Scalp Micro-Pigmentation in Chicago, IL What is Scalp Micro-Pigmentation?Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP) is a non-surgical, tattoo procedure that involves the placement of tiny pigments into the scalp. This procedure uses a tiny needle on the scalp and simulate the appearance of naturally growing hair! For people who are balding or thinning, the SMP treatment creates the illusion the scalp has individual hair follicles growing and can help existing hair look a lot thicker. How Aesthetic Scalp Differs in Scalp Micro-PigmentationScalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a tattoo process, where Dr. Shah and Dr. Sameea use their artistic eyes and hands to blend and thicken areas of scalp that do not have hair with dots of pigmentation injected into the surface of your scalp in a hair-like pattern . Special pigment is applied to the scalp and micro-needles are used to deliver the pigment in precise amounts. The needle is very small, so there is less pain than you would experience with a tattoo. The final look mimics a stubble look. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and can take one hour per square inch. The area will be presentable within 24 hours and looks best in a few days after healing. A touch up procedure is usually needed to blend the area into normal scalp. Scalp micro-pigmentation is used for multiple purposes, including patchy alopecia, scar cover from previous hair transplantation, an alternative to hair transplantation and in conjunction with hair transplantation to give shadowing. What are the main uses for SMP?Scalp Micro-Pigmentation is a great alternative way to combat thinning hair. When hair starts to thin it can cause a lack of confidence in a person. Below are 2 reasons why people get SMP A Buzzed LookTiny pigments are applied to the scalp using a needle. This gives most patients a short buzzed look on their scalp. This is a great procedure for people in the early stages of their alopecia. SMP increases the appearance of density in areas of thinning hair by decreasing the color contrast between the scalp and hair in patients with longer hair lengths. Scar ConcealmentHow to cover up a scar on the scalp has always been a challenge. SMP is an effective procedure to help conceal scars more effectively. A majority of patients come in looking to receive SMP because of strip surgeries they’ve had in the past. Strip Surgeries or (FUT) are performed by taking a linear strip of hair from the patient. Doing this as a strip, and not as individual hair follicles leads to a un attractive scar on the patient. Using scalp micro pigmentation, patients have successfully been able to hide their scars from past strip surgery procedures.