i have been researching SMP for quite a while and i notice that some places are advertising Tricopigmentation or another variation of trico something or other and they say its better than smp because of where the pigment is placed in the skin is this honestly something different or is it just smp by another name? Hello Mitch welcome to the forum and thank you for taking the time to register.
The short answer to your question is that just like 'SMP' the use of the term 'Trico' it is purely a marketing term, most of the dedicated service providers are desperate to differentiate their services in some way so they use a variety of marketing terms in order to achieve that.
A longer answer would be that many of the dedicated scalp services are relatively new to the micropigmentation industry often with less than a couple of years experience so they are probably unaware that the equipment, pigments and techniques that they have been provided during their very short 1-4 day training programs have been around for a very long time, they probably even believe what they have been told themselves.
Most are using mid range digital equipment and standard needle cartridges that have been in use for at least 10 years or more and have probably only been taught how to use 1 or 2 types of needles as compared to the 20 or more that are used in the full range of medical tattoo services.
As to the depth of implantation, well some of the dedicated clinics attempt to convince clients and others that they have 'discovered' something new in regards to the depth of placement in the skin, some are even making silly claims such as the pigment is only implanted in the epidermis (the non permanent layer of the skin). Apart from being plain silly these claims are completely misleading the leading medical micropigmentation experts have known about this long before any dedicated smp or trico pigmentation clinic ever existed.
What we are talking about is choosing the correct penetration depth for the service being provided to avoid the Depth:Colour/Size effect which in physics is referred to as the Tyndall effect, first described back in the late 1800's by John Tyndall, we teach our students about this in all of our courses even the basic introduction courses, yet apparently some of the dedicated smp / trico training providers claim this is a new discovery. A new discovery that was known back in the 1800's and has been in practice for years.
You will notice that we published the first comprehensive article on the causes of pigment colour change and the importance of needle depth including the Depth:Colour/Size effect a few years ago, I can only presume that after 'discovering' our publication on the topic some of the dedicated smp/trico training providers have decided to leverage off of the information in their marketing.
The fact is that the well educated medical tattooists have know about this for a long time its nothing new.
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