The global outbreak of the Covid-19 is having a severe impact on the way we live. It has been particularly heavy on businesses as they were forced to shut down for months. Spreading of the virus is mainly caused by close contact. Due to this, services like salons, spas and cosmetic clinics were one of the first things to be shut down. As we find out ways to save ourselves from catching the virus, things have started opening up again. It is a time when social distancing is the new normal. But the idea of going to these places might seem risky to the majority of you.
Before things got out of hand, scalp micro-pigmentation was a well sought after procedure. It is the top choice, which is non-surgical, of people who experience hair loss. The procedure mimics hair follicles on the top of your head to give you a shaven-head look. It is also ideal to cover small bald spots or a receding hairline. Needles inject pigment granules below the upper layer of the skin, just like a tattoo. It gives a very natural look which lasts long and is quite low maintenance. The procedure is very safe generally when done by professionals. But if it is safe enough during this pandemic is a question that might have crossed your minds.
What could go wrong?
As mentioned earlier, it is a very safe procedure. This safety is only guaranteed by industry professionals who know what they are doing. There are a lot of people with a needle who offer these services for very cheap. Most of them can’t be trusted and it is highly advised that you stay away from them. Dingy, unhygienic and crowded places are what you should steer clear of, especially during this time. Sanitization and social distancing are the key pillars of the fight against Covid-19.
What should you do to ensure your safety?
With a few basic checks, a micro-pigmentation appointment shouldn’t cause you any harm. A few things to keep in mind are:
- Go to a place that you know is hygienic. Most clinics already have to comply with strict hygienic rules to run all the time. They are one of the cleanest places you go to. If a place is clean usually, they will be taking extra measures during these times.
- If you aren’t sure about something, ask. Be upfront about your queries. Ask about the measures being taken by them for the pandemic. Don’t take a chance. Ensure everything is right before you go forward with it.
- Usually, artists wear medical gloves anyway during the procedure. This reduces the chance of infection. To take it a step further, both you and your artist should sanitize your hands as soon as you walk in.
- Make sure that sterile; single-use needles are being used. Again, this should the norm all the time but it is especially necessary now.
- Make sure that the clinic sanitizes the procedure room before AND after each procedure and that proper bloodborne pathogens and cross contamination prevention protocols are in place.
- Lastly, use a mask at all times. Since you will be in the proximity of the artist, it is vital for both of you to be wearing a mask.
To sum things up, there isn’t a high amount of risk involved in micro-pigmentation. The procedure itself is very safe. There are only a few secondary risks involved. These come into play every time you step out of your home. Fortunately, you can eliminate them by choosing the right service provider. A united effort by businesses accompanied by customer awareness is the key to getting things back on track.