Scalp micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure in which a pigment is used to create the impression of a fuller head of hair or stubble. As with any permanent cosmetic procedure, you want to feel confident that the person working with you is an expert who understands your desired outcomes and is tailoring the process to suit your needs as an individual.
What is SMP and What is the Process?
SMP is not dissimilar to a tattoo, in that it is a non-surgical permanent procedure performed using a needle. Key differences are that the needles used in SMP are thinner and longer as the ink is injected and deposited in a different layer of the dermis (the layer of skin beneath the epidermis). A tattoo will generally leave a more ‘defined’ look, while the process of SMP is designed to create a softer, more natural look which more closely resembles stubble. Due to the high level of skill and precision required for the procedure, the process generally takes around 9-12 hours over 2 or 3 several sessions. During this time, the expert will recreate the appearance of tens of thousands of hair follicles. These sessions will generally be around 7 days apart. When looking for your SMP practitioner, make sure that it is someone you trust and feel comfortable talking to about the procedure, so that you feel confident undergoing the process with them.
How to Go About Finding the Right Clinician for You
You should do your own research and arrange to have a personal consultation with the clinicians who appeal to you. Many providers will offer a free phone, video call or in-person appointment to discuss whether they are the right clinicians for you. The internet is a brilliant place to start, as you can read the frequently asked questions section of hair loss clinic websites to see if they already cover any of your concerns. Then check out their previous client testimonials and look at before and after images of results they’ve achieved in the past. These can be helpful references when trying to articulate your desired end result.
Take a look at some reviews on independent websites that allow you to compare clinics, so you can be sure you’re finding the best place in your area who offer good value in their services. Of course, don’t hesitate to contact them directly through their website with any remaining queries or concerns, or go ahead and book a consultation; SMP practitioners are highly skilled and knowledgeable, so they should be happy to help.
What Can I Expect from My Results?
SMP can be for men and women, or any individual hoping to create the illusion of thicker or more even hair coverage. In addition to those experiencing male pattern baldness, alopecia, a receding hairline or thinning hair, SMP can also help with scar coverage. The procedure can yield great, natural-looking results. This can be a brilliant confidence boost, provided that you work with a clinician that matches your unique skin tone and enhances your hairline in the way that will flatter you most. Expect your clinician to be realistic with you about the results. The results are permanent, but due to the natural pigment used and softer more blended appearance, SMP is likely to fade faster than a tattoo. Discuss your lifestyle during your consultation; those who spend more time outdoors with their scalp exposed to the sun may experience faster fading. You should expect to require a touch-up within 3-6 years. Ask your clinician how best to care for your newly filled in scalp.
What Kind of Care Should I Expect to Receive?
The person performing your procedure should be interested in achieving the best results possible, whatever that means for you. They should also want to make the process as comfortable for you as they can. Due to the subtle differences in the procedure of SMP in comparison to a traditional tattoo, particularly the thinner needle, the level of pain is less with SMP. However, if you are particularly concerned about this aspect of the procedure or know you are very sensitive to these kinds of sensations, you should seek out an SMP practitioner who will offer a numbing agent. Share any concerns that you have before committing to undergoing the process with someone.
A good SMP provider will be interested in you and your particular needs. Any permanent alterations we make to our bodies will affect our confidence and self-image. Therefore, when looking for a clinician, make sure you feel confident in their level of training and experience. It is worth taking the time to find a clinician that you trust and who understands you as an individual to provide the best results possible. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!