If you’re tired of how your thinning hair looks but don’t want invasive surgery or cosmetic injections that might not work, then you want scalp micropigmentation (SMP).
It’s the perfect way to restore your hair to the way you remember it. Take a look at the ultimate guide to SMP (with FAQs) to answer all your questions about this sensational treatment.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation the Same As Microblading?
While they both are technically a form of micropigmentation, no, scalp micropigmentation is not the same as microblading, which is done manually with a blade.
Scalp micropigmetation uses an electric permanent makeup device that is customized for recreating follicles with a microneedle.
What Does SMP Look Like?
The primary goal of SMP is to create the illusion of full hair. It won’t look natural if you use the hairlike lines as you would in microblading. Instead, a specialist uses a very high-quality ink and meticulously creates tiny dot impressions in layers and different hues.
This technique mimics the shadow and depth of hair follicles, resulting in the stunning illusion of thick, full hair.
What Does SMP Feel Like – Is It Painful?
There is mild discomfort with scalp micropigmation. However, before your specialist begins your treatment, a numbing agent may be applied to your scalp if needed.
When Will I See SMP Results?
You get to see your amazing scalp micropigmetation results immediately. Treatment takes two to three hours, and it takes a few treatments to experience maximum results.
Book an appointment with a scalp micropigmentation specialist at Edge Ink to find out how many SMP treatments are right for you. Visit our Gallery for more photos of our work.
What’s Recovery Like After SMP?
After you receive SMP, you should avoid direct sunlight, sweating excessively, swimming, saunas, and steam rooms for at least a month in order to maintain the ink used in your SMP treatment. Checkout our Aftercare Guide for more information.
Does SMP Need Special Maintenance?
No, taking care of scalp micropigmentation is very easy. Just make sure you’re not using abrasive soaps or shampoos on the area, regularly moisturizing your treated area and use a quality sunscreen with a high SPF when you go outside.
Who Can Benefit from SMP?
The best part about scalp micropigmentation is that it’s great for almost everyone with hair loss. This includes hair loss from male or female pattern baldness, anxiety, chemical exposure, all forms of alopecia, trichotillomania, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as well as countless other causes.
*Those with scalp acne, sensitive skin, or extreme cases of psoriasis may want to avoid SMP.
How Long Does SMP Last?
Results with scalp micropigmentation are semi-permanent because there will always be pigment in the treated area, but it fades over time. You may need a touch up after about four years.
Scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive and is not surgery. You can return for treatment when you start to notice results fading for a touch up.
How Much Does SMP Cost?
The price of SMP depends on how much of your scalp needs to be treated, your geographic location, and the specialist providing your treatment.
Generally, the cost of scalp micropigmentation is anywhere from $1,200 to $1,800 for scar camouflage and $2,400+ for scalp and hairline treatments. The only way to get an accurate estimate is by booking a consultation with an scalp micropigmentation artist at Edge Ink.
Can I Get SMP at a Tattoo Shop?
Scalp micropigmentation should only be performed by a trained SMP professional. Tattoo artists are great at providing permanent artwork on your body, but they have little to no training in SMP.
Always seek out a highly trained professional, like the experienced SMP artists at Edge Ink, when searching for SMP Services.
Get the Best SMP Results With Edge Ink
At Edge Ink, we are dedicated not only to providing you answers to your questions about SMP, but also with best results in SMP. We use only the best plant-based inks and promise you’ll love the way your hair looks when your treatment is over.
If you still have questions after reading our ultimate guide to SMP (with FAQs), call or text us at 301-578-6551 to schedule a consultation.
Financing is available.