The variety of treatments for hair loss offers many choices that may or may not work. This can lead to a hit or miss strategy for those who are not so well versed when it comes to seeking remedies for their balding condition. Finding the right one can further become an ordeal because it also needs to correspond with the cause of hair loss such as male pattern baldness, alopecia areata or even traction alopecia. Perhaps the most effective remedy in the market today that has many applications regardless of the balding condition is a scalp micropigmentation procedure.

Getting one is a process that requires certain steps to be followed to ensure a successful outcome. SMP after all is not like a regular tattoo. It is a highly technical procedure created by a skilled SMP technician with the use of materials, tools and facilities specifically for this purpose. It is a long-term commitment, intended to last a lifetime.


This is the challenge that any SMP procedure faces right from the beginning of the treatment. It needs to be perfect to be considered a success because an SMP is an illusion of hair that should remain undetectable to a casual observer. In fact, it should not be noticeable even to the barber of the patient himself. Deviations in the appearance of the pigments can cause it to fail.

Fading is one of the reasons why an SMP becomes obvious. There is certain darkness in colour that should be projected for SMP to look like real hair. Any discrepancy would make it obvious to the eyes. Not all types of fading are bad however and some are required in order to make SMP treatment look better.

It would take about two to three sessions to complete an entire SMP treatment. In between these sessions is a standard seven-day period to allow the pigments to settle into the scalp. Fading is expected to occur during this time and is necessary to help the specialist determine how he should proceed with the next session. SMP is created through layering pigments one over the other resulting in a more accurate depiction of hair. It should look slightly faded in some parts and darker in others to create contrasting shades upon the scalp. This is called mid treatment fading and should not be a cause for concern as it is part of the process.

An SMP treatment is already complete right after the last session. Slight changes should be expected within three to six months however. It is during this time where the pigments will decrease in size and circumference. The hairline should start to look softer, less patchy and more integrated. This kind of fading is called settling, it is how SMP should look like for an extended period more or less.

A treatment is expected to last for about four to six years before it exhibits a significant amount of fading. It only requires some touch-up sessions whenever this occurs. This is also a good opportunity to update a patient’s look. Hairstyles after all change every so often and an SMP treatment needs to be refreshed in order to look current.

How a patient cares for his treatment can actually go a long way towards guarding against fading. The scalp should be routinely cleaned and moisturized though scrubbing is not recommended. Wearing a cap is highly recommended when going under the sun for a prolonged period because ultraviolet rays can influence the degree of fading. Bleach or alcohol based products upon the scalp should also be avoided.

The kinds of fading that occur during and after SMP