Hair Loss Solution that's Fast, Safe, and Effective: SMP

Scalp Micropigmentation: Fast, Safe, and Effective Hair Loss Solution

Today’s technology allows us to explore our options to look good and feel good. If you’re experiencing hair loss, scalp micropigmentation is the non-surgical hair loss solution that may solve your problems. Let me explain how scalp micropigmentation works and how it can solve your hair loss problems.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation or SMP is a non-surgical hair loss procedure considered a semi-permanent tattoo. SMP is also referred to as head tattoo, hair tattoo, scalp tattoo, micropigmentation, hairline tattoo scalp pigmentation, or hair pigmentation.

If you heard of the cosmetic procedure called eyebrows micropigmentation, SMP has the same concept. The goal of the procedure is to create the illusion that the hair looks fuller and thicker. The procedure involves the application of natural-looking pigments on the scalp’s dermal layer.

The natural-looking pigments cover the bald spots and replicate a newly shaved look. If you want to cover up your receding hairline, scalp micropigmentation is a great option.

It is considered an instant and excellent solution for hair loss for both men and women. It’s the only treatment in the world today where you can get a new and semi-permanent appearance in an instant.

Over the past few years, scalp micropigmentation became one of the sought-after hair loss treatment procedures. Here’s what happens during scalp micropigmentation making it a great hair loss solution.

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What happens during Scalp Micropigmentation?

If you’re wondering what’s happening during a scalp micropigmentation, think of it as tattooing many tiny and layered dots of pigment on the scalp. The procedure naturally replicates the appearance of hair follicles by using many hues. The artist will shadow and camouflage the area with no hair.

The artist uses an electric tattoo device during scalp micropigmentation, unlike eyebrow microblading, where a manual blade is used. It requires a stronger device to penetrate the scalp’s dermis layer. Micro needles are used to apply detailed pigments to the scalp without damaging the hair follicles.

For optimal results, a client is usually advised to have 2-4 sessions of the treatment after the initial consultation with a certified practitioner. It will look more natural and more effective with multiple sessions as compared to a single work.

The treatments will be scheduled weeks apart for the best results. Only well-trained practitioners or artists with much experience can perform the treatment.

Who Can Benefit From Scalp Micropigmentation?


I’ve had clients who had their head scar covered through scalp micropigmentation. There are clients who had strip scarring, scarring caused by hair transplant, accident scarring, or alopecia scarring. The goal is to deposit natural-looking pigments in the scar tissue and the surrounding area of the skin. This will help to blend out and diminish the visible scarring.


Receding or changing hairline comes with aging, especially in men. To get a youthful and natural look, scalp micropigmentation is recommended. There are different looks you can request for: a crisp style, clean-cut look, a slightly receded hairline, and mature-looking hairline.

It will depend on your preference and what style best fits your appearance. Each person has a different head shape and suitable hairline for their face. That’s is why the procedure is modified depending on the client’s needs.


Hair loss or balding is a possible side effect of cancer treatment. You can get this as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or stem cell transplant. Cancer patients will benefit from SMP, especially if they don’t want to wear a hair wig.


Many people with alopecia can benefit from SMP. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder (the body attacks itself) that causes the hair to come out in clumps.

It may leave a large visible bald spot, hair thinning, or for some, big chunks of falling hair. Alopecia areata has no known cure today; it is possible that the hair may grow back but might end up falling once again. That is why SMP will help people with alopecia areata, just as with our client, and it will help boost their confidence. 


SMP can benefit both men and women who had lost most of their hair or are in the process of losing their hair. SMP is an ideal solution for both men and women who suffer pattern baldness.

This can help with adding density to thinning areas, so hair looks fuller and stronger. Do not wait to seek help when you already lost many strands of hair before getting a scalp micropigmentation.

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Does Scalp Micropigmentation Hurt?

The pain tolerance differs from one person to another, so the answer to this question is subjective. If you had a tattoo before, you know what to expect.

Before the process, there’s a numbing agent applied to the scalp to alleviate the pain. There may still be discomfort during the treatment, but it’s still tolerable. I’ve had patients who silently read a book during the process and feel like he’s having a head massage.

The average pain scale of these types of treatments is 4 out of 10. Remember that there are areas of the scalp that are a little more painful than the other areas.

After the treatment, here are what you should avoid making your new hair more manageable:

  • Swimming, Sauna, or steam rooms at least one month after being treated
  • Vigorous physical activity for at least five days to avoid sweating
  • Avoid dryness by moisturizing the scalp four days after the last treatment.

How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

The effects of SMP ideally last for five years. I’ve had clients with the treatment that lasted for up to eight years. It is considered semi-permanent, and the skin will exfoliate naturally, resulting in a faded color over time.

It will also depend on skin texture, oiliness of the scalp, aftercare, technician’s skill, and frequent sun exposure that may lighten over time. When the color lightens sooner than the expected time, it can mean that the incorrect pigments are used, or you have very dry skin, or it isn’t moisturized enough.

Does Scalp Micropigmentation Look Real?

When done correctly, the results will look incredibly realistic. At first glance, some people cannot notice the microdots even at a close distance. After being treated, people who have a balding head have restored confidence and feel more youthful.

The treatment looks real because the artist or practitioner uses proper shading techniques to mimic hair follicles.

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scalp micropigmentation before and after

How much does Scalp Micropigmentation cost?

These treatments can cost from a range of $400-$1,000. Upon the first and free consultation, the treatment specialist will first assess the extent of hair loss and give you an idea of how much the treatment may cost.

The effects of the treatment may last for as long as eight years with the right care. If you want to maintain that dark shade at all times, there may be a need to have a minor retouch every 2-3 years. The minor retouch costs cheaper than regular treatment.

The aftercare is affordable; you just need to keep the scalp’s skin moisturized. You may use cocoa butter or whichever moisturizer your treatment specialist recommends.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation safe?

Scalp micropigmentation is a safe treatment and is not a permanent tattoo. With tattoos, there are associated risks like allergies or infection because of the pigment ink. Our team uses specially formulated pigment inks that are 100% safe, do not fade easily, and matches your hair color.

What makes it worse is availing the services of an artist with no formal training and experience. That is why it’s important to be treated by a team of professionals who will only use the best ink and follow a sterile process.

Always look for a reliable practitioner to do the work, not just con artists who offer cheap services and perform unprofessional procedures. Upon consultation, perform your due diligence in looking for the right professionals.

Find the Best Scalp Micropigmentation Studio in Arizona

You should only avail of the services of qualified and trained artists in Arizona to give you that confidence you’ve been waiting for. Check Studio Conceal’s Google reviews – book a free consultation today and get your confidence back.

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What is SMP?

Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) was developed as both a cosmetic procedure for men and women suffering with all types of hair loss, and as a medical procedure to help conceal scars, burns, birthmarks, as well as the full spectrum of alopecia. During the SMP procedure, a blend of unique pigments specifically formulated for the client are deposited into the dermal layer of the skin on the scalp. These deposits create an extremely realistic illusion that replicates hair follicles. SMP is a viable alternative to traditional hair transplant surgery, hair systems, pills, and fibers.. Around the world, thousands of clients live their lives free from hair loss without lengthly maintenance routines, unwelcome side effects or signifiant ongoing financial outlay.

Does scalp micropigmentation look real?

A typical scalp hair from a Caucasian woman is about 77 micrometers in diameters (67 Um in those of Asian descent, and 120 Um in those African descent). Typically, SMP dots placed in the dermis layer are 90-140 micrometers in diameter.

While this might seem a bit larger than a real human hair, this slight difference is virtually indistinguishable from real hair follicles. Often, when viewed 1 foot away, close friends and family will not be able to tell where real hair ends and the SMP begins.

What causes hair loss?

As hair on the scalp goes through it’s normal cycle of growing and shedding, DHT makes the follicles miniaturize. That means they get thinner and shorter because the growing cycle doesn’t last as long. The growing cycle becomes so brief that new hairs can’t grow through the skin. For women, hair loss can be caused by an imbalance of thyroid hormones, pregnancy, disease and certain medications.

How long will SMP last for?

With proper care and treatment, including using high sunscreen when outside, SMP will commonly last for many years. For a healthy client with a normal immune system, we expect that the color will last with original vibrance for about 4-6 years, with gradual fading of the pigment to last up to 8 years.

Fortunately, if a touch up is needed, a fee is charged which is generally cheaper per session than the original treatment fee. It’s important to note that each individual is different so an estimated range of longevity will be provided at our consultation meeting.

Will SMP fade, smear, or turn blue as the years pass?

Any pigment applied to the dermal layer of the skin will eventually fade, but we expect SMP to last several years or more, before even minimal fading is noticed. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun often breaks apart some tattoo inks for easier absorption by the body, resulting in increased fade rates and slight smearing. As the inks are degraded, their chromophores are often altered resulting in changed color. If this occurs, we can easily offer touch up sessions, or revise the ink color by adding additives to mute, neutralize, or warm up the tone again.

Is SMP reversible? Is receiving SMP treatment painful?

Yes, SMP pigmentation can be removed with an electro-optic Q switched laser, which is used to heat and break-up the SMP pigmentation for easier absorption by phagocytes in the dermis. SMP is fairly easy to remove in most cases because the pigment is not deposited as deeply as normal tattoo ink. The electro-optic laser, however is expensive and therefore, many clinics which advertise laser removal do not actually own one.

As for pain, it depends on the individual. In some cases, clients have fallen asleep while I have completed treatment. In other cases, clients experience pain across the temples or above the ears during treatment. Most clients rate their pain on a scale of 1-10, as 3-5 during treatment.

How long will it take for my final SMP appearance to form?

A normal client depending on hair loss extent, will take two to four treatments to achieve their final appearance. Most treatments are 2-3 hours long with small breaks as needed. The first treatment often places a very light application on the scalp to assess fading and density levels. The normal reaction from many clients is to assume that the SMP is too light. However, this is a normal part of the treatment and allows me to better treat the scalp in later sessions. The second treatment is 10-14 days later, and adds the majority of the density to your new look. Treatments three or later are usually for completing the look, addressing darkness matching or to even the density across the scalp.

What will my scalp look like immediately after treatment?

The area of the scalp that has been treated will have some redness for 24 hours after treatment, though this tends to be less visible on darker skin tones. In addition, the pigmentation will be darker for up to 7 days after treatment, again, depending on your skin tone. Thereafter, the pigmentation will appear to become lighter and softer as the pigment filled scabs begin to flake away. These scabs flake away in the first 3 to 10 days. As this happens, it appears to the observer that the SMP dots are shrinking. When the healing process is complete, the final dots are often 90 to 170 Um in diameter and blend seamlessly into any natural hair. By about one month, after any treatment, the pigments will begin to “set” and thereafter, fading will be almost zero.

How do I choose a hairline? If I have hair left, can I leave it long?

If you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work or you, I will be there to help. With an artistic eye and experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, I can help recommend what’s best. Over the course of our sessions, we can tweak and adjust the hairline for the perfect, natural result.

Depending upon the pattern and extent of your current hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length. Scalp micropigmentation 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 crop it shorter.

Can Studio Conceal camouflage my transplant scar?

Yes, absolutely! 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.


Other than a tummy tuck, or the literal removal of skin, there is no proven way to remove stretch marks. The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo only helps to conceal and diminish the appearance of stretch marks so that they are less perceptible to the naked eye. Think of it as having a permanent filter, taking away the white contrast of your scars.


Generally, yes! However, there are a small number of people who the treatment would not be suitable for. Your stretch marks and scars need to be at least two years old, lighter than your skin tone and completely healed. Booking a virtual consultation can help determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure and is required for all clients.


We prefer to match only your natural skin tone, and require that our clients postpone their session until their tan has faded. This ensures that we are able to custom blend an ink color that will look most natural whether you’re tanned or not.


Your camouflaged stretch marks and scars will not change color. If you tan, your skin’s overtone will darken, but your stretch marks will remain the same color as your natural skin-toned ink tattoo. Overall, your stretch marks will still be camouflaged because the “white” is no longer there. In short, there’s less of an obvious contrast. Here’s a great video explaining what happens to your stretch mark tattoos when you tan.


The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin procedure so a small amount of discomfort will be experienced. Usually on a scale 1-10 (10 being most painful), the average consensus is a 6 or 7. We do not numb our clients to avoid any interference to the purity and insertion of pigment into the scar. In addition, your pain receptors will be heightened if you’re on your monthly cycle, and so we suggest you book your session/touch ups accordingly.


Congratulations on your pregnancy, but unfortunately, we are unable to treat women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. We look forward to treating you once your little one is weaned and your scars have been fully healed (usually within two years).


There’s little to no downtime. Most Clients can resume work the same day, or even fly home after their session. It’s normal to experience redness and swelling immediately after the procedure for 1-3 days. For the first 3 days, you’ll be given strict instructions on how to minimize inflammation, speed up the wound healing phase, and how to “ice” the area and keep it clean. Over the next few weeks, the redness will dissipate and go through a variety of shades (from dark to light) until your skin heals. We’ll be in contact with you every step of the way.


Everyone’s skin is different. Variables include age, diet, hormones, general health, overtones, sun exposure, etc and so it’s impossible to give an exact number of days it will take you to heal. On average, it takes 45-60 days, but if you’re prone to hyper-pigmentation (you naturally scar dark), it will most likely take longer to heal. During your consultation, we can discuss and assess your skin’s estimated timeline and variables.
*Here’s a recent case study of our fastest healing client to help you speed along your recovery!


The Stretch Mark Camouflage Tattoo is a penetrative skin treatment that’s only been around for 6-7 years. According to our industry, it’ll last 5 years, or more provided that the correct after-care procedures are adhered to. You may or may not need a touch up after 5-6 years. Remember, a stretch mark is a scar and so the skin is trickier to penetrate. In addition, as we age, all tattoos transition and change on our skin because there’s less elasticity and melanin production. This can effect your stretch mark camouflage tattoo, as well.


The total cost of the procedure varies greatly per technician and is dependent on the location and severity of the stretch marks or scar requiring treatment. Studio Conceal charges anywhere between $500-$2,000/ per area. We require an initial consultation (in-person or virtual) free of charge with zero pressure, during which the final cost can be determined by a formal quote.


Yes we do! We’ve partnered with United Medical Credit to offer easy, reliable financing for all camouflage services and training. It’s really easy to apply and only takes 3 minutes to get approved. They’ll do a soft credit check to determine your options and will be in contact with you in 24 hours. Apply for financing of tattoo treatment or training here, hassle free.


While Laser Treatments do work on stretch marks by damaging the skin’s outer layer and forcing it to heal itself, they do not put color back into the skin. So almost all clients who get Laser Treatments for their stretch marks still have noticeable stretch marks. In fact, many of our clients have had many Laser Treatment procedures prior to walking into our studio. Another huge difference is the cost of that treatments. Laser Treatments could run $1,000 to $3,000 per session, and can easily end up costing the client over $10,000 overall.
*Here’s a short video going over the differences of microneedling vs. laser vs. the stretch mark camouflage tattoo