The simple answer is yes… but there is a little more to it than that.
Scalp pigmentation does last, but it also can fade over time. However, with careful management and good aftercare (including protecting your scalp from the sun, and using a daily moisturiser), the fading effects should be minimal, allowing for a natural, confidence boosting hairline to stay in place.
There are different types of fading when it comes to scalp pigmentation, and although some of it is certainly expected, some should be checked by a professional. Mid treatment fading, for example, is perfectly normal, and occurs, as the name suggests, between treatments. Scalp pigmentation is not a one off treatment, and will require up to four visits to your chosen clinic. After each treatment, the client is sent home to rest, and the next treatment will take place around a week or so later. In this week, the initial pigmentation will generally fade as it settles into the scalp. This is not only expected, it is welcomed! It gives your practitioner a gauge on just how your scalp pigmentation will work, which in turn allows them to work out the next course of treatment, which will depend on the individual concerned.
Not only this, but the pigmentation is layered – it is built up like this to give it the most natural and authentic look. Therefore, just as with natural hair, there will – and should be – different shades and colours found after the treatment is completed. This means that some fading is required to give you the ultimate in real looking hairline tattoos.
The next type of fading that often occurs is known as ‘settling fading’. This happens between three and six months after the initial treatment is completed, when the pigments are completely settled. Once you reach this stage it means that your hairline will look softer, and the dots less sharp. This is usually something that those who had chosen to have scalp pigmentation are pleased with, as it makes the outcome look genuine.
Long term fading is what happens two or more years after the procedure has taken place. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is difficult to predict exactly what will happen – there are so many factors to consider (including the original clinic, the after care, and even where the patient lives), and scalp pigmentation is a very new way of providing those with thinning or lost hair with something. However, results so far show that a scalp that has been treated in this way could potentially last for a lifetime, although the occasional (every 3-5 years) ‘top up’ would ensure this.