Scalp micropigmentation as we know it today was first used on the skin on the head of 62 patients with scalp scars in 2001 by Dr. Traquina. The medical professional decided to deposit iron oxide pigments in the skin on the head of the patients because unsightly scalp scars, refractory to surgical revision, were posing a difficult therapeutic problem. This study was published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery.
Nevertheless, the practice of scalp micropigmentation dates back to decades ago, even though it was performed differently. The history of tattoos can be traced back to 3100 BCE, when the specimen known as Otzi the Iceman was discovered, having 61 tattoos, in the Alps. Nonetheless, he did not have scalp micropigmentation, which appeared as a possibility in the 1920s, when Sutherland MacDonald began performing permanent makeup procedures on his clientele.
The man's procedures were simple by our standards but revolutionary for the time, with such products as eyebrow shaping, lip liner, and blush. Nowadays, there is a bit of controversy over who is the true founder of scalp micropigmentation. However, it is clear that the practice has its roots in the early '00s and has since gained a lot of popularity. Extremely small needles, specially blended and crafted inks, and ultimate patience - all are coming together to create exquisite results.