Scalp MicroPigmentation


Not everyone is either suitable or wants a hair transplant. Scalp Micro Pigmentation, is commonly known as SMP. It is a non-surgical scalp grooming treatment for men and women. Pigments are applied in the epidermal level of the skin, the upper layers. Applied in tiny dots it replicates the natural appearance of shaved hairs. It differs from traditional body art tattoos. It only uses shades of black and not coloured pigments. There are various forms of the treatment available. The main variant is the longevity of the result. The dots will fade over time without further work. Most SMP treatments require multiple sessions. The time between sessions can vary. Largely dependent on the skin type and the desired look. Scar tissue can be more demanding. The ink can fade faster and require more attention.

Hairline Design

SMP candidates are no different to hair transplant candidates.  Many wish to restore their original hair line. Or wish to have a design which is either not age appropriate or incorrect in the design or placement. Acute temporal angles and flat lines can look unnatural. The plan is to recreate a natural front line. Not too harsh and not too flat or symmetrical.  A soft touch, possibly slight tonal differences and, no different to hair transplantation, a jagged frontal line, building up to a greater density of tone behind makes the hairline softer and natural.


A simple non-candidate can be expectations are too high. SMP gives the illusion of a shaved look, by definition if you allow your native hair to grow longer the effect is lost and the result becomes cosmetically unnatural, so before deciding on SMP it is important to appreciate the limitations. Other aspects that need to be taken into consideration are scarring, burns, sunburnt skin.

Skin quality is important when performing SMP, it will affect the way the pigmentation is accepted into the skin and how it reacts. For example, performing SMP on sunburnt skin can cause the tone to spread, like making an ink dot on wet paper. This can result in totally unnatural results and should not be performed until the skin physiology has returned to normal. Pigmenting into scar tissue can be more demanding as the tissue is generally harder and been compromised, a conservative approach is recommended and build up to required tone.

The Number of Sessions

To get the best results from SMP it is important to be a little patient, although full coverage can be achieved on a NW5/6 candidate that does not mean it cannot be improved upon. Covering areas already discussed such as hairline design, the crown/vertex that takes the pigmentation differently. Tone variants can be fine-tuned over one or two sessions further sessions and it´s important to leave a reasonable period of time between each session to allow the skin and pigment to relax, and then judge properly how to refine the result.

Treating Other Hair Loss Conditions

SMP can help hair loss sufferers of alternative hair loss conditions; such as Alopecia Universalis, the total loss of hair over the scalp and sometimes the body. Alopecia areata can sometimes be hard to hide if the patches spread or are large, and can also fill in these areas, but a concern here can be the irregularity of AA and how it can close and spread to other areas of the scalp.


Education is a vital tool to ensuring the result is to the person´s satisfaction and their long-term happiness. With any cosmetic procedure, people react differently to the procedure and giving the knowledge to them of how the process is built up informs and educates so they have a greater understanding and appreciate why certain decisions are taken for their best interest.

What Ways Can Micro Scalp Pigmentation Be Used?

Although scalp micro pigmentation is most commonly used to hide male pattern baldness, the application can help with many more hair loss and scalp conditions.

Hiding Unsightly Scars Around the Head, Especially Old Hair Transplant Scars

Maybe not hair loss, but scarring around the scalp, often cause by previous FUT or FUE hair transplants can cause stress and be visually unsightly. Scalp pigmentation can hide scarring with a long or short hairstyle. The pigment covers the scar simulating the look of hair stubble, and blends with the surrounding hair.

Adding The Look of More Density After a Hair Transplant

A hair transplant has limitations, that being the amount of donor hair available, and with advanced hair loss this results in areas of lower hair density, often the crown. Scalp Pigmentation can blend with the lower hair density to increase the look of volume, with either long or short hair.

Increasing The Look of Hair Volume for Female Hair Loss Patterns

Female hair loss often manifests itself with a loss of hair density, with a diffused pattern of thinning. SMP can reduce the contrast between the hair and skin complexion, giving the illusion of a higher hair density, resulting in the look of a fuller head of hair.


The next step is having answers to your questions. With an online consultation, we want to make that as easy as possible for you. Not to mention, free and without obligation.

Your personal assessment is designed to answer your questions. Are you a good hair transplant candidate. What is your hair loss stage? Are your goals and expectations realistic? How many grafts, which technique and the cost.

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