Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

Do you feel conscious when you look at yourself in the mirror and get bothered about how your hair or scalp looks? Perhaps you have a scar on your scalp after going through an injury or surgery? 

These days, several options exist for ways to modify how your scalp looks. One way involves light layer scalp micropigmentation, which is becoming more popular with patients experiencing hair loss issues. It gives them back the confidence they desire, without the unwanted side effects of surgery. 

If you’re unhappy with how your hair or scalp looks, maybe it’s time to explore different treatment options like scalp micropigmentation.

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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

What Is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

When it comes to hair loss, various options exist for those who are searching for solutions. Hair transplants and advanced hair systems for men and women involve techniques and technologies for dealing with hair loss. These systems are continually evolving and developing. 

One technique is scalp micropigmentation, otherwise known as SMP. It’s a popular nonsurgical hair loss solution in which natural pigments get applied within the dermal layer of the scalp, producing a natural shaved head look. More than just a hair tattoo, it lessens the appearance of bald spots, balding and thinning hair as it creates a 3D effect that gives hair an increased density and fullness.

SMP is a cosmetic procedure for men and women that refines the pattern of eyebrows, lips, eyes, and more. The same process is applied to the scalp. It lasts for years to help bring back confidence and self-esteem for those with hair loss concerns.

Scalp micropigmentation is now a standard hair loss treatment for those who have suffered from losing their hair. You might be ask, “What exactly is SMP and how does it work?” To make sure you stay informed about this revolutionary hair loss treatment, Long Island Hair Transplant Center illustrates the detailed procedure of SMP. 

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How Is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Performed?
Who Can Benefit From Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
How Do You Prepare for the SMP Procedure?
After Your Final SMP Treatment Session

How Is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Performed?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an innovative solution that replicates the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. It is a form of scalp tattoo. During this nonsurgical procedure, our specially trained practitioners at Long Island Hair Transplant Center apply a natural pigment (ink) to the epidermal layer of the scalp using ultra-fine needles to create thousands of microdot tattoos (replicating the appearance of natural hair follicles) similar to the artist’s technique of stippling. 

This technique aims to mask the surface area of the scalp where hair loss has already occurred to create a new hairline. To achieve the desired results, you will typically need two to three sessions (four to five hours each) for scalp micropigmentation. After the initial consultation, our practitioners can customize and decide on the perfect color that closely matches your natural skin tone. 

Technicians can also use this affordable hair loss solution to enhance an existing hair restoration or provide an alternative to individuals who want a nonsurgical treatment suitable for all types of hair loss. It can be an instant and long-lasting solution that achieves extraordinary results.

Who Can Benefit From Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

Suppose you’re negatively affected by thinning, bald spots, or receding hairline, and your confidence and self-esteem has decreased. In that case, you might consider scalp micropigmentation to be the answer to all your hair loss concerns. 

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an ideal hair loss camouflage solution for people dealing with thinning hair, including those with alopecia areata, male and female pattern baldness, those who’ve had previous hair transplants, and those who are experiencing uneven hair loss. This method involves the least maintenance and exhibits natural and immediate results on target with your goals and expectations. 

How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Last? 

Scalp Micropigmentation produces semi-permanent results, which means the effects  will fade after some time as the skin regenerates and sheds naturally. SMP can last up to six years, depending on the specific treatment chosen. It’s also important to understand that artificial follicles will fade if the treatment gets performed correctly, but the color will stay the same. 

Does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Hurt? 

How painful is scalp micropigmentation? The discomfort you may experience from this procedure depends on how you can tolerate pain. However, before the procedure takes place, our skilled practitioner will apply a topical numbing solution to your scalp to help ease the discomfort. 

What Are the Advantages of SMP?

Explore some of the benefits you can get from choosing SMP: 

A Noninvasive Procedure 

This conservative treatment does not require any surgical incision into the scalp and no scarring.

Less Pain and Discomfort 

The whole process usually has minimal pain and discomfort for most patients. Numbing agents get applied to the scalp before treatment, which decreases the discomfort. Compared to other hair loss procedures, SMP is less invasive, requires less recovery time, and still generates high-quality results. 

Low Maintenance Hair Loss Solution 

SMP doesn’t have any unwanted side effects that can limit your daily living activities, which ensures a hassle-free lifestyle. It’s also a low-maintenance solution to thinning hair which only needs repeating once every three to five years. 

Quick Recovery Time 

Since there is no surgery involved in this procedure, it means you can return to your everyday life shortly after the procedure. 

Can Conceal Scars 

SMP can also mask the presence of any scar by working with the natural aspects of your hair to boost and emphasize hair to achieve its maximum potential. 

Low Cost 

Scalp micropigmentation generally starts at $1,000. It is more affordable than a hair transplant procedure that can cost between $4,000 and $15,000 and long-term OTC (over the counter) and prescription drugs such as Rogaine and Propecia for hair loss.

How Do You Prepare for the SMP Procedure?

After you’ve done your research and decided to have a scalp micropigmentation performed by a skilled and experienced hair restoration expert, you’ll have to schedule an initial consultation in preparation for the treatment. During the preliminary consultation, your specialist will brief you on what to expect and how you should prepare before the process takes place.

Explore some of the following general guidelines:

  • You must take a shower before each treatment because you won’t be able to wash or wet your scalp for four days after each session. 
  • Each treatment session typically takes between four and five hours each. 
  • The number of treatments you need will depend on the area to be covered; even if it’s only a small area, three to four sessions are still required since scalp micropigmentation requires layering of color. 
  • Treatment sessions will occur a few weeks apart.

After Your Final SMP Treatment Session

Find out what you need to do after your final treatment session: 

  • Try to avoid swimming pools, saunas, and steam rooms for several days after your final treatment.
  • Try to keep out of the sun for several days after treatment; after this time, use SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen protection. 
  • Try to avoid strenuous exercises for five days after your final treatment 
  • Try to moisturize the treated area after the fourth day of your final treatment (this moisturizing also applies to the time between treatments). 

How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Cost?

The cost of SMP largely depends on how much hair you have lost. It will cost you more if a lot of work is required on the scalp because sometimes, the treatment will involve several sessions to complete. Contrary to other hair restoration techniques, such as hair transplants that are more expensive and can cost more than $6,000, scalp micropigmentation is more affordable. 

The cost also considers the expertise of the hair restoration expert. Remember that an element of artistic hands is involved in this technique. A practitioner with years of experience might be able to charge more. A skilled hair restoration expert will be able to design a hairline suited to your facial features that can look good even as you age. 

Are There Any Risks Involved in the SMP  Technique?

Side effects are not common with scalp micropigmentation treatments. However, it is essential  to make an initial appointment to discuss the risks involved in the treatment process before finally deciding on whether to move forward.

Like any other popular cosmetic procedures like tattooing and eyebrow microblading, potential side effects are possible. More frequently, these side effects involve reddening and itching, which will usually lessen for a few days as the skin on the scalp heals itself.

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to address your issues with thinning hair, bald spots, receding hairline, or scarring? Are you looking for a competent and reliable source for hair restoration treatment?

At Long Island Hair Transplant Center, we have transformed the artistry of scalp micropigmentation. Together with our hair restoration team, Dr. Barnard, Dr. Golio, and Clinician Daniels have treated thousands of clients for scalp problems. Contact us to ask your most sought-after questions and make an appointment.

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