The Ultimate Guide to SMP (With FAQs)

If you’re tired of how your thinning hair looks but don’t want invasive surgery or cosmetic injections that might not work, then you want scalp micropigmentation (SMP).

It’s the perfect way to restore your hair to the way you remember it. Take a look at the ultimate guide to SMP (with FAQs) to answer all your questions about this sensational treatment.


Is Scalp Micropigmentation the Same As Microblading?


While they both are technically a form of micropigmentation, no, SMP is not the same as microblading, which is done manually with a blade.


SMP uses an electric tattoo device that is powerful enough to penetrate your scalp's thick skin.


What Does SMP Look Like?


The primary goal of SMP is to create the illusion of full hair. It won’t look natural if you use the hairlike lines as your would in microblading. Instead, a specialist uses a very high-quality ink and meticulously tattoos tiny dots in layers and different hues.


This technique mimics the shadow and depth of hair follicles, resulting in the stunning illusion of thick, full hair.


What Does SMP Feel Like - Is It Painful?


There is mild discomfort with SMP. However, before your specialist begins your treatment, a numbing agent is applied to your scalp.


When Will I See SMP Results?


You get to see your amazing SMP results immediately. Treatment takes three-to-four hours, and it takes a few treatments to experience maximum results.


Book an appointment with a Scalp Micropigmentation specialist at Edge Scalp Ink to find out how many SMP treatments are right for you.


What’s Recovery Like After SMP?


After you receive SMP, you should avoid direct sunlight, sweating excessively, swimming, saunas, and steam rooms for at least a month in order to maintain the ink used in your SMP treatment.


Does SMP Need Special Maintenance?


No, taking care of SMP is very easy. Just make sure you're not using abrasive soaps or shampoos on the area, regularly moisturizing your treated area and using a quality sunscreen with a high SPF when you go outside. The less sun exposure, the better!


Who Can Benefit from SMP?


The best part about SMP is that it’s great for almost everyone with hair loss. This includes hair loss from cancer, male or female pattern baldness, alopecia, and thinning hair.


However, those with scalp acne, sensitive skin, or psoriasis may want to avoid SMP.

How Long Does SMP Last?


While the results with SMP are not permanent, they do last for up to eight years. Your treated area fades over time, due to how much your scalp sheds its skin.


Don’t forget, you won’t need surgery and your results are instant with SMP. So, you can return for treatment when you start to notice results fading.


How Much Does SMP Cost?


The price of SMP depends on how much of your scalp needs to be treated, your geographic location, and the specialist providing your treatment.


Generally, the cost of SMP is anywhere from $1,000 to $4,500. The only way to get a true estimate is by booking a consultation with an SMP specialist.


Can I Get SMP at a Tattoo Shop?


No! SMP should only be performed by a trained professional. Tattoo artists are great at providing permanent artwork on your body, but they have little to no training in SMP.


Always seek out a highly trained professional, like the experienced SMP technicians at Edge Scalp Ink, when searching for SMP Services.


Get the Best SMP Results With Edge Scalp Ink!


At Edge Scalp Ink, we are dedicated not only to providing you answers to your questions about SMP, but also with best results in SMP. We use only the best plant-based inks and promise you’ll love the way your hair looks when your treatment is over.


If you still have questions after reading our ultimate guide to SMP (with FAQs), call our office at 301-578-6551 to schedule a consultation.


Be sure to ask about financing, so you can afford to restore the look of hair without breaking the bank!