Why Poor SMP is bad for everybody
At Brandwood Clinic we believe that Scalp MicroPigmentation should only be performed by experienced professionals.
People are understandably cautious about undergoing this procedure because it is so visible. Treatments performed haphazardly by inexperienced operators damage the reputation of the entire industry and drive people away. In extreme cases they can exacerbate the emotional trauma that the client is already suffering as a result of their hair loss.
At Brandwood we are committed to improving standards and pushing forward to greater regulation. It can be a lonely place to be but our principles are important to us, vital to our clients and should be valued by the industry. Many people struggle with their self-esteem as a result of hair loss, most of them would not even think about Scalp MicroPigmentation. We all need to raise the profile of the treatment to help even more people.
Sadly, some other ‘clinics’ take short-cuts and are less interested in the people that come through their door than they are in the quick profit they imagine they can gain before regulations are properly imposed. This short-termism encourages mistakes and is a million miles from our approach of having the customer at the centre of our thinking.
It is clear that when we see some clients with pre-existing micropigmentation treatments that the person who performed it should have been more careful or perhaps shouldn’t be in this line of work. Occasionally the errors are not obvious to the casual observer, leading to thoughts that we may be slightly pedantic. We prefer to think of it as perfectionism.
Leigh came to Brandwood Clinic asking if we could correct some work he’d had done in Manchester. Immediately you could see that the hairline and front part of his scalp was darker than the middle, crown area and sides.
On closer inspection it was apparent that the pigments were bigger in this area due to heavy pressure being applied. Many were even double-dotted. This creates a smudged, painted effect and shows the inexperience of the practitioner. He clearly had no eye for detail, there was no consistent pressure or spacing with heavy black dots on display next to faded scratched pigments.
Leigh’s hairline was lopsided featuring heavy pigments and more merging where the practitioner has been unable to avoid touching previous pigments and working around them. There was no blending of pigment into the sides and a clear disconnection between existing hair and pigment was evident. From the middle to the back of the crown there were areas of inconsistency with gaps in the treatment and a clear black line where no blend had been achieved.
Leigh had attempted to get this operator to strengthen his hairline with reinforcement into faded areas. Evidently the practitioner had only blended a quarter of the way into the scalp instead of a full blend towards the crown continuing into the sides. This was lazy and unprofessional work, a treatment that should’ve taken at least 90 minutes and had instead been executed in 40.
There was hope yet…
Fortunately, we are specialists in corrective work and our attention to detail is second-to-none. Simon Lane worked with Leigh over two sessions, spending around 4 hours on his scalp. During the first session we matched pigment to the darker front giving a full scattering to the back of the crown. The hairline was balanced correctly but due to the bad merging of pigment we had to come underneath and create a broken hairline, blending into the side profiles and sides of the head.
The second session was spent working in and closely around the big heavy dots, camouflaging them so they were not so apparent. Simon was then able to add a full scattering from front to back of crown, blending out to the back and sides.
Leigh came back to see us when the treatment had fully settled down. He now has a broken hairline with detail replicating single hair follicles. The black patch at the front has disappeared and the surrounding areas are all the same colour. The big dots have gone creating a natural fully-shaved appearance. There is no longer a disconnection at the back and side with consistent spacing in-between the pigments and the correct pressure applied throughout the scalp.
It’s fair to say that Leigh is delighted with his new look and is unlikely to trust any other Scalp MicroPigmentation practitioner or business. We suggest that everyone considering the treatment does their research and ensures that they are only seen by skilled and experienced practitioners like Simon & Paul at Brandwood Clinic.
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