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Frequently Asked Questions

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Questions

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical hair loss treatment that provides immediate and unrivaled results for men and women of all races and hair types. This innovative solution involves applying specialized pigments to the scalp via ultra-small needles to replicate thousands of hair follicles, creating the illusion of a full head of hair. When administered by an experienced artist, SMP can easily restore hairlines, create the look of a buzz cut, add density to thin hair and conceal scarring and skin diseases. Our procedures are typically completed in 1 session or 2 consecutive days for large procedures. SMP is the most affordable long-term hair loss solution that provides undetectable, instant and maintenance-free results.

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.

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.

Our typical 1 session treatment take roughly 4-7 hours. Although not common, it may be necessary to split larger procedures into 2 consecutive days.  A follow up appointment after 30 days is encouraged and is included in the cost of your procedure. The follow up is to ensure pigment retention and perform a brief touch-up if necessary.

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 an aftercare kit will be provided. The scalp will heal itself in a week. During the healing period, swimming, heavy sweating and sun exposure must be avoided. Keeping the scalp clean is also very important. After 1 month the pigment will cure to its final shade, approximately 20-30% lighter than initially applied.

Absolutely. We can custom blend pigments precisely to match your individual needs. We’ve worked on all races and ages with excellent results.

Much like a tattoo, protecting your scalp from sun exposure is the single most important factor controlling the longevity of your procedure. SMP hasn’t been around for decades, so it’s not always easy to determine how long until you may need a touch up. We’ve estimated that most of our clients can get 7-10 + years before a touch up is necessary. The easiest 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.

It’s not possible to predict if a client will experience pain or where on the scalp it may occur. The majority of clients complete the procedure with minimal discomfort. When a
client experiences pain it’s usually in localized to areas. Topical numbing creams can
provide some relief and will be used if requested by the client. If you’re concerned
about your pain tolerance, you’re encouraged to contact your physician for prescription

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.

Almost any complexion and hair color can benefit from SMP, but there are some important things to consider. The SMP industry uses black carbon-based pigments that are diluted in order to achieve a shade of grey that most closely aligns with an individual’s hair color. There are brown pigments available in the industry, however, JP Scalpworx has tested many of these and, unfortunately, they all eventually cure grey in the scalp. The scalp is unlike other areas of the body when it comes to colors and how it cures pigments. Client’s receiving buzz cuts are at lower risk of encountering complications with hair color as the follicles appear grey in the vast majority of buzzed individuals. Things begin to get more complex for density treatments on women and men. The aforementioned shades of grey match well with darker hair. When the hair is lighter and warmer, SMP is still effective, but needs to be applied with more care. Due to the ineffectiveness of brown pigments, JP Scalpworx has taken further steps through extensive testing to adjust these pigments. By adding a “warming” agent called a modifier, grey pigments are adjusted and pigments cure out warmer against lighter colors of hair. The more modifier that is added the more golden brown the application will appear. After several weeks, this mixture typically oxidizes to a warmer dark brown or dark grey versus using the traditional straight grey pigments which can look “cool” against warmer hair colors. These factors make an exact hair color match challenging. Individuals with lighter and warmer hair colors need to be patient and consider this a process. In contrast to tattooing and permanent cosmetics, an exact SMP hair color match may not be possible due to the scalps stubbornness at holding colors. Please remember the primary purpose of adding density through longer hair is to conceal most of the scalp from showing through, thus giving the appearance of a thicker head of hair.