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 colorus. 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 blue-ish tone.
Finally, SMP is deposited in a different layer of the skin than regular tattoos, requiring special equipment, training, and practice in order to perform correctly.
Unlike a regular tattoo, scalp micropigmentation 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 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 Scalp Micropigmentation hurt?
SMP is much less painful then a regular tattoo, and usually does not require any numbing pre-treatment.
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 session of 1 hour.
How much does scalp tattooing cost?
The cost of scalp scalp tattooing can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. The general range is anywhere from $500.00 to $3,500.
There is no downtime aside from the procedure itself, and the 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 FREEDOMclinic, no coverage area is too big or small, so please contact us for all of your scalp micropigmentation needs. For more information on SMP, or to schedule a detailed consultation and analysis, please contact us through our online consultation pages, or call us directly.