What is Scalp micropigmentation SMP

What Is SMP

In Short, its the modern solution to hair loss for men and woman, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) can change your life and restore your confidence.

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What is Scalp MicroPigmentation?


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Scalp Micro Pigmentation – Why And What?

So Why Get Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

Understanding the process of Scalp Micropigmentation  (SMP) often leads to the immediate decision to undergo the life-changing treatment. Compared to other hair procedures, Scalp Micropigmentation offers non-surgical, low cost, and guaranteed results.

Natural looking custom made pigments are injected into the epidermal layer of the scalp in order to mimic the true look of real hair follicles. Darkness and density during the application process may be customised to create the desired result.

Based on your desires, your practitioner (like Scalp Micropigmentation Glasgow) will speak to you about what options that you have for hair follicle replication. Your Scalp Micropigmentation specialist will also help you determine the best hairline for your face and even draw a rendering of your scalp to show you the possibilities.

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Specialised needles developed specifically for Scalp Micropigmentation are utilised to create very fine injections into the scalp to replicate the look of natural hair. 3 needles work in synchrony gently over the scalp to create the most natural pattern possible.


The pigments used for Scalp Micropigmentation are specially formulated to maintain color and minimise pigment spreading into the scalp during application. Multiple shades have been created so that the best match may be chosen. It is common for one client to have multiple shades of pigment in order to duplicate their natural hair colour.

Scalp Micropigmentation FAQ's

The amount of time needed for an scalp micropigmentation treatment varies but the typical first session lasts from three to five hours, while the further sessions usually take less time as the correct blend of density and darkness is achieved on the scalp.

Scalp micropigmentation – or SMP as it is also known –  treatments are usually split over 3 separate sessions, although the actual time can vary depending on the extent of your hair loss, the style you require, and other factors.

During your treatments, micro needles are used to layer pigment dots on your scalp in a process that resembles getting a tattoo. But scalp micropigmentation is a highly-technical, specialized process performed by our trained technicians. The tiny “dots” of pigment, placed in the dermal layer of skin, create the illusion of a full head of shaved hair, similar to multiple tiny tattoos. 

Before your first scalp micropigmentation treatment, at a consultation, you will meet with one of our team who to discuss your requirements, including the shape of your hairline, its positioning, as well as the density and shade of your pigmentation. our Skulltec technicians have been through the process themselves and will be able to give you honest insight into the process and it’s benefits. 

During the first session, a tiny wound is created in the skin when each dot is applied. A scab heals over the wound and eventually falls away, taking some of the implanted pigment with it. Furthermore, the immune system attacks the pigments, causing them to shrink. This gradual “fading” of the dots varies from person to person which means you would need multiple sessions to get the required pigment shade.

A patient’s treatment session with Skulltec includes the application of different shades of pigmentation. Different shades are needed to enable some pigment deposits to stand out from among the rest. Lighter pigments are usually applied during the first session, while the next few sessions introduce the applications of darker shades.

The first experiments with scalp micropigmentation were in the 1970s, but scalp micropigmentation wasn’t truly developed until 2002. The first general treatment offered to the public took place in 2006. 

While most patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure – especially in its earlier stages –  much like getting a tattoo, the discomfort usually becomes more tolerable as the session progresses. Some areas of the scalp have more, denser nerve endings than others, but the majority of patients focus on the benefits of the treatment rather than any discomfort they may experience. No pain no gain, as the saying goes. However, as your Skulltec technician will tell you, the pain is minimal, so don’t worry. 

The bottom line, however, is that scalp micropigmentation hurts less than having a regular tattoo and a lot less than getting a hair transplant. Anaesthetics are usually available to numb the scalp, although lots of men and women choose to go without them.

There is no down time or recovery period following scalp micropigmentation treatment, although slight redness on the skin from each tattoo session may last between 24-48 hours. Many patients return to work the next day and the usual time-table between treatments is seven day.

scalp micropigmentation has few, if any, side effects. However, it is worth noting that your scalp will be a little red after each application, and the dots will be darker and larger as your skin begins to heal. But, again, the tiny scabs that form over each dot will heal and fall off, taking some of the pigment with them.

No, scalp micropigmentation is effective in treating hair loss in both men and women. Like men, women can suffer from balding as they lose hair due to events such as childbirth, surgery, stress, and more, and SMP for women is a rapidly-growing service. At Skulltec, we work with just as many women as we do men. 

There is a difference between scalp micropigmentation for men and women, however. While a man receives treatments to replicate shaven hair follicles, the primary goal of treatment for women is to decrease the contrast between the scalp and hair. And while women usually lose hair evenly across their entire scalp, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll go completely bald. Moreover, a woman’s frontal hairline remains intact.

It’s not necessary for women to shave their heads before SMP treatments. Instead, the technician applies pigmentation by parting the hair section by section. The result – a “shaded” scalp – makes it harder to see the difference in colour between the hair and scalp, which creates the appearance of thicker hair.

Note: scalp micropigmentation often works best for women with dark or brunette hair. It’s usually not recommended for blonde women.

In the first few days after your scalp micropigmentation treatment, you should avoid activities that cause sweating of the scalp, as well as shampooing or washing your head. By day four, most men can shave with a foil shaver but need to be careful to not run it over any parts of the scalp in which scabs have not yet fallen off. Only by day 10 should you shave with a razor blade.

In most cases, an scalp micropigmentation treatment lasts for four to six years before the patient needs to have another treatment done because of fading of the pigments.

The quality and realism of your scalp micropigmentation may vary from one company to another. The skill and experience of your practitioner are also important. 

Choosing a reputable company such as Skulltec ensures that your results are excellent. 

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