How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost?

AREA OF TREATMENT

Patients that want to cover large surface areas can expect realistic and complete results from just a few SMP procedures. On average, an individual’s scalp has 100,000 hair follicles, and each one will need to be accounted for to achieve the best results. The number of follicles present on one’s scalp is determined by genetics, blonde’s average 150,000 follicles, while brown-haired and redheads average 90 to 110, 000. Considering there are 600 to 650 follicles present per square inch of the scalp, each of which needs to be accounted for, even a slightly larger area of treatment requires a significant amount of treatment.

VARIETY OF SKIN

The main factors considered when assessing a patient’s skin is the resilience of the skin on an individual’s scalp, as well as the presence of any scarring from past trauma. Skin that is very resilient and thick tends to demand more treatments to properly match colors and achieve the highest quality possible, however skin that is too sensitive requires the technician to exercise excessive caution, which may increase the amount of time needed to complete the SMP process. Scarring can especially complicate the process, this is because a scarred area of skin is made of thick layers of tissue that are not always as receptive to SMP treatment.


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) vs. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

PRP is a three-step process, involving usually 3 treatments, each set 4-6 weeks apart from the other. Any therapy involving injection runs the risk of injury to vessels and nerves, infections, scarring of tissue and potential calcification at points of injection. Due to these risks, many individuals who have thinned blood, history of alcobhol abuse or the diagnosis of diseases that affect the blood have increased risk when engaging in a PRP procedure. Due to the lack of thorough research in these fields, effects could be more severe than we could imagine. PRP is the only hair loss treatment that involves the injection of modified blood, other methods do not operate in the same extensive field of risks of blood transfusion.

Due to limitations surrounding studies on PRP hair therapy, such as small sample sizes and the tendency for technique and protocol to vary amongst doctors, researchers are unable to determine to what degree PRP on its own is effective. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), on the other hand, is a guaranteed and permanent solution with significantly lower risks. No blood is modified or injected, instead each hair follicle is accounted for and tattooed over to create a permanent hairline. While people with certain health risks may be unable to safely attempt PRP therapy, virtually anyone can undergo SMP procedures. Even patients with extremely sensitive skin or scarring on their scalps can do SMP, and the health of an individual’s blood is unrelated to the SMP process, unlike PRP which is dependent on healthy blood. Overall, SMP provides a safer and more researched solution, whereas PRP hair therapy involves a high degree of uncertainty and lack of research.


Scalp Micropigmentation VS Hair Transplant

PROS:

Scalp micropigmentation is a long term solution, whereas ointments and shampoos are constantly applied and do not always produce long term results. Scalp micropigmentation is permanent and guaranteed. Due to that fact that scalp micropigmentation is a tattoo, these procedures cannot go wrong in the way many hair transplants have. After three sessions, an individual’s hairline will not recede and the only potential follow-up cost is a touch-up after a few years, as tattoos fade overtime due to contact with sunlight. Hair transplants, on the other hand, are multiple-procedure processes, boasting expensive upfront costs and ongoing medications and shampoos to maintain. Scalp micropigmentation can be over $1000 cheaper than a hair transplant procedure, and transplant procedures are dependent on the existence of transplantable hair, whereas virtually anyone can get scalp micropigmentation. While hair transplants can be attractive in the sense that they make a full head of hair possible, there is much more margin for error and transplanted hair often falls off before its given a chance to grow. Scalp micropigmentation, on the other hand, is foolproof and a guaranteed result of the appearance of short hair.

CONS:

Surprisingly, the general consensus surrounding the pain of scalp micropigmentation is that it isn’t nearly as painful as getting a traditional tattoo. Regardless, there is a higher degree of pain when compared to hair transplant procedures. It is also important to research the practitioner prior to deciding to get a procedure done there. Since scalp micropigmentation is a relatively new process, the effectiveness and results of the procedure varies from technician to technician. Unexperienced technicians may produce poor results, and precautions must be taken to avoid this possibility. Another potential downside, depending on how you see it, is that scalp micropigmentation is permanent. You will be bound to the same pattern of hair, and removal requires a lengthy, painful laser removal process. Likely the most significant downside of scalp micropigmentation is the fact that patients are required to keep their hair very short, whereas a successful hair transplant with ongoing application of ointments can result in a full head of hair.