The Process of Scalp Micropigmentation: What To Expect

The Process of Scalp Micropigmentation: What To Expect

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a revolutionary solution for individuals experiencing hair loss. This innovative technique, which is similar to a tattoo, offers a semblance of fuller hair without the invasiveness of traditional procedures like hair transplants. By giving you a buzzed/shaved look, SMP can dramatically transform the appearance of thinning hair, providing both men and women with a renewed sense of confidence. In this article, you’ll learn what to expect with SMP both during and after the procedure.

What is SMP?

Scalp Micropigmentation creates a permanent shaved/buzzed look that is natural and accepted in all social circles. This treatment is similar to a tattoo. However, needles, machine, and pigment are specifically designed for Scalp Micropigmentation.

Additionally, while traditional tattoos are placed five layers or more into the skin, SMP is placed only two layers into the skin. This allows for the pigment to hold its follicle-like shape and provide clients with a natural buzzed appearance. There’s little to no maintenance needed to preserve the look accomplished with SMP treatment.

The benefits of SMP include:

  • Concealment of scarring from failed hair transplants, including both the strip and follicular unit extraction styles of surgery
  • Camouflage for burns, birthmarks, and scars
  • The appearance of a full head of hair
  • A young, natural hairline or more conservative, receded appearance
  • Complete and lasting concealment of the symptoms of alopecia, regardless of severity (Danny has personally experienced this)
  • When combined with pre-existing hair transplant results, SMP treatment for hair loss can create the appearance of additional, lasting density

What Can Scalp Micropigmentation Treat?

SMP can treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Male pattern baldness
  • Female pattern baldness
  • Alopecia
  • Thinning hair on the crown and sides of your head
  • Scarring
  • Hair loss due to aging, genetics, hormones, auto-immune diseases, or medications

What To Expect with SMP Treatment For Hair Loss

During Your Initial consultation with a Qualified SMP Practitioner

The first step with SMP involves a consultation. During this appointment, you’ll meet with a qualified SMP practitioner. They’ll evaluate your scalp, listen to your symptoms and needs, and determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.

If found to be a candidate for SMP, they’ll discuss the entire procedure with you in detail, answer any questions you have, and schedule your appointment.

Preparing For the SMP Procedure

Your SMP practitioner might recommend hydrating the skin prior to the procedure to improve elasticity and will recommend specific products or treatments to enhance scalp health.

Additionally, instructions might be given on how to trim or shave existing hair to facilitate the accurate application of pigment to the thinning areas of thin hair. By meticulously preparing the scalp, individuals can help ensure the best possible foundation for the Scalp Micropigmentation treatment, paving the way for a successful transformation in hair color.

During Your SMP Procedure

Your SMP practitioner will use specialized needles to deposit pigment into the scalp, mimicking the appearance of natural hair follicles. The technique requires precision and expertise, as the pigments must be applied with small needles at the right depth and density to achieve a realistic look. It’s a minimally invasive procedure and is often described as a form of medical-grade tattooing or a hair tattoo.

Multiple SMP sessions are typically required, with each session adding layers of pigment to the scalp. This gradual build-up allows for a more controlled and customizable outcome, enabling your SMP practitioner to adjust the density and shade of the pigments to create the appearance to best matches the surrounding hair and skin tone. The result is a seamless blend that effectively camouflages hair loss and creates the illusion of a fuller head of hair.

What To Expect with SMP Treatment For Hair Loss

How To Preserve SMP Results Over Time

There are a few things you can do to preserve your SMP results, including:

  • Protect your scalp from sunlight
  • Use a high SPF sunblock or wear hats
  • Keep your scalp hydrated with a water-based moisturizer
  • Avoid harsh chemicals when taking a shower or bath
  • Choose gentle, natural hair care products

How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

Most clients who receive Scalp Micropigmentation treatment can expect their results to last for 4 to 6 years. And while it is considered a permanent treatment solution, the pigmentation will begin to fade within this time period and as a result, some people decide to receive touch-ups. These touch-ups can be performed by our team once every 2 to 4 years.

Choosing a Qualified SMP Practitioner

It’s important to choose a skilled SMP practitioner since the success of your treatment will greatly depend on your provider’s expertise. Make sure to thoroughly research practitioners' credentials and experience, focusing on those with extensive training in SMP. Consider their practice duration and experience with various hair loss conditions, ensuring they are licensed and follow top safety and hygiene standards.

Reading reviews and testimonials from past clients is also essential. This feedback offers insights into the treatment quality and patient satisfaction. Look for positive comments about the practitioner's ability to achieve natural-looking results, professionalism, and care during the process.

Testimonials can reveal how they tackle challenges like blending pigments with existing hair or covering larger thinning spots. Reviewing these opinions helps assess the practitioner's reputation and provides confidence in choosing Scalp Micropigmentation for hair loss treatment.

Get State-of-the-Art Hair Loss Treatment with Zang SMP

We understand that hair loss is a sensitive topic. We know what you are going through and we want to help. That’s why our goal is to provide each of our clients with a personalized experience that is unique to each individual. If you are one of many people going bald or needing to cover up scarring, SMP treatment will put the control back into your hands.