Scalp Micropigmentation Hair Loss Treatment

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Explained

Scalp Micropigmentation Hair Loss Treatment (SMP – Scalp Tattoo for Hair Loss) is a hair loss treatment available now in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This is a medical grade tattoo technique where tattoo pigments are placed on the scalp in a stippling pattern to look like a shaved head of hair. This reduces the contrast between the colour of the hair and colour of the scalp so it is not as easily seen.

Scalp MicroPigmentation Before and After

When done properly, an observer can’t tell the difference between a shaved head and a tattooed head. We do this with thousands of very tiny dots placed in the scalp at the base of a hair and between the hairs.

SMP is very effective in treating thinning hair in both men and women, balding in a shaved scalp taking on the appearance of a bold look and also in the treatment of scalp scars caused by previous surgeries or skin diseases such as Alopecia Totalis.

Scalp Micropigmentation Before & After

SMP is a permanent hair concealer for both men and women. Scalp tattoos have been used in the past to darken the scalp in Caucasians with alopecia, however, the art has not been aesthetically pleasing and therefore, has not been routinely accepted by doctors or cosmetologists.

The recent refinement of the tattoo process for scalp applications blends the technical component of a tattoo instrument and carefully selected inks. When this is combined with the artistic and technical skills of a provider, it can address coverage of many scalp and hair cosmetic conditions.

SMP can be utilised in a variety of ways, greatly expanding cosmetic treatment options for various forms of alopecia. It has great value as part of any effort to make a person’s hair appear more plentiful. It is very effective in camouflaging scars. For many, the concept of getting a tattoo on the scalp is foreign. Most patients, once they see the results, have a better understanding of the outcome.

SMP consultations tend to be longer because it is not a mainstream approach to their balding problem. The scalp micropigmentation procedure for an average person is three sessions, one week apart – each session varyies between 2 and 4 hours depending on the area covered by our experienced lead practitioner Caitlin James.

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Frequently Asked Questions


There are many good candidates for scalp micropigmentation for hair loss. Men who want to shave their head and have their pattern of balding to appear looking like a full head of hair with a shaved scalp. Many autoimmune disease patients are ideal because they can’t have a hair transplant (e.g. Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis).

There are patients who don’t want to have a transplant or aren’t good candidates like depleted donor areas, or hair transplant process that was never finished and for many reasons, can’t be finished. (e.g. Norwood Class 5,6,7 patients).

SMP is very effective in treating scars from previous transplants and for treating the old type of ‘plugs’. Women with thinning hair are great candidates for this type of procedure as well for creating the illusion of more density.

Those suitable for SMP include:


  • Hair thinning or regional balding where the patient desires to appear to have a fuller head of hair, with or without a shaved scalp.
  • Scalp scars from scarring alopecias
  • People with autoimmune diseases such as refractory alopecia areata or alopecia totalis
  • Women who are balding or thinning who are not responsive to minoxidil or other medical treatments and do not qualify or wish to have hair transplantation
  • Neurosurgery scars and scars from head trauma, surgeries and/or hair restoration procedures.
  • Chemotherapy patients, who do not grow back significant amounts of their hair after treatment
  • Deformities in hair restoration patients resulting from unplanned processing hair loss in men, whose hair transplants can’t achieve the amount of ‘fullness’ they expect.
  • People with wide or obvious scars from donor strip harvesting techniques
  • People who have open donor scars from hair transplant surgery from harvesting techniques between the 1950’s and early 1990’s, from strip harvesting surgeries, or from FUE techniques that create punctate scars.
  • Patients who have old pluggy or corn-row look with or without donor site depletion and a see-through donor area.
  • People who dislike using topical concealers or wigs.