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Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment that has provided a solution for hair loss by replicating the appearance of natural hair follicles. This sophisticated technique, often referred to as a hair tattoo, hairline tattoo, or scalp tattoo, has roots in the broader practice of cosmetic tattooing, which has been used for centuries to enhance facial features.

It is popular with men and women.  Men use it to create a natural looking stubble (5 o'clock shadow) on their heads while women use it to fill areas of thinning hair with natural looking hair strokes.

Hair follicles are replicated one by one using precise custom pigment to recreate a healthy head of hair.  At Calypso Beauty we use our skill and artistry to give each client a natural and undetectable result. As the leading 5 star Permanent Makeup salon in the Bellevue / Kirkland area we embrace these innovations.  We begin with 30 minute consultation to review the customers hair and discuss their needs.  

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SMP requires a combination of artistry and technical knowledge. Each 'dot' of pigment is carefully placed to replicate the natural hair growth pattern and density. The technique can be used to cover areas of thinning hair, to create a new hairline, or to add density to a hair transplant. The process can take multiple sessions, with each session layering more detail to create a realistic appearance.



SMP has evolved to cater to a diverse clientele, including those with different hair loss patterns and skin types. The procedure has been refined to minimize discomfort and maximize realism, with advancements in pigment formulation and application methods.

The result is a subtle, natural-looking enhancement that can dramatically improve the confidence and appearance of individuals experiencing hair loss. As a non-invasive, long-lasting solution, SMP has established itself as a significant development in cosmetic procedures for hair loss, offering an alternative to hair transplants and hair loss medications.


Is SMP Permanent?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is often referred to as a permanent solution because it involves implanting pigment into the scalp, which does not wash off or smear. However, it's more accurate to describe SMP as semi-permanent.  SMP pigments are designed to fade gradually over the years. The rate of fading can depend on several factors, including exposure to UV rays, the body's immune response, and the quality of pigments used.  Although the initial results can last for years, touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the desired density and color as the pigments fade. Unlike traditional tattoos that deposit ink deep into the skin, SMP pigments are placed at a shallower depth, which contributes to the gradual lightening over time. Individual skin types and lifestyles can affect how long the color retains its initial hue and sharpness. For example, people who frequently swim or are exposed to the sun may notice faster fading.  SMP does not penetrate as deeply as traditional tattoos, and it doesn't scar the tissue, which means it is less permanent than other forms of tattooing.

In conclusion, while SMP offers a long-term solution for hair loss, calling it permanent would be a bit of a misnomer given that maintenance may be required to preserve its appearance. Clients considering SMP should plan for the possibility of periodic touch-ups to keep their scalp looking its best.


Is SMP Painful?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) involves the use of needles to deposit pigment into the scalp, and as with many procedures that penetrate the skin, there can be some level of discomfort. However, the degree of pain experienced during SMP can vary greatly from person to person due to individual pain thresholds. The scalp is a sensitive area with many nerve endings, so it is natural to feel some discomfort during the procedure.Many SMP practitioners apply a topical anesthetic to the scalp before starting the treatment to help numb the area and reduce pain.  The needles used for SMP are typically finer than those used for regular tattooing, and the pigment is not inserted as deeply, which can result in less pain compared to traditional tattoos.  Sessions can last several hours, and the discomfort may increase with the length of the session. Periodic breaks and topical anesthetics can be used to help manage any discomfort.

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