FAQs

Will the SMP treatment help me?

Scalp micropigmentation can potentially be life changing. It can help create more confidence in yourself and a happiness that can enhance relationships whilst improving your social and work life!

 

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO RESEARCH THIS TREATMENT?

It is important to remember that the treatment of SMP is not just for those who are deemed qualified. Scalp tattooing is an art in the same way that the more common “body tattooing” is. Therefore the understanding of any clients’ hopes and desires is paramount and should be fulfilled by any scalp technician that is artistic and natural. Thankfully we have, we believe, the best all round Scalp Micropigmentation technician in the areas of north London and Hertfordshire. Kerry Lawson has 10 years of experience in cosmetic skin and body tattooing with constant training from the leaders in the cosmetic pigmentation field. She also makes sure that as a company, we are adapting to new technologies and methods being brought into these successful treatments.

 

HOW MUCH does scalp micropigmentation COST?

Cost of treatment depends on the area requiring SMP. Prices vary between £500-£1800 and include our 6 month guarantee. Your quotation will be divided into the 3 treatments so you only pay as you receive treatment. Pricing differs for Scar Camouflage and variants of Alopecia, with a costing given to you during your free consultation.

 

WHAT DOES THE SMP Clinic GUARANTEE MEAN?

The SMP Clinic exclusive guarantee is valid for 1 year from the date of your first SMP treatment. Your treatment price includes a free assessment within the first year and any fading within that time will receive a touch up at no charge.

 

Does SMP hurt?

The small probes used enter the surface of the skin at a much shallower depth than a regular tattoo so the pain is considerably less. It is a mild discomfort which a vast majority of clients say that they get used to it after 30 seconds and do not feel much at all. We appreciate everybody is different and so we do have numbing gel which we can use at any time you think you may need it. You can also take breaks to take water or other refreshments.

 

CAN YOU MATCH MY HAIR COLOUR and ETHNICITY?

All hair colours including fair, red and black can be replicated using our approved grey dilute. This is because all hair appears somewhere on the grey spectrum when shaved. This will allow us to accurately match to 95% of your hair colours and skin tones

 

WHAT IS THE BEST LENGTH TO WEAR MY HAIR WITH SMP?

We want your treatment to look natural and the blend from real hair follicles into SMP to be seamless and undetectable. Most of our, generally male, clients use an electric beard face shaver or razor to cut their hair every one to three days. This gets your existing hair on back and sides at the perfect length to blend into SMP. If you still have some hair left on top then you can wear your hair at a longer length with clippers. If you are thinning or receding then there is no need to cut your hair.

 

HOW LONG DOES the scalp tattooing LAST?

The type of scalp tattooing is classed as “permanent”. However, just like cosmetic eyebrow tattooing, the effects will last around 3 – 5 years depending on the how quickly the individual’s body breaks down the pigment. From 3 years you may see a degree of pigment fading but it will be very gradual. Remember, you have the comfort of knowing that should the pigment fade within the first year, any re-touches are free of charge.

 

DOES SCALP MICRO PIGMENTATION HURT?

Our patient’s welfare is our primary concern and you may find minimal discomfort. Most people feel a light vibrating or minimal pricking sensation. Topical anaesthetics are used if needed to numb the treatment area. Again, any discomfort will vary from person to person with some even falling asleep during treatment.

 

HOW LONG DOES AN SMP TREATMENT TAKE?

You will require 2-4 treatments, depending on the size of the area to be treated. A receding hair line on either men or ladies will be a lot quicker to treatment than a full scalp. Therefore each of your treatments can take anywhere from 2-5 hours.

 

Why do i need so many Treatments?

After each treatment the dots heal and shrink in size resulting in tiny gaps between each. During the 2nd and 3rd treatments we go over these gaps as well as adding another layer, thus creating a 3 dimensional appearance. 2-4 treatments are required to create a smooth transitional super soft, natural hair line appearance.

 

WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY SMP TREATMENT?

You will have a hairline! The head is usually slightly tender at touch with some inflammation or redness that will subside within 2-3 days. The Pigmentation will look a little darker for up to 7 days then will become lighter and softer as the skins natural healing process takes place.

 

WILL THE PIGMENTS that is USED CHANGE COLOUR?

Our pigments do not contain blues or greens. They do not contain iron oxide. Our pigments have been tested and proven for Scalp Pigmentation, stay true to their colour and hold shape. They are a carbon based Hydrophobic pigment that offer high levels of stability and safety. Over the years you may notice some very slight fading due to sun exposure or the way your body’s immune system breaks down skin and pigment. However, our pigments will only fade to a lighter colour than that originally used.

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I START TURNING GREY?

Because of our pigments and treatment technique used, the colour will fade over the years to light charcoal colour. One thing to realise for grey hair is after you shaved it your natural hair follicles will appear darker.

 

HOW LONG DO I NEED IN BETWEEN EACH SMP TREATMENT?

With the 2-3 treatments you receive you need a minimum 5-7 days in-between each for healing. This is so the skin can naturally heal itself and allow the pigment to settle. Most of our clients have 1 week healing between 1st and 2nd treatments and then a longer period before the 3rd treatment if required.

 

IS THERE ANY AFTERCARE CONSIDERATIONS AFTER TREATMENT?

At the completion of treatment you are provided with an after care form and aftercare crème. It is important to follow The SMP Clinic aftercare recommendations. Some important factors immediately post-treatment are as follows:

  • Avoid heavy sweeting for 4-5 days post.
  • Avoid direct sunlight upon the area for 12 days post treatment, after this time application of sunblock Heliocare SPF50 is recommended.
  • Post treatment – no swimming in chlorinated pools or salt water for 12 days.
  • Post treatment – No Hair cutting, shaving or clipper cutting for the first 4-5 days.
  • Clean and moisturise your scalp daily to avoid excess build up. SMP Clinic will advise the correct medical moisturiser to use.

 

What products should I avoid on my scalp post SMP treatment?

Avoid using products that contain large amounts of alcohol such as Rogaine. Also it is well documented that Retin-A or Alpha Hydroxy acids can potentially fade or remove the pigment following your treatment.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR SMP CONSULTATIONS?

Consultations usually take up to 30 minutes and are free of charge. All consultations are held by the scalp technician whom will perform your treatment. Your consultation is just as important as the treatment itself. It gives you a chance to ask as many questions as you like and gives us the chance to understand your ideal finished look. It is crucial that you get to know us at that moment, as the results are positively life changing. The right artistic scalp technician who understands customer safety and welfare is vital in your decision making during your consultation.

 

CAN I MEET ANY PRIOR CLIENTS WITH YOUR TREATMENTS?

Yes you can! This is very important and highly recommended. There is nothing better than seeing our treatment face to face with an existing SMP Clinic client.

 

Where is the Hertfordshire scalp Micropigmentation Clinic?

The SMP Clinic is part of the award winning BeauSYNERGY Cosmetic Skin Group. Based in south Hertfordshire just south of St Albans and just on the edge of the M25. By train we are just 25 minutes from London Finsbury Park and Kings Cross. We offer free consultations, non-obligation quotations and a one year guarantee to make an assessments and any necessary pigment adjustments.