Scalp Micropigmentation Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is scalp micropigmentation (SMP)?
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical solution for baldness, thinning hair and scalp scar repair. It is a form of cosmetic tattooing that gives the realistic appearance of hair follicles. It is effective in treating hair loss in both men and women. We are using the best products on the market, including Bishop SMP Cartridges, 5 pm Shadow Pigment, Kwadron. Cheyenne Gear, Hemp Infused Pigment DermaGear
2. Does SMP look real?
SMP creates an illusion of the shaved head if done properly.
3. Is Scalp micropigmentation permanent?
Yes SMP is permanent treatment although colour can fade slightly over the years.
4. How much does Scalp Micropigmentation cost?
Full treatment comprises of 3 sessions and the cost depends on how big the area is to be treated. We provide a free consultation, which allows assessing the area.
5. How long the sessions take?
The amount of time needed for an SMP treatment varies but the typical first session lasts from three to eight hours, while the further sessions usually take less time as the correct blend of density and darkness is achieved on the scalp.
6. What qualifications do your practitioners have?
All of our practitioners have completed an advanced scalp micropigmentation training program. We also carry full practitioners insurance.
7. Do I need to shave my head for Scalp Micropigmentation?
In most cases, yes. We recommend the length to shave your hair for the treatment of 0.5- grade length or shorter.
8. Is SMP for long hair?
Scalp micropigmentation can work on long hair to give the appearance of thicker hair.
9. How long will my Scalp Micropigmentation last?
SMP is permanent treatment but may fade to a lighter tone over the years. We recommend a touch-up session to freshen up the treatment every 2-5 years.
10. Can SMP camouflage hair transplant's scars?
Yes, Scalp Micropigmentation can camouflage both FUE and FUT hair transplants scars.
11. Can Scalp Micropigmentation cause hair loss?
Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical treatment, it does not affect the hair follicle and cannot cause hair loss.
12. How long do I need between treatments?
Sessions are spaced apart approximately 2 weeks.
13. How long is the recovery or do I need to take time off work?
SMP is a non-invasive treatment. The redness after the treatment disappears after 12-24 hours. You can go back to work the next day although if you do heavy physical work, it is best to take 3-4 days off because of possible excessive sweating, which can affect settling pigment in the skin.
14. Is the treatment painful?
While most patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure – especially in its earlier stages –much like getting a tattoo, the discomfort usually becomes more tolerable as the session progresses. Some areas of the scalp have more, denser nerve endings than others, but the majority of patients focus on the benefits of the treatment rather than any discomfort they may experience.
15. Are there side effects?
SMP has few, if any, side effects. However, it is worth noting that your scalp will be a little red after each application, and the dots will be darker and larger as your skin begins to heal. But, again, the tiny scabs that form over each dot will heal and fall off, taking some of the pigment with them.
16. How much maintenance is involved?
In the first few days after treatment, you should avoid activities that cause sweating of the scalp, as well as shampooing or washing your head. By day four, most men can shave with a foil shaver but need to be careful to not run it over any parts of the scalp in which scabs have not yet fallen off. Only by day 10 should you shave with a razor blade. In most cases, an SMP treatment lasts for four to six years before the patient needs to have another treatment done because of the fading of the pigments