What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation has been around since the 90s, however, has only finally gained recognition in the last few years. Scalp Micropigmentation goes by many names, including: SMP, Medical Hairline Tattoo, Scalp Tattoo, Medical Hairline Restoration, and Hair Micropigmentation Treatment.
Regardless of the name, the treatment is the same. Scalp Micropigmentation consists of using a fine tattoo needle that is the same shape and size as a hair follicle to implant pigment into the scalp. The scalp contains approximately 2000 hair follicles per square inch, and thus, the SMP Artist must tattoo thousands of microdots into the scalp, which gives the appearance of a freshly shaved head of hair, or a Buzzcut. The results look very natural, and it is a much safer and better option that hair transplantation, hair plugs, toupee or wigs. Leaving no scarring and healing within days, not months or years.
Why would I want Scalp Micropigmentation?
The effects of balding in both sexes, Male and Female, can have devastating effects on one's self-esteem, self-confidence, sexuality and body image. Many clients feel embarrassed about having thinning hair, bald spots or other forms of baldness and have sought out many "cures" for baldness, including: Hair growth serums, Hair Transplants, Hair growth shampoos and conditioners, Hair plugs, etc, only to be very disappointed with the results or lack thereof.
Scalp Micropigmentation allows you to embrace your baldness, but not have to live with it. By having an SMP, you can easily have the look of a freshly shaved head or a buzzcut, rather than looking completely or partially bald. The appearance of this look is Bold, confident and daring. SMP has shown to increase one's confidence and self-esteem and give them a new outlook on life.
What about Men and Women with Thinning Hair?
SMP or Scalp Micropigmentation works for both Men and Women of any age, skin type and skin color, and works at any stage of baldness. Many Men and Women suffer from thinning hair in the top, or crown area of the scalp. SMP works to create the appearance of density in the scalp by camouflaging the scalp with thousands of microdots. This effect creates hair density and fullness, giving the appearance of a full head of hair.
What about Scalp Scars?
SMP can be used to cover scars on the scalp using the technique described above. This treatment is a great adjunct treatment to hair transplant scarring, and to help add density to an area that may have scarred on the scalp from the hair transplant treatment. Whether you are bald, balding or have scars from medical treatments, SMP can help.
Does SMP treatment hurt?
The needles and technique used in SMP are not the same as having a body tattoo treatment using ink. Tattoo artist use ink, rather than pigment, and they go much deeper into the dermis to implant ink, which of course, causes more pain. Most clients describe having an SMP treatment as having multiple mosquito bites. Clinics use medical grade numbing cream to numb the scalp as much as possible, to reduce pain and irritation from the treatment.
How much does a Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment Cost?
Prices for an SMP treatment vary depending on the amount of work that needs to be done based on the degree of baldness. Prices can range from $750 to cover a client, male or female, with thinning hair to $5000 for a full head of hair restoration. It is best to go into the office where you plan to have the treatment to meet with your SMP technician and to have a consultation. Consultations are usually free, but are limited to time. Go into the consultation prepared with some questions about the artist and about the treatment. Based on the consultation, the SMP technician will be able to give you an accurate quote on the procedure, and should be able to answer any and all of your questions.