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What is Hair Imitation or Micropigmentation?

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Jun 11th

What is Hair Imitation or Micropigmentation?

On an average, the human head has about 2,000 hairs per square inch during peak of growth. Gradually, thinning takes place due to various hair-loss conditions. A large section of population finds it depressing and socially embarrassing. That’s why hair imitation/micro-pigmentation came into existence and is giving back large number of people their lost happiness and aesthetic appearance.

Hair imitation/ micro-pigmentation is used to restore appearance disrupted due to falling of hair or due to any reason that created gap in parts with hair, like after head injuries or surgeries. People across the world use this method to restore their aesthetic appearance on various parts of the body including head and face. Hair Imitation is often mistaken for tattooing or permanent makeup, but it’s actually it’ not.

What is Hair Imitation?

Hair imitation process can be described as a semi-permanent make-up or dermal-pigmentation in which inorganic pigments are implanted beneath the first layer of skin-epidermis with needle micro insertion. The process requires special equipments and trained professionals. Every individual shaved hair follicle is repeated with a dot. When applied on larger surface, it creates an illusion of uniformly shaved head or beard. Hair imitation is also used to give dense appearance to hair.

How it Works?

When ink is implanted into the selected area, natural hair color is matched exactly with pigmentation. Dark shade gives the illusion of a shadow and the appearance of a three dimensional, head full of hair.

Who Needs Hair Imitation?

Men, women, and children use micro-pigmentation for the sake of improving appearance or to cover up scars or gaps in hairline. People faced with hair-loss (androgenetic alopecia or diffuse alopecia), people with complete or local hair- loss (Alopecia totalis or Alopecia areata) are usual candidates who seek micro-pigmentation to make up for it. Then, people with traumatic or post-surgical scars or scarring after hair transplant also opt for hair imitation micro-pigmentation.

Appearance of Density

Skin imitation gives appearance of more density to people who have less density of hair due to some reason and are agitated over asymmetrical pattern on scalp, eyebrows, beard etc. Micro-pigmentation is also used to cover scars on head or for face camouflage. The process is also used for partial and full visual reconstruction of eyebrows and eyelashes.

Types of Hair Imitation

Soft hairline and widowed peak micro-pigmentation is usually used to lower hairline, replenishing at points where it has receded over time, and to create illusion of rich hair growth.

Second type of micro-pigmentation includes adding density to thinning hair, which is used to cover undesirable scalp area visible through hair. Mostly, front hairline is treated to let it blur into density with natural look.

For complete hair loss, scalp micro-pigmentation for Alopecia, scalp micro-pigmentation for diffused hair loss is some other type of pigmentation.

Is Hair Imitation Safe?

In most of the countries, hair imitation or micro-pigmentation is declared safe and is widely used across the globe. The process is undertaken by skilled and trained professionals using specific equipments. The process requires multiple session depending upon the type of imitation and area of affected surface. Rarely, any complications are reported by those who undergo micro-pigmentation.