Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a safe and non-surgical treatment that uses microneedles to embed pigment into the scalp, creating the appearance of real hair follicles. The procedure accurately replicates your own natural hair follicles and colour, and can add density to thinning areas, making men look younger.
Scalp micropigmentation creates an undetectable illusion of stronger and thicker hair, without going through a surgical procedure. It is a good alternative for men looking for a full head of hair without having to go under the knife. The process may be helpful for those with: Thinning hair Cancer Alopecia Pattern baldness.
At your consultation, your practitioner will let you know what to expect during the procedure. Before the treatment you should shower, as you won’t be able to wash or wet your scalp for four days after each appointment. In the weeks leading to the treatment, don’t go swimming, use saunas or take steamy showers.
The treatment area for an SMP is the scalp.
After your treatment, you should avoid exposing your scalp to the sun for the first four days. The less sun exposure to the treated area, the better the results. For the first few weeks, you should also avoid swimming, heavy exercise and intense sun exposure. You should moisturise the treated area regularly too.
Is SMP painful?
This depends on the individual. There may be some discomfort, however this depends on your pain tolerance. As it is a non-surgical procedure, the pain – if any - is minimal.
How long does an SMP treatment take?
Each treatment typically takes between four and five hours.
What are the risks?
Although the micropigmentation involved in SPM is considered a tattoo, services like SPM do carry similar risks. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are not allergic to certain components in the pigment.