Why do some SMP procedures turn blue?

Everyone has seen tattoos that have turned blue over time, so it can be a natural concern about Scalp MicroPigmentation, as it also works by delivering pigments into the dermis to create an effect. Certainly, there are images on the internet of horror SMP stories, so how do you ensure this doesn’t happen to your clients.

Typically, the issue is down to the inks and, to a certain extent, the needles that are being used to deliver these inks. Although Scalp MicroPigmentation was often called ‘head tattooing’ in the industry’s infancy, there are distinct differences.

Specialist SMP inks

Sometimes, new practitioners, particularly if they have a background in the tattooing industry, think that tattoo inks are suitable for SMP but they’d be wrong. Pigments are a better word to describe the products that you should use for an SMP treatment because a tattoo ink is a blend of different colours to achieve the required grey shade, whereas SMP requires pigments which are a pure black compound. Overtime it doesn’t degrade when attacked by the immune system or ultraviolet rays and then change colour as a result.

Specialist SMP needles

Penetration depth is also a factor and using the correct SMP needles to deposit the pigments in the dense cellular structure just under the skin’s surface is key. Placing the pigments at a deeper level – which you do usually in a tattoo treatment – can mean the dots often appear larger than you wanted them to be. Often that can produce a blue, smudge effect.

We believe that quality equipment is required to deliver optimal results for the client, which is why we are developing our own ranges of specialist SMP needles and inks. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the launch.

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