Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Is it all the same?

Is it all the same?


Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a cosmetic technique whereby small dots are tattooed onto the surface of the scalp to mimic hairs cut in cross section. 
Some SMP results looks great and some ... less so. Some SMP results fade quickly and others look great for longer periods of time. A variety of factors affect SMP outcome and the overall results including 1) type of needles used by the specialist 2) angle of needle against the scalp, 3) depth of needle into the scalp 4) total duration of the needle contact in scalp, 5) speed of the rotor, 6) resistance of scalp, 7) color of pigment, 8) viscosity of dye, 9) needle number, 10) needle thickness, and dot placement pattern.

SMP is not all the same and one specialist can produce very different results from another.


Dhurat RS, et al. Standardization of SMP Procedure and Its Impact On Outcome. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2017 Jul-Sep.

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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