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FAQs

The level of pain varies from person to person. But if we are to put it on a scale of 1-10, most clients rate it around a 1 to 3. Some of Renée's clients even fall asleep.

SMP and FUT/FUE scars

SMP is the best way to help camouflage transplant scars. By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarred area and blending the shade around the area, FUT/FUE scars can see a massive improvement in concealment.

How much does SMP cost

In the US, scalp micropigmentation typically costs between $2500 to $4500 for a full head. Our clients usually pay between $2000 and $3000 for the full procedure, depending on our current promotion. 

How many sessions

To achieve the most natural-looking, undetectable results, patience and layering is the key. Renée will typically take between 3 to 6 sessions. We recommend 2 weeks between sessions, but at least a 10-day minimum.

How long is each session

Depending on how much coverage is needed, sessions can be anywhere from 2 to 5 hours. During longer sessions, clients will be able to take breaks.

How long does SMP last

Scalp micropigmentation will last from 5 to 7 years based on how you take care of it and your metabolism. It will gradually fade and you may need a touch-up after 3 to 5 years.

When SMP is done patiently, over multiple sessions by a properly trained, skilled scalp artist, the results can be literally undetectable. Also, choosing a soft natural hairline adds to the hyper-realism. 

Should I take time off

The first 3-4 days of healing are crucial. if your occupation causes you to perspire, you should schedule your SMP session so you have the most time to rest and stay cool before returning to work. Sweating can push out the new pigment. 

How do I choose a hairline

If you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work for you, Renée will be there to help. With her artistic experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, she can help recommend what’s best. Over the course of your sessions, you can also tweak and adjust the hairline for a perfect result.

Will it discolor like a tattoo

No. SMP is a form of permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattoo ink, SMP pigment is designed to fall within the same color spectrum of short-cut hair. The pigment contains no additional colorants or additives and will only lighten, not discolor over an extended time.

Can I keep my hair long

SMP can be used to create the illusion of thicker fuller hair by making it so less of the scalp shows through. However, if there isn't enough hair, we recommend the client crop the hair very short.

SMP and grey hair

SMP works well with grey hair. Renée uses a greyscale pigment dilution to match the color of the existing hair. She also likes to create texture by matching the color of the grey hair and sprinkling in darker pigment dilutions to create a salt and pepper effect. 

Will SMP work with my skin

Yes. We are able to match the shade of our pigment to a wide range of skin tones. Whether you are Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Arabic, Asian, or Pacific Islander,  SMP can work for you. 

Can I still use Minoxidil

Minoxidil should be suspended during the course of treatment and for 30 days post your final session. This is to ensure the proper healing and settling of pigment without the interference of the chemicals found in minoxidil.

Can I still use Finasteride

Clients can continue using finasteride orally during and after their scalp pigmentation procedure. The use of topical finasteride should be suspended until 30 days after your final session. 

Can I wear a hat afterwards

Yes. The scalp may be a bit reddish for 12-24 hours post session, so we recommend wearing a lose fitting hat after treatment if you wish to conceal the redness.