We gradually applied the different shades of special ink for SMP using a micro needle the size of a hair follicle to blend well with the natural hair. Do you want to know more? See below
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it permanent?
Yes, this is a permanent procedure like a tattoo.
Is it a tattoo?
Yes and no. While Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) is permanent and similar to a tattoo, it is a different technique that utilizes different needles and a specialized ink. The result mimics a closely shaved head of hair.
Are you guys tattooists?
Yes, we are Cosmetic Tattooist who specialize in SMP Scalp Microhair Pigmentation hair restoration. Our experience from treating hundreds of patients over the years (since 2008) allows us to pull from a wide variety of hairline designs, suitable for SMP Scalp Microhair Pigmentation, that match the person’s ethnic background, his balding pattern today and his age.
Can my tattooist do what you do?
No. SMP is unique in its application as we use specialized instruments, needles, and inks. A Ordinary Traditional tattooist may be an expert at what they do (creating wearable art) and their clients are proud to show off their tattoo, but a successful SMP application should be virtually undetectable. You also have the option to have the SMP performed under a local anesthesia – an Ordinary Traditional tattooist cannot deliver anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure.
Is this a medical procedure?
No, SMP is performed by Cosmetic SMP Practitioner who are specially trained.
Is it safe?
Yes. We use sterile one-time-use only pre-packaged needles. We use Topical Anesthesia or Local anesthesia is administered only by licensed personnel in our medical facilities.
Does it hurt?
It feels like tiny needles poking constantly on your scalp for 3 to 4 hours. Without anesthesia it can be very painful, especially over the ears and forehead. But because we have physicians, you have the option to have local anesthesia administered, making the procedure pain free.
What if I want to grow out my hair?
Depending on your balding pattern this may be possible. Consultation between a prospective patient and an experienced Cosmetic SMP Practitioner before undergoing SMP is invaluable.
What if I am not bald, but I want to make my hair look fuller using a concealer (Black Powder Hair fiber)?
SMP is used to decrease the contrast between your scalp color and hair color, giving an illusion of fullness. You can think of SMP as a “permanent” cosmetic tattoo. Unlike some concealers, with SMP you will not have to worry if your scalp is showing from the uneven application of concealers. Unlike some cosmetic concealers, SMP does not put a stain on your clothing, pillow, or on your significant other’s fingertips.
What if my hair turns gray?
Believe it or not, the stubble from white hair (and most colors of hair) is GRAY when you shave close to the skin. Just look at blond men with a close shave and you will see the gray shade where the hair exits the scalp. We try to match the shade of pigment based on your skin and hair color. If you have dark hair now and it turns gray later on in life, the underlying shade will blend despite the hair color change, because SMP covers the entire scalp (not just the bald areas).
If I continue to bald after doing the procedure, will it look natural?
As we are Cosmetic Tattooist specializing in hair loss and its treatment, we can plan for a worst case balding situation to develop. Whatever is done, it must be designed to plan for the worst case balding scenario or the possibility that some day you may decide to have a full SMP procedure in the future.
What if it fades?
Each individual absorbs some pigment at different rates. For the first year we offer free touch ups if there is any fading. Your finished SMP process should last years before needing a touch up, but everyone is different.
What if I want a hair transplant later on?
You can always have a hair transplant on top of the SMP process. With combination with SMP giving the patient the look of a shaven scalp and with actual hair stubble.
Can I ease into the decision to have this done?
Yes. We have done test areas (about 1cm square area) in scars so that the person gets comfortable with the way it looks, and we have done test areas where the balding scalp meets the side hair. This approach has been very helpful to the person who is ‘on the fence’ in deciding whether to do SMP or not. We want anybody considering this to be comfortable with the decision.
Does it look real?
Yes. Although there is nothing in this world that is “perfect”, with the artistry and technique we use, you cannot tell that that someone has had SMP even up close. SMP gives you the look of a permanent 5 o’clock shadow. SMP blends in with the genetically resistant-to-balding hair around the sides of your head. While Photos on our site are great examples, you really need to see SMP in real life to be convinced. It is truly amazing and most of our clients do not mind sharing their experience or letting you examine their results in person.
Don’t tattoos or pigment dots just look like a big blob over time?
Traditional tattoos may discolor, but this is highly dependent on the type of ink used, the depth the pigment was placed into the scalp, and the amount of sun exposure you get. The key to minimizing this effect is to use a specialty ink like we do and either wear a hat when in the sun or use a good sun blocker (with a high SPF factor). SMP dots will lose definition over time, but unlike regular tattoos, the ‘blob’ look is greatly minimized due to the special technique and the instruments used.
Don’t tattoos or pigment look green or blue?
There is always a potential change in the color of pigment over time. The pigment used for SMP is chosen to match the color and tone of shaved hair underneath one’s skin. Despite variations in hair color, most patients have a grayish (and greenish) tint after the hair is shaved from the dark roots of the hair showing through the layers of the dermis and epidermis. Much like how blood vessels appear green under the skin, the increased absorption of the red spectrum of light gives rise to this phenomenon explained by the trichromatic theory of color vision (i.e. if you absorb red you will perceive green). The light propagation through human tissue has also been modeled to show the greater decrease of red spectrum remission. In short, there is NO TRUE perception of black when the pigment is deposited beneath the skin. The greater depth of pigment deposit, the greater the potential change in color perception.
I heard there are other techniques or colors that will not turn green or blue.
Unless the laws of physics have changed, there will always be a slight change in perception of color.
Can you make a soft natural hairline?
I.S. Cosmetic Tattooists are experts at creating natural looking hairlines. Most clients want a soft and natural fading frontal hairline, while others prefer a more distinct and linear look. We advise and work with our clients individually to obtain the look they want.
I saw this on other websites called something else, what makes you different?
The difference between I.S. SMP and other businesses offering similar services is that we are the 1st here in the Philippines since 2008 Pioneering SMP procedure we are team of Cosmetic Tattoists with over 7 years combined experience in the Cosmetic Tattoo business. We are offering SMP in a medical facility. Our physicians offer anesthesia to ensure a pain-free procedure. We are experts in the creation of natural looking hairlines and can combine SMP with hair transplant surgery for a comprehensive hair restoration solution.
What will I look like immediately after SMP is done?
Immediately after the procedure, your scalp will look slightly pink, somewhat similar to a sunburn. This pink color will fade out over the course of 24hours. This is more pronounced in patients with a light skin color. You will appear to have a full head of hair that has a closely shaved look. The pigment may also appear more pronounced until you wash your scalp and remove the excess pigment three days later. Depending on each patient and the type of skin, the pigment may fade as it settles in. This is the reason why you may need touch-up, so that the shade and color is just right. Although we recommend at least 3 to 4 days between SMP applications, you can wait weeks or months depending on your schedule and geographic location.
I am a woman with thinning hair. Can SMP help me appear to have thicker hair?
Yes, we have performed SMP on women, but we are cautious when it comes to women because we want to know the cause of the hair loss or hair thinning. With men, 99% have hair loss or hair thinning from genetic causes in a typical balding pattern (MPB), but women may have balding due to many medical conditions and we would want to process on women who have potentially reversible baldness from hormonal causes, thyroid, or autoimmune diseases diagnose them prior to offering SMP. As ethical SMP practitioner , we want to be sure that we do not perform this.
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