Pain Management

All your questions answered around pain management

We understand that pain management is one of the top concerns people have when deciding whether scalp micropigmentation is right for them.  There are a number of hours spent in the chair and we want to reassure you that it won’t be time spent in pain!

What does Scalp Micropigmentation feel like?

Scalp Micropigmentation feels like tiny pinpricks on the scalp.  Many people expect the pain level to be similar to that of a tattoo, however, the technique used and the depth that the needle is inserted to deposit the pigment is very different and therefore the pain is far less.

How painful is Scalp Micropigmentation?

There are factors that can affect how painful treatment is which we will cover below, however, we must make it clear, the vast majority of our clients report that it is much less painful than they expected and describe it as a feeling of discomfort rather than pain.

Very few of our clients require the use of pain relief.

Factors that can affect the level of pain

There are a few factors that can affect how painful scalp micropigmentation is for an individual.

  • The tolerance of the individual being treated.  If you have a low pain threshold, you may find it more uncomfortable than clients with a high tolerance to pain.
  • The area being treated.  There are more sensitive parts of the head, for example,  the areas above the ears and at the very front of the hairline are usually the most painful.
  • Scar tissue can be completely desensitised to treatment, however, it can also be more sensitive.
  • The condition of the skin. If the skin is particularly dry, this can make the depositing of pigment more difficult for the technician.  We would always recommend moisturising thoroughly in the days leading up to your treatment.
  • Which session you are on.  The first session is usually reported as being the most uncomfortable.

Is there anything I can do to help with managing any pain throughout my treatment?

We don’t use anaesthetic creams as this can affect the treatment, however, over the counter pain relief tablets can be taken before commencing if required.

We will do everything we can to ensure you are relaxed before your treatment as this can also effect how painful your experience is.  If you are tense, it is likely you will feel more discomfort than otherwise.  We can also take regular breaks as required to ensure you are as comfortable as possible throughout.

Is there pain following treatment?

Any pain will abate immediately after treatment is complete, though the scalp may feel tender for up to 24 hours afterwards.

If you want to know what our client’s thought to their treatment experience, head over to our client stories page

"I feel like I've been given new lease of life, I was very self conscious before the treatment"
Martin, Rotherham,


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