The risks of SMP micropigmentation Ink on the body and its side effects on FUE transplanted hairs?
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Dermatologist and hair loss specialist
It may be a better option to have your hair transplant first so that can see what your density will be prior to having the shading from the micropigmentation on teh scalp. Just a thought. The ink is placed very superficial and over time your immune cells, specifically pac-man like cells called macrophages, will eat the pigment and break it down. If you have older tattoos that are starting to fade out and become blurry, that gives an indication how your body will respond to the pigment.
The follicles of the hairs are anchored deep so the pigment won't affect the hairs' growth rate or thickness in the area.
There is no harm with this process unless there are chemicals or metals that you are allergic to. Some people are allergic to a chemical that makes red ink. Red may be a component of brown ink. These are things to talk to your SMP specialist about. I am a dermatologist and specialize in hair loss conditions-diagnosing and managing all hair conditions-whether they are reversible or not.
Hope this helps.
Nikki D. Hill, MD
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The risk of SMP is same as the risk of any tattoo. Any foreign substance deposited into your body can be a potential cause for infection or even cancer.
When the ink fades, your body's immune system is taking it away and and expelling it.
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