Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
Scalp Micropigmentation, also known as SMP, is a permanent cosmetic tattoo applied superficially to the scalp skin. It mimics the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp and can be used in patients who are either unwilling to undergo hair transplant surgery or are unsuitable for hair transplantation (usually as a result of inadequate donor hairs).
Properly performed SMP creates a natural look even upon close inspection. It uses a permanent organic, non-metallic ink which has several advantages over other inks. Firstly, the permanent ink does not fade to green or blue over time as do temporary inks. Secondly the non-metallic ink allows patients to have a head MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedure in the future if required.
The non-surgical procedure is carried out by experienced hair restoration surgeons who understand the intricacies of proper hairline design together with qualified staff. Local anaesthesia is used to ensure a completely painless experience and sedation is also offered to patients if desired.
Scalp Micropigmentation is an excellent option in the following 5 types of situation:
- Scalp Scarring from any cause.
The ink is applied throughout the scar as well as above and below the scar to blend the scar into the surrounding hairs.
- Female hair loss with early thinning who don’t need hair transplantation.
Shading of the scalp using SMP improves coverage in mildly thinning areas.
- Men and women who have previously had hair transplant surgery but still cannot achieve the required “visual density”.
- Men who have extensive balding and have insufficient donor hairs to provide an adequate transplanted result.
These men can achieve a natural buzz-cut result.
- Suitable men and women who do not wish to undergo hair transplant surgery.
The process is safe as we utilise single-use disposable needles together with specially formulated organic ink. It is a different technique to traditional tattooing as the ink is applied very superficially to ensure only tiny dots are deposited which mimic hairs. The colour of the ink is decided upon to match the colour and tone of each patients shaved hair beneath the skin.
Hair transplant surgery can be performed prior to this technique but also after the technique if further hairs are required or desired. Because we are trained hair transplant surgeons, SMP can be offered as part of a range of therapies to manage any future hair loss.