Scalp micropigmentation is a minimally invasive hair loss treatment that can help restore the look of a fuller head of hair. But does it hurt? As with any medical procedure, there is always some level of discomfort associated with scalp micropigmentation. However, the level of pain is typically minimal and most patients report only feeling a slight sting during the treatment. In this blog post, we will explore the level of pain associated with scalp micropigmentation and how to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is a procedure that involves depositing pigment into the scalp to create the appearance of hair follicles. The results are often compared to those of a permanent makeup tattoo and can last for several years with proper care.

The most common question we get asked about scalp micropigmentation is “does it hurt?” While everyone’s pain tolerance is different, the short answer is usually no. Most people report feeling only a minor discomfort during the treatment, which is typically described as a prickling or tingling sensation. Topical numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment to help minimize any discomfort.

If you’re considering scalp micropigmentation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our trained technicians. They will be able to answer any questions you have and help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

The Different Types of Scalp Micropigmentation

There are three main types of scalp micropigmentation: hair follicle replication, single needle, and multi-needle.

Hair follicle replication is the most realistic and natural-looking type of scalp micropigmentation. It involves replicating each individual hair follicle on the scalp with a tiny tattoo. This type of treatment is very time-consuming and expensive, but it produces the most realistic results.

Single needle scalp micropigmentation is the most common type of treatment. It involves using a single needle to tattoo small dots onto the scalp. This type of treatment is less expensive than hair follicle replication, but it does not produce as natural-looking results.

Multi-needle scalp micropigmentation is a newer type of treatment that uses multiple needles to tattoo the scalp. This type of treatment can produce more natural-looking results than single needle treatments, but it is more expensive.

Pros and Cons of Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation is a technique that uses pigment to give the appearance of a fuller head of hair. It can be used to cover up thinning hair, scars, or other imperfections on the scalp.

The biggest pro of scalp micropigmentation is that it is a relatively non-invasive and low-risk procedure. It is also much less expensive than other hair loss treatments such as hair transplants. Scalp micropigmentation can be performed in as little as one session and the results are immediate.

There are some cons to consider before undergoing treatment. Scalp micropigmentation is not suitable for everyone and does not offer a cure for hair loss. The results are also not permanent and will need to be refreshed every few years. There is also a small risk of infection and scarring from the needles used during treatment.

What to Expect During the Treatment?

When you come in for scalp micropigmentation, the first thing we will do is numb your scalp with a topical anesthetic. This will help to minimize any discomfort during the treatment. Next, we will create tiny micro-wounds in the skin using a fine needle. We will then deposit pigment into these wounds. The entire process takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.

After the treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling. This is normal and should subside within a few days. You will also need to avoid washing your hair or sweating for at least 24 hours after the treatment.

The first step of SMP treatment is a consultation with the practitioner. During this consultation, the practitioner will assess your hair loss pattern and decide if SMP is right for you. If the practitioner decides that SMP is a good option for you, they will design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.

During the actual SMP treatment, the practitioner will use a special tool to deposit pigment into the skin. The pigment will be matched to your natural hair color, so it will blend in seamlessly. The practitioner will work methodically to create a natural-looking hairline and fill in any areas of thinning or balding.

SMP treatments are typically done in multiple sessions, spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. Each session will last about 2-3 hours. After each session, it is normal for the scalp to feel tender or sore. You may also experience some redness and swelling. These side effects should resolve within a few days.

Once all of the sessions are complete, you can expect to see dramatic results! Your scalp will look like it has been freshly shaved, with thousands of tiny hairs standing at attention. The final result is a completely natural-looking head of hair that can help you regain your confidence

Aftercare Instructions

After the scalp micropigmentation treatment is complete, it is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner. These will vary depending on the type of product used and the area treated, but may include:

  1. Keeping the area clean and dry for 24-48 hours
  2. Applying a soothing ointment or cream to the area
  3. Avoiding sun exposure or using a sunscreen on the treated area
  4. avoiding strenuous activity or exercise for 24 hours

If you have any questions or concerns about your aftercare, be sure to contact your practitioner.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation Worth It?

Scalp micropigmentation is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can help give the appearance of a fuller head of hair. It involves injecting pigment into the scalp to create tiny dots that mimic the look of natural hair follicles.

While there is no pain associated with the actual procedure, some people may experience discomfort during the numbing process. Most people report feeling only a minor prickling sensation during the treatment.

The results of scalp micropigmentation are typically long-lasting, although touch-ups may be needed every few years to maintain optimal results. The cost of treatment can range from $500 to $3,000, depending on the size and density of the area being treated.

Overall, scalp micropigmentation is an effective and affordable option for those looking to improve their hairline or cover up thinning hair. While there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone, most people who undergo treatment are happy with their results.


Scalp micropigmentation is a safe and effective way to achieve the look of a fuller, thicker head of hair. The treatment involves injecting pigment into the scalp, which can cause some discomfort. However, most people report that the pain is minimal and tolerable. If you’re considering scalp micropigmentation, be sure to consult with a qualified specialist to ensure that you get the best possible results.