An Introduction to Scalp Micropigmentation

Skin micropigmentation (SMP) gives the appearance of fuller hair or a more complete hairline. It is a non-surgical procedure where an electronic tattoo device is used to penetrate the skin on the scalp, to inject colour and add pigment in tones that resemble the natural hair colour. This is often in pointillism style or with dots that give the appearance of depth and natural hair follicles to the scalp.

SMP can be useful for those undergoing cancer treatments or who suffer from thinning, baldness, and alopecia. Creating the illusion of hair or fuller hair can restore self-esteem and a healthy body image. The results of SMP are evident after the first session, although a course of up to 3 sessions may be recommended for optimum finished results.

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SMP is considered a semi-permanent procedure and the results may last up to 8 years. However, people with dryer skin or with elevated sun exposure may find that this is reduced. It is important to maintain the results of scalp micropigmentation, and some may find that they need to book in for touch-ups and maintenance sessions in order to keep the results looking their best. It is important to avoid sweating, sun exposure and washing the area for the first few days after treatment. Longer term, results will also be at their optimum with careful and regular application of sunscreen and regular moisturising.

People with scalp acne, psoriasis or other sensitivities should avoid SMP.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation painful?

According to Net Doctor scalp micropigmentation is relatively pain-free, with the level of discomfort being described as rating a 3 out of 10, with 10 being the most painful.

Where Can I find more information?

For anyone interested in scalp micropigmentation procedures, most reputable clinics offer a free consultation process, where further information can be obtained on a no-obligation basis. As with many modern procedures, consultation can usually be carried out in the most convenient way for you, such as face to face or via video call. Specialists such as those seen here: will feature in the results for a search for ‘scalp micropigmentation near me’.

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SMP is a safe, effective procedure that helps to restore self-esteem and confidence with little to no downtime. However, you should always ensure that the clinic offering the treatment is reputable, safe and run by a suitably qualified and trained practitioner.

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