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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN CHOOSING SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION (SMP)

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TRANSPARENT PROCESS

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I've just completed this procedure with Kay. And I gotta say I'm very happy with the results. Looks great. Kay is very knowledgeable & was able to answer any questions I had. Wish I had done this years sooner. Awesome job done and great result. Thanks Kay!!
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What is SMP?

SMP, otherwise known as hair tattooing, is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure for both men and women who suffer from varying degrees of hair loss, thinning hair, receding hairlines, alopecia, balding, and FUE hair transplant scarring, and FUT hair transplant scarring. The procedure is done by injecting pigment into the scalp and replicating hair follicles.

How much does SMP cost?

Pricing is based on the level of hair loss, which is different for each client. As such the costs can vary from a few hundred dollars up to $3,500 depending on your type of hair loss. Set up a free consultation to get a personalized quote based on your hair loss needs.

Can SMP camouflage FUE Hair Transplant Scars and FUT Hair Transplant Scars?

Yes. Whether the scars are left from an FUE hair-transplant procedure, FUT hair-transplant procedure, or other surgical scars. By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending their colour around the scarring area, Hair Transplant and any other surgical scars can be “camouflaged” and rendered almost undetectable.

SCAR CAMOUFLAGE

YOUR COSMETIC SCALP TREATMENT FOR AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO HAIR TRANSPLANT SCARS

Camouflage your hair transplant scars with non-invasive SMP.

Do you work directly with any hair transplant surgeons in Edmonton?

No. However, many Headways patients have had successful hair transplants performed by surgeons and then have either their transplant scar camouflaged with SMP and/or hair density treatments that add density to the transplanted area.

Is SMP permanent?

SMP is a form of semi-permanent cosmetics or semi-permanent makeup and can last for several years without a need for any “touch-up” treatments. This cosmetic hair loss solution will not wash or rub off during this time.

How long do the results last?

Following your treatment(s) you should expect the results to last several years. Throughout that time, you will likely gradually begin to see a slight lightening of the ink. This is not a discoloration but a fading of the non-permanent ink used in SMP. At this point, it is recommended that clients return for a “touch-up” visit.

SEMI-PERMANENT

YOUR SEMI-PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR IMPROVING SELF-CONFIDENCE

Stay confident for longer when you only need touch-ups every few years.

How long does SMP take?

The SMP treatment typically takes 2-4 hours per session depending on your degree of hair loss.

Do I need to take time off work?

A non-invasive and non-surgical procedure, SMP requires no downtime. You will not need to take any extended time away from work, school, or other functions. Following your treatment, it is common to notice slight redness on the scalp for up to 2-3 days post-session. That said, any redness you experience will most likely dissipate within 1 day.

How many SMP treatments should I expect?

SMP more often than not requires more than one treatment to attain optimal effects. Most clients can expect between 2-4 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss and/or hair transplant scarring. The treatments should typically be spaced between 7-14 days apart.

INNOVATIVE PROCESS

ENJOY A REJUVENATED LOOK THANKS TO INNOVATIVE SMP

A non-invasive process tailored to work just for you.

Will my SMP results change colour like tattoos?

No. SMP is a form of semi-permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattoo ink, standard SMP pigment contains no additional colourants or additives and will only lighten or fade, not discolour over an extended time. SMP also utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing, which is designed specifically for SMP.

I still have some hair, do I need to shave it?

The answer to that question depends on the pattern and extent of your hair loss. Some clients can maintain a longer length of hair while the SMP results add density to the existing hair by camouflaging the scalp and making it appear less prevalent through the existing hair. If there is a strong pattern of hair loss, however, cutting your hair shorter will have the best results.

Does SMP work on a range of skin shades?

Yes. SMP can match the shade of pigment to a broad range of skin tones with great success.

RECAPTURE CONFIDENCE

SMP IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR HAIR LOSS SOLUTION

You’ll stop hiding under your caps.

How long until I can work out and sweat after the SMP treatment?

No heavy sweating or intense exercise is recommended for 4-5 days after your SMP treatment.

Does the SMP procedure hurt?

For most clients, the pain is quite minimal. SMP is consistently less painful than traditional tattoos and most certainly less painful than a hair transplant procedure. Following the day of your session, it is most likely that you won’t experience any further discomfort at all.

Where is Headways Hair Loss Solutions located?

The SMP clinic is located in Edmonton, Alberta. Clients seeking non-surgical hair loss solutions from all over Western Canada including Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Alberta are more than welcome.

LOW MAINTENANCE

YOUR MEDICATION-FREE HAIR LOSS SOLUTION

SMP is a non-invasive and drug-free cosmetic service.

What equipment is used for an SMP procedure?

The equipment used for a scalp treatment is considered micro-pigmentation or “permanent cosmetic” equipment. There are many different brands and designs and equipment including a digital power source, a handpiece, and disposable micro needles for the insertion of pigment. Most technicians of SMP use different equipment than standard tattoo artists to ensure the deposits are delicately placed at the appropriate depth in the skin.

Is it okay to continue Propecia and/or Rogaine for my hair loss after my treatment?

Is it okay to continue Propecia and/or Rogaine for my hair loss after my treatment?
Clients can continue using Propecia during and after their scalp pigmentation procedure. Topical minoxidil (Rogaine) should not be used for 30 days after your treatment to ensure that the pigmentation sets and that there’s no unnecessary irritation on your scalp

Do you charge for an SMP consultation?

No. A free consultation is available for anyone looking to learn about how SMP can help them with their hair loss and to discuss their options.

NO MORE CAPS

LEAVE YOUR CAP AT HOME

Stay fresh with a professional and low-maintenance buzz-cut look.

What is the difference between SMP and scalp tattoo or hair tattoo?

SMP is a little different than a traditional tattoo as a form of semi-permanent cosmetics, using a different type of ink and toolset which are designed specifically for SMP to mimic the root of a hair follicle.

Do you have SMP Before and After Pictures?

Yes. Please see the Headways Portfolio or follow on Instagram: @headways.canada

How long until I can shampoo and/or shave the area treated with SMP?

No scrubbing, shampooing, or shaving over the treated area is recommended for 4-5 days after your SMP treatment.

BARELY THERE

BLEND YOUR HAIR TRANSPLANT SCARS FOR A SEAMLESS LOOK

You don't have to continue dealing with the aesthetic of hair transplant scarring.

Can I wear a hat following an SMP treatment?

Yes. Wearing a hat is fine immediately following your SMP treatment and any time thereafter.

Can I go swimming, sit in a sauna, or steam room after my SMP treatment?

Avoid chlorinated pools, saunas, steam rooms, and tanning beds for approximately 28 days following your SMP treatment.

Do you have a SMP clinic located anywhere else in Alberta like Calgary or Red Deer?

Although the clinic is located in Edmonton, many clients are from all over Alberta and Western Canada. If travel is out of the question, Headways can recommend a colleague near you if available.

IMMEDIATE RESULTS

STOP DELAYING YOUR YOUTHFUL SCALP TRANSFORMATION

Start seeing results within three weeks.

Who is the best micropigmentation specialist in Edmonton?

The “best” is defined as someone with the most experience and provides the best results for their clients. Headways has been providing SMP services to clients throughout Alberta and Western Canada for over a decade. When choosing a SMP practitioner make sure you do your homework and find the best available technician.

Will SMP grow my hair back?

No, the SMP treatment will not grow your hair back. However, the SMP treatment will give you the look of short hair or a “buzz-cut”. Keeping your hair at a shorter length is recommended to create the most natural outcome.

Is SMP a “hair tattoo”?

In theory, it is a “tattoo” but it is quite different from traditional tattoos, including those on the scalp. SMP or “hair tattooing” is the art of applying hair follicle-sized dots under your skin, providing the illusion of very short hair follicles on your head strategically to either maximize the coverage of your existing hair or provide the illusion of a short-cut full head of hair.

SEAMLESS RESULTS

Get a fuller-looking head of hair when you camouflage your hair transplant scarring.

Get a fuller-looking head of hair when you camouflage your hair transplant scarring.

What kind of needles do you use for hair tattoos?

The needles are specifically made for SMP and they give a nice round point, which is something a “tattoo” needle doesn’t always give. Tattoo needles can give more of a “scratch” if used for SMP. The SMP needles come in different sizes which are used on different areas of the scalp. Of course, all the needles are disposed of in a Sharps container after one use.

Does SMP Cause Hair Loss?

No. SMP does not cause hair loss but rather is one of the leading non-surgical and non-invasive hair loss solutions for men and women. This procedure is a semi-permanent solution to the problem of hair loss, which causes so much stress and disruption to the lives of those suffering from it.

Does SMP damage existing hair follicles?

No, SMP does not damage existing hair follicles. Hair follicles are rooted much deeper in your scalp than the SMP needle is inserted to deposit the pigmentation so the root of the hair follicle is unaffected by the needle and the procedure as a whole.

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