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What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical method of inserting organic plant-based pigment deposits through the dermal layer of the scalp. The pigment deposits replicate hair follicles and create the appearance of a full head of hair. If you are completely bald, we provide the 5 o’clock shadow look; and if you are thinning or not satisfied from hair transplant results and require more density, SMP is for you.

How many treatments do I need?

Scalp Micropigmentation always takes a minimum of two treatments, both treatments one week apart. Reason being, we are working with your skin (the largest organ on the body) to accept our procedure; the human skin will reject some of the pigment immediately after the first treatment. We expect to see significant results after the first treatment but the second treatment will refine and complete the look. There is a possibility of a third treatment within the first 3 months after the second treatment where we add the finishing touches.

How long is each treatment?

Each session is 2-4 hours depending on the work at hand. The first treatment is typically the longest as we are constructing the hairline and putting in the foundational layer. Each subsequent treatment is typically shorter, although this can vary based on retention of previous treatments.

Who decides on the construction of the hairline?

There are factors that determine what hairline is suitable for you. We tailor the hairline to your individual features in order to create the most natural and appropriate result. We also account for your personal preferences, as there is a range of options for what can look natural on any given person.

I've already had 3 treatments, now what?

After following the initial aftercare instructions, sit back and enjoy the SMP treatment. SMP HQ offers a three month guarantee with our treatment plans so in case there is some lightening of the pigments, you have our guarantee that we will touch it up on us. After that, we would suggest having a touch up within the 5-8 years. This is a permanent procedure which will last forever, but the natural exfoliation process of the skin and continuous sun exposure will cause your SMP to lighten slightly over time.

What are the aftercare instructions?

It is crucial you follow our 4 day post-treatment instructions to prevent excessive fading and all forms of contamination. Essentially the instructions are no touching, washing, cutting your hair, and no working out for the first 4 days. You can wear a hat immediately after each treatment. Don’t worry about sleeping on it, the pigment won’t smudge or smear on your pillows.

Do I need to take time off from work?

Scalp Micropigmentation is non-invasive and non-surgical. There is no downtime associated with it, and you only need to follow the 4 day aftercare instructions that are discussed before each treatment. The majority of clients come in for treatment then start work again the following day.

Will people be able to tell I have the treatment done?

Initially after the first treatment the pigments will look bolder as they are freshly deposited. Overnight you will notice the pigments softening and settling down. As for the redness, it will disappear in 24-72 hours. Intensity of redness is based on sensitivity of the skin, but more or less clients will notice significantly less redness 48 hours after the first treatment. After the initial settling process is finished, your treatment will look completely natural.

Does it hurt?

For most clients who undergo SMP, the pain is significantly less to a traditional tattoo. Pain tolerance varies with each client and many feel a slight tingle, some even fall asleep! That being said your health and safety is our priority and we will ensure the process goes as smooth as possible.

Do I need to keep the shaved look?

We will assess your hair loss during the consultation. Once we get an understanding of what class of hair loss you fall under, we provide a treatment plan with the style and look we recommend that would be optimal with our SMP procedure.

Clients classified as Norwood 6-7 hair loss need to maintain a shaved look due to the amount of coverage we have created on top of your head with SMP. As the hair on the back and sides keeps growing, the treatment will become more apparent as there is a visible contrast between your hair and the SMP. This is ultimately a permanent cosmetic procedure in which we are replicating hair follicles with pigmentation, which will never grow or create a 3D texture.

Adding density to an existing hairline and/or density to the crown is classified as a filler treatment. Good candidates for filler treatments are those who still have some hair around the area for us to blend the SMP in with.

Do you also do scar concealment?

You bet! It is also used to conceal scars from previous surgeries or injuries. Both FUE and FUT transplant scars can be concealed with SMP.

Do I need to cut my hair before the SMP treatment?

If we are doing a filler treatment or scar concealment, we typically request our clients to come in with the shortest hair length they are going to keep, unless requested otherwise. If you have class 6 or 7 hair loss, you would need to shave your head before you come in for treatment and maintain it at that length.

Will it affect the treatment if I continue to shave my head?

You can shave and wash your head every day and the treatment will not be damaged as it is in your epidermis layer. As a matter of fact, the majority of our clients who have this procedure shave every day!

How do I best protect my SMP from sunlight?

Overexposure to direct sunlight can cause the pigments to weaken, and overtime you will be damaging both the treatment and your scalp. Wear protective sunscreen or a hat whenever you are going out.

How much does it cost?

Cost for SMP is case by case, depending on the scale of hair loss and the amount of work needed. A guide of what you might expect to pay is:
– Scar treatments $1,200-$2,200
– Added density $1,500-$2,500
– Full head $2,000-$3,500

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