A Quick Guide to SMP


SMP is short for Scalp Micropigmentation and is the process of cosmetic hair tattooing that offers a solution to hair loss by replicating hair follicles that are about to grow giving the impression of a shaved look. SMP can treat anywhere on the scalp that is losing hair or even complete baldness of the scalp.

Hair loss is a common issue that affects millions of people worldwide. While hair transplant surgery has been the go-to option for many, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has emerged as a non-surgical, low-maintenance alternative. SMP is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that involves the use of micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp’s dermal layer, creating the illusion of hair follicles. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about SMP, including who it’s for, how long it takes, and whether it’s right for you.

What is SMP?

SMP is a cosmetic tattooing technique that involves the use of specialized equipment to deposit pigment into the scalp’s dermal layer. The pigment is matched to your hair color and skin tone, ensuring that the results look natural. The process is similar to tattooing, but the pigment is deposited in a way that creates the appearance of hair follicles. The end result is a shaven or closely cropped hair look that is realistic and natural-looking.

Who is Scalp Micropigmentation for?

SMP is an excellent option for individuals dealing with hair loss, baldness, or thinning hair. It can be used to create the appearance of a full head of hair or to fill in sparse areas. SMP is also suitable for individuals who have undergone hair transplant surgery and want to add density to the transplanted areas. Additionally, SMP can be used to camouflage scars on the scalp, including those resulting from previous hair transplant surgeries.

Men are the most common candidates for SMP, but it’s becoming increasingly popular among women as well. Scalp Micropigmentation is increasing in popularity for women with long hair to create the appearance of thicker, fuller hair or to camouflage scars on the scalp. The procedure is suitable for all skin types and ethnicities.

Is SMP the same as a hair tattoo?

SMP is often referred to as a hair tattoo, but the two procedures are not the same. A traditional tattoo is designed to be permanent, while SMP is considered semi-permanent. SMP uses a specialized pigment that is designed to fade over time, typically lasting anywhere from three to five years. The pigment is also deposited differently than a traditional tattoo, with a focus on creating the appearance of hair follicles rather than a solid color.

How long does it take?

The duration of SMP depends on the size of the area being treated and the level of detail required. Generally, the procedure can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours per session. Most clients require 2 to 3 sessions to achieve the desired results. There should be a gap of at least a week between each session to allow the scalp to heal properly.

During the procedure, the SMP technician will use a specialized device to deposit the pigment into the scalp’s dermal layer. The technician will work to create the appearance of hair follicles, carefully matching the pigment to your hair color and skin tone. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.

What if I have sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to let your SMP technician know before the procedure (John in our case). John can also perform a patch test to determine whether you may have an adverse reaction to the pigment. If you do have sensitive skin, we can adjust the pigment formula to minimize the risk of irritation. Additionally, it’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications and ensure you end up with the best results take a look at our aftercare informartion so see how you can you can stay on top of your SMP treatment.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation Right for me?

SMP is suitable for most people, but there are some factors to consider before undergoing the procedure. If you have an autoimmune disease or any scalp condition that causes inflammation, you may not be a good candidate for SMP. Additionally, if you are prone to keloid scarring, you should discuss the risks with your SMP technician before undergoing the procedure. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about the results and understand that SMP is not a cure for baldness or hair loss.

In conclusion, SMP is a safe and effective way to address hair loss, baldness, or thinning hair. The procedure is non-invasive, requires no downtime, and produces natural-looking results. If you’re interested in SMP, consult with a qualified SMP technician to determine if it’s right for you.

How real do SMP tattoo treatments look?

Scalp micropigmentation gives the look of a shaven head or a stubble shadow look, the treatment at Creative Scalps Arizona will be undetectable, only you, the people you choose to tell will know.

How long does an SMP treatment take?

This is dependent on amount of hair loss. As a general rule you will be looking at 3 or 4 sessions over a 6-8 week period. Each session can last 2-4 hours.

What’s the best hairline shade color to choose from?

This is done according to skin tone and/or remaining hair colour. We have huge experience of a diverse range of clients from all cultures. The first sessions usually start with a lighter shade and we gradually build up density and darkness as we progress to complete your treatment.

How do you choose the best hairline placement?

We can go through some pictures of hairlines and draw some hairlines on you. When choosing hairlines it is always best to play it safe, not going too low on the first visit. Then on the second visit, you would have decided how low you want to go. We can also produce various hairline styles depending on what you like for example, jagged, soft, slightly receding, edged up, lines and designs.

Creative Scalps Arizona has developed techniques and procedures to ensure your hairline will be in the correct place and suit you and your style. We are from a barbering background and have years of top-level experience to ensure this is done correctly. The direction of hair growth is always taken into consideration for the most realistic results.

Are hairline SMP tattoo treatments the same as normal tattoos?

No SMP treatments differ on a large scale compared to traditional tattoo methods. We use different pigments, inks, machines, needles and techniques. Scalp Micro Pigmentation is a specialist field of its own and requires a highly experienced technician to achieve great results. At Creative Scalps Arizona, we only use a carbon-based black pigment which is diluted to match your skin tone.

Do SMP treatments hurt?

The honest answer is yes you are going to feel discomfort as with any tattoo procedure. We advise clients to have eaten well and be in good health on the day of treatment. Our pre-treatment advice also includes moisturising the scalp twice daily in the days/weeks leading up to your procedure. This will help soften the skin. The elation you will feel after solving your hair loss issues will far outweigh any discomfort from treatment.

How long does the buzz or shaved look last for?

Results of completed SMP treatments will last for years, depending on lifestyle and immune system. Many clients like to have a top-up session after 2 or 3 years just to keep their new style looking fresh. Touch up sessions are also available. Please get in touch for more information.

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