Scalp Micropigmentation FAQs


Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is rapidly emerging as one of the most sought-after solutions in the hair loss industry. SMP is a specialised form of aesthetic tattooing wherein precision needles are employed to implant thousands of tiny dots into the skin’s dermal layer, expertly replicating the appearance of natural hair follicles.



This non-invasive, non-surgical procedure delivers immediate results, effectively concealing the visual effects of baldness and hair loss.

SMP is versatile, catering to both male and female clients, offering solutions for various hair loss concerns. These include enhancing hair density, recreating natural hairlines for men grappling with male pattern baldness when hair transplants are not viable, addressing receding hairlines, managing crown hair loss, concealing scars, burns, birthmarks, and addressing all types of alopecia.

The SMP process typically unfolds over three to four sessions, spanning approximately six to eight weeks. While SMP is a form of permanent tattooing, it gradually lightens over time. To maintain its vibrancy and realism, individuals may opt for a colour boost, generally required every three to five years following the initial treatment. The timing of these colour boosts is influenced by individual factors such as lifestyle, sun exposure, medications, and other personal considerations, and usually involves just one session.

A standard scalp micropigmentation treatment session lasts from 2-5 hours.

It takes around 7-10 days for the scalp to heal completely.
For the first few of these days, it may appear red this is a normal reaction and shouldn’t cause alarm: your body is just doing what it should.

Scalp micropigmentation often lasts for four or more years.
The pigments used in scalp micropigmentation are permanent cosmetic ones, so they resist fading and other changes over time.

The needles used for micropigmentation are finer and smaller than those used in tattooing, so the procedure is generally less painful.

SMP treatment is considered to be low-risk.
Although skin allergies are possible with scalp micropigmentation treatment, only a few people ever have an
allergic reaction to the pigments used for this cosmetic procedure.

It is important to treat your scalp like a wound after SMP treatment, as it can cause scarring if you get it wet or contaminate.
Try not to use chlorinated pools, saunas upon completing the full course of treatments and no tanning beds for 28 days after.



Scalp Micropigmentation is an effective remedy for addressing male pattern baldness. It provides an immediate transformation, rendering the appearance of a closely shaven full head of hair. Regardless of whether your hair has started receding or has completely vanished, our treatment can replicate the natural look of your former hair follicles, a youthful buzz cut appearance, effectively reversing the clock by a decade or more.


Scalp Micropigmentation is an ideal solution for individuals grappling with hair loss due to Alopecia. Given that Alopecia is a condition with an unknown cause and no established cure, Scalp Micropigmentation offers a prompt and highly effective remedy, providing immediate results to those affected by this challenging condition.


An exceptionally effective technique for enhancing the thickness of thinning hair, resulting in a fuller and denser appearance while concealing the natural scalp colour.  The results are visible immediately.


Scars on the scalp can be the result of injury, operation, hair transplant and burns.  Scalp Micropigmentation provides an instant and effective way to camouflage and conceal scars.


In females, the condition known as female pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, shares similarities with its male counterpart. However, the pattern of hair loss differs, often initiating at the parting and potentially involving receding hair at the temples.

Post-menopausal women are more prone to experiencing hair loss, affecting approximately two-thirds of them. By the age of sixty-five, less than half of women maintain a full head of hair. In 2019, it was reported that eight million women in the UK experienced some form of hair loss.

Scalp Micropigmentation

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Scalp Micropigmentation

How realistic does it look?

The flawless finish is so remarkably lifelike that the only giveaway is the absence of stubble, discernible only by touch. To maintain this realistic appearance, it’s advisable to shave your head as frequently as possible.

Will I need time off work?

You don’t need to take time off from work. The only reason you might consider taking the day after your appointment off is to allow any redness to subside.

How many sessions will I need?

Most clients usually require only three sessions, although the number may vary depending on how effectively your skin retains the pigment and how closely you adhere to the aftercare instructions.

How is it different from a normal tattoo?

A traditional tattoo involves distinct equipment, including the device, needles, and ink, which differs significantly from SMP. The pigment used in SMP is specially formulated for this treatment and does not undergo colour changes to green or blue over time. Furthermore, the technique itself is fundamentally distinct: conventional tattooing primarily involves drawing, while SMP employs minuscule individual dots.

How long does the treatment take?

The duration of the treatment varies depending on factors such as the treated area’s size, treatment complexity, and the practitioner’s skill and speed. On average, a session typically falls within the range of 2 to 4 hours.


  • Do not wash your scalp for at least 3 days following the treatment.
  • Avoid touching or scratching your scalp during the healing process.
  • Avoid exposing your scalp to direct sunlight for the first week following the treatment.
  • Avoid swimming pools, saunas, going to the gym and other activities that may cause excessive sweating for the first week.
  • If you experience any discomfort, you may take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
  • Do not shave or cut your hair for at least 10 days following the treatment.
  • If you notice any unusual redness, swelling, or discharge, contact your SMP technician immediately.
  • After the first week, you may resume your regular hair care routine, including washing your scalp and using hair styling products.
  • Follow-up appointments may be necessary to evaluate the progress of your scalp micropigmentation procedure and make any necessary adjustments.


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