Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP)

Scalp micro pigmentation (SMP), is a cosmetic procedure where small, distinct dots of color are applied into the superficial layers of the skin to create the appearance of very short hair strands. A needle-like instrument is used to deliver a dot of special pigment; each minute dot is devised to resemble a single, very short clipped, follicular unit. When skillfully applied, the thousands of SMP dots can create a natural effect, similar to a pointillist painting.

Unlike traditional tattooing techniques, SMP does not deeply penetrate the skin and is therefore much less invasive. This more superficial application of pigment will usually last 3 to 4 years, before requiring maintenance treatment. SMP is also much less prone to the color change, typically seen with body tattoo inks, since a different type pigment system is used.

Balding Pattern Hair Loss
SMP is therefore frequently utilized to recreate the appearance of very short clipped hairs (~0 to 1 clipper guard length). This can be very helpful for patients with a bald pattern of hair loss, who can wear their hair in a very short clipped/buzz cut style.

Thinning Pattern Hair Loss
In patients with a thinning pattern of hair loss, and longer hair styles, SMP is sometimes used to help conceal the exposed scalp and improve the thinning appearance or to augment hair restoration surgery results.

Concealment of Scars
SMP is also very helpful as a form of medical micro pigmentation to conceal and improve scars: from hair restoration procedures (FUT and FUE scars), various surgeries involving the scalp, and scarring from other forms of trauma.

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