The Weston System℠ Frequently Asked Questions
The Weston System℠ scalp tattooing for hair loss answers to frequently asked questions differ from those supplied by other hair pigmentation companies. These answers are based on research and Weston’s experience and have been addressed in detail in our previous website for years. This page will give the individual with hair loss and potential scalp pigmentation recipient a simple and direct answer. A more detailed answer can be found by clicking on the links provided in each answer.
Is The Weston System℠ permanent?
Yes. There are several factors contributing to the permanency of this system. Some providers label their procedures “permanent,” but actually lasting only 3 to 7 years. The main contributing factors in The Weston System℠ is specifically designed and proprietary equipment, pigment used, patented needles and application method. Numerous session treatments utilize cosmetic pigments which are derived from plants and plant-based dyes are naturally absorbed by the human body over a short period of time, causing fading. However, the color never entirely fades; typically a shadow remains in blue or green tone.
How many “sessions” do I need?
The Weston System℠ is a one-time, permanent application applied consecutively over one to two days. Typically completed in one day, but in some cases two days for extensive loss or Alopecia. Most providers utilize the method requiring your initial application be done in the first appointment, then returning every week to ten days for three sessions for full completion. In some cases, there have been reports of up to nine sessions. You will need to bear travel and lodging expenses each time. You may read more about Scalp Micropigmentation Multi-Session Facts.
Why is The Weston System℠ a “one appointment only” application when all other scalp pigmentations are numerous sessions?
Mark Weston has developed a unique application method as well as a needle that implants sufficient pigment into the scalp for longevity, which has been patented. Please view our video demonstration entitled “Multi-Sessions Are Not the Best Choice” on our home page specifically explaining the difference between our one-session and others’ multi-sessions. Coupled also with a patented application method and specialty developed permanent pigments, these three components result in a one-time application. Read more HERE.
I have undergone numerous sessions from an SMP-MS (scalp micropigmentation multi-session) company with nothing to show for it. Each session fades and is gone by the time I am scheduled to return for another session. I have had six sessions. What is the problem?
This is a question that we routinely receive. The reason is scarring; here is a complete explanation. This is the very reason Weston developed his one-session and permanent method.
Is the Weston System℠ 3D?
To alleviate any confusion, “3D” is strictly an illusion, based on a 2D application. There is no such thing as a physical “3-D” scalp pigmentation. The 3D illusion look was first and originally developed by Mark Weston in November of 2009 with the development of his now patented needles and method. This natural look is accomplished by specific varying placement of replicated follicular hair units with shades of color, creating an illusion of 3D hair growth. These exclusive shades of pigments are applied in a patented application technique to mimic the natural light and darker areas of naturally buzzed hair. The Weston System’s scalp micropigmentation method transitions what essentially is two-dimensional into what the human eye depicts as three-dimensional.
Do I have to blade shave my head?
No, never! The Weston System℠ was developed to blend with your remaining natural hair buzz cut at a length of 1/16th of an inch and designed for you to buzz only every few days or as needed. This alleviates every man with a “cloned look” of a uniform gray scalp.
Do I have to wear my hair buzzed or can I grow it out?
This would depend on your hair loss. While everyone is required to buzz (not blade shave) their hair for The Weston System application, some men that are adding a thickening effect can grow their hair back out. Those men with considerable loss with no hair on top or crown must wear their hair buzzed. If you have hair that will cover the pigmentation, then you can grow your hair out. Hairlines can never be dropped down below any remaining hair on your hairline unless you buzz your hair.
What kind of pigments do you use?
SMART Pigments℠ are a composite blend and individually mixed from base colors to match your own existing hair color and to compliment your natural skin undertone. These unique scalp micropigmentation pigments are permanent lasting a lifetime, but were engineered to continually naturally blend should your own hair start to gray in later years.
For the less than 5 percent of clients requiring gray tones, Weston modified a commercially available based pigment. The other 95 percent of clients require Weston’s uniquely developed colored base pigments. You may see some examples of these pigments on the Weston Difference page. An important addition was the anti-shine component that results in a natural-looking matte finish without scalp shine.
Do your pigments fade or change color?
No. Weston’s SMART Pigments℠ contain only carbon-based natural pigments. Unlike commercially-purchased pigments, off colors such as blue, green and red have been omitted from his unique formulas. There is no danger of color change or pre-mature fading.
As your pigments are permanent, I am concerned about when and if I gray. How do you accommodate this factor?
While the pigments do not prematurely fade, after decades they will mellow and soften (not to be confused with fading) to a gray tone. The SMART Pigments are engineered to age with you and they will always blend in with your natural hair color.
Who in fact was the first to develop the scalp pigmentation concept?
While a British company claims to be the first, Weston actually performed his first informal scalp pigmentation in 1989. This was long before the British company was even developed and years before they made their way to the United States. Weston was the first known person in the United States in early 2009 to offer this concept on a full-time basis. Weston was the first and only person to research and develop a specific needle and application method for scalp pigmentation anywhere in the world. He is also the only person in the world with a patented method. You may read about other companies false claims in Who Started Scalp Micropigmentation in the USA?
Do you have the smallest needles to accurately replicate a hair follicle?
Yes. Many companies make claims that they cannot substantiate and are merely utilizing advertising strategy. Most companies use a single needle which in fact does leave a very small imprint, however, it does not carry sufficient pigment to the scalp for lasting effects. You may see the difference between the Weston patented needle and other companies’ single needles on the Weston Difference page.
Will I need a touchup?
No. The Weston System℠ was developed as a permanent application. Only extremely scarred hair transplant recipients may sometimes need a reapplication within a donor area.
Are there cost savings with The Weston System℠?
Yes. Because this is a one-time, permanent procedure, you do not have to return for additional sessions over a period of many weeks to complete your scalp micropigmentation. Nor are scheduled touchups required. You will not have to bear travel and lodging expenses each time and your cost savings can be as high as $3000.
You will be quoted a firm price with no added charges or hidden expenses and the price will never be raised upon your arrival for The Weston System.
If you are considering any of the multi-session methods, be sure to get the full finished price, as each additional session can cost between $500 to $800 for as many as 6 sessions or even more. This coupled with numerous trips and time off work will result in a considerably higher price. You may get the real facts on multi-session methods HERE.
Do you provide anesthesia?
No, and we certainly do not recommend this. But many providers do utilize a numbing cream because of their required multi-session methods. Weston ceased using numbing cream in the mid 1980’s when he was offering permanent cosmetics. These creams alter the cellular structure of the skin resulting in skin that can readily reject pigment and even cause migration of the pigment. There are also warnings from the FDA regarding some of these creams. Some hair transplant doctors that are now offering scalp pigmentation also take advantage of utilizing injectable anesthesia, but this also changes the cell structure of the scalp during a procedure. In addition, unlike other scalp pigmentation procedures that require multiple sessions, The Weston System is applied using a patented method and needles which do not cause that type of extensive trauma to the scalp, resulting in less irritation and pain. The scalp is healed over within a few days of our one-time application. Most clients report no pain at all, others about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Can I talk/meet with someone who has had The Weston System℠ applied?
Yes, provided there is someone in your local area. We can arrange for you to also correspond through email with a client. You are also welcome to come in for a personal consultation at which time you may be able to see the patented application being performed at any of our locations.
Do you offer a guarantee?
Yes. The Weston System℠ is a permanent procedure and does not fade like the numerous session applications, therefore does not require touchups nor a lengthy guarantee. The Weston System℠ cures to its’ final color within 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of four weeks, your scalp pigmentation will look like it will for many years to come. At that time if a touch up is warranted, there is no charge. It must be understood, however, some outside sources may affect pigment such as sun, medications, stress and even diet. The numerous session applications normally offer a year guarantee as they know that premature fading is expected.