What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a semi-permanent aesthetic procedure that uses a
tattoo gun to implant pigments into the scalp of a client in order to replicate damaged
or missing hair follicles. This process is used to camouflage a myriad of health
conditions such as male or female pattern baldness, hair thinning, scarring on the
scalp and alopecia. The results are meant to be indistinguishable from real hair
follicles. When used on a bald scalp, the effect mimics shaven hair. This can create
the illusion of a full, dense head of hair for clients with partial hair loss or permanent
hair follicle damage. Licensed practitioners across the country will take on clients for
multiple sessions to ensure the highest quality result. Each session is several hours
long and unique to the client.
The Process of Scalp Micropigmentation
The process of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is simple:
- ✪ Before each session, a numbing agent is applied to the scalp to lessen the
- ✪ A tattoo gun is used to implant pigments into the second dermal layer of the
scalp. The direction of the follicle, tone of the pigment used and space
between each tattooed follicle are patterned to mimic the client’s present hair
- In the cases of scars, lesions or other abnormalities concerning the
overall tone of the scalp, a base layer of pigmentation may be applied
during these sessions to heighten the effectiveness of the treatment
and allow the scar to blend seamlessly into the client’s hair.
- ✪ Around four to five sessions are required to maintain the pattern and perfect
the tone. These sessions are crafted specifically to each client’s needs.
Practitioners with a high level of expertise tend to take longer to produce
detailed and lifelike results.
There are multiple tips and suggestions for potential clients to follow to ensure the
Wash your scalp before each treatment
Scalp Micropigmentation requires
the scalp to remain dry for several days. Excessive sweating, swimming, hot
showers, and heavy steam can affect the longevity of the treatment.
Ensure the scalp is healthy before treatment
Though some conditions like
a flaky scalp do not seriously affect the effects of Scalp Micropigmentation, it
is known that acne or scalp sensitivities that inflame or irritate the scalp can
make it difficult for the practitioner to apply pigment.
Attend the number of sessions suggested by the practitioner
treatments can require multiple, several-hour sessions to ensure the longevity
and tone retention of the procedure.
The Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation
First and foremost, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is known to be an excellent boost
to one’s self confidence. The stigma surrounding uneven scalp patterns can be
harmful to the self esteem of the sufferer and the discrete, realistic results of the
treatment can be used to ameliorate someone’s mental health and body positivity by
mimicking the density of a healthy head of hair. This benefit is best for those suffering
from male and female pattern baldness and hair thinning.
The concealment and camouflage of scars, lesions and medical conditions that are
associated with hair follicle damage can also be beneficial to the client who wishes to
keep their medical history private. Obvious scarring from conditions such as Lupus
and Alopecia can lead to unwarranted questions. Scalp Micropigmentation aids in
camouflaging these irregularities and lessening the attention drawn to the client by
using pigmentation to adjust the scar’s tone so that it is in line with the overall
appearance of the scalp.
For some, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) can lessen the effects of aging and
provide a more youthful appearance. Hairline adjustments and pigmentation
underneath thinning or sparse hair can create the illusion of seeming younger. In
some cultures where youthfulness is coveted this can be an incredibly useful and
desirable treatment to pursue.
Clients with hair thinning can find it difficult to style or prepare the hair without being
able to conceal the scalp underneath. Scalp Micropigmentation makes thinning hair
less visible in much the same way that baldness can be concealed through this
process, which gives clients the freedom to express themselves and creatively style