Frequently Asked Questions


We are here to help you make the most informed decision. Please read carefully. 


Is the treatment painful?

As with any procedure, this depends on your pain tolerance.  Most clients would average a 3-4 out of 10 when asked. However, some report no discomfort at all. Seeing as how the procedure requires a small needle being inserted into the skin, its best to be prepared for mild discomfort or irritation. Some areas are more sensitive than others, such as the hairline and temporal regions, as well as areas with scar tissue.

what is the recovery time?

The wonderful thing about SMP is there is virtually no down time. Clients can expect to have some redness and or swelling on their scalp for a few days following the procedure. In rare cases some may have mild bruising, however, that is uncommon and diminishes within a few days.

does this work on scars?

Absolutely! Weather you are looking to cover a accidental scar or strip/ dot scars due to follicular unit transplant or extraction, we can help. It is important to note that scars mean scar tissue which could effect how well the pigment is received. Regardless of this however, SMP will still improve the health of the skin. By creating something similar to "dry needling" red blood cells flow to the surface to regenerate and heal itself producing new skin cells and collagen.

Do you reuse needles?

Never. At North County SMP we pride ourselves on having an immaculate and sterile space. Each and every client receives a prepackaged, single use, disposable needle and supplies that are disposed of safely afterwards. 

How much does it cost?

The cost of your procedure depends on your desired results, hours of time required, and how much hair loss you are currently suffering from. Most clients with average pattern balding are in need of a possible hairline , adding density to thinning top, and blending. These clients can expect to pay around  $3,000. The price would be reduced in the case of someone who is only looking to cover a scar for example, or would increase for the client with more advanced hair loss. Setting up a free consultation is the only way to give an accurate price.

DO you provide financing?

We are currently in the process of establishing this option for our clients. Please check back soon!

how many sessions will I need?

Most patients will require 2-3 sessions to achieve the look desired. The 1st session usually lasting around 3 hrs, following sessions about 2 hrs.  7-14 days is needed between sessions to heal, as well as allow the pigment to settle into its true color before another application can be administered. Each session adds more density creating a more natural look that blends into the hair.

Scalp Micropigmentation VS head tattoo.

While at a glance it would be easy to call this procedure just a tattoo, it is far from it. The ink used is specially formulated using a charcoal base insuring that your procedure will not turn blue or green like normal tattoo ink would. Needles used are smaller than your average tattoo or permanent makeup needle which ensures each impression mimics the size of an actual hair follicle.

I have alopecia, am i a candidate?

Yes, scalp Micropigmentation is an option for you! If you are suffering from alopecia you know every case is different. Schedule your consultation to discuss treatment options.

Does this work for women as well?

We are happy to provide SMP to women! Roughly 1/3 of women experience hair loss at some point in their lives, among postmenopausal women, it has been reported as many as 2/3 will suffer from thinning or bald spots. Hair loss often has a greater impact on women than it does men because it is less socially acceptable. Scalp Micropigmentation is a great option in helping to restore confidence.

I'm ready! What's next?

Great! We are excited and honored to be the ones to help along on your journey. The next step would be to reach out to us via a phone call or the link provided on our site to set up a free consult. At this time we will access what is needed, and provide you a detailed quote, along with what to expect. From there, should you decide to move forward, an appointment will be made to start your Scalp Micropigmentation journey with us here at North County SMP.