What exactly is scalp micropigmentation?

You may have been researching various options for treating your own hair loss, and have encountered scalp micropigmentation, possibly for the first time. If you are wondering what exactly it is, you have stumbled upon the exact source to answer all your questions.

When it comes to various treatments and alternatives for hair loss, it must be said that scalp micropigmentation, or SMP for short, is a relatively new idea. It originated a little more than a decade ago, but it quickly spread across the world. At Vinci Hair Clinic we applied our vast experience in the hair restoration industry to further improve the techiques already being used, to create what we believe is the most advanced form of SMP in existence.

What does SMP really do?

The SMP process is simple in its idea – it pigments your head so that it appears as if you have real hair, closely shaved to the scalp. It is a process of significant complexity, and even though there are those who would advise you to go to a tattoo parlor, it is highly recommended that you don’t – the processes and technology used for the service are very specific and bear no resemblance whatsoever to the services offered by a tattoo artist.


When you have a full head of hair which is shaved, it appears as though there are many tiny dots on your scalp. The process aims to achieve this effect as closely as possible.

Does it look like real hair?

If you go to the right professional, there is no doubt that SMP looks incredibly realistic. If the process is applied properly, there is no reason why anyone you mix with needs to know you’ve had any work done. The illusion is so believable, even you might find it hard to tell the difference.

The most important thing to consider is how pigmentation actually matches your hair. Vinci Hair Clinic specialists make sure that they combine the synthetic with the actual as best as possible to achieve an immaculate illusion.

What is the mechanism behind the process?

In most scenarios the whole process will take about 6-10 hours, spread across 3 or 4 sessions. There are many factors to be considered for the timeframe, including your extent of balding, the head size, and the exact style you wish to match.

You will usually find yourself in a lengthy discussion before the actual process begins. It is essential for the clinician to understand what exactly you are after, and this needs to be discussed in full detail. This consultation does not take long to complete however.

Over the course of several sessions, your head will be pigmented. This will continue until the right density and style for your new desired hair is reached. Once the process is completed, you will be asked to not wash, dry or shave your head for a period of 5 days. If the need applies, you may be required to take another session after a week or so. Every session will let the old dots subside, and the redness, which is initially present, will slowly subside.

What is the impact of fading on the treatment?

As the pigment is applied, each dot carries a small wound with it. It scabs over time, and the pigment is trapped underneath. When the scab falls away, some of the pigment is lost with it, while the body’s immune system attacks the rest.

These two things will end up shrinking the dots and lightening the skin around them, which of course results in loss of colour. This is why several treatments over the course of a few weeks are required in order to make a proper assessment.

Every person will have their own rate of fading and lightening. This will not have an effect on the final results, but it decides the number of treatments, which you will need to partake in. This is why it is highly advisable that you require a whole quote, not a per-session price.

Is the process painful?

If you ask most people, they will tell you that it is similar to getting a tattoo, but far less constant as a sensation. This said, it must be clarified that it is a little uncomfortable rather than painful.

The pain cannot be compared to a hair transplant as it is far milder. However you could go for some painkillers, even though a relaxed state of mind is likely to benefit you more.

What is the cost of SMP?

For a full explanation of costs, please see this article.