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SMP - Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation is a procedure that deploys a stippling pattern tattoo that imitates hair cut close to the scalp know as the buzz cut look. As a reasonably new technique, Scalp Micropigmentation can significantly address the cosmetic issues that arise from the hair loss conditions that both men and women can suffer from. 

Male and Female hair loss arises from androgenetic alopecia, or male or female pattern baldness. Distinctly, hair loss typically starts above the temples in men. The receding hairline finally becomes a distinguishing “M” shape; there is also thinning hair on the crown, eventually progressing into baldness. In women, androgenetic alopecia initiates with slow thinning hair at the part line, pursued by widespread hair loss from the crown. That said, women rarely have receding hairlines, and they hardly go bald.

The tattoo industry has undergone a cultural shift since 2008, which made scalp micropigmentation acceptable as a hair loss solution. It’s a procedure like hair tattooing, where your hair tattoo is performed using an electric tattoo device, this is because more power is needed to penetrate the skin on your scalp, your hair tattoo lines need to look natural. The purpose of Scalp pigmentation is to replicate your natural hair while simultaneously strengthening and adding density to the thinning sections.


How does SMP work, and who can benefit from it?

The goal of Scalp Micropigmentation isn’t to create hair like lines but instead to use tiny, layered dots in different hues of black to replicate the look of a shadow on your scalp. This style, referred to as pointillism, is done to create natural-looking depth and definition. A skilled practitioner will work to ensure the dots look like a natural hair follicle and blend in seamlessly with your complexion.
This process may be useful for people who experience all forms of hair loss. 
This includes men and women with:

Cancer - Alopecia - Thinning hair - Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Does it hurt? What is the process like?

The short answer is, it depends on the client. 

Before the procedure, your SMP practitioner will apply a topical numbing agent to your scalp. That said, it’s good to keep in mind that there may still be some discomfort. However, how much discomfort largely depends on your pain tolerance.
People with scalp acne or other skin sensitivity like psoriasis should avoid getting SMP during a breakout or flare-up, as it will be difficult to apply pigment to the inflamed areas. 

For example, here are some general guidelines:

  • 1. Tips before treatment

     Shower before each treatment. You will not be able to wash or wet your scalp (this includes sweating excessively) for four days after each appointment.
  • 2. Treatment duration

    Each treatment typically takes between four and five hours.
  • 3. Treatment amount

    How many treatments you need will depend on the amount of scalp getting SMP. Even if it is only for a small area like a widow’s peak, the recommended number of treatments would still be three to four sessions for long-term retention since SMP is a process of layering colour.
  • 4. Treatment schedule

    Treatments will be scheduled a few weeks apart. In the weeks between treatments, do not go swimming, use steam or sauna rooms, or take extremely hot showers that may cause a steam storm. 
  • 5. Tips after treatments

    Avoid exposing your scalp to the sun for the first four days (wearing a hat is fine). On the fifth day after treatment, you can expose the treated skin to sun for one hour, or 45 minutes if you have very fair skin. Keep in mind, though, that less sun exposure to the treated area means better long-term retention.
  • After your final treatment, it is essential to:

    • Avoid swimming, saunas, and steam rooms for 28 days after your final treatment.
    • Keep out of the sun for 28 days after treatment. Thereafter, use SPF 30–50 sunscreen.
    • Avoid heavy exercise for five days after your final treatment.
    • Begin to regularly moisturize the treated area after the fourth day of your final treatment (this is also true between treatments).
  • How long does it last?

    Scalp Micropigmentation is considered semipermanent. While the effects may last up to eight years, the treated area will fade over time since all skin naturally exfoliates itself.
    While the colour may lighten, it’ll only change if an incorrect pigment is used.
    That said, if you have very dry skin, fading is likely to happen more quickly. As the skin tends to flake with dry skin, this can inadvertently exfoliate the pigment off at a quicker rate.
  • Are there any risks involved in this process?

    As is the case with most medical procedures, there are risks involved with SMP.
    While Scalp Micropigmentation is not technically considered a tattoo, since tattoo ink goes much deeper into the skin and is injected with a thicker needle but treatments like Scalp Micropigmentation and other permanent makeup do carry similar risks. These include allergies to certain components in the pigment and infection associated with the Scalp Micropigmentation ink. 


    • It makes it look like you have a fuller, thicker head of hair.
    • It camouflages alopecia symptoms in perpetuity, whether they are severe or recurrent.
    • It covers scars from a FUT and FUE Hair Transplant. 
    • It helps in concealing birthmarks or burn or accident-related scars.
    • It combines well with a hair transplant to offer additional density.
    • Lifestyle change

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Our highly qualified team will guide you through the options best suited for each individual Clients hair loss needs.

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