SMP FAQ's

What is SMP?

Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP (Scalp Micro Procedures), is a form of cosmetic tattooing where precision needles are used to implant natural pigments into the scalp. Each implantation of pigment creates a micro-dot to replicate a hair follicle. The result gives the appearance of new hair growth.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the treatment will vary from client to client depending on the service you require, the extent of your hair loss and the number of hours needed per session. The cost of your full treatment will be agreed in advance during your free consultation. The agreed cost should be paid in full after your 1st session and will cover you for as many sessions as you will need. I also offer a guarantee on any fading and a 6 month guarantee on touch-ups as far as hairline alterations or fading. Other clinics charge by the hour or per session which can make the treatment very expensive and can be misleading for the client.

How many sessions would I need?

On average, a full SMP treatment requires 3 sessions. However, this can vary between 2-4 sessions depending on the client. Scalp Micropigmentation should never be considered a one session process. Multiple sessions are essential for the most natural and safe results.

How long does a Session take?

A single session can take anywhere between 1-5 hours to complete depending on the service you'd require and the extent of hair loss. During your session, you will be able to take as many breaks as needed. My aim is to make the entire process as comfortable for you as possible.

How long will I need to wait between each Session?

After your 1st session you will need to wait 10-14 days before you can have your 2nd session. After the 2nd session you will need to wait 20-30 days before you can have subsequent sessions.

How long do the results last?

After completion of your full treatment, you can expect results to last between 3-5 years before needing a colour boost. A colour boost will freshen up the SMP and restore any areas which may have faded (not discoloured) over the years. A colour boost is completed in a single session and will see you through for many more years. You can maintain the results of your SMP with proper aftercare such as wearing SPF on a daily basis.

Is there any downtime?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical and minimally non-invasive treatment, meaning there is no down-time and you can return the work and most daily activities straight away. You should avoid excessive sweating and exercise 4 days post treatment. You may notice redness 24-48 hours after your treatment, so may want to plan your SMP around events. You can wear a loose fitting hat immediately after your treatment. There are a number of aftercare instructions to follow post treatment which will be discussed in detail prior to your treatment and will be given to you in writing.

How should I prepare for my SMP treatment?

Avoid drinking coffee, taking ibuprofen, asprin (unless medically advised), alcohol or any stimulants 12 hours before your treatment. Hair colouring should be done 48 hours prior to treatment and 1 week post treatment. Hair should be shaved to a grade 0.5 or 1 prior to attending your treatment for hairline restoration treatments. It is recommended to massage coconut oil into the scalp a few times the week before your treatment to hydrate the skin. On the day of your treatment you should be in good health and ensure to eat before attending. This will help with your blood sugar levels as sessions can last for many hours. You will be required to complete Medical History, Consent and Treatment forms prior to your treatment commencing.

Does SMP hurt?

For most clients, the pain of a Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is minimal. You will not need numbing cream for this procedure, and you won't experience any discomfort during the healing process. There are more sensitive areas of the scalp such as the hairline and temples. But many clients find the crown and back of the head therapeutic!

Is Scalp Micropigmentation permanent?

Scalp-Micropigmentation is a form or permanent cosmetics or permanent make-up. Despite being referred to as permanent, any form of cosmetic tattooing will fade over time. If left completely, the original treatment would be barely visible after around 10 years. The reason for this is because the pigment is placed in the upper layer of the Dermis during an SMP treatment. Whereas a traditional tattoo reaches the lower level of the Dermis in effect creating a permanent scar.

Will the colour of the pigment change like a tattoo?

No. Unlike tattoo ink, the pigment used during a Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is specifically designed for this purpose meaning the ink is designed to fall within the same colour spectrum of stubble or very short hair. The pigment contains only organic ingredients with no additional colourants or additives and will only lighten, not discolour, over time. I use Folicule for my SMP procedures.

Will SMP work with grey and blonde hair?

Yes! Scalp Micropigmentation is suitable for those with grey or blonde hair. The pigment I use is a pure black ink which is diluted in accordance to the clients hair colour. All new hair growth has a grey undertone, regardless of the clients natural hair colour. For grey and blonde hair, the pigment is simply more diluted.

Am I too young/old to have Scalp Micropigmentation?

The UK prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to have a tattoo. This legislation was brought in under the Tattooing Of Minors Act 1969. As long as you are age 18 or above, there is no limit to what age you can have SMP! Of course, I will tailor your treatment to ensure the results are age appropriate.

Can Women have Scalp Micropigmentation?

Yes! Women can also enjoy the transformative benefits of scalp micro procedure's. The most common treatment for Women would be Density. A Density treatment works to create the appearance of full hair density or a full parting. Hairloss in Women can be an extremely traumatic experience. I am here to help and guide you through your hair loss journey and will work with you to regain your confidence.

Does SMP look good on lighter and darker skin tones?

Absolutely! I can match the shade of the pigment to a wide range of skin tones. Whether you are Caucasian, African-American, Asian, or Pacific Islander and much more...scalp micropigmentation can work for you.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation a hair loss solution for Alopecia?

Yes! SMP is an incredible hair loss solution for those with alopecia. Alopecia is the umbrella term for most hair loss and include:

1. Alopecia Areata

2. Androgenetic Alopecia (Pattern Hair Loss)

3. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (Scarring Alopecia)

4. Chemotherapy Induced Alopecia (Anagen Effluvium)

5. Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (Scarring Alopecia)

6. Lichen Planopilaris (Scarring Alopecia)

7. Telogen Effluvium

8. Traction Alopecia (hair loss)
9. Trichotillomania (hair pulling)

Is Scalp Micropigmentation a hair loss solution for Male Pattern Baldness?

Yes! Scalp Micropigmentation is most popular with those experiencing the effects of Male Pattern Baldness or MPB. MPB is also known as Androgenetic Alopecia and is thought to be caused by the hair follicle's sensitivity to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). It is believed that 95% of cases of male pattern baldness occurs because of the effects of DHT on the hair follicle. How much DHT an individual produces depends entirely on their genetic makeup. Pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss.  

Is Scalp Micropigmentation a hair loss solution for Female Pattern Baldness?

Yes! Scalp Micropigmentation is becoming ever more popular hair loss solution for Women of all ages due to its instant and natural results. It is estimated that 50% of women over the age of 60 experience female pattern baldness. The condition results in diffused thinning of the hair on the scalp from the parting outwards. Female pattern baldness as a strong genetic predisposition. Asian Women are also considered more likely to suffer overall hair thinning than that of other hair types.

Will Scalp-Micropigmentation grow my hair back?

No, Scalp Micropigmentation will not grow your hair back. SMP is a 2D treatment which works by implanting pigment into the upper layer of the skin's dermis in the formation of tiny dots mimicking individual hair follicles to give the illusion of new hair growth. Results can look 3D when completed by an artistic and trained technician. But the treatment will always be 2D.

Can I still use Finasteride and/or Minoxidil after my treatment?

Clients can continue using Finasteride during and after their scalp pigmentation procedure. Minoxidil should be suspended during the course of treatment and for 30 days post your final session. This is to ensure the proper healing and settling of pigment without interference of the chemicals found in Minoxidil.

Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation the same as a Tattoo?

SMP is not the same as a tattoo. There are a few main differences between the two:
1. SMP only reaches the top layer of the skin dermis, whereas a tattoo penetrates the lower dermis creating a scar.
2. SMP is the process of creating small micro dots through pointillism method. There is no shading or drawing lines.
3. SMP only ever uses a pure black pigment which is much more diluted than typical tattoo inks. For this reason, it won't break down to different colours or look too saturated once healed.

Where is Chloe Howe SMP located?

My SMP hair loss clinic is based in the South West of England in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, UK. My full address is Unit 4, 10 High St, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1NX. My clinic is fully equipped for Scalp Micropigmentation treatments and follows all Government Health & Safety guidelines.

What areas of the South West does Chloe Howe SMP cover?

Chloe Howe SMP Scalp Micropigmentation services are widely available and accessible to an extensive area of the South West including Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Bridgwater, Weston-Super-Mare, Taunton, Portishead, Bristol, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Minehead, Somerset, North Somerset and many more.

Why should I choose Chloe Howe SMP?

I am a Level 4 Micropigmentation Technician specialising in Scalp Micropigmentation. I completed my training with the UK's leading Micropigmentation School, Finishing Touches. I have had a natural artistic ability since a child and started drawing portraits at the age of 5. I trained in Micropigmentation to be able to help people regain confidence through my art. I am a true perfectionist with my work and aim to create the most natural and undetectable SMP results possible. Your scalp is my canvas!

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