The Advantages & Disadvantages of Scalp Micropigmentation

November 22, 2022
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Scalp Micropigmentation

Your personality is reflected in your hair. That is why when it comes to addressing hair loss issues, you want a treatment that will restore the look of your lost hair and give you something to be proud of.

What if your hair starts thinning or you experience baldness? If you have ever been in such a situation, you have probably heard about scalp micropigmentation (SMP). SMP treatment is a procedure that involves injecting special pigments into the skin of your scalp to create the illusion of full hair. It's a minimally invasive treatment, and more people are turning to it for their hair restoration needs.

The market is filled with permanent makeup treatments to address hair loss issues, and scalp micropigmentation is one of them. But what makes it different from the others? To answer that, let's dive into what exactly scalp micropigmentation is, its advantages, and disadvantages.

Advantages of Scalp Micropigmentation

Advantages of Scalp Pigmentation

Every individual has different needs when it comes to restoring hair. An individual's hair follicles can be damaged or weakened due to genetics, medical conditions, and lifestyle.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a highly advanced hair-loss solution that helps people suffering from baldness and thinning hair regain the look of a full head of hair without going through the time-consuming and expensive process of hair transplants.

Below are some of the advantages of this special treatment.


Realistic Look Of Hair Stubble

Thinning hair can make your scalp visible through the remaining strands of hair. With SMP, you can get the look and feel of a full head of hair without undergoing surgery or spending large amounts on expensive treatments.

The pigment is applied to the scalp to simulate the look of shaved stubble, giving you an instant illusion of a thicker head of hair.

Realistic Look Of Hair Stubble

One Fits All

Scalp micropigmentation is diverse in the ways it can help hair loss, it is a solution to many situations and can be for any hairstyle; long, thinning, short, hairline repair, alopecia treatment, scar camouflage and many more.

Long-Lasting Results

The results of this treatment are long-lasting and even permanent if done correctly. The pigment used for the treatment is carefully selected to match your natural hair colour so it blends with your scalp perfectly.

With proper maintenance, you can expect the results to last up to 8-10 years before needing a touch-up or colour adjustment. You can have it done sooner if you wish, although it nature for the pigment to fade.

Long-Lasting Results

Recreates Your Hairline

SMP can help you recreate your natural hairline or give it a more modern upgrade. You can choose from various styles, such as sharp edges, curved edges, or soft hairlines, to find the perfect look. The results are always excellent and can make your face appear younger and more attractive overall.

Cheaper Than Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are expensive and time-consuming procedures that come with a lot of side effects. It is also hard to guarantee success, as hair growth can be unpredictable, and the results may not always meet your expectations.

On the other hand, SMP is a quick and relatively painless procedure that offers excellent results at a fraction of the cost.

Disadvantages of Scalp Micropigmentation

Disadvantages of Scalp Micropigmentation

It is important to note that scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is not right for everyone. Before deciding on this treatment, it is best to consider all the pros and cons before making a decision. Here are some of the disadvantages of SMP treatments.

Require Multiple Treatments

While some clinics only require one session to achieve the desired results, most people need at least two or three treatments to get the full effect due to the layering nature which gives the authentic look. It is important to clarify with your technician how many sessions you will require.

May Not Match Your Hair Colour

The pigment used for SMP treatments is designed to match your hair colour as closely as possible, but sometimes the results may not be exactly what you had hoped.

If this happens, you must go back for a touch-up session to get the perfect colour and look. You don't want to end up with an unnatural-looking result. This makes it all the more important to have your treatment done with a reputable artist who has a wealth of experience matching pigments.

The Outcome May Not Be Permanent

One of the major advantages of SMP treatments is that they last for many years, but there can be exceptions. While most clinics guarantee long-lasting or permanent results, some may find that the results fade away a few years later. This comes down to both your aftercare routine commitment and our next point below.

Pros of Scalp Pigmentation
Cons of Scalp Pigmentation

Result Based On Practitioner's Experience

The outcome of the SMP procedure is directly dependent on the experience of your practitioner. Above you can see a picture of a client who came to us unsatisfied with their results from another clinic and we helped them repair the treatment to get the look they desired.

It is important to do your research and choose a qualified professional with plenty of experience in the field. It would help if you always read reviews or ask for before-and-after photos to ensure you are making the right decision.

Some Moderate Discomfort

You may feel minor discomfort from the needles used during the procedure if you are sensitive to pain. Those who have had a tattoo elsewhere on their body will be familiar with the feeling.

While it is not unbearable, some people have reported experiencing a slight burning or itching sensation that can be quite uncomfortable. 

Many people find the sensation quite tolerable. The procedure is usually done in a few hours so the temporary discomfort is worth it for those looking for longer-term results in our opinion.

Short Hair Is Essential

Ignore this point if you are opting for a density treatment, but if you are going for a short-haired look then it is essential to shave your head as often as possible for the treatment to give the best appearance. We have included a video below to demonstrate below.

The treatment is 2D

Scalp micropigmentation is injected into the scalp, meaning there is no 3D effect, although it should look 3D - if that makes sense? If someone were to feel your scalp, it would just feel like skin despite the fact it looks like there is stubble there.


Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a revolutionary hair restoration procedure that can help you achieve your desired hair goals without needing costly and invasive surgeries. Although SMP offers many benefits, it’s important to understand its potential drawbacks to have a well rounded opinion.

Ultimately, only you can decide whether or not this procedure is right for you. Weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision and talk to a hair restoration specialist to ensure that SMP is appropriate for your needs.

At Visionary Scalp, our expert knowledge can help you make a well-informed decision. We offer free consultations to discuss your hair goals and determine your best solution. We completely cover all your hair-related concerns. Forget the hype and get your desired look with us.

Reach out to us today for an in-depth consultation about scalp micropigmentation and start your journey towards a fuller, healthier head of hair.

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