What is scalp micropigmentation: 

Scalp micropigmentation also known as SMP, is a procedure to conceal baldness and thin hair restoration for both males and females. SMP is implemented by implanting the pigments in a distinct layer of the scalp. In this process, we place thousands of micro-sized needle impressions into the dermis layer of the scalp. In most cases, the scalp micropigmentation procedure takes three sessions and we increase the density in each session step by step. These multiple SMP sessions help us to create a 3D appearance like a shaved head look.

Scalp Definition: The scalp is an anatomical space that is confined to the face from the front and to the neck from the end. The scalp is made of five layers and hair grows in the outermost layer of the scalp.

SMP process time: Depending on the treatment area, the process of SMP usually needs two or three sessions and each session takes 2-4 hours. For example, for individuals with a larger baldness pattern, it takes longer than for people with thin hair. The treatment would be continuing until obtaining a natural appearance.

Healing: When the needle goes into the scalp, makes really tiny wounds and they should be considered real tiny wounds. One week is adequate time for the formation of scabs, pigments' stabilization, and micro-wounds recovery.

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wScalp Micropigmentation for men-Thinning

For men, scalp micropigmentation follows two different patterns. Baldness and thinning hair are very common among men. Thus, scalp micropigmentation for men's thinning hair is becoming more popular as a stylish, fast, affordable and short-term solution. In this method, people can keep their hair as long as they want and have a denser look by getting SMP treatment.
 
Visibility of the skin on the head is the main reason that others can see your thin hair. In this SMP method, we increase the hair density with the replication of hair follicles and cover the white background of the scalp and as a result, the person's hair will be seen as thicker.
The final look of SMP is natural and not recognizable. The application of this SMP is wide and works for any kind of thinning such as Hairline restoration, Post-Hair transplant process, Alopecia, etc. 
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Scalp Micropigmentation for Women-Thinning

Scalp Micropigmentation for women follows the same technique and pattern as for men. Obviously, women are less interested in doing hair transplants in comparison to men. However, another popular option for ladies is available, and it is SMP. 

As a lady, no matter what kind of thinning hair you have, partially or diffusively, you can cover it perfectly with scalp micropigmentation.

One of the most important questions women SMP is about matching the colour of their hair with the pigments. please pay attention that SMP pigments match all hair colours and we need to choose the right colour based on your root of hair and skin colour. 

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Scalp Micropigmentation for Men-Balding

 Scalp micropigmentation for the whole head has different names, such as Full-SMP or Sport-SMP. Men with a high level of hair loss can have a stylish shaved head look using this type of SMP. They can restore their hairline with different shapes, such as edgy, soft or sharp appearances. 

In this type of scalp micropigmentation, we shape the shaved head look gradually in three sessions. The first session is a primary session to shape the base of the treatment, the second session is for increasing the density and the third session is a touch-up session to cover the faded areas and increase the density until clienteles' satisfaction.

In addition, many people who have a thin hairline and like to have a shaved head look can use this technique as well. We shape the temples and hairline based on their request and match the colour with their hairline. 

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Alopecia

Alopecia can occur on the head with patches or whole hair loss and on the face with hair loss on the beard or mustache. 
These days, scalp micropigmentation for alopecia has become one of the most popular solutions for all types of alopecia. 
Facial Alopecia: If somebody wants to have a stubble beard style, SMP can help by simulating the beard or mustache on the face. 
Alopecia on Head: SMP works perfectly on the head to conceal the patches and give you a shaved head look. However, it is a fact that people with alopecia, sessions might need more sessions to complete the procedure. 
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Scar Concealment

That is right, scar concealment is one of the most popular applications of SMP. Camouflaging the disorders, wounds and scars are other applications of scalp micropigmentation whether the scars are from surgery, accident or even congenital.

One of the drawbacks of a hair transplant is creating FUE and FUT scars on the back of the head and most people who have done this surgery cannot have a buzz-cut hairstyle. Both types of scars could be covered naturally in an unrecognizable way. 

Scalp Micropigmentation cost

The price of scalp micropigmentation varies depending on each clinic's policy. However, our ranges are between $800 to $2500 depending on the treatment area. For a quote, please send some photos of the area you need to be treated and then we can give you the exact price shortly. 

Also, you can find a rough estimate on our SMP pricing page. We calculate the price of SMP based on the Norwood scale. You can find your Norwood scale from the picture and then find your price from the table on the left side of the page. 

Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare

Paying attention to aftercare is remarkably essential to have the best result. On the Aftercare page, we explained the short-term and long-term things you need to do and avoid to have the best longevity and result. The most important short-term aftercare are:
  • Do not wash your head for 4 days
  • Avoid using moisturizes for 4 days
  • Please do not shave your head for 5 days with the machine and 10 days with a razor
  • No excessive sweating for one week
  • No swimming and sauna for one month

Scalp Micropigmentation Precare

SMP pre-care is as crucial as post-care. Paying attention to SMP pre-care can affect the following factor:
  • Pain control: Consuming too much coffee can lessen the efficiency of the numbing ointment and you might bear more pain during the treatment
  • If you are taking medication or have a disease, please inform us. We might ask for the physician's permit.  
  • Reduction of irritating and redness effects
  • Better pigment settlement due to a decrease in blood oozing or plasma
  • Higher result quality

Scalp Micropigmentation Applications

SMP is a technique which has a wide range of applications. Below are some of the applications of this method: 

SMP as a complementary process for hair transplant:

One of the most interesting applications of scalp Micropigmentation is to complete the hair transplant process by creating a suitable density in the person's hair. In many cases, a hair transplant is not an appropriate option for both men and women. Here are the main reasons people avoid doing hair transplant:
  • Insufficient hair bank (Donor area) for the desired density,
  • Enduring severe pain during and after hair transplants,
  • High costs of hair transplant and aftercare medicine
  • Long-term result
  • Scars after the surgery
Creating FUE and FUT scars on the back of the head is another demerit of hair transplant. SMP, as a complementary method, can be used to cover these scars on the back of the head naturally. 

Using as a semi-permanent hair fibre or toppik

Instead of using the hair-building fibres (sprays and powders), which disappear after each wash and you need to  renew it, scalp micropigmentation offers a semi-permanent solution of the same quality. here are some drawbacks of the Toppik which have been solved with SMP:
  • Short-term use and needs daily renew
  • Makes the pillow and surfaces that come in contact with the head dirty
  • Causes scalp irritation and itching in sensitive skins
  • Limiting your daily activities such as swimming, exercising, etc.
In the cases where the patient has lichen planus, there is the concern of disease reactivation by doing a hair transplant. In these cases, Scalp micropigmentation has less damage and trauma than a hair transplant and could be substituted with hair transplant. It is clear that in these cases, a doctor's permission is needed to perform the SMP.
Depending on the location, the SMP has different names, such as MicroScalp, Hair follicle replication, Hair Tattoo, Head Tattoo, and Scalp Tattoo. Note that people just use these names and this technique differs from tattooing in various aspects.
SMP is a subset of medical micropigmentation and has too many applications. Usually, doctors do not do SMP themselves and prefer it to be done by trained and skilled technicians.
SMP is used for covering baldness and thin hair areas, Fading the stitches after hair transplantation (FUE & FUT) or any kind of scar, any type of alopecia, Camouflaging wounds caused by surgery or scars (fractures) on the head or eyebrows, hiding wounds, burns and birthmarks, simulation of hair in the beard and mustache area, correction and repair of hair growth lines, Increasing the visual effect after hair transplantation

Other Applications of SMP

In the cases where the patient has lichen planus, there is the concern of disease reactivation by doing hair transplantation. In these cases, because Scalp micropigmentation has less damage and trauma than hair transplantation, it is an alternative method of choice instead of hair transplantation. It is clear that in these cases a doctor's permission is needed to perform the SMP.
Depending on the location, the SMP has different names such as MicroScalp, Hair follicle replication, Hair Tattoo, Head Tattoo, and Scalp Tattoo. Note that these names are just used by the people and this technique is different from tattooing in various aspects.
SMP is a subset of medical micropigmentation and has many applications. Usually, doctors do not do SMP themselves and prefer to be done by trained and skilled technicians.
All in all, SMP is used for covering baldness and thin hair areas, Fading the stitches after hair transplantation (FUE & FUT) or any kind of scars and wounds, any type of alopecia, scars (fractures) on the head or eyebrows, burns and birthmarks, covering the patches in the beard and mustache area, correction and repair of hair growth lines and Increasing the visual effect after hair transplantation.

Why Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

SMP technique is a quick way to achieve the desired appearance. Unlike hair transplant, which lasts for months and is very painful and expensive, people can achieve their desired appearance after the second session with less pain, aftercare and costs. There is also a high rate of failure in hair transplants, either due to the tedious and expensive aftercare or due to genetic reasons, while scalp micropigmentation, SMP, has eliminated this defect.

Scalp micropigmentation is a branch of cosmetic tattoo and the success is this method is as high as getting a tattoo on your body. I believe, SMP works for many groups of people with hair loss or thin hair without spending time and cost on other products.