Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

SMP stands for Scalp Micro Pigmentation and it is a non-surgical treatment for hair loss. It is a new technique which consists in tattooing tiny dots on the scalp with a specialized device, needle and pigments, to create the appearance of hair follicles.

How many SMP treatment sessions will be needed and how long does each session take?

SMP treatments are usually completed within 3 sessions to achieve the expected result. Sessions should be at least 1 week apart to let your skin heal and the pigments settle so 3 sessions can be completed in 2 weeks. We recommend the first 2 sessions to be done within 2 weeks and the 3rd one can be done 1 week to 1 month after. Here is an example for a hair loss at stage 6 on the Norwood scale:

  • D1

    Day 1

    The first session typically lasts 4 hours. It includes the optional application of a topical anesthetic which takes 30 minutes to take effect.

  • D8

    Day 8

    The second session takes between 3h and 3h30min. We recommended to have it done 1 week after the initial procedure. Density is added and the color is adjusted using 2 to 3 different pigment shades to match your natural hair and the hairline is refined.

  • D15

    Day 15

    The last session can take place 1 week to 1 month after the second session to perfect the color and the hairline. The last session usually takes 2 to 3 hours.

Apart from SMP treatments for adding density, we recommend you to shave your hair to obtain the best result.

What kind of pigments are used for SMP treatments?

Scalp pigments differ from permanent make-up pigments and tattoo inks as they are specifically made for scalp:

  • They are MRI scan safe because they do not contain iron oxydes that can cause problems during an MRI scan.
  • They retain their color over time producing better results than permanent make-up pigments. If your hair gets greyer with age, we can still adjust the color to match the greyer color.
  • They are made from a unique formulation of pure black carbon-based pigment. Therefore, the color cannot change over time contrary to other pigments which are usually made of constituent colors that may degrade and separate into their individual shades.
  • We use high-quality pigments that are proven to deliver excellent long-lasting results to thousands of clients worldwide.
What kind of device are you using for SMP?

The machine used for SMP resembles the traditional tattoo machine except that its design has been based on the requirements of SMP.
The machine we are using is one of the best that can be found in the SMP industry.
It is well-balanced in terms of weight, very stable, quiet, allowing us to implant the pigment with accuracy and consistency even afer long hours of work.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

The result of a scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment usually lasts more than 5 years and slightly fade without discoloration over time. Fading can be reduced by limiting exposure to sun UV rays and keeping the scalp clean and moisturized. Once the SMP results begin to fade, touch-ups are recommended to maintain the desired look.

Does scalp micropigmentation hurt?

Most of our clients assess the level of pain as very mild and easily bearable.

If you cannot stand the pain, a topical anesthetic can be applied on your scalp before and during procedure although we prefer not using it to avoid potential undesirable skin reactions. During and after the treatment, your scalp will feel hot for a few hours.

Why don't you create microblading hair strokes to simulate hair on the scalp?

We don’t create microblading hair strokes on the scalp as the skin on the scalp is oiler than the face skin so it has a high chance of color migration. Moreover, strokes may get bigger and fade after 6 months. Creating hair strokes on the scalp can also lead to a longer healing process and bad results if the needle is too deep. Besides, if you suddenly have alopecia or lose a lot of hair, hair strokes on your scalp would appear odd compared to the rest. The finish is much nicer and more natural if tiny dots are created to replicate hair follicles. Thousands of impressions are created all over the scalp to create a darker appearance, fuller and thicker hair.

Can Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) be used to disguise a scar from a hair transplant or an accident?

SMP is a very efficient method to conceal any type of scar on your head. The technique differs from the regular SMP treatment as it requires more attention and work to hide the scar by blending several pigment colors to perfectly match your natural hair.

  • Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) or Strip Technique scars:

    The FUT scar must be completely healed before SMP on the scar can be done so we advise to wait at least 1 year. In some cases, the SMP can be done after a bit less than 1 year provided that the scar has completely healed.

    The cost of SMP for FUT/Strip Technique scars is based on an average length of 10-15 cm and a width of 3 mm, which takes 1-2 hrs per SMP scar cover session. The price may be higher for extra large scars.

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) scars:

    FUE scars are small circular scars that are scattered over the entire donor area on your head. The cost of SMP for FUE scars is higher compared to SMP for FUT scars because it requires more work to conceal the scar.

Can women have SMP done?

Women can also have SMP to boost their confidence back. Women facing hair loss and thinning hair can have SMP to give the illusion of fuller and thicker hair. SMP is a painless, long-lasting, and affordable procedure.