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Scalp Micro-Pigmentation

Capilia Freedom is trained and certified using the advanced techniques of the Scalp Micro-Pigmentation Centre. For more information please visit

What is Scalp Micro-Pigmentation or, SMP?

SMP is a method of disguising hair loss by “tattooing” tiny spots the size of hair follicles onto the scalp in the hair loss area. This technique can be used in many scenarios with great results. It is suitable for both Men and Women. The procedure is painless and there is no downtime associated with it.

It is important to differentiate SMP from standard tattoo procedures, however. Standard tattooing uses much larger inking implements, creating large blotches of ink deep in the skin that will not look natural in this application. SMP must be performed by a trained SMP artist using inking implements specifically designed for this purpose in order to create effective, natural results.

Hair Loss/Thinning hair – Hair Density Treatment (HD)

In this case, the effect is similar to that of commonly used hair fibers, however, the results last for years and there is no mess or fuss.

before and after of woman receiving hair density treatment

*Individual results may vary

full head post SMP treatment

Shaved Scalp – Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP)

For those who have lost scalp hair and prefer the shaved scalp look, but don’t like the “shadow” caused by the growing hair on the sides, SMP is an effective solution. Micro-pigments added to the hair loss area look like the shaved follicles on the sides and back of the scalp, giving you the appearance of a shaved full head of hair. Patients can opt for solid, soft, dark or light variations to match their existing hair. SMP is effective for all skin types.

Hair Transplants (HD)

The thin appearance of hair transplants can be improved using SMP. SMP pigments are placed between the growing hairs of the hair transplant, making the hair appear thicker than it actually is.

before and after of man with SMP treatment

*Individual results may vary

Scalp Scars – Scar Camouflage (SC)

Scarring from various causes including FUT hair transplant strip removal, FUE transplant spots, or other scars can be effectively disguised using SMP.

before and after of man with SMP treatment

*Individual results may vary

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation FAQ’s

Is it a scalp tattoo? SMP is similar to a scalp tattoo but there are important differences. Tattoos are done using large, multi-needled devices. The purpose is to cover large areas of the skin quickly. With SMP, a single, very fine needle is used in order to create a dot the size of a hair follicle. The ink used is made up of black pigment only, and not multiple colors. This is important because as the SMP “scalp tattoo” slowly fades over time, we don’t want it to change colors. Regular Tattoo ink will generally fade to a blueish tone. Finally, SMP is deposited in a different layer of the skin than regular tattoo. And requires special equipment, training, and practice in order to perform correctly.

How Long Does it Last? Unlike a regular tattoo, scalp micro-pigmentation does not last forever, unless it is “touched-up” about once a year. Patients will see minimal fading in the first year after the procedure, and minor touch-ups from time to time after that will keep your SMP treatment looking fresh and new. Without touch-ups, an SMP scalp tattoo will last 3 to 5 years depending on the person.

Does it hurt? SMP is much less painful then a regular tattoo and usually does not require any numbing pre-treatment

How Long Does it Take? This will vary depending on how large the area being treated. Generally speaking, a top of the head treatment, whether it’s full SMP or density increase, will require 2 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours each, and one follow up sessions of 1 hour.

How much does scalp tattooing cost? The cost of scalp micro-pigmentation can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. The general range is anywhere from $500.00 to $3,500.

Is there any downtime or after effect? There is no downtime aside from the procedure itself, and after effects are minimal. A slight bit of redness on the scalp may last for a few hours after the procedure, and patients should not wash their scalp for 48 hours. No special cream or treatment is required after the procedure.

At Capilia Freedom, no area is too big or small so please contact us if you have even a small scar on your scalp that you would like to disguise. For more information on SMP, or to schedule a detailed consultation and analysis, please contact us through our online consultation pages or simply call us directly.

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