What Is SMP Technique For Hair Loss Treatment And How It Works?

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Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) is non-surgical, hassle-free and cost-effective hair loss solution that creates the look of a shaven head or short hairs by strategically injecting pigments in the dermal layer of the scalp skin. Wondering what exactly is this SMP technique for hair loss? Stop wondering, as you have come to the right place. Here you will get to know what SMP technique is, how it works and what are its pros and cons.

What is SMP (Scalp MicroPigmentation)?

SMP (Scalp MicroPigmentation) is an effective cosmetic hair loss solution for people suffering from androgenic alopecia or any other type of alopecia that may have resulted in permanent hair loss. The procedure does not involve any surgery, skin cutting and stitching or scarring. No, it does not involve hairpieces either. It is a highly advanced form of cosmetic pigmentation in which specialized pigments are applied directly into the dermal layer of the skin to replicate the natural appearance of real micro hairs.

How The Procedure Is Performed?

The procedure involves administering highly specialized pigments into the scalp skin using a multitude of different needle sizes to create the appearance of a fuller head of shaven hairs. It is a highly advanced form of cosmetic pigmentation in which tested pigments are injected into the scalp skin at varying penetration depths and angles to replicate a natural, more youthful head of hair. A variety of different shades of pigments is used to achieve perfect blend of shades that exactly match the existing hair on the patient’s head. Patient’s skin tone is carefully observed before selecting a well blended pigment to create the simulation of natural looking hair follicles and micro hairs.

How Many Sessions Are Needed?

The pigment is usually administered over 2-3 sessions spaced , but this can vary from person to person depending upon the extent of baldness, size of the area that needs to be covered and the desired hair density. SMP technique uses specially designed pigments and not the usual tattoo ink. This is why SMP pigments maintain their definition and do not spread out or fade out over time.

What SMP Can Do For You?

Scalp MicroPigmentation has helped thousands of men all across the world to achieve a youthful appearance and their desired hair patterns. It provides a virtually non-invasive solution for men with the receded hairline, significant hair thinning, partial or complete baldness or those with scalp scars, including the one resulting from strip method transplant. The technique can:

  • Replicate the appearance of a thicker and fuller head of hair
  • Recreate a natural-looking, youthful hairline
  • Camouflage hair thinning and bald patches resulting from any type of alopecia
  • Camouflage scalp scars from injuries and even from hair transplant surgeries
  • Work in combination a surgical hair restoration to provide additional hair density

Biggest Advantage of SMP:

The biggest advantage of SMP is that its results are permanent yet flexible. You get exactly the shape and density of hairline that you want, but you can also refresh the treatment later on in life as your circumstances, preferences or extent of hair loss changes. And if for some reason, you really don’t like the replicated hairline, you can always get rid of the pigment permanently, mostly through a single laser session.

Why Hair Transplant is better than SMP Hair Loss Technique?

While Scalp MicroPigmentation may sound more appealing and lucrative, hair transplant still remains the best hair loss solution. SMP only replicates a shaven head of hair and is not helpful for those who wish to wear long hair. After all it is a fake head covering attempt, which does not give you original hair. If you really want to enjoy the feel of real hair and experiment with different hairstyles, a Hair Transplant Surgery may be worth considering.


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Written By: Dr. Cagatay Sezgin

Dr. Cagatay Sezgin is a celebrity hair transplant surgeon with over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation and restoration. He is the First Turkish Board Surgeon to become a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) and the Asian Association of Hair Transplant Surgeons (AAHRS). Moreover, he has the honor of becoming the first hair transplant surgeon in the world to perform hair, eyebrow, and beard transplantation all in one case and that too in a single session.

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