How Does SMP Work? Scalp Micropigmentation, Risks and Benefits
How Does SMP Work? Scalp Micropigmentation, Risks and Benefits



Before we start talking about what scalp Micropigmentation is, we should first start talking about hair loss, and how common it is. You see, at least in the United States, around 80 million people suffer from this condition due to hereditary reasons, as mentioned in this article over here.

Although this problem is much more common as people grow older and affects more men than women, it’s much more present in our society than many would like to admit. In fact, often people lose around 100 hairs per day, which is not a problem for most, considering that most of us have more than 100,000 strings on our heads.

Problems begin when we start noticing some drastic changes in our head fur. When we start seeing a lot of strings in the bathroom after we take a shower, and they just stack on the drainage… Or something even worse which a lot of people have experienced, the traumatizing event of washing your head with shampoo to notice strings of hair in your hands.

These are probably the most common hints of hair loss one can think of, but how do people deal with it? Well, it all depends on the intensity of the problem. Slight hair loss can be dealt with growth stimulants, such as the famous alternative known as Minoxidil, which is known for increasing the blood flow of the applied area, thus, benefitting the follicles in many different ways to increase hair production.

A lot of people use it to cover bald spots in their heads or produce to balance their beards which may be lacking in certain areas otherwise. Other people use it to repair unbalanced hairstyles and beards, where a side of their head has more hair than the other.


Transplantation Surgery

 There’s another alternative known as hair transplantation, a dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. On other occasions, this surgery can also be used not only to help with a bald spot in the scalp but also to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, chest hair, and in some rare occasions, pubic hair, in places where there’s a scar caused by previous surgery or incident. Since scars also take tend to take to damage follicles when the healing process is done, they usually stop growing hairs, but they can be fixed with this procedure.


Scalp Micropigmentation

When it comes to the scalp, though, there’s another alternative, known as SMP, or Scalp Micropigmentation. In short, we can consider this process as some sort of hair tattoo and is often called like that by professionals and clinics.


When I talk about professionals, I mean tattoo artists that are qualified to provide this service. What’s so great about artists is that they usually share very detailed information and also proof of their work on the internet, showcasing some of their micro-pigmentation processes.

You can also check more personal reviews of their services so you get an idea of efficient their work is before even hiring them. Of course, some people might prefer the professionalism behind a clinic.

When it comes to these kinds of procedures, professional practices, and hygienic security measures are an absolute must, and people often relate this to clinics and doctors. With that said, only a small portion of tattoo artists commit these mistakes, and they are often known for charging way less than other professionals.

In the tattoo industry, the quote “you get what you pay for” is truly relatable, and you shouldn’t look for services that are cheap, but efficient, of good quality, and that has gained the trust of people. That’s why you should, before hiring a tattoo artist for this, check their social media, website, and see there as many reviews as possible online.

If you go for a clinic, you can check their website, make a call to ask about their services, and do some research on the internet regarding their services to know if they are up to the task or not.

Thankfully, some clinics such as provide in detail information about their processes and even have videos explaining their services and a frequently asked questions section to answer some of the most common doubts people have before and after the surgery.


The Risks

Considering that the procedure is similar to a tattoo, just in your scalp, and uses an electrical tattooing device which consists in stabbing your head (literally) and painting it, of course, there are some risks, and it might (or might not) be a little painful depending on the skills of the professional handling the machine, as well as how tolerant you are to the pain.

 For some people, it might just be a little annoying, a pain that they can tolerate, but most people are afraid of being tattooed because of the pain, and the simple idea of needles going through their skin. And believe me, although they usually apply a cream to reduce the level of pain, you’ll have to deal with it as professionally as possible, because moving or flinching is a no-no in the tattooing industry.

Now, let’s go back to the possible risks. One, of course, is being tattooed with an unclean needle. This can lead to infections, which can be pretty nasty, and that’s why you should seek a professional who knows what he or she’s doing, and that’s why I made so much emphasis in reviews. Knowing how a clinic or artist works is pretty much a way to know whether they are trustful or not!

Another possible risk is the aftermatch. If you don’t take proper care of the tattoo, and ignore the recommendations and warnings of the professional that worked with you, you will indeed put yourself into a riskier position, leading to infections, depigmentation of the tattoo, and might even remove some of the ink if you are too rough.

There are guidelines and things you should and shouldn’t do after a tattoo, no matter the place, and they will be handed to you, so make sure to pay a lot of attention to it. Overall, there are the most common problems, but in the end, they are things you can avoid!

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