Does SMP hurt?

We understand that some people have a fear of needles and/or pain. The information below should help answer some of those questions.

Is it like getting a tattoo?

Each individual will most likely describe the feeling in a different way. Many people liken the process with that of getting a tattoo, but that’s not really accurate.

There are tattooed people who decide to get scalp micropigmentation and most of them, bearing in mind they’ve had tattoos using larger needles and a deeper penetration depth, say that the scalp micropigmentation process is not similar in pain terms at all, and that it actually hurts a lot less than getting a tattoo.

What influences the pain level?

Everyone has a different pain threshold, and the discomfort experienced varies from person to person. There are other factors that strongly influence the pain level, and although I won’t describe them all here, I’ll cover the most important ones.

Hair follicle width

Your follicles are the inspiration for the dots that are implanted by the technician, and obviously the smaller the follicles, the smaller the dots will be. If a technician needs to create smaller dots, they will press lightly on your scalp, causing less discomfort to the client. Thicker hair follicles need more pressure to be applied, so more discomfort might be felt.

Area of the scalp

Your scalp has different pain thresholds in different areas, and there are a few places where you will experience the highest levels of discomfort. The first one is the frontal hairline, the next one is the crown and the third area is the temples. Actually, treatment of the frontal hairline often causes a reaction in the sinuses, making you want to sneeze!

Condition of the skin

There are some issues with the skin which might cause problems and the most important ones are dermatitis and dryness. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the scalp skin so the area becomes more sensitive. Dryness can be dealt with if you make use of a moisturizing cream a few days prior to the treatment.

Thickness and tightness of the skin

These two factors are also important when it comes to the discomfort that you might experience. If your skin is thick and loose, the technician will often have to penetrate the skin with more force. However, thicker skin is often less sensitive to pain.

Your mindset

You should know that if you are stressed and anxious about the process, you will be more susceptible to pain. If, on the other hand, you are relaxed and ready to undergo the procedure, the discomfort levels will be much lower. According to Stanford University, fear is a powerful amplifier of pain. This basically means the less you worry about it, the less pain you will feel.

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