Scalp Micropigmentation, also known as SMP, is a permanent cosmetic tattoo applied superficially to the scalp skin. This non-invasive treatment utilizes nano needles to deposit pigment into the scalp, replicating tiny hairs, mimicking the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp achieving a natural buzz-cut look. Scalp Micropigmentation is the most effective solution for bald or thinning hair, ultimately giving you the the appearance of natural, fuller head of hair. It can be used in patients who are either unwilling to undergo hair transplant surgery or are unsuitable for hair transplantation.
SMP can also help camouflage scalp scarring from an injury. The ink is applied throughout the scar as well as above and below the scar to blend the scar into the surrounding hairs. Ladies with mildly thinning hair loss can benefit from SMP helping cover the skin using shading technique which gives the illusion of density.
This treatment can benefit both men and women as it camouflages hair loss, alopecia, baldness as well as conceals scalp scars.
SMP is never completed in 1 session. Treatments typically takes 2-4 sessions, 2 weeks apart. The 1st session usually lasting around 3 hrs, following sessions about 2 hrs. 7-14 days is needed between sessions to heal, as well as allow the pigment to settle into its true color before another application can be administered. Each session adds more density creating a more natural look that blends into the hair.
There is not one definitive answer to this question as the time frame differs with each client. Touch-ups are dependent on a person’s lifestyle, sun exposure, skin type, medications and hormonal influences. Patients may require a “colour boost” to maintain the look which can be done every on average of 2-5 years. If you don’t mind a little fading, you can get a touch-up every 5-7 years.
Scalp micropigmentation is not a tattoo. While at a glance it would be easy to call this procedure just a tattoo, it is far from it. The ink used is specially formulated using a charcoal base insuring that your procedure will not turn blue or green like normal tattoo ink would. SMP utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing. Digital technology and the finest nano needles are used which are smaller than your average tattoo needle, ensuring each impression mimics the size of an actual hair follicle.
Not really. But there can be some minor discomfort in certain sensitive areas of your scalp.
Never. At Coastal Cosmedics we pride ourselves on having an immaculate and sterile space. Each and every client receives a prepackaged, single use, disposable needle and supplies that are disposed of safely afterwards.
Yes, SMP is fairly easy to remove because the pigment is just below the first layer of skin. It can be removed either per saline “LIFT” tattoo removal system which we offer in clinic. Please refer to “Corrections and Removal” section.
The cost of SMP varies by hair loss type. The cost of your procedure depends on your desired results, hours of time required, and how much hair loss you are currently suffering from. Patients with moderate pattern balding or receeded hairline may 2 treamtents, where as a patient with more advanced hair loss would need considerably more treatments in order to acheive the look of “density” top the scalp. The price would be reduced in the case of someone who is only looking to cover a scar for example, or crown. On average the cost is $350/hour. Setting up a free consultation is the only way to give an accurate price. A quote will be given at the end of consultation. A $150 deposit is required to secure your booking and is redeemable on the day of consulation or if you proceed, will go towards your treatment.
We are currently in the process of establishing this option for our clients.
Alopecia: SMP is a great solution because it simply covers up the bald spot. If the hair grows backs, great, and if the alopecia returns you’re already covered.
Scars: SMP can camouflage scars from hair transplant or FUE procedures as well as scars from personal injury.
Norwood Classification Chart for Male Pattern Baldness give you an idea about what stage of hair loss you may have. The chart is the standard classification for the most common types of male pattern baldness. Although it is useful to determine what stage of baldness you approximate, most patients will not fit perfectly into any category, nor are stages necessarily progressive for each patient.
Represents the minimal extent of hair loss considered sufficient to represent baldness. Scalps have deep frontal temporal recessions, which are usually symmetrical and are either bare or sparsely covered.
TYPE III VERTEX
Hair loss is chiefly in the vertex. There may be some frontal recession, but does not exceed that seen in Type III. This type of baldness is most common with advancing age, but, in some patients, may occur early and occasionally precede significant front loss.
The frontal and temporal recession is more severe. There is a sparseness or absence of hair on the vertex area. These areas are extensive, but are separated from each other by a bridge of moderately dense hair. Should not be confused with Type III Vertex in which the loss is primarily on the vertex.
The vertex region of alopecia remains separated from the frontal temporal region of alopecia. The separation is now not as distinct because the band of hair across the midscalp has become narrower and sparser. Both the vertex and frontal temporal areas of alopecia have become larger.
The bridge of the hair that crossed the midscalp in the previous type is now gone. The frontal temporal and vertex regions of alopecia have become confluent; in addition, the entire area of alopecia has increased laterally and posteriorly.
This is the most severe form of male pattern baldness. All that remains is a narrow horseshoe shaped band of hair that begins laterally just anterior to the ear and extends posteriorly on the sides. This hair is usually not dense and is frequently fine.