What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP)?
SMP is an acronym for Scalp Micro Pigmentation is a medical-grade, non-surgical treatment, for men and women whereby pigment (colour) is tattooed into a certain layer of the scalp to give the appearance of natural hair follicles. The pigments used in SMP is not implanted at a deep level on the scalp, traditional tattooist implant their inks in the deep dermis of the skin, which can lead to colour change and migration. SMP pigments are implanted in the most upper layers of the dermis and in the epidermis. The pigments used at Scalp are dermatologically and microbiologically tested and contain high-quality mineral pigments; they are sterile and hypoallergenic. Before the procedure, a consultation is required to examine and assess the skin type and to rule out any contraindication.
The human scalp has more than 2000 hair follicles per square inch. Many men and women suffer from balding, hair thinning, alopecia or loss of hair because of medical treatments, medications or medical conditions. It has been shown in many medical journals that balding in men and women causes’ loss of self-esteem, loss of confidence, increased stress or distress, lowered body image satisfaction and depression.
SMP or Scalp Micro Pigmentation is also called Medical Hairline Tattoo. There are millions of men and women who have cosmetic problems with their scalps and hair resulting from dermatologic and/or genetic conditions, such as intractable alopecia areata or female genetic balding.
SMP requires that the tattoo pigment be placed in microdots of less than 1mm in size and 1mm apart. This is similar to the distance between natural follicles found on a shaved head scalp. This process gives the appearance of a freshly shaved head or buzz cut to those men and women who are suffering from any stage of balding or baldness.
• Scalp Micro Pigmentation is an effective treatment for Men and Women of all ages, all balding patterns, and skin types.
No scarring. It’s a non-surgical procedure. Long-lasting and desirable results are immediate.
• SMP can be used in conjunction with hair transplantation to add density to the scalp or cover up transplant scarring.
• SMP can be used to cover up scars on the scalp for Men and Women in any stage of balding or thinning hair.
• Men or Women with thinning hair can benefit from SMP by adding density to the scalp.
• SMP is a permanent treatment that can last for years, with only minor touch-ups necessary to keep the pigment fresh.
• SMP is suitable for Men and Women of any age, skin type, skin colour and degree of baldness or thinning hair.
The SMP process begins by inserting a microdroplet of pigment through the skin and into the upper dermis, using a special tattoo instrument. Because every patient is different, every area of the scalp is different, and every point of insertion is different from the prior and subsequent points, the SMP operator is trained to make technical and artistic judgments as of the process advances, each mm. Depending on the amount of hair loss or baldness, the procedure of adding pigmented microdots to the scalp can take between 1 hour and 4 hours. You will need approx. 3 treatments to ensure the absolute best results possible. Each treatment time will vary, with the second and third taking only minutes to an hour.
SMP or Scalp Micro Pigmentation is a multi-treatment procedure that usually requires two to three sessions to complete. Depending on the size of the area to be treated and the extent of a patient’s hair loss or scarring, each session will take two to four hours. The treatment in itself is not painful, as the pigment is implanted only in the upper dermis and epidermis. However, no longer than four-hour sessions are recommended as there is a residual build-up of ‘irritation’ that can eventually make the patient’s scalp feels sore. Although touch-ups may not be necessary, in order to keep the SMP scalp hair follicles looking “fresh”, it is advised that you come in anywhere between 5-10 years in order to get a touch up of the treated area.
Aftercare of the treated area is just as important as the treatment itself. You will be given appropriate advice about the aftercare. Generally, you should be able to resume your daily activities right after the treatment. You might be advised to take certain painkillers and in rare cases, you might be prescribed some antibiotics, at the clinic. You will be provided a contact number to call and ask any question to the doctor during the complete and full recovery period.