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What is scalp micro pigmentation treatment?

The popularity of scalp micro pigmentation is growing, and it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people have undergone the procedure in recent years.

If you are considering this cosmetic procedure, read this for more details on the pros and cons.

Residents in Melbourne wanting to know more about this treatment can book an appointment at  Crown Clinic for expert advice or call us directly if you have any questions.

Scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) is a technique that uses tiny, pigmented dots to replicate the look of a shaved head or a full head of hair. It is a treatment that can improve the appearance of thinning hair or baldness.

The procedure can be used to create the effect of a buzz cut, a full head of shaved hair, or a full head of thick, natural-looking hair.

Before and After

scalp micropigmentation treatment

SMP has become a popular choice
for hair loss treatments for
those suffering from
permanent hair loss.

How is the scalp micro pigmentation procedure performed?

Scalp micro pigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that involves the insertion of pigment into the scalp to create the appearance of a fuller head of hair. During the procedure, a pigment is injected into the scalp with a specialised tool or needle that is designed to create tiny, pinpoint dots that mimic the look of real hair follicles.

Depending on the desired result, multiple treatments may be necessary in order to achieve a natural-looking result. The procedure is typically performed by a trained and certified technician, and it is considered to be minimally invasive and typically has a short recovery time.

What hair conditions will benefit from scalp micro pigmentation?

Scalp micro pigmentation is beneficial to those with hair loss due to conditions such as:

  • alopecia areata or other autoimmune conditions
  • male pattern baldness
  • hair thinning
  • scarring
  • chemotherapy
  • Female pattern baldness
  • hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • receding hairline

It can also help to camouflage hair transplant scars, create an illusion of thicker hair, and even cover up white patches on the scalp.

scalp micropigmentation procedure
Scalp micropigmentation, also referred to as hair tattoos,
is used as a treatment for the loss of hair.

Recovery after scalp micro pigmentation

Recovery after scalp micro pigmentation is generally very quick and easy. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after their treatment. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for at least 24 hours after treatment.

It is also important to keep the area clean and moisturised to avoid any infection. Additionally, patients should avoid direct sunlight and heavy sweating for the first few days after treatment to prevent the pigments from fading.

Advantages of SMP hair treatment

There are several advantages of scalp micropigmentation. These include:


Scalp micro pigmentation is a very affordable cosmetic procedure compared to other hair restoration options.

Natural-Looking Results

Scalp micro pigmentation creates a natural-looking scalp pattern and natural hairline that can be customised to match the client’s individual hair colour and texture.


The procedure is non-invasive and does not require surgery or recovery time.

Quick and Painless

The procedure is relatively quick and painless, and the use of an anesthetic is not necessary,

Low Maintenance

Unlike other hair restoration treatments, scalp micro pigmentation results are relatively low maintenance and require minimal upkeep.

Long-Lasting Results

Scalp micro pigmentation can provide long-lasting results that can last several years.

Risks of SMP treatment

Scalp micro pigmentation is a cosmetic procedure that is typically safe procedure, but there are possible risks to be aware of:


If the scalp micro pigmentation procedure is not done properly, the area may become infected, or the pigments may not adhere properly to the skin.

Allergic Reaction

There is a possibility that you could have an allergic reaction to the pigments used in the scalp micro-pigmentation procedure.


Scarring can occur if the scalp micro pigmentation procedure is not done properly.

Mismatched Color

If the pigments used are not properly matched to the skin tone, the results may be unnatural looking.


Over time, the pigments used in the scalp micro pigmentation procedure may fade or change colour.

Permanent Damage

If the procedure is not done properly, it may cause permanent damage to the scalp.

Wondering if SMP Scalp Micropigmentation
is Right For You? Find Out Today.

How much does scalp micro
pigmentation cost in Melbourne?

The cost of scalp micro pigmentation at our Melbourne clinic starts from $4990, or $90/ fortnight. ZERO Interest when using our finance options.
This fee includes the doctor’s fee, theatre fees, anaesthetic, as well as follow-up appointments.

Why choose Crown Clinic for
scalp micro pigmentation

At Crown Clinic, we specialise in several hair restoration treatments and techniques. Our doctors have more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. We are committed to putting the safety and well-being of our patients first by recommending procedures that will be beneficial.

We also aim to keep our pricing reasonable and realistic within a competitive and ever-changing market.

If you are a resident in Melbourne looking for hair loss near you, please note we are conveniently located on Claremont street, close to transport and parking. 

Our Doctors

Dr Tony Prochazka


MBBS, FFMACCS / Cosmetic Doctor

Dr Tony Prochazka has over 20 years of experience with various hair restoration techniques and scalp micropigmentation treatments being one of them. Dr Prochazka was also the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia.

Dr Raphael Dworkin

Dr Raphael Dworkin

MBBS, BSc (Hons), ACEM

Dr Raphael Dworkin graduated and trained at some of the most prestigious hospitals in London. Dr Dworkin also works as a senior critical care doctor at a top Sydney hospital. He has extensive knowledge and experience in several restorative hair techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Scalp micro pigmentation is a cosmetic treatment for thinning hair or hair loss. It is sometimes also called a hair tattoo. A provider uses thin, small needles to deposit tiny dots of pigment (colour) on the scalp. These dots give the appearance of thicker hair.

Scalp micro pigmentation doesn’t grow hair or change your natural hair growth. It is not a hair loss treatment. It also will not cause hair loss or damage your existing hair follicles. Scalp micro pigmentation is a way to make it look like you have fuller, thicker hair.

Scalp micro pigmentation usually retains its appearance for four years or longer. The pigments used in scalp micro pigmentation are permanent cosmetic pigments. They are not the same as tattoo ink, so they resist fading or colour change.

Yes, scalp micro pigmentation is well worth the effort. Suppose you are a person who enjoys being active and does not want the hassle of expensive, messy treatments or invasive surgeries. In that case, scalp micro pigmentation might be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

The process of scalp micro pigmentation is relatively painless. Most clients say that it feels like a light scratching sensation. A topical anesthetic is usually applied before the procedure to minimise discomfort.

On average, you will need 2-3 sessions for a completed scalp micro pigmentation treatment. This mostly depends on your skin condition and how well the treatment holds on the first and second sessions.

Yes, micro scalp pigmentation can look very realistic when done correctly. The pigmentation is applied to the scalp in tiny dots, creating a natural-looking appearance that mimics the look of real hair. It is important to use a qualified professional to ensure that the pigmentation looks as natural as possible.

Yes, scalp micro pigmentation is a permanent solution. The ink used in the procedure is designed to remain in the skin for many years without fading or discolouring.

The vast majority of people are very happy with the results of scalp micro pigmentation. However, like any cosmetic procedure, there is always a chance that you may regret it. It’s important to do your research and make sure you’re comfortable with the process, the results, and the cost before you commit.

It is not necessary to shave your head for scalp micro pigmentation, but many people choose to do so as it typically allows for the best results; however, shaving your head is not a requirement for scalp micro pigmentation.

This procedure is suitable for people who have thinning hair, receding hair, bald spots, or scalp scars. Ultimately, it is up to you how you choose to style your hair with SMP. However, it is often recommended to shave your head to achieve the best results.

No, scalp micro pigmentation does not make hair grow. It is a cosmetic procedure that involves applying tiny dots of pigment to the scalp to give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. It is not a hair growth treatment and will not cause new hair to grow.

Yes, scalp micro pigmentation is reversible. This can be done via laser treatment or fading cream. Fading cream is a great option for those who want to reverse the scalp micro pigmentation, but it can take multiple treatments to completely remove the pigmentation.

Yes, anyone who has a skin condition that affects the scalp, such as eczema, psoriasis, or an active infection, or people who are prone to keloids, should not get scalp micro pigmentation. Additionally, anyone who has had radiation therapy to the scalp should not get scalp micro pigmentation.

Yes, scalp micropigmentation can look very real if done correctly by a skilled technician using high-quality pigments like Crown Clinic. However, the realism of the final result can also be affected by factors such as skin type, aftercare, and the equipment used.

Yes, scalp micropigmentation is a form of tattoo that involves the application of pigment to the scalp to create the appearance of hair.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a semi-permanent treatment that uses tiny pigment dots to mimic the appearance of hair follicles on the scalp. It typically lasts several years before fading but can last longer with proper aftercare and touch-up appointments.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) can look fake if not done properly by an experienced practitioner using high-quality equipment and pigments. However, when done well, SMP can create a natural-looking appearance of hair follicles and mimic the look of a shaved head. The final result depends on the skill of the practitioner like Crown Clinic and the individual’s skin and hair type.

The number of scalp micropigmentation sessions needed varies based on individual goals, scalp condition, and other factors. Typically, 2-3 sessions are needed for optimal results. Consult with a dermatologist like Crown Clinic for a personalised assessment.

Scalp micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure that uses pigment to create the illusion of fuller hair on the scalp. It can be effective in achieving the desired cosmetic result, but results may vary and touch-ups may be required. It’s important to seek a trained and licensed professional like Crown Clinic to ensure safety and the best results.

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