Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical procedure that uses a micro-needles to inject pigment into the scalp. Like a traditional tattoo, SMP basically tattoos a number of tiny dots on your head, between your hair follicles.
Because the natural pigment is applied at the epidermal level of the scalp, the hair tattoo resembles the natural look of real hair on a shaved head. The final result can fix a receding hairline, fill in areas of thinning hair, provide a thicker hairstyle, and cover scarring or skin diseases.
Hair micropigmentation usually requires three sessions, each taking 2 to 4 hours with at least a week in-between sessions. This process of spacing out treatments allows for a gradual build-up and rejuvenation of your hairline.
In terms of maintenance, SMP treatments last about 5 years before patients need to come in for a touch up.
The cost of scalp micropigmentation depends on a variety of factors, such as where you live, the type of clinic you choose, the treatment area of your head, and how many treatments you need. A basic hair tattoo focused on your hairline or crown area can cost $1,500 to $2,000. However, the standard full procedure generally costs between $2,000 and $4,000. Expect to pay slightly more in cities like Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Austin.
Most men and women will experience some mild discomfort during micropigmentation, although anesthetics are available to numb the scalp. Furthermore, some areas of the scalp may be more sensitive, but the slight pain will become more tolerable as the treatment progresses.
If you’re still skeptical about getting a hair tattoo, here are some examples of SMP before and after pictures.
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