SMP Scalp Micropigmentation
Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP is the revolutionary procedure of a realistic, undetectable tattoo for the hairline and scalp area and is suitable for both men and women.
This is a semi-permanent procedure using a micro-pigmenting technique applied directly to the skin. We colour match any hair colour to create the look of short or shaved hairs. This is done with fine hair-like strokes or dots and will disguise the look of thinning hair on the scalp. This technique can be performed on short or long hair and can help redefining your hairline, mask the signs of Alopecia Areata, camouflage scarring or old hair transplant scars.
We provide a gold standard treatment all performed in a cosmetic medical clinic of the highest standard. Free consultations are available where you can view our extensive before and after gallery.
What areas can be treated with SMP Micropigmentation?
- SMP can create the visual effect of a full head of hair for men
- SMP can disguise existing Hair Transplant Scars
- SMP will provide for density enhancement in women with thinning hair
- SMP can be performed to correct small Alopecia Areata patches
- Density enhancement for low donor coverage after FUE Hair Transplantation
- Brow pigmentation can enhance the density and shape of eyebrows
Is this the same as a normal “tattoo”?
Yes and no. Yes – it can be considered as a form of tattoo, however, the pigments are distilled water based (opposed to the common oil carrier based pigments in conventional tattoos) thus resulting in a semi-permanent lasting result.
The work involved with SMP is only performed on the skin surface – thus, making it a MUCH SAFER treatment than traditional cosmetic tattoos. The colour can also be adjusted in alignment with the original hair colour, which results in a realistic look. Unlike normal cosmetic tattoos, this technique does not leave a flat, dull and fake look that tattoos leave behind.
The Full Density Transplant
FUE Hair Transplantation is the recognised gold standard of permanent hair restoration. Now it has not been possible to achieve 100% density. When combined with SMP, the Full Density Hair Transplant will achieve the texture of newly transplanted hair with the extra density of SMP.
By combining Hair Transplantation and SMP, we can achieve the texture of real hair, with virtually limitless density at your disposal, no matter how much donor hair you have available.
Most people like the feel of having real hair on their scalps. When combining traditional hair restoration techniques and a highly advanced scalp micropigmentation process, you will benefit from the best of both worlds. Real hair with real texture, with the look of thickness and fullness that only scalp micropigmentation can provide.
Everyone’s hair needs are different and we will do a close assessment to determine the best treatment options for you as well as exactly how many sessions you will need. Usually, SMP requires three to four sessions, each taking 2 to 4 hours with at least two weeks in-between sessions. The process of spacing out treatments allows for a gradual build-up of colour. In terms of maintenance, SMP treatments last about 5 years before patients need to come in for a touch-up.
During the process, most men and women will experience some mild discomfort during SMP, although there are anaesthetics available to numb the scalp and prevent that discomfort altogether. Furthermore, some areas of the scalp may be more sensitive, but the slight pain will become more tolerable as the treatment progresses.
Hair replication specialists believe that regular tattoo needles are too thick to create realistic looking hairs which are the opposite of what you want. They say that finer cosmetic makeup needles are more appropriate for hair treatments. It is imperative that the needle should not be perfectly round because when magnified, hair follicles are actually jagged and irregular and the needle used to mark your scalp should mimic that. Of course, also make sure the facility uses brand new needles on each customer.