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Temporary Tricopigmentation

temporary tricopigmentation

Tricopigmentation is an aesthetic technique that involves the injection of a specific pigment into the dermis thanks to special needles that respect all the characteristics of the skin of the scalp. It represents the temporary version of the permanent technique of scalp micropigmentation (known as SMP).

In which cases can it be used?

Tricopigmentation represents a perfect solution in case of:

  • Androgenic alopecia in men and women;
  • Alopecia areata;
  • Alopecia totalis;
  • Alopecia barbae;
  • Pre and post hair transplant;
  • Post hair system.

How long does it take for the pigment to disappear?

The Tricopigmentation pigment was developed in the laboratory so that the immune system can absorb it within 2-3 years depending on personal characteristics of the individual.

Among the elements to consider: skin type, habits of the client, strength of the immune system, etc.

As a consequence, it is impossible to foresee the exact timing of the fading process.

How can we be 100% sure that the pigment can be absorbed?

The particles that compose the Tricopigmentation pigment are centrifuged, filtered, encapsulated in a simil-silicone membrane that protects the skin. After this so-called “micronization” process, all the particles that compose the pigment have the same shape and dimension.

This allows the immune system to absorb them in a constant and homogenous way. These characteristics prevent any change in its colour.

All the particles are smaller than 15 micron and are therefore smaller than the macrophages of the immune system, whose dimension is 20 micron. After the process of absorption, the powders are expelled by our body, as any other unnecessary substance.

How deep does the technician work?

The specialized technician works in the upper dermis. This aspect represents another difference between Tricopigmentation and permanent options. SMP technicians work in the deep dermis.

What colour does the Tricopigmentation technician use?

The Tricopigmentation pigment has an ash-grey colour, which simulates the colour of keratin, the protein that constitutes hair. This colour can be seen when observing a shaven head because it is the one of new-borne hairs.

The pigment can be adapted according to the hair colour and skin tone of the individual, ranging from dark blond to black.

Recently new hydrophilic pigments were developed in order to be able to treat also very dark skin tones offering a natural result.

Why temporary?

Tricopigmentation gives all clients the opportunity to decide whether to maintain their look or to let it disappear completely.

It also allows them to modify their hairline choosing to let it recede according to their age.

Shifting to a permanent solution is always an option since Tricopigmentation is a very flexible technique. This can be a good solution once it is clear that hair loss won’t proceed further.

An example

Many people doubt about the temporariness of the treatment. Here you can find an example that shows how the tricopigmentation pigment fades over time. The report is provided by the founder of one of the most visited Italian blogs, Blogcalvizie, specialized in hair loss, hair transplant, SMP and Tricopigmentation. He decided to share his experience with all his readers.

Stefano underwent the treatment about 4 years ago. He decided to do it because it was hard to see how his image had changed when he shaved. After a while, he realized hair loss was not an issue to him anymore and he liked his new look. So he simply stopped undergoing maintenance sessions.

The photographic report shows how the pigment disappeared gradually. His skin is now completely clean.


The treatment is possible in all the cases we analyzed previously. However there are some situations in which Tricopigmentation can’t be performed.

Aesthetic contraindications:

  • White hair;
  • Light blond hair;
  • Red hair.

These types of hair don’t contain keratin. Therefore the pigment can’t simulate these colours.


  • Psoriasis;
  • Folliculitis;
  • Dermatitis (in this case the treatment is possible once the pathology is solved).

It is essential for the client to refer to a trichologist any time they notice any skin issue.

Consultation represents an essential step to be able to establish a positive, open and transparent relationship with the client.

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