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Scalp micropigmentation or (SMP) is a non-surgical hair loss solution that uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result is the appearance of tiny hair follicles that create the look of thicker, fuller hair.

SMP can be used to bring back receded hairlines or to create the appearance of density for thinning hair. It can also be used to hide transplant scars or alopecia.

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 from 3 to 5. So, it is relatively moderate and nothing to worry about.

While some clients feel the need to take a break before continuing with their treatment, some clients find it easy to go through the whole process easily. So, it really depends on you.

Because Scalp Micropigmentation is a big deal for clients, it is natural to feel nervous. But research has proven that anxiety and restlessness can cause more pain. So, it is advised to calm yourself down before the treatment begins.

If you think that the pain is unbearable, you can ask your physician for a pain reliever. The recommended pain killers are Codeine and Percocet because of their higher strength. Common drugs like paracetamol and ibuprofen can also be used.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: Aspirin should be avoided as it has a thinning effect on your blood. It will cause more bleeding during the procedure.

Our pricing is based on the level of hair loss, which is different for each client. Typically, the price ranges between $1,000 – $3,000. We recommend setting up a free consultation so we can evaluate your case and provide a personalized price quote based on your hair loss needs.

Scalp micropigmentation should never be considered a one treatment process. Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring. These treatments are usually spaced out at least a week apart.

The Scalp Micropigmentation treatment typically takes 2-4 hours per session depending on your degree of hair loss. Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring. These treatments are usually spaced out at least a week apart.

After completion of your treatment (2-4 sessions) a client should expect the strength of the color to last for many years. Over a longer term, a client will very gradually begin to notice slight lightening (not discolor) of the treatment. When this occurs they can undergo a brief “touch up” session to restore any fading and secure many more years of their style.

Scalp micropigmentation has become such an effective hair loss solution because of its consistently natural and undetectable results. Scalp Ink prides itself on the ability to seamlessly replicate each individual hair follicle to create a perfect match for each client.

Scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive and requires little to no down time. However, if your occupation is strenuous and 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. 

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

Scalp Micropigmentation is a form of permanent cosmetics or permanent makeup. Often referred to as a cosmetic hair or scalp tattoo, this treatment typically lasts 4-6 years. After that time, a client may experience some slight fading, to which they can come back in for a quick touch up. This cosmetic solution will not wash off but can be tweaked as years go on. We always recommend meeting with our team of experienced expert practitioners to discuss your treatment options.

No. Scalp micropigmentation is a form of permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattoo ink, scalp micropigmentation 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.

Scalp micropigmentation also utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing, ensuring the needle and machine are designed specifically for micropigmentation of the scalp.

Depending upon the pattern and extent of the thinning hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length of hair. Scalp pigmentation can help thicken areas so that less of the scalp is seen showing through. However, if there is a strong pattern of hair loss or just not a lot of hair density left, the client is recommended to crop it very short.

Yes, those with gray hair can still benefit from the scalp micropigmentation procedure. First, most clients are recommended to cut their hair to a short buzzed length. When this is done, gray hair does not appear as gray because the hair root itself is darker. Hair only shows gray as it gets longer. Second, we use a gray-scale pigment that can be adjusted in shade to blend with lighter hair tones. We simply create a lighter dilution for blending into the existing gray hairs.

Yes! By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending the color around the scarring area, transplant and surgical scars can see massive improvement in concealment.

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, Asian, or Pacific Islander and much more…scalp micropigmentation can work for you.

We recommend no heavy sweating or intense exercise for 4-5 days after your scalp micropigmentation treatment. Sweating can push out the newly applied pigment. 

Scalp Micropigmentation is used to add density to thinning areas. We are able to add thickness to areas common areas like the crown, hair parting and more. For people that are using scalp micropigmentation to rebuild their hairline, we recommend keeping your hair cropped very short for a more balanced look.

The equipment used for a scalp treatment is considered micropigmentation or “permanent cosmetic” equipment. There are many different brands and designs and equipment includes a digital power source, a hand-piece, and disposable micro needles for the insertion of pigment. Most technicians of Scalp Micropigmentation use different equipment than standard tattoo artists to ensure the deposits are delicately placed at the appropriate depth in the skin.

Clients can continue using Propecia during and after their scalp pigmentation procedure. Rogaine (topical 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 interference of the chemicals found in Rogaine foam.

Yes! We use our specialized scalp micropigmentation technique to deposit color matched pigment into the scar to reduce visibility.

No, we offer free consultations for anyone looking to learn about how scalp micropigmentation can help their hair loss.

We recommend no scrubbing, shampooing, or shaving over the treated area for 4-5 days after your scalp micropigmentation treatment.

Yes, you can wear a hat or a skullcap after your scalp micropigmentation treatment is complete. However, we hope you won’t be wearing them as much! 

We recommend you try to avoid chlorinated pools, saunas, steam rooms, and tanning beds for 28 days post final scalp micropigmentation session.

There are three main differences between Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Tattooing:

1. We are depositing pigment into the skin at a shallower depth than tattoos, only about 2mm into the dermis

2. We are strictly making small micro dots through pointillism method, not shading or drawing lines

3. We use only a black pigment which is much more diluted than typical tattoo inks. For this reason, it won’t break down to different colors or look too saturated once it heals.

No, the scalp micropigmentation treatment will not grow your hair back. However, the SMP treatment will give you the look of short hair or a tight buzz-cut. We recommend keeping your hair at a shorter length to create the most natural outcome.

After the first scalp micropigmentation session, your treatment will fade which is completely normal. In the second and third sessions, we add more density to create a fuller look. Pigment retention varies for each person and some may notice more fading that others.

We will assess your hair loss during the consultation or via web assessment. Once we get an understanding of what class of hair loss you fall under, we provide a treatment plan with the style and look we recommend that would be optimal with our SMP procedure.

Clients classified as Norwood 6-7 hair loss need to maintain a shaved look due to the amount of coverage we have created on top of your head with SMP. As the hair on the back and sides keeps growing, the treatment will become more apparent as there is a visible contrast between your hair and the SMP. This is ultimately a permanent cosmetic procedure in which we are replicating hair follicles with pigmentation, which will never grow or create a 3D texture.

Adding density to an existing hairline and/or density to the crown is classified as a filler treatment. Good candidates for filler treatments are those who still have some hair around the area for us to blend the SMP in with.

If we are doing a filler treatment or scar concealment, we typically request our clients to come in with the shortest hair length they are going to keep, unless requested otherwise. If you have class 6 or 7 hair loss, you would need to shave your head about 48 hours before your treatment or use clippers on a 0 or 1 setting. Our technician needs to be able to see your existing hair follicles to know where to put the new impressions.  

Overexposure to direct sunlight can cause the pigments to weaken, and overtime you will be damaging both the treatment and your scalp. Wear protective sunscreen or a hat whenever you are going out and expecting to be in direct sunlight for over an hour.

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