can be likened to how blood vessels appear green under the skin; the increased absorption of the red spectrum of light gives rise to this phenomenon explained by the trichromatic theory of colour vision (i.e. if you absorb red you will perceive green). The light propagation through human tissue has also been modelled to show the greater decrease of red spectrum remission. In short, there is no ‘true’ perception of black when the pigment is deposited beneath the skin. The greater depth of pigment deposit, the greater the potential change in colour perception.
At the consultation we will discuss in depth all the possible outcomes. We work in such a way that if there is more hair loss we can blend in the work and increase the treatment area.