Being able to get the most value out of a product or service is important for any consumer. Knowing what to expect can provide a more realistic snapshot of the limits of its capability. This can help understand what was purchased in greater detail in order to gain ease of satisfaction.

A scalp micropigmentation treatment is no different. It is a service that when delivered by a professional, creates an illusion of hair upon the scalp of a prospective client. This is only successful if it remains undetected to the casual observer however. Any detail that easily reveals its true nature will categorize it as inferior. SMP is meant to camouflage a balding area in order to make it look like it has hair. This is accomplished by covering the exposed skin with pigments, layered in such a way as to form a hair pattern that looks natural upon the patient’s skin type and ethnicity.


Careful consideration should be made regarding the appearance of SMP. There are certain pigment sizes, colors and shapes that are more appropriate for every person. The specialist should be able to have adequate experience on the skin type he has to work on. This is what somebody should inquire into before getting SMP.

The entire treatment will usually take a minimum of two sessions. This is because there should be an adequate amount of time that should pass in order for the pigments to settle into the skin and fade. It is normal to see pigments in a lighter shade in between sessions and is something that an SMP patient should expect because there is more layering of pigments to be accomplished. Fading might also happen up to one year after the last SMP session. It may be inconvenient to keep on returning to the clinic though this is what is required to complete the treatment. This could constitute excessive fading and might be attributed less to the skill of the practitioner and more on the immune system of the patient. The former should of course, not be ruled out. Whatever the reason may be, this only indicates that there still needs to be more work to be performed on SMP. An incomplete treatment is the opposite of what it hopes to achieve. Detection is almost a sure thing under these circumstances.

Fading can also occur a year after the last session. Exposure to the sun is one of the leading factors that can influence this. Being mindful by covering the scalp with a hat or cap should be done during extended periods of sun exposure. Alcohol based products can also accelerate fading. A good example of this is Rogaine. It has a high alcohol content compared to other anti hair loss products. This should be avoided in order to prolong the effects of a scalp micropigmentation procedure.

The pigments should be able to maintain the majority of their lustre up to ten years after the last session, hence why short touch-up sessions are usually required, with most clients opting for this refresh every 4-6 years . Fading however should never be a cause for concern. It only means that the pigment is starting to lose its definition, nothing more. A simple touch-up session is all that is necessary to remedy it, and is routine in nature.