With Scalp Micropigmentation becoming more and more popular I thought I would do a blog explaining exactly what it is and give you a little bit of information about the treatment and the process to removal.
So SMP stands for, scalp micropigmentation and the goal of SMP isn’t to create hair like lines / strokes, like you would with microblading, but instead to use tiny, layered dots in different hues of black ink to replicate the look of a shadow on your scalp. This style is referred to as pointillism, and it is done to create natural-looking depth and definition. Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an instantly effective, non-surgical hair loss solution which involves a detailed tattooing process. Pigment is applied to the epidermal layer of the client’s scalp to replicate hair follicles and give the illusion of a full head of hair. The treatment can be used to achieve this illusion at any stage of hair loss. For great examples of how SMP should look and for more information about SMP please take a look at Peaky Hairlines work. Sean is absolutely brilliant at what he does.
There are many reasons for wanting SMP laser removal: Some because they’ve had a bad procedure and it’s the wrong shape. Some because it’s too dark, and they want it faded. Some because the ink is too deep and has caused the ink to blow out and some because it looks like a helmet. We have also seen some cases where there has been inconsistent colour implantation and this is where we come in…. thankfully!
SMP laser removal is the safest, most effective method for the removal and correction of Scalp Micropigmentation. Scalp Micropigmentation removal is more closely linked to permanent make up removal and microblading removal, than tattoo removal. The good news is, is that we specialise in Scalp Micropigmentation removal and are able to remove, correct, or fade all, or just part of a Scalp Micropigmentation procedure, from one dot to an entire head.
So, how does it work?
We have a Q Switch ND YAG laser which enables us to safely remove most scalp micropigmentation. The laser shatters the ink particles, which then allows your lymphatic system, circulatory system and white blood cells to work together to remove the particles from the area. As we are relying on your body to disperse the ink particles having big gaps in between sessions is so important! To get the best results you must give your body time to do what it does best.
How many sessions will I need?
In most cases SMP is relatively simple to remove, you should expect 2 or 3 sessions with a 8-10 week gap in between each session. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule so it is wise to consider that you may need more sessions, depending on skin tone, pigment depth and quality of ink.
Can I have SMP correction after laser?
Absolutely! As long as you give your body time to heal from the laser before you add new pigment (normally 8 weeks)
Will it damage the remaining hair?
In most cases no! Directly after treatment you may find some of the hairs turn white, but it will regrow. In some cases we may ask you to shave but generally we can work through the hair.
How much will it cost?
Prices for Laser Removal of Scalp Micropigmentation are on a case-by-case basis and depend upon the size of the area. The prices start from £100 per session for a very small area, £100-£150 for a Hairline adjustment, and £250 for an entire scalp, subject to consultation.
Do I need a consultation?
Before any Scalp Micropigmentation Removal treatment can begin, a consultation must be carried-out to determine whether full removal, fading, or correction is required, it will also give us a chance to discuss the procedure, advise on costs and treatment times, and answer any questions you may have. A patch test will be performed to determine the correct starting settings and wavelengths and, assuming you would like to proceed, you can then have your treatment 1-2 weeks later. Thereafter, treatments would normally be carried-out about 8-10 weeks.
I think I have answered the most popular questions around SMP however, if you have any questions about SMP or would like to go ahead and book a free consultation please do so using this booking link. https://amyjayneaesthetics.book.app/
I hope you have enjoyed reading about SMP.
We look forward to welcoming you into the clinic soon.