Is scalp micropigmentation a painful experience?

pain-levelThere is no shame in admitting that you’re concerned about how much your treatment is likely to hurt. Men from all over the world, from all backgrounds and ethnicities, and with a whole range of different pain thresholds, report the same concern about pain. The good news is that it’s really nothing much to worry about.

Whilst scalp micropigmentation is a much more sophisticated process than a tattoo, the sensation is similar in a way, and easier for people to understand by having something to compare it to. Actually SMP is much less uncomfortable than a tattoo. During a tattoo procedure, a needle is dragged across the skin inserting ink deep into the dermis. During an SMP procedure a large number of tiny incisions are made at a much shallower depth. Most people who have had both SMP and normal tattoos report that SMP is a much more comfortable process.


What can be done if I am really concerned about the potential pain level?

There are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to pain, as follows:

Try to relax

Panic and anxiety heightens the sensation of pain. If you arrive for your sessions relaxed, calm and collected, you are likely to experience less pain.

Use medication

Regular over the counter medication may help, if taken an hour before your session. Suggested medications include Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Codeine. Ensure you do not use blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin. Topical anaesthetic creams should not be used unless advised by your clinician, as they may interfere with your pigmentation.

Avoid alcohol

Some clients ask if they can arrive for their sessions in a slightly intoxicated state, to enable them to manage pain and anxiety more effectively. Please be advised this is not recommended or allowed, and we reserve the right to refuse to treat clients who we believe are intoxicated.

Bring a distraction

Many clients find that a distraction such as music from an iPod or other device can help take their mind off any pain. If you are really concerned about discomfort, we are happy for you to bring a suitable device with you.

Should I be concerned?

In almost all cases, no. Scalp micropigmentation does involve a little discomfort, but certainly not a significant level of pain. Most clients breeze through each session with just a little discomfort, nothing more. The sensation is actually soothing for some.