SMP | Scalp Micro Pigmentation

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Is hair loss troubling you? Scalp Micropigmentation will give you a great looking, new hairstyle! You’ll walk away feeling confident, appearing to carry a full head of hair, buzz-cut style. It doesn’t matter what kind of hair loss you have; we can create a natural-looking style for you. Age, skin tone and hair colour are no obstacles. We will listen to your concerns and adapt our solution to what you need. Scalp micro pigmentation is the most natural, permanent solution for hair loss: balding, thinning, surgical scars and alopecia. SMP can also camouflage transplants and scars, as well as add density to hair transplant areas.

Our highly competent therapists at Cosmetic Tattooing Melbourne are ready to empower you with this innovative cosmetic procedure. Realistic and undetectable unless you tell people. Say goodbye permanently to hair fibres, wig systems, and hiding under hats.

Why not book in for a life-changing consultation today?

What is Scalp Micro-pigmentation?

SMP, also known as a hair tattoo, is a unique, non-invasive cosmetic procedure performed by our highly trained technicians at CTM. You’ll love the immediate, long-lasting results! In a few brief hours, you’ll have your natural hairline back. Your face will have more definition, you’ll look younger and feel more confident.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a totally effective solution for men and women who experience hair loss. Our highly skilled technicians apply specialised pigment to the scalp using a detailed, dotting method, creating multiple layers. It’s permanent and mimics the appearance of hair follicles without surgical restoration, hair transplants, or other invasive procedures. SMP blends with any remaining hair and with your skin tone, looking natural. Talk to the experts at Cosmetic Tattooing Melbourne about this fabulous, long-lasting alternative for your hair. We’re sure you’ll absolutely love the results!

 

Male Treatments

Significant balding affects about one in five men in their 20s, about one in three men in their 30s and nearly half of men in their 40s.

Existing hair loss products have not changed or improved for many years. It’s easy to see why men are looking for another alternative! Scalp Micropigmentation at Cosmetic Tattooing Melbourne could be the perfect solution for you. It’s the only proven solution with guaranteed, permanent results.

 

Hairline recreation

At CTM we specialise in disguising hair loss, restoring thinning hairlines, creating new hairlines with a 3D shadow effect, as well as adding definition to receding hairlines.

We will design a fully customised hairline especially for and with you. Choose from a light and natural look, or something fuller. We always consider your face shape, your natural hairline, and consider ethnicity, age and style.

Designing your new hairline is something we take time over during your first treatment session. We add around 45 minutes to your first treatment session for hairline design. We take your input on your preferred hairline whether it be a defined hairline, natural receded look, or a subtle, soft hairline, and our practitioner will advise you along the way. We begin by drawing your new hairline using a wax pencil and make any adjustments as necessary. Only once you are happy with your new hairline design do we start the Scalp Micropigmentation treatment. Although you will have a new hairline in place from your first treatment, it will be a subtle result as we build the density of your treatment over your following treatment sessions. This allows for changes to your hairline if desired over these sessions.

 

Density 

SMP is ideal for men and women who want to disguise thinning hair.

A shaved head is not necessary for this treatment as we tattoo around your natural hair follicles. This treatment does not affect any current or future hair growth and is great for adding fullness to thinning hair as well as hair transplant areas. Adding the tattooed follicles to your scalp reduces the contrast between your visible skin and hair, which gives you the appearance of a fuller head of hair. Your natural hair follicle size and colour will be matched and replicated for an undetectable and realistic result.

 

Female pattern baldness 

If you have been given the news that you have Female Pattern Hair Loss or Alopecia, Scalp Micropigmentation can help. Female pattern baldness is generally permanent hair loss with limited treatment options, and while some medications, lifestyle and food choices can help, most turn to camouflage.

Female Pattern Hair Loss affects one in three women, Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

  • Temporary shedding of hair that may occur after surgery, pregnancy or after a major illness (telogen effluvium)
  • Breaking of hair (from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair)
  • Patchy areas of total hair loss (alopecia areata – an immune disorder causing temporary hair loss)
  • After chemotherapy and some other medications
  • Certain skin condition
  • Hormonal imbalance (excess testosterone or thyroid hormone imbalance)
  • Iron or vitamin deficiency
  • Diseases like diabetes or Lupus
Fuller, Thicker Hair – Getting You, Back To You.

Scalp Micropigmentation for women creates the look of density to thinning hair by depositing our pigments underneath your existing hair to create a fuller, thicker look which gives a completely undetectable and natural result.

Female hair loss is not spoken about as male hair loss but can be just as traumatic. Whether you are experiencing thinning hair around your parting and crown areas, alopecia or have hair loss around the temple area due to tight hairstyles or have complete hair loss, we can help. And of course, there is no requirement to shave your longer hair, unless you want to!

Female Hairlines

Female hairlines differ from those of males and our practitioners are aware of this and are highly experienced in creating natural feminine hairlines. Our practitioners will take your input on your preferred look and offer professional advice on the best hairline creation to give you a perfect, natural, subtle result.

SMP for women’s hair is done by tattooing around your natural hair follicles. By adding the tattooed follicles to your scalp, it reduces the contrast between your visible skin and hair, which creates the appearance of fuller hair in the areas it’s needed.

We can treat hair loss conditions like alopecia and hair thinning from hormone changes and stress. This treatment is suitable to thicken up the baby hair and hairline area, which we call the “perfect pony” look.

Your natural hair follicle size and colour will be matched and replicated for an undetectable and realistic result.

 

Scar Camouflage 

SMP is The only way to truly disguise scars.

Scalp Micropigmentation is an excellent solution for disguising scars. Whether it be post hair transplant scarring or a scar from an injury, Scalp Micropigmentation is the only treatment which guarantees results. Our practitioners are highly experienced in treating scar tissue of all types including those gained from either FUE Hair transplants, FUT Hair transplants, Plug Scars or Personal injury. Scar tissue can absorb pigments more than regular skin and so we recommend 4 to 5 SMP sessions to complete your treatment. Scars of all shapes and sizes can be treated using our SMP treatment whether they are of the scalp or facial hair.

Scar camouflage options. Many of our scalp micro pigmentation clients are former hair transplantation recipients who have older hair transplants such as Alopecia Reductions, Scalp Reduction, Plugs or Flaps, or have poor healing and suffer from visible scars at the back of the head.

Those who have lost more hair since the procedure, or didn’t have a successful hair transplant, often find themselves restricted in their hairstyles and therefore seek scar camouflage options.

Shaving the hair down to hide the thinning and balding area will reveal the scar(s) and growing the hair at the back will make the thin and balding area more obvious. This is where SMP can help with scar camouflage allowing the client to freely shave or wear their hair short – or also placing some pigment through the front to create a denser appearance.

Disguise the look of scars by filling in areas where the follicle has been damaged and hair no longer grows. Tiny hair follicles are gradually added in layers over the area to create a blended and undetectable look. This treatment is suitable for FUT and FUE transplant scarring as well as accident and some birthmark scars. For the best result, It’s recommended that the hair where the scarring is be shaved down to a 0-0.5 length to ensure a flawless blend. We also use this technique to add fullness to patchy beards (facial micro-pigmentation).

 

Alopecia doesn’t stand a chance against Scalp Micropigmentation! 

Each case of Alopecia can be unique, we truly believe that Scalp Micropigmentation is the only solution to combat Alopecia of all types once and for all whether it be Alopecia areata, Alopecia totalis or Alopecia traction. With our SMP techniques, we don’t stop treatment at the areas in which alopecia has been affected, we treat the entire scalp throughout any existing hair. This ensures that any further loss of hair in the future is completely disguised. Scalp Micropigmentation treatments for Alopecia usually take around 4 treatment sessions when treatment of the entire scalp is required, this depends on the amount of treatment required.

Hairlines: Our Practitioners are highly skilled in designing natural hairlines for men and women suffering from Alopecia. Our practitioners are highly experienced in treating cases from small patches of hair loss to aggressive alopecia affecting the entire scalp and ensure that hairlines look completely natural, including your neckline and areas around the ears. Your new Hairline will be discussed with you and approved by you before starting the treatment process.

 

WHY CHOOSE CTM?

We’re specialists in cosmetic tattooing infection control. Our trained technicians are excellent at attention to detail and creating symmetry. With years of experience in pointillism, artists have successfully treated thousands of clients. And hold qualifications in Advanced Scalp Micropigmentation. They also continue to update their training to stay up to date with the latest technology, and techniques.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I TURN GREY AS I AGE?

If your hair was to turn grey later on in life, this would have no effect on your look after having Scalp Micropigmentation. Our pigments are specially formulated to settle into the scalp over time. This means that over the years, your SMP treatment will slowly become a lighter shade, whereas others may require a touch up to freshen or darken their SMP treatment, if your hair was to turn grey, you may never require a touch-up session as you would simply allow the pigments to lighten naturally as your hair turns grey.

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I REQUIRE?

All routine SMP treatments are performed over 2-3 separate sessions, and this is the number of sessions included in your quote.

 

IS SMP THE SAME AS A TATTOO?

No. SMP can be referred to as a medical tattoo, but the treatment is performed using a completely different technique to regular tattoos. The treatment is performed by our highly skilled SMP trained practitioner using specialist pigments created for the scalp only, not tattoo ink. The needles and equipment we use are also different to those used for regular tattoos.

We strongly advise against using regular tattoo inks or seeking treatment from anyone other than a highly trained SMP specialist as this can result in an undesired outcome which would only be removable by laser treatment.

The technique differs from that of traditional tattooing as there are no lines or shading and the ink is only deposited as deep as the papillary layer of skin, just below the epidermis. The machine, ink and microneedles used are specialised for SMP. The addition of tattooed SMP follicles to the scalp reduces the contrast between visible skin and hair, thus creating the illusion of new or thicker hairs. For those with receding hairlines or sporting the shaved head look, we offer complete hairline recreation and filling in of balding crowns, scars and other patches. For hair thinning and longer hairstyles we add density and fullness by tattooing around your natural hair follicles. Clients typically need 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment, which will vary by the treatment type and the extent of hair loss. SMP is a semi-permanent treatment and does fade over time as your skin sheds naturally and may require a touch-up within 2-5 years to freshen up the colour. Unlike hair growth treatments and transplants, the results of SMP treatments are guaranteed and can be seen after just 1 session!

 

HOW LONG WILL SMP LAST?

SMP is a permanent solution to hair loss and will last a lifetime with maintenance touch-ups along the way. How often you require touch-ups depends on various factors such as your immune system, how you look after your treatment and UV exposure.

Some clients may require touch-ups around every 4 to 6 years whereas others may require touch-ups around every three years. Some clients may never need a touch-up. It really does differ from person to person. Touch-ups are usually completed within 1 – 2 hours.

 

IS SMP THE BEST OPTION FOR HAIRLOSS?

Although there are other options for hair loss available, they cannot guarantee results as SMP can.

For example, not everyone is a good candidate for a hair transplant. Hair transplants leave large scars and in most cases, the results do not meet the client’s expectations. We see many clients who have had hair transplant surgery only to find that the hair begins to fall out again in the near future. This leaves the client still suffering from hair loss, along with exposed scarring. If repeat hair transplants are then required, it can become an expensive process with costs spiralling to higher amounts than first expected.

There are also various medications available on the hair loss market. These options can take months if not years to see minimal results if any. The costs of these treatments are also an ongoing cost with most treatments requiring daily doses for a lifetime.

SMP is a fraction of the cost of a hair transplant, and the results are instant, permanent and undetectable. Scalp Micropigmentation can be used to treat any type of hair loss in men and women of all ages.

If you are suffering from hair loss, you may be shaving or considering shaving your existing hair to a short level so that your hair loss is not as noticeable. Usually, no matter how short you shave it, the areas with existing hair growth can still stand out against the areas with no hair growth. This is where our SMP treatment works great. We seamlessly match the treatment to your existing hair to create the look of a full, shaved head of hair, resulting in a complete and smart new look which restores your hairline gives your face its border again and takes years off of you!

We can also use Scalp Micropigmentation to add density to thinning hair. For clients who hold a majority of their hair but are suffering from thinning, we can deposit our Scalp Micropigmentation treatment underneath the longer hair to create a thicker, fuller look. This option is widely popular with our female clients and clients who have not received the desired results from hair transplants.

 

WILL MY SMP TREATMENT BE NOTICEABLE TO OTHERS?

Our Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is designed to match and blend in with your existing hair seamlessly and therefore is not noticeable. Some of our clients tell us that the odd friend may give them complements such as they look well or that something looks different, but they can’t quite put their finger on what has changed.

If you were to look closely at the hair of a shaven head, the hair looks like lots of small dots. We use our microneedles to replicate these dots using our specialised technique. The SMP treatment is blended seamlessly into the existing hair resulting in a completely undetectable result. For clients with longer hair, these microdots would be built up over your treatment sessions until the required density is reached.

We specialise in natural-looking results and always advise against anything other than this. We like to ensure that our clients gain results which look like they have a full, natural head of hair rather than they have had something done to their hair.

SMP is a subtle change which simply completes your look, giving you back your hairline which borders your face again and restores your confidence.

 

DO I HAVE TO KEEP MY HEAD SHAVED?

This varies from client to client. We can use Scalp Micropigmentation to create the look of a full, shaved head of hair and can also use the treatment to add density to thinning hair.

For example, a client suffering from severe pattern baldness or alopecia would usually be required to shave their hair to a short length to match the SMP treatment, whereas a client who is suffering from thinning hair but still has a majority coverage may be able to keep their hair at a longer length, This is usually the case for our female and post hair transplant clients.

Your practitioner will discuss this with you in more detail during your consultation.

 

WHAT PIGMENT DO YOU USE?

Our SMP Pigment has been specially formulated solely for Scalp Micropigmentation and has been used in thousands of treatments worldwide producing excellent results each and every time. As a pioneer of the SMP industry, we have done our research into pigments over the years and have created the perfect formula of the highest quality.

Our pigments are guaranteed to never change colour on the scalp throughout their lifetime as they do not consist of any colours unlike some tattoo inks and permanent make-up inks.

Our pigments are 100% safe with no side effects and do not contain any harsh chemicals.

Our pigments are completely organic which aids in healing time and are against animal testing.

 

WILL SMP DAMAGE MY EXISTING HAIR GROWTH?

No. The SMP treatment does not damage existing hair growth, nor does it damage hair growth from hair transplant procedures. Some clients even use SMP and hair transplants together to create their required density.

In fact, some reports suggest that micro-needling of the scalp can promote hair growth.

 

WILL MY SCALP BE RED OR SORE AFTER THE TREATMENT?

This varies depending on your skin type. Usually, any redness will subside within a few hours to 24 hours after your SMP treatment. Some clients may experience redness for the following few days although this is quite rare.

Your scalp will not necessarily be sore after your treatment, but you may experience slight itchiness at times as your skin is healing.

 

IS SMP PAINFUL?

SMP would not be described as a painful treatment process but at times may cause mild discomfort to some. The level of any discomfort would be a 3 out of 10 at most.

The majority of our clients report no pain whatsoever and some even fall asleep during treatment. Some describe the feel of a small pinprick on their scalp whereas others even say it feels quite nice and relaxing.

CAN I HAVE SMP AFTER A HAIR TRANSPLANT OR OVER SCARS?

Yes. Many of our clients have undergone hair transplant procedures and have not received their desired results. In these cases, we use our Scalp Micropigmentation treatment to create a thicker look to any thinning hair.

We also treat clients who have head scars of any type including those from Hair Transplants.

 

WHAT IS THE COST?

The cost of your SMP treatment will depend on the extent of your hair loss and which SMP artist you choose to have your treatment with. Our prices for treatment start from £400 up to £2500. We determine the exact cost of your treatment after a quick assessment during your free online consultation. One of our team members will ask to see a few clear pictures of your scalp showing the front, back and top. Once we have assessed your pictures, we will provide a pricing plan where you can choose which option suits you best.

Your images are treated with the strictest confidentiality and will never be shared by us unless you give your express permission. If you decide not to go ahead with your treatment, your photos are permanently deleted.

Payments can be made in full or on a per treatment session basis at no extra cost and can be made using all major credit and debit cards.

Please note: To confirm your booking, a deposit is required, and the amount will be deducted from your total treatment cost.

 

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED AFTERCARE FOR SMP?

After each treatment, you can return to work immediately. For the 4 days after each treatment, we advise that you do not exercise or excessively sweat. You can return to light exercise after a 4-day healing period. Excessive Sweating of the scalp can cause the treatment to migrate or not hold. Normal exercise can resume 10 days after treatment.

For the following 4 days after each treatment, it is important not to allow your scalp to get wet or wear hats which may rub on your new SMP treatment. After the 4-day period, you can then wash your head and shave your hair. For swimming, we advise waiting 30 days after the final treatment.

Full aftercare instructions will be given to you after your first treatment.

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF A TOUCH-UP?

After several years you may feel that you want to have a touch-up session to perhaps slightly change the style of your treatment or give it a darker look. Touch-ups are priced at our rate of £250 per hour and usually last around 1 – 2 hours, depending on the area and coverage required.

 

WHAT IS YOUR CLINICAL HYGIENE PROCESS?

We adhere to stringent hygiene standards as set out by the Health Protection Unit & Department of Health. Our locations are set in modern clinical environments. We adhere to all government guidelines for bloodborne pathogens and infection control and use sterile single-use needles, gloves and equipment which are correctly disposed of after each treatment.

 

HOW ARE THE TREATMENTS SCHEDULED?

All Scalp Micropigmentation treatments are performed over 3 separate treatment sessions.
Treatment schedules are set as shown below:

  • Treatment 2: Seven days after
  • Treatment 3: Four weeks after

After your 1st treatment session, your 2nd treatment will be performed 7 days later, you will then receive your 3rd treatment 4 weeks after that. During each treatment session, we create an even layering of SMP.

Treatment sessions will last 2 to 3 hours each depending on the extent of your hair loss and the density you require. Short breaks can be taken throughout your treatment sessions and your practitioner will ask if you require breaks during your treatment, alternatively if you need a break just let the practitioner know.

  • Treatment 1 is where we design your new hairline and lay the foundations of your SMP treatment.
  • Treatment 2 is where we take your feedback and add more density to your treatment. We can also make slight changes at this point if required. Your practitioner will discuss this with you.
  • Treatment 3 is where we add more density and perfect your result

Although there is slight leniency on the treatment schedule, it is important that once committed, the treatment stages are kept to give you the best results.

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