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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

We are pleased to have Lorraine Cormier, owner of In Our Hands/Artystyk Esthetics and Semi Permanent Makeup as part of our team.

Lorraine has traveled the world to learn and understand the difference techniques that are required to be able to work with each unique client.

We trust that she will always have our/her clients best interest and deliver the quality of work that you will be proud of.

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Lorraine works at a separate location but is in constant contact with us to ensure that our clients receive the quality service that we expect.

Because her workplace is set up for scalp micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent makeup, areola tattooing and tattoo removal, we know that the standards for these services are all under one roof and you will feel confident and assured that we both have the clients best interest in mind.

Lorraine Cormier

Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a permanent cosmetic tattoo that mimics the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp. It is a relatively new technique that offers an alternative for patients who are not candidates for hair transplant surgery. It can be used as a concealer in both men and women for camouflaging the appearance of thinning hair and scalp scarring due to a variety of causes.

Before & After

before and after smp

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Research

The application of SMP is an “art.” Proper technique is extremely important in getting aesthetically satisfactory results. The angle that the instrument is inserted, depth control, the amount of pigmented deposited, and color match – not to mention proper patient selection – are all important to make this procedure successful. The SMP procedure was introduced to the medical community by Dr. William Rassman of New Hair Institute in California. He and his group have significant expertise in this technique.

Applications range from simply adding pigment to a small scar, to mimicking a full head of hair. The most obvious use is that of helping to camouflage a widened donor scar from a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) procedure. When one is considering adding pigment to an entire bald head, i.e., using it as a stand-alone procedure, the usefulness depends upon the taste of the individual person. SMP can be particularly helpful in women with thinning hair to make their hair appear more full.

Since SMP looks different from natural hair, the best way for patients to decide if the procedure is right for them is to see results first-hand. The situation is somewhat analogous to a hair system in that it is a good solution for some, but not right for everyone. The important distinction, however, is that SMP is permanent, so patient education is much more important in advance. Even though it is possible to do a test area, it is definitely not one of those things that someone should “just try and see if you like it.” SMP pigment can be removed with lasers (usually a Q-switched YAG is most effective) but, like the removal of conventional tattoos, it can take several treatments and may leave permanent hypopigmentation and scarring.

Particularly in darker skinned balding patients, extensive SMP can create the appearance of a shaved look and is useful in those who are not candidates for a hair transplant or that have chosen not to have one. The procedure is particularly useful not only with donor scars but in many types of scarring alopecia i.e., burns, scars from the treatment of skin cancer, and scars from old, plug-techniques and scalp reductions. It can be particularly useful in women who have thinning, but not bald areas, where SMP can give the appearance of more volume with ones existing hair providing texture.

When SMP is used to enhance a hair transplant, rather than as a stand-alone procedure, the range of people who might benefit from the procedure increases, but so do the issues of long-term planning. All of us who perform hair restoration surgery understand the difficulties in planning the transplant of permanent hair in a patient whose balding pattern will continue to evolve. With SMP it is even more complicated, as the implanted pigment will also change over time.

With time, permanent pigment disperses deeper in the skin, changing its hue and giving it a smudgy, less distinct appearance. When adding color to a donor scar, these changes are relatively inconsequential and one generally must only consider the greying of a patient’s hair over time – a problem easily corrected with hair dyes. On the other hand, subtle changes in the look of a totally tattooed scalp can be significant. Although many of us have observed the evolution in appearance of traditional tattoos as they age, SMP is a relatively new procedure and it will take years to get a good sense of how the technique will withstand the test of time.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): a Permanent Cosmetic Tattoo to Conceal Hair Loss and Camouflage Scalp Scars

May 7th, 2015

According to an article published in the journal of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics,[1] scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has been found to be a useful cosmetic treatment for hair loss and scalp scars.

SMP is a scalp tattooing technique that uses fine dots – like a stippled painting – to mimic the appearance of extremely short hairs on an otherwise bald scalp.

SMP can create the appearance of a fuller head of hair on a scalp that is losing hair by softening the contrast between the hair that remains and the color of the scalp. It can also effectively camouflage a scalp scar, like the donor scar from a strip hair transplant procedure, the scar from a scalp reduction or scars from trauma to the scalp.

Finally, SMP can help augment the results from either a Follicular Unit Hair Transplant (FUT) or a Robotic FUE Transplant (R-FUE), especially for patients who do not have enough donor hair to give the appearance of full coverage.

More Art than Science

While one might think the placement of the dots need only follow, in a straightforward fashion, the natural distribution and density of hair that occurs on a normal scalp, the application of SMP is in fact more art than science.

The effective application of SMP requires a strategy and technique custom tailored to each patient that takes into account the particular aesthetic needs of the patient and the particular characteristics of their hair and scalp.

To correctly design and execute such a tailored approach, a physician needs to have considerable expertise regarding where to place the dots, the proper needle size, the best angle of application, the depth and duration of penetration, and the best type of dye to use for a particular person’s scalp.

In addition to SMP being an art form, the article stresses that in the case of concealing pattern hair loss, a physician also needs to have a thorough medical understanding of the progressive nature of the genetic balding process.

References:

  1. Rassman W, Pak J, Kim J. Scalp micropigmentation: a useful treatment for hair loss. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2013;21(3):497–503. []

 

 

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Research

Research and developments about Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), its applications, techniques, case studies, and related topics.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Conceals Hair Loss and Camouflages Scalp Scars

Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on May 20th, 2015

According to an article published in the journal of Clinical Aesthetic, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an effective cosmetic solution for millions of men and women who currently have significant scalp deformities for which there are few, if any, good medical treatment options.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a Practical, Permanent Cosmetic Treatment for Hair Loss

Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on May 8th, 2015

Hair restoration physicians William R. Rassman, Jae P. Pak, and Jino Kim have outlined a practical, permanent cosmetic treatment for hair loss, called scalp micropigmentation (SMP) in a paper published in the journal Hair Transplant Forum International.

The paper discussed case studies of six hair loss patients of varying age and hair loss condition who used SMP to camouflage scalp scars or areas of hair loss:

  1. A man in his mid-30s, who was diagnosed with scarring alopecia in his teens, used SMP to camouflage his scarring.
  2. A 30-year-old male, who had worn a hat continually since being diagnosed with alopecia totalis in his teens, used SMP to frame his face and re-build his self-esteem.
  3. A 55-year-old man, who had large-graft (“hair plug”) hair transplants and several scalp reductions, used SMP to fill in plug scars and re-define his hairline.
  4. A 32-year-old man used SMP to cover donor area scars from previous FUT procedures, fill in his thinning crown, and create a smooth hairline.
  5. A 22-year-old man filled in scars from a previous FUE hair transplant using scalp micropigmentation.
  6. A 45-year-old man, who had always shaved his head and refused hair transplantation, used SMP to create a hairline with an overall look of a clean-shaven head.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): a Permanent Cosmetic Tattoo to Conceal Hair Loss and Camouflage Scalp Scars

Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on May 7th, 2015

According to an article published in the journal of Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has been found to be a useful cosmetic treatment for hair loss and scalp scars.

SMP is a scalp tattooing technique that uses fine dots – like a stippled painting – to mimic the appearance of extremely short hairs on an otherwise bald scalp.

SMP can create the appearance of a fuller head of hair on a scalp that is losing hair by softening the contrast between the hair that remains and the color of the scalp. It can also effectively camouflage a scalp scar, like the donor scar from a strip hair transplant procedure, the scar from a scalp reduction or scars from trauma to the scalp.

Finally, SMP can help augment the results from either a Follicular Unit Hair Transplant (FUT) or a Robotic FUE Transplant (R-FUE), especially for patients who do not have enough donor hair to give the appearance of full coverage.