Scalp Micropigmentation

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

In the past 20 years, the technique called scalp micropigmentation has exploded worldwide in almost every city in the world. Scalp micropigmentation was invented about 20 years ago by Mr. Ian Watson of His Hair Clinic in the United Kingdom. This hair loss treatment is often called a hair tattoo or scalp tattoo, but it is nothing like a regular tattoo.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation, or SMP, combines tattoo techniques with specialized inks and needles to recreate the look of natural hair follicles. Tiny dots of ink are placed in the bald or thinning areas of the scalp. Once set, the dots usually will stay for 5 to 8 years. It is considered a permanent solution to alopecia for both men and women.

For men, SMP can create a new hairline lost to androgenetic hair loss. The hairline can be individually designed for each client by the SMP artist. Depending on each person’s preferences, it could look soft or with a hard edge. For men experiencing male pattern baldness, scalp micropigmentation looks best when the hair is cut short,, giving it a buzz-cut look.

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Scalp Micropigmentation for Women

For women experiencing hair loss, the hair loss is usually diffused, making it appear thinning throughout the scalp. With this type of hair loss, SMP can be added between the existing hairs to give them more density. There is no need to cut the hair short like men.

Is a hair Tattoo Permanent?

A hair tattoo does not go as deep as a regular skin tattoo. Because of this, scalp micropigmentation doesn’t last forever. On average, it lasts around eight years. Over the years, it will gradually fade, and you need to get a touch-up every 2-4 years to give it a fresh look again.

How much is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Because SMP isn’t regulated, scalp micropigmentation costs can vary greatly depending on the SMP technician. Scalp micropigmentation should be performed by experienced SMP artists who are highly trained in the industry. Many people are getting into this industry but need more experience or technical know-how to do a good job. So, buyer, beware, you often will get what you pay for.

A reputable scalp micropigmentation Toronto clinic typically ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 and will do 3 to 4 sessions between 1 and 2 weeks. Compared to a hair transplant which runs between $15,000-$20,000 in Toronto, it is good value for the money.

Does Scalp Micropigmentation look Real?

It depends on who does your SMP. As mentioned, if performed by an experienced, well-trained SMP artist, scalp micropigmentation can look scalp micropigmentation can look perfectly natural even at close range. However, if done by a novice, the term scalp micropigmentation regret can happen. Fortunately, SMP can be removed entirely using laser tattoo removal methods.

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