Scalp Micro Pigmentation – FAQ
A modern day hair restoration alternative
Scalp Micro Pigmentation is a hair restoration alternative that works by replicating the natural appearance of real hair follicles or hair strands. Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) is also known as trichopigmentation, and involves using specialised needles to implant coloured pigments/inks into the scalp, face, or body. We can replicate a hair follicle, create densification, or camouflage hair loss for both men and women.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is scalp micro pigmentation?
Scalp Micro Pigmentation, or SMP, is the process whereby the natural appearance of real hair follicles or strands of hair is replicated. This is done using specialised needles that implant coloured pigments directly into the scalp, face, or body. The result is a more dense look that hides hair loss in both men and women.
Can scalp micro pigmentation be combined with other hair loss alternatives?
Each individual is free to explore additional hair loss alternatives that they would like to use in conjunction with SMP. However, scalp micro pigmentation is a permanent
treatment, with immediate results, and can be modified as changes to your hair requires. Therefore, it is the best non-invasive treatment for hair loss, making other alternatives unnecessary.
Who is micro pigmentation suited for?
Men and women experiencing hair loss are ideal candidates for scalp micro pigmentation. If you have complete hair loss, or a shaven haircut, and would like more density, micro pigmentation is for you. Other people suited to this kind of treatment are those looking to cover up scars. There are no side-effects to this non-invasive procedure, so it is considered safe for everyone. You can speak to your doctor about any concerns you might have to ensure this solution is the right one for you.
I have scars from hair transplants. Can SMP help?
Yes. SMP significantly reduces the visibility of scars from hair transplant surgery. This is done by blending the scar with the hair around it, making it a lot harder to see. The extent to which the scar can be camouflaged depends on the fibrous tissue itself, but in most cases, scars are made completely unnoticeable.
Discomfort during the treatment?
The level of discomfort experienced during treatment is minimal, but depends entirely on the individual. Some clients fall asleep during the procedure, while others have
experienced pain above the ears or across the temples. An average pain rating during treatment – on a scale of 1 to 10 – is between 3 and 5.
Micro hair pigmentation looks like a regular tattoo, is that so?
The type of pigmentation, or inks, used in micro hair pigmentation is very different from tattoo ink. The latter tends to change colour and fade as the ink breaks down and is absorbed by the body over time. SMP uses a special composition that ensures your scalp pigmentation does not behave in the same way. From a few inches away, SMP will give
the effect of natural hair, not a tattoo.
When is a touch-up session needed?
The composition of the inks used in SMP is specially formulated to be long-lasting, with a touch-up session required every eight to fifteen years. However, each client is unique, and the frequency of a touch-up is entirely dependent on how their system reacts to the treatment. Temporary SMP requires a touch-up every 8-12 months for a shaven look, and 12-24 months for enhancement of the density effect.
Is SMP painful?
Pain is subjective for every client, but the average rating on a scale of 1 to 10, is between 3 and 5 during treatment. Some areas of the scalp are more sensitive than others, like above the ears, and this is where some discomfort might be felt. If you have a low pain threshold, you can try taking an over-the- counter painkiller before the procedure. Once the treatment is over, there is no pain aside from a little tenderness on the treated area.
Do I have a choice of colour?
Yes. The inks used in SMP are blended specifically to your hair colour, or the mix of colours covering the treatment area, so that the most natural result is achieved.
Absolutely any colour can be blended, even varying levels of gray.
Is the Scalp Micro Pigmentation covered by Health Insurance?
Since this is considered an elective procedure, most health insurance companies do not cover the medical hair system. In some instances, insurance will cover micro
pigmentation used to cover burns and cuts. If you’ve had this type of procedure, you can consult with your health insurance agent to discuss possible coverage for SMP.