Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP), also sometimes called a hair tattoo, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that creates the illusion of thicker hair or a shaved head look. It uses tiny deposits of pigment to mimic the appearance of hair follicles on the scalp.

Procedure: A trained technician uses a specialized tattoo machine with very fine needles to deposit pigment into the upper dermal layer of the scalp. The pigment comes in various shades to match the patient’s natural hair color and skin tone. The technician strategically places tiny dots to replicate short hair follicles or stubble, creating a natural-looking density.


* Non-surgical: SMP avoids the risks and downtime associated with hair transplant surgery.
* Natural appearance: When done well, SMP can create a very realistic illusion of thicker hair or a shaved head.
* Faster results: Compared to hair transplant surgery, SMP results are visible immediately after the procedure.
* Low maintenance: Once healed, SMP requires minimal upkeep compared to hairpieces or wigs.


* Not a permanent solution: SMP pigments typically fade over time, requiring touch-up procedures every few years.
* Limited customization: SMP cannot replicate the full growth cycle of natural hair and may not be suitable for everyone’s hair loss pattern.
* Risk of infection: As with any tattooing procedure, there’s a small risk of infection if sterile techniques aren’t followed.
* Scarring: Improper technique or allergic reactions could lead to scarring.


* Hair transplant surgery (FUT/FUE): Surgical procedures that transplant hair follicles for a more permanent solution but are also more invasive and expensive.
* Hair loss medications: Minoxidil and finasteride are medications that can help slow down hair loss and promote some regrowth in some patients.
* Hairpieces or wigs: These can provide coverage for hair loss but require daily maintenance and may not look entirely natural.

Recovery Time: SMP typically requires minimal downtime. The scalp might be slightly tender for a few days after the procedure, and scabbing is common. It’s crucial to follow aftercare instructions to avoid infection and promote proper healing.

Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult with a qualified technician experienced in SMP to discuss if it’s right for you and understand the potential risks and limitations involved.