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What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

Hair loss impacts 50% of men and 25% of women. Hair loss can have a minimal to devastating effect on any individual who experiences it. Hair loss can impact a person’s self-esteem, causing embarrassment, self-consciousness, and even social anxiety. While some people are ambivalent about hair loss others may feel less attractive, impacting their personal relationships and sense of well-being. It can make us feel like we are aging and losing our youthfulness. One thing for sure, hair loss is a very personal journey, experienced by a large percentage of our population.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing hair loss and is debating between numerous treatment options, then Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), also known as cosmetic hair tattoo, just may be the perfect, non-invasive choice for them.

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What Is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

SMP is a non-surgical, cosmetic tattoo. The goal? Create an illusion of hair or to create the look of fullness and volume. The trained artist or technician will carefully match the color of the person’s natural hair. This procedure can work for someone who wants to maintain a shaved head or to fill in density on someone with longer, thinning hair. SMP can also cover scars on the head from general accidents or from hair transplants.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is minimally invasive and nominally painful. It is essentially hundreds of micro tattoos and there is no downtime from scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and the results can last for years.
During the procedure the skilled SMP artist will use a fine needle to deposit pigment into the skin of the scalp. The SMP artist will carefully match the pigment to the patient’s natural hair or skin coloring, creating a natural-looking hairline or a dramatic hairline and simultaneously creating the look of a fuller head of hair.
How Popular is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
The popularity of SMP has increased significantly over the years and can be contributed to multiple factors including:
6 Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation: Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) can offer multiple benefits for people who are experiencing hair loss or baldness. Here is a brief list of benefits:
What is the cost of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

The cost of scalp micropigmentation depends on how much hair loss is being treated and the size of the treatment area. Most procedures will take multiple sessions, ranging from 1-4 hours and the complete price for all sessions will be between $2000-$5500. Most SMP Artists will also have a long-term touch up program, allowing their clients to have touch ups for typically less than $1000. 80% of SMP patients will have three sessions. As with any cosmetic tattoo procedure, this is not a time to bargain shop or be sold with discount gimmicks. Find a reputable SMP artist, look at their online reviews, before & after images of their work, and their customer testimonials.

Who Can Get Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed on women and men with various stages of hair loss. SMP can be a good option for those who have:
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Who Can’t Get Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
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How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Last?
The results from scalp micropigmentation will last for years with proper care. Everyone’s skin is different and lasting results vary due to sun exposure as well. It is suggested to wear sunscreen whenever exposing yourself to the sun and to avoid tanning beds. SMP can also be touched up after the years have faded the procedure results.
How to Prepare for Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
Simple steps to follow prior to microblading:
How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Take?
Scalp micropigmentation is a multi-session process. 80% of all patients will have 3 sessions.
What does a typical SMP session look like?
How Do I Choose an SMP Artist?
Aftercare: How to Care for Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?
Scalp micropigmentation has a very easy healing process with no downtime. The best healed results are achieved by following before and aftercare guidelines. Here are a few simple after care steps:
The Pros and Cons of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
Like any cosmetic tattoo procedure, there are pros and cons to treatment:
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What does a typical SMP session look like?
The Cons of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Before and After
Why Choose Ink & Ashberry for Scalp Micropigmentation?
Ink & Ashberry is founded by Scalp Micropigmentation Artist Justin Johnson. Justin has been in the industry since 2016, has multiple certifications, became licensed in the State of Oregon for Tattoo, and has served over 400 clients. Justin has personally trained his team members SMP Artist Jocelyn and SMP Artist Jose. Ink & Ashberry provides an upscale, safe environment for men, women and the trans community. Ink & Ashberry follows strict health and safety guidelines.
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) FAQ

How many dots does it take to complete the scalp micropigmentation (SMP) procedure?
The number of dots required to create a natural look will depend on the amount of hair loss and desired level of density. It will generally take thousands of individual dots to create the illusion of a full head of hair on a bald scalp. With SMP, it is essential to consult with a skilled practitioner to determine the number of dots to best achieve your desired result.

Yes, SMP is great for creating density for women, creating part line fullness and repairing the ‘pony tail’ hairline or for women who are generally who are balding or have thinning hair.

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. The pain is less than a traditional tattoo, which rarely involve numbing.

Yes, SMP works great to cover scars on the head, including scars from Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)  procedures, and can also be used in conjunction with scar camouflage tattoo.

The healing process is mostly complete after 2 weeks, but tattoos are considered fully healed after 30 days.

Did you know that it is estimated that the human head has more than 100,000 hair follicles? The number of hairs on the human head varies dramatically depending on age, gender, ethnicity, and other factors.

Because of these factors, the human head can range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of hair follicles.

Hair density changes over time due to medical hair loss (like alopecia areata and telogen effluvium), normal aging, hormonal changes and predisposition to hair loss.

  • SMP typically requires 2-4 sessions, 3 being the most common.
  • The time required will decrease with each session. Your initial session could be as long as 4 hours if extensive work is being done.
  • Most commonly sessions will be between 1.5-2.5 hours.
  • The sessions will be spaced apart several weeks to allow healing.
  • During your consultation, your SMP provider will be able to estimate the session times for you!
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