How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Take?

How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Take?

If you’re tired of pattern baldness ruining your look, scalp micropigmentation might be just what you need to achieve a fuller head. From thinning hair to total hair loss, SMP procedure is a quick and easy way to get the look you want.

However, you might wonder how long a scalp micropigmentation treatment will take, so you can more easily work it into your schedule. After all, we all have busy lives, and want the best treatments for the least amount of time investment.

Fortunately, Zang SMP has extensive experience offering thread scalp micropigmentation and can address all of the most important questions you may have about the length of the procedure.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Otherwise known as a “hair tattoo”, scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical method of inserting organic, plant-based pigments throughout the dermal layer of the scalp. These pigment deposits mimic the appearance of hair follicles, creating the appearance of a full head of hair. SMP pigments are designed to match natural hair tones, ensuring and natural-looking result.

How Long Does A Scalp Micropigmentation Procedure Take?

Each SMP session typically lasts between 2-4 hours, depending on a few factors. These factors include the extent of hair loss, desired hairline design, and your specific goals.

Factors Influencing SMP Treatment Duration
Here are factors influencing the length of an SMP treatment in more detail:

  • Extent of Hair Loss: If you have more extensive hair loss, your SMP treatment may take longer, or require additional sessions to achieve optimal coverage.
  • Desired Hairline Design: Elaborate and intricate hairline designs may take more time to complete than simpler, more straightforward designs.
  • Color and Hair Tone: Achieving a seamless blend with existing hair, especially lighter hair tones or gray hair, may require additional attention and precision.
How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Take

What To Expect During Your Scalp Micropigmentation Session

Now that you know how long your SMP treatment might take, it’s also important to know what to expect during your session. Knowing what to expect helps you prepare, allowing the whole process to happen more quickly and efficiently.

  • Hairline Design and Color Matching: During and after your free consultation, the first priority will be to formulate the best hairline design with matching pigment shades. A professional will work with you to determine the most natural-looking options.
  • Initial Pigment Application: Once the design and pigments are chosen, pigment application will begin. Application is done with specialized equipment, tiny needles, and medical-grade pigments. This portion of the session typically takes the longest, as it’s important to ensure a natural look.
  • Feedback and Adjustments: Throughout the session, you’ll be asked for valuable feedback about the process. To address any concerns and ensure adherence to your vision, real-time adjustments will be made.

Session Duration and Pain Level

Typically, clients report minimal discomfort from their treatment, comparing it to getting a regular tattoo. However, because the scalp pigmentation procedure can last a few hours, it’s important to report any pain, allergic reaction, or sensation issues you may experience. In the event that you experience pain, your skilled technician may use numbing agents to increase your comfort during the procedure.

How to Prepare For a Scalp Micropigmentation Procedure

To avoid pain and have a faster scalp micropigmentation procedure, there are ways you can prepare. Follow these key steps to get ready for your session:

  • Avoid Blood Thinners: Avoid taking blood-thinning medications at least one week before the procedure to minimize bleeding during the session.
  • Hair Length: For the best results, we recommend trimming your hair length to a buzz cut or shaved. This allows the technician to create a seamless SMP design.
  • Hydration: Stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to your session. Hydrated skin is easier for the technician to work with and will provide the best SMP results.
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Minimize sun exposure at least a week before the session to prevent skin sensitivity.
How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Take

The Number of Scalp Micropigmentation Treatments

On average, how many treatments you need to complete your SMP look will vary between two to four sessions, spaced a few weeks apart. Think of it like a scalp tattoo, as just like a regular tattoo, multiple sessions are beneficial to achieving the best results over a large area. 

The first treatment is typically the longest, as it will consist of constructing the hairline and putting in the foundational layer. Each subsequent treatment will likely be shorter, but varied based on the retention of previous treatments.

The Role of Healing And Aftercare

Immediately following each session, it’s important to follow proper healing and care practices. You may experience slight redness and should avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds, steam rooms, and heavy sweating while you heal. Overall, you should follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your technician, and be sure to attend any follow-up appointments. Doing so will ensure you receive the best results.

How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost

Scalp micropigmentation work varies from person to person depending on the scale of hair loss and the amount of work needed. Here are some cost examples:

  • Scar concealments: $800-$1000 per treatment
  • Class 2-4 hair loss: $2400-$3400
  • Class 5-7 hair loss: $3400-$4200
  • Top of the scalp with scar concealment: $4200-$5200 2-3 treatments

Begin Your SMP Treatment Journey Today

If you’re ready for a non-invasive treatment that mimics tiny hair follicles, scalp micropigmentation is the perfect solution. Zang SMP offers the best scalp micropigmentation treatment at multiple locations across the US.

This treatment is highly effective and professional, as it uses top-quality, natural pigments to resolve issues with thinning hair. From working around existing gray hairs to completely shaved hair, we have all the tools to perfectly match and enhance your hair color. 

So, if you want a new hairline that works for you, contact us at (310) 425-4975 to schedule a free consultation today!