Scalp Micropigmentation and Fading

We receive a lot of questions about how scalp micropigmentation fades after the procedure, so we’d like to clarify exactly what you should expect. There are two different stages of fading – rapid fading between treatment sessions, and long term fading over time.

Fading between treatment sessions

When your treatment is first applied, you will require multiple sessions, usually 2-4 for the average client. A minimum of 7 days must be allowed between each session for the skin to heal, and the pigmentation to assimilate with the scalp.

Between each session, it is normal to experience significant fading. In reality this isn’t actually ‘fading’. What happens is that each micro-hair tattoo before and afterwound develops a scab. The scab is larger than the actual pigment deposit, and significantly darker too.

Many clients don’t understand this process, and are later disappointed when the micro-wounds heal and the scabs fall away. They see their treatment getting lighter, and ask us to correct it with a darker pigment.

This lightening effect is an expected, normal and crucial part of the scalp micropigmentation process. The most skilled technicians use progressively darker pigments from session to session to create a textured effect often referred to as 3D scalp micropigmentation.

When your pigments start to lighten a few days after a treatment session there is no need to worry, however feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.


Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution when it comes to men and women who have to deal with losing their hair. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for men and women:

Skalptec has received UK national awards.

If you need help take your first step and talk to us. We have achieved recognition and awards for SMP over the years and we can provide the best possible experience. You can find Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

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Long term fading

Excluding tricopigmentation, scalp micropigmentation is classed as a permanent procedure. However, the pigments still fade slowly over time and require top-ups.

Be aware that there is absolutely no way to prevent long term fading. The general lightening of pigments over time is caused by two primary factors – your immune system attempting to break down and reject the pigment deposits, and daily exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

defined hairline carried out by skalptec

Due to the variables at play, long term fading is entirely unavoidable.

To correct long term fading, top-up sessions are required every 3-5 years. These sessions are generally much shorter than your original treatment sessions, and therefore cost significantly less.

For more information about fading and top-up sessions, please contact us.