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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Questions

SMP is a non-surgical procedure that remedies hair loss by pigmentation into the scalp the illusion of thousands of hair follicles. Pigment is applied with a small needle over the course of 1 to 2 sessions. This innovative procedure can be used to create a shaved head look, add density to thinning hair, or camouflage skin diseases or scarring. This affordable solution provides immediate results suitable for almost everyone.

The cost of your procedure depends on your level of hair loss and on any special requirements you may have. Because every situation is unique, we will either need photos or an in-person consultation to give you an accurate quote. The cost will increase if you have hair transplant scars to conceal, or it can decrease if you have less advanced hair loss or only a small area needing treatment. Procedures are available starting at $1,500.

Yes. A 15% discount is available for first responders, teachers, active-duty military, veterans and seniors 65 years of age or older.

Despite many concerns, grey hair has very little effect on your overall appearance with SMP. Grey hair naturally occurs sporadically throughout the scalp and SMP is proven to blend well and add texture and realism. Most procedures involve buzzing your hair, and any grey is much less pronounced when it’s short. If your hair already has some grey, an appropriate shade of grey pigment will be chosen to create a natural blend. Over the long term, going grey is a gradual process, and it will continue to blend well with pigments that soften over the decades. Our pigments can only soften to a lighter grey over the years, making this ideal for people with increasing amounts of grey hair.

This depends on your level of hair loss, your age and how rapidly you’re balding. Density procedures work well for men who’ve had hair transplants, and they also work well for women. Transplanted hair is resistant to future hair loss, making it ideal for adding density. In all cases, you will need to have enough hair to cover the SMP area so that density can be created beneath your hair.

Typically clients will need to buzz their hair at least once or twice a week to ensure evenness and to ensure that the hair length continues to match the pigment shade used in the procedure. Clients are encouraged to use a no guard or a 1/16” guard on their clippers. Blade shaving or the use of rotary shavers is discouraged, as this can abrade skin layers over time, causing fading. We recommend the cordless Remington HC4250 Shortcut Clipper. This clipper has an extra-wide curved blade that fits in the palm of your hand, making it easier and quicker to keep up with your haircuts.

SMP is the ideal solution to conceal female pattern baldness in a stealthy way. Women typically experience diffuse thinning that spreads throughout the top of the head. This can be especially noticeable anywhere the hair is parted. The primary goal is to reduce the contrast between the hair and the scalp. We approach this similarly to men receiving a density treatment. SMP can conceal this contrast, which creates a permanent illusion of fullness.

We do not use tattoo ink. We use a specially formulated pigment that is created for scalp micropigmentation purposes. There’s no risk of the color turning blue or green. Our pigments are carbon based and contain all vegan ingredients absent of any colors like blue or green.

The typical SMP treatment will take roughly 3-5 hours. If you’re coming from out of town, please plan on your procedure taking 2 consecutive days so that we can ensure the most thorough results before you return home. A touch-up after 30 days may be necessary and is included in the cost of your procedure.

Our work is unbelievably realistic. If you don’t tell people, they won’t know. Most clients report that family and friends think that they’re growing their hair out or that their appearance has been enhanced somehow.

Recovery is very simple, and aftercare instructions will be provided. The scalp will heal itself in 5-7 days. During the healing period, swimming, heavy sweating and sun exposure must be avoided. Keeping the scalp clean is very important. Pigments can take up to 4 full weeks to cure. The pigments will cure a couple of shades lighter than originally applied, similar to a fresh tattoo. After 3-4 weeks, the pigments will cure to their final shades, approximately 10-20% lighter than initially applied.

Absolutely. We can custom blend pigments precisely to match your individual hair color, whether blonde, brown, red or black. We’ve worked on clients from age 18 to age 75 with excellent results.

Many clients go many years without having any touch-ups, if any at all. Following aftercare instructions and keeping your scalp from overexposure to the elements helps ensure longer-lasting results. Much like having a tattoo, the most important way to safeguard against any fading is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher or by wearing a hat during extended periods of sun exposure.

SMP isn’t without discomfort. Everyone experiences different levels of pain. Some areas can be painful while others are not. We do have an affiliation with a medical facility in the building and can arrange to have your scalp numbed. There are no topical pain killers that are effective.

Men and women with lighter skin are typically more susceptible to noticeable redness. Most redness will subside within 24-48 hours, depending on the individual.

Bleeding is very rare. On occasion, we do see a few spots of blood over the course of a few hours of performing SMP, but it’s very limited. Swelling is also rare but can occur. Swelling is considered a normal reaction, and icing is encouraged.