Many amateur technicians simply do not understand the importance of the size of each follicle replication. When it comes to inquiries by clients however, this is one of the most common concerns mentioned.

A pigment deposit is intended to represent a hair follicle. It is not a regular one at that, but a shaved one. This is because there is naturally a two dimensional likeness of it. Trying to make it appear like a three dimensional hair strand is simply not possible. In any case, its accurate appearance as a shaven hair follicle largely depends on its size, shape and color.

Using smaller needles does not automatically create a better result

It is true that needle size can contribute to the diameter of the pigment deposit. There are other factors however, which are necessary to create a successful outcome. The kind of machine employed, along with the technician’s skill, application style and pressure used weigh heavier than just the size of the needle in creating the correct dot size.

Out of all these elements discussed, the one that has the most influence when it comes to dot size is the degree of pressure used by the technician. The more pressure he applies, the bigger the resulting pigment deposit will become.

To illustrate, there are two parts of the skin where the ink is deposited. There is the epidermis, which is the upper portion of the skin. This has a surface area that is naturally more constricted and homogeneous. Applying pigments here will result in a tinier size and more detailed in appearance. The section called the dermis is found below the epidermis. Injecting ink on this level will cause bigger dots to form. This is because the genetic make up of this area is less compact than the epidermis. If done next to each other in large clusters, dermis injections can cause the appearance of a block of ink. There would be no illusion of depth or distance in between hair follicles. This would be tantamount to a failure of the scalp micropigmentation treatment.

Those engaged in the tattoo industry require deeper skin penetration in order to create their works of art. Using more pressure is actually a necessary thing in their practice in order to fill in the exposed spaces of skin. This is not so for the scalp micropigmentation technician. Those tattoo artists who try to use their skills for scalp micropigmentation will readily appreciate the difference between the two disciplines.

Small dots can be good, sometimes

It can be said that the smaller the dot, the finer the appearance of the result. What is being avoided however is the shallow penetration of the inks. This would result in the pigment deposit being removed along with the scabs when the skin heals. It might require more sessions just to maintain a consistent look in case too many small dots disappear during the healing process. Tinier pigments can also fade faster when exposed to sunlight. Its ultraviolet rays can easily affect it due to its shallower placement upon the epidermis.

Our Wicker Park technicians understand exactly how to strike the perfect balance of penetration depth, dot size and durability. This skill requires experience to master, however our clients can rest assured that they are in the most capable hands at Scalp Aesthetics.