What is Scalp Micropigmentation

What is scalp micropigmentation? Pros and cons

With approximately 35 million men and 21 million women suffering from alopecia,[i] receding hairlines and thinning hair are things that many of us will face as we grow older. Despite being a common problem, hair loss is an unpleasant issue that causes significant stress to those who experience it.

Hair loss, whether mild or severe, is often accompanied by anxiety, frustration, depression, and low self-esteem. In more extreme cases, those suffering from hair loss socially withdraw and exhibit suicidal tendencies.[ii]

The good news is that hair loss treatment is rapidly advancing with medications and surgeries that either help to reduce the appearance of hair loss or stimulate new hair growth. Scalp micropigmentation is one of the most popular treatments that help to hide the appearance of hair loss and create the illusion of fuller hair.

The history of scalp micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is one of many hair loss treatments and one that is quickly growing in popularity across the globe. First practiced at the Hair Transplant Clinic of Sacramento by Dr. Alvaro C. Tranquina after seven years of development, scalp micropigmentation was initially used to camouflage scarring.[iii]

Since then, SMP has grown to become one of the best hair-tattoo methods thanks to its ability to give the appearance of fuller-looking hair.

Why scalp micropigmentation?

Unlike other hair loss treatments, scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that’s performed by skilled practitioners. But, when it comes to treating hair loss and alopecia, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. All treatments have advantages and disadvantages, and scalp micropigmentation is no exception.

The benefits of SMP procedures

If you’ve exhausted dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements and medications, hair micropigmentation may just be the answer to your prayers.


Compared to other alopecia and hair loss treatments, scalp pigmentation is inexpensive and affordable. Unlike a hair transplant, hair micropigmentation is not a surgical procedure and so eliminates the costly processes involved with surgical treatments. When it comes to SMP, the costs are much smaller and the treatment longevity is much longer, allowing you to keep more money in your pocket in the long run.


Scalp micropigmentation is relatively simple to maintain. With hair micropigmentation treatment, you won’t need to commit to using time-consuming aftercare products and dyes to keep your hair looking great. And, compared to hair transplants, scalp pigmentation requires minimal downtime so that you can go straight back to your everyday routine without major disruption to your schedule.


The pigments used for hair pigmentation treatments are non-toxic and safe for use, reducing the risks that are involved with other surgeries. Extreme side effects are incredibly rare and the overall treatment is far from painful.


Scalp micropigmentation is permanent, but it does lighten as time goes by because our skin regrows. Many men and women that undergo hair micropigmentation have beautiful-looking hair that lasts as long that only need touch up in 2- 5 years.


SMP is universal and works with virtually every hairstyle you can imagine. From short hair to long hair, grey hair to vibrantly colored hair, scalp micropigmentation allows you to look good and feel good.

The downsides of scalp micropigmentation

Like any procedure, scalp pigmentation has some unavoidable disadvantages. These include:


Perhaps the biggest downside of scalp pigmentation is the need to shave your head. While this is not always necessary for concentrated thinning, shaving guarantees the best results for those with receding hairlines or a lack of hair predominantly on the top of the head. In this instance, shaving the head promises a more natural look.


While most clients need three sessions of scalp micropigmentation, up to 20% of these will need a fourth treatment. However, with most hair transplantation surgeries needing a similar number of sessions to achieve the desired look, SMP has the added benefit of being non-surgical.


While hair micropigmentation looks uncannily like real hair, it’s ultimately a cosmetic technique and not a hair transplant. Instead of implanting hairs, scalp micropigmentation changes skin pigment to create the illusion of full, thick hair.


Although maintenance can be a benefit of SMP when compared to transplants, hair micropigmentation is not completely maintenance-free. After scalp pigmentation, clients should also avoid intense workouts (for 2-3 days) and swimming (for 2 weeks) to enable the best conditions for the scalp to heal.

Disreputable practitioners

With many practitioners now offering scalp micropigmentation services, it’s more important than ever to be selective in your choice of SMP artist. Though tattooists and other service providers are beginning to offer hair loss treatment, the best scalp micropigmentation providers are those who are trained in the precise and detailed practice with plenty of successful procedures already under their belt.

Aesthetics International

Voted the best scalp micropigmentation professionals in the Philippines, Aesthetics International is a pioneer in the scalp pigmentation industry with over five years of experience.

For more information about scalp micropigmentation, get in touch with us by sending an email to aestheticsinternationalph@gmail.com or giving us a call at +639955661079. It would be our pleasure to discuss treatment plans to suit you.


[i] https://thehairsociety.org/hair-loss-statistics-the-facts/#:~:text=Did%20you%20know%20that%20approximately,women%20suffer%20from%20hair%20loss%3F

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8719979/#:~:text=Some%20of%20the%20mild%20to,social%20withdrawal%2C%20and%20suicidal%20tendencies

[iii] https://www.folisim.com.au/history-of-smp/

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