This below question was asked by a member of our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums and answered by Nicole, the SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Coalition hair restoration surgeons Dr. Ron Shapiro and Dr. Paul Shapiro.
What’s in the ink used for scalp micropigmentation (SMP)? I think people should receive a material safety data sheet (MSDS) with the ingredients before allowing this to be injected all over their heads. It should not be a secret.
The pigment that we use at Shapiro Medical Group is an organic temporary pigment that is manufactured in Europe. The benefit of using pigment from Europe is that the pigment manufacturing industry is far more regulated. It contains no iron oxides nor metallic particles. This decreases the risk of color change during the fading process and is safer all around.
The pigmentation industry is big business, so many times, as artists, we don’t even know all the ingredients, unfortunately. Every company wants to protect their “proprietary ingredients”. It’s frustrating across the board, not only to patients but to the specialists as well.
SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Shapiro Medical Group
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