FAQS

There are often many questions associated with scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, treatment and processes. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we see, but please feel free to contact us for any additional questions or more information.

Scalp Micropigmentation, also known as SMP or Hair Tattoo, is a non-invasive hair treatment that uses detailed micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles or short hair stubble. If you are starting to thin, recede, or if you are completely bald, we can give you the look of a short buzz cut.

Our SMP treatment pricing is based on the level of hair loss, or amount of work needed which is different for each client. We recommend setting up a free consultation so we can evaluate your case and provide a personalized price quote based on your hair loss needs.

Scalp micropigmentation hair treatment should never be considered a one treatment process. Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring. These treatments are usually spaced about 10-20 days apart.

The Scalp Micropigmentation treatment typically takes 2-4 hours per session depending on your degree of hair loss. Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring. These treatments are usually spaced about 10-20 days apart.

After completion of your SMP hair treatment (2-4 sessions) a client should expect the strength of the color to last 4 to 6 years. Over a longer term, a client will very gradually notice slight lightening (not discolor) of the treatment. When this occurs, they can undergo a brief “touch up” session to restore any fading and secure many more years of their style.

Scalp micropigmentation has become such an effective hair loss solution because of its consistently natural and undetectable results. Cisco with Cisco SMP prides himself on the ability to seamlessly replicate each individual hair follicle to create a perfect match for each client.

Scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive and requires no down time. In most cases, you will not need to take any extended time away from work, school, or other functions. After treatment it is common to notice slight redness on the scalp for 2-3 days post session. This redness subsides quickly, and most clients return to work either right away or within a couple days. Clients are also allowed to wear hats or head wear should they feel the need.

If you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work for you, your SMP treatment specialist will be there to help. With artistic experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, your scalp micropigmentation specialist can help recommend what’s best. Over the course of your sessions, you can also tweak and adjust the hairline for a perfect result.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a form of permanent cosmetic. Often referred to as a cosmetic hair or scalp tattoo, this treatment typically lasts 4-6 years. After that time, a client may experience some slight fading, to which they can come back in for a quick touch up. This cosmetic solution will not wash off but can be tweaked as years go on. We always recommend meeting with our team of experienced expert practitioners to discuss your treatment options.

No. Scalp micropigmentation is a form of permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattoo ink, the pigment we use is designed to fall within the same color spectrum of short cut hair. The pigment contains no additional colorants or additives and will only lighten, not discolor over an extended time. Scalp micropigmentation also utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing, ensuring the needle and machine are designed specifically for micropigmentation of the scalp.

Depending upon the pattern and extent of the thinning hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length of hair. Scalp pigmentation from SMP treatment can help thicken areas so that less of the scalp is seen showing through. However, if there is a strong pattern of hair loss or just not a lot of hair density left, the client is recommended to cut it shorter.

Yes, those with gray hairs can still benefit from the scalp micropigmentation procedure. First, most clients are recommended to cut their hair to a short, buzzed length. When this is done, gray hair does not appear as gray because the hair root itself is darker. Hair only shows gray as it gets longer. Second, we use a gray-scale pigment that can be adjusted in shade to blend with lighter hair tones. We simply create a lighter dilution for blending into the existing gray hairs.

Yes! By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending the color around the scarring area, transplant and surgical scars can see massive improvement in concealment resulting from scalp micropigmentation hair treatment.

Yes! Cisco will be able to match the pigment to a wide range of skin tones. Whether you are Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Islande, or other ethnicity, scalp micropigmentation can work for you. No matter what tone your skin color is, SMP treatment has been shown to provide successful results for a fuller and thicker appearance for your hair.

We recommend no heavy sweating or intense exercise for 5-7 days after your scalp micropigmentation treatment for your look of a fuller and thicker head of hair.

For most clients who invest in SMP hair procedures, the pain is minimal and it's consistently less painful than traditional tattoos. After your session, you won't experience any further discomfort.

Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is used to add density to thinning areas. We can add thickness to common areas like the crown, hair parting and more. For people that are using this form of hair treatment to rebuild their hairline, we recommend keeping your hair short for a more balanced look.

We recommend no scrubbing, shampooing, or shaving over the treated area for 5-7 days after your SMP treatment.

Yes, you can wear a hat or a skullcap after your scalp micropigmentation treatment for hair is complete. Make sure the hat or cap is new or very clean. However, we hope you won't be wearing them as much!

We recommend you try to avoid chlorinated pools, beach, saunas, steam rooms, and tanning beds for 28 days post final scalp micropigmentation session for an appearance of thicker and fuller hair.

There are three main differences between Scalp Micropigmentation treatment vs. Tattooing:

1. We are depositing pigment into the skin at a shallower depth than tattoos, only about 2mm into the dermis.

2. We are strictly making small micro dots through pointillism method, not shading or drawing lines.

3. We use only a black pigment which is much more diluted than typical tattoo inks. For this reason, it won't break down to different colors or look too saturated once it heals.

The short answer is no, the SMP treatment for hair will not grow your hair back. However, the SMP treatment will give you the look of short hair or a tight buzz-cut. We recommend keeping your hair at a shorter length to create the most natural outcome.

After the first scalp micropigmentation hair treatment session, your hair treatment will fade which is completely normal. In the second and third sessions, we add more density to create a fuller look. Pigment retention varies for each person, and some may notice more fading than others.

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