Navigating the Side Effects of Scalp Micropigmentation

Navigating the Side Effects of Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation is a very reliable source for curing baldness. Even if it is new and modern and with less research done in this field. Although rare, there are some common cases where clients have reported some issues after their treatment, most of which are normal reactions of the body.

What Are The Factors That Can Cause Side Effects?

It is very rare that the side effects are caused by the treatment itself. Following are some factors that may affect your scalp:

  • Inexperienced artist
  • Heavy metals present in the ink
  • Unsanitary tools
  • Allergies
  • Unhygienic maintenance
  • Poor inks used by the artist
  • If the artist uses normal tattoo inks

What Are The Side Effects?


After the treatment, a slight redness is common. It is usually your skin’s reaction to the perforation. So, it is nothing to worry about, as it goes away in one or two days.


Some people have an allergic reaction after the ink is applied to their scalp. This may be due to the ink used by the artist. The ink may contain some heavy metals or reactants that may react with your scalp and cause an allergic reaction. 


Itching seems to be a common complaint by the clients after their treatment. It is usually because of the scab formation. Scabs form in order to heal the wound. They are dry spots on your skin that may cause irritation or itchiness. Like redness, it also goes away in a week. 

Heavy metals

If the ink used by your practitioner contains heavy metals, it may cause a reaction. However, this is more of an inconvenience than a side effect.

Unsanitary tools

If the practitioner uses unsanitary tools, it can cause serious reactions. It can form marks on your scalp that are difficult to handle. So, always make sure to ask your practitioner to use clean and sanitary tools.

Blueness on your scalp after SMP sessions

There are different cases with the dots turning blue. The reason may be one of the following:

  • The practitioner is not well trained and used a simple tattoo ink to do your Scalp Micropigmentation.
  • The ink went in too deep and the immune system reacts with it causing the ink to break down into its normal constituents. And the blue hue is the usual result.
  • If the practitioner is well trained and the ink used is well approved, then it may be a temporary bruising. Dark pigment on light skin, along with the bruising may give of a bluish-purple hue. This goes out eventually. So, it is nothing to worry about. Though, it can be more noticeable on lighter skin than darker skin.

All the above-mentioned facts are more due to poor care, amateur physician, use of tattoo inks, unsanitary conditions, etc. These are not side effects, but these are the issues reported by various clients all over the world. 

How can I prevent it?

You can always put more thought into choosing your clinic. Take good care of your scalp after the treatment. Apply a soothing cream recommended by the physician regularly. It will prevent any infections from coming your way.  Scabs will eventually fall off, so do not scratch your head after the treatment. Keep consulting your physician if anything concerns you.


Overall Scalp Micropigmentation is a new, efficient and safe procedure. There are not many side effects reported so you should not worry that much!