Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is a similar experience to getting tattooed with the purpose of creating the illusion of hair in sparse areas on the scalp or facial hair region. SMP creates tiny dots in between thinning hairs or bald areas, making remaining hair appear thicker and bald areas look closely shaven.

Scalp Micropigmentation Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Scalp Micropigmentation
avg. recovery
3 days
Is permanent
$350 - $5100

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.17.2021

Scalp micropigmentation, like microblading, creates individual realistic looking hair for people suffering from hair loss or sparse hairlines. SMP can make hair appear fuller by strategically placing microdots of pigment on the skin, making it so the scalp isn't visible through thinning hair. For individuals who are completely bald or have extensive hair loss but also desire to wear their hair in a short or almost shaven hairstyle, scalp micropigmentation can create the illusion of a closely cropped hairdo when performed over the entirety of the head. Typically, an SMP procedure is divided into multiple sessions with 5-7 days in between each appointment to allow the pigment to settle in and fade. This allows the artist an opportunity to reevaluate placement, shade, and density of the pigment to create a realistic layering effect. Before the session begins, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed. Barriers will be marked on the skin to indicate where the new hairline will begin. The microdots will then be individually made into the skin with a specialized device which uses only 1-6 needles in a smaller gauge that do not penetrate as deeply as a traditional tattoo gun. This makes the marks appear more realistic however are more prone to fading. Upkeep treatments will be necessary to maintain results

The goal of scalp micropigmentation is to create the appearance of tiny hair follicles to restore the look of a fuller head of hair. The procedure replicates natural hair follicles while adding density to thinning areas.


Scalp Micropigmentation addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Do not pick or scratch any scabs that form after an SMP session as this could results in a "patchy" looking results. Scabs will fall off naturally. It is common for there to be a variation in pigments and shades. Avoid unprotected time in the sun as prolonged sun exposure can prematurely fade results.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for scalp micropigmentation wants to improve the density in shortly cropped, diffusely thinned hair, and for patients trying to camouflage a hair transplant scar. This procedure is also commonly used to create a greater illusion of fullness in candidates who have already undergone surgical hair restoration.

Not Recommended For

Scalp micropigmentation is usually not recommended for women with blonde hair, or patients with lighter hair colors who prefer to wear hair in a longer style.

Side Effects

Micropigmentation is well tolerated by however side effects may include allergic reaction to the pigment or unsatisfied results. A thorough consultation with your chosen provider is recommended to ensure avoidance of any adverse results.


  • permanent
  • dense hair


  • only for darker hair colors
  • best for shorter hairstyles

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