Scalp micropigmentation FAQs

Will anyone be able to tell I’ve had this procedure done?

The main thing you need to remember is that while the procedures for SMP and tattoos look similar, they are entirely different. SMP uses advanced machines and specially formulated ink that won’t change colour to blue or green like tattoo ink. You certainly never have to be afraid of your head changing colour after having the procedure done.

Does the pigment change colour like tattoos?

The main thing you need to remember is that while the procedures for SMP and tattoos look similar, they are entirely different. SMP uses advanced machines and specially formulated ink that won’t change colour to blue or green like tattoo ink. You certainly never have to be afraid of your head changing colour after having the procedure done.

How long is the procedure?

Depending on factors like your head size and the degree of hair loss, the procedure can last for around 3-6 hours. Keep in mind that at least two sessions are required for the final result to be up to standards. The follow up session is only for some density enhancement and other final touches; it only lasts for an average of two hours. The number of sessions done isn’t exactly fixed. You can opt for additional sessions till you find a satisfactory result.

Do I have to worry about pain during the procedure?

There is very little pain during scalp micropigmentation. Many people undergo the procedure expecting something along the lines of a regular tattoo, and they end up very surprised. The needles for SMP penetrate shallowly into the skin, so there’s only some minor discomfort compared to the pain of tattoos. You also have the option of taking painkillers or using topical anaesthetics to make SMP completely painless. In any case, pain isn’t a major consideration for whether or not you should undergo SMP.

How long do I need to recover after SMP?

SMP is a non-surgical procedure thus there’s virtually no recovery period. At most, there will be some redness immediately following the procedure. This redness completely vanishes after a day then you can resume your normal tasks. For those with darker skin complexions, you probably don’t even have to worry about this minor inconvenience.

Do I really have to shave for SMP to be effective?

No you don’t. Depending on the pattern and degree of hair loss, some clients can keep their hair long after the procedure. SMP can be used to camouflage thinning areas on your head and give the appearance of thicker hair. However, that’s effective for those with minor hair loss. If there is substantial hair loss then shaving the hair for a full head treatment is recommended for the best outcome.

Does SMP work for covering up scars from previous procedures?

Many people end up with nasty scars after a hair transplant or other surgical procedures. SMP can work wonders to completely conceal them. Hair is accurately replicated on the scar and the right pigments are used to blend in with the surrounding hair, making the scar vanish completely.

What if I have greying hair?

Even if your hair colour starts changing due to age, SMP will still work for you. It’s recommended that you shave your hair since the hair roots remain darker even if the rest of the hair turns to grey.

Additionally, there are various pigment colours and finding the perfect blend to match your hair is a piece of cake.

What is the difference between scalp micropigmentation and tricopigmentation?

Tricopigmentation is a temporary form of SMP that uses different inks and machines. These pigments are biocompatible and fade out faster, normally 12-18 months. On the other hand, scalp micropigmentation gives you a long-term result without need of occasional touch-ups. The ink used for SMP can easily last for 2-6 years.

Can I revise or remove the SMP later on?

Although the procedure has long-lasting results, it is by no means permanent. If you later decide that you want to revisit the result, you can have the pigment removed using a laser. For those who had opted for tricopigmentation, then all you have to do is wait for the ink to fade on its own. However, it may not fade completely or all at once.

Does it matter what my skin tone is?

Different shades and blends of pigments are available for use in SMP. That means the inks used can be matched to a wide range of skin tones for optimal effects. So whether your skin has a light, medium or dark tone, SMP will still work for you.

How do I choose a hairline?

For those who want to deal with a receding hairline, there are many options for how your final hairline will look. The specialist will recommend what’s best based on your head shape, age or even completely reconstruct your previous natural hairline based on photos. In the course of the procedure, you can re-adjust your hairline in subsequent sessions to find your perfect fit.