What is the cost of scalp micropigmentation?

One of the first and most common questions we get asked is “how much does scalp micropigmentation cost?” This makes sense.  Clients first and foremost want to know whether or not they will be able to even afford the SMP procedure.

At NJ Scalp Micropigmentation we truly believe that SMP is an affordable hair loss solution. Scalp micropigmentation by far is a more cost effective solution than other treatments like hair transplant surgery, daily hair loss medications and topicals, or a hair system, which will certainly compound considerably over time.

SMP Cost Factors

1. Your Level Of Hair Loss

The most important factor in determining a client’s Scalp Micropigmentation treatment costs is the level of hair loss he or she has developed. The standard in determining the level of hair loss is the Norwood hair loss scale, and by using this we can determine a client’s hair loss level and their price range. So, what is a Norwood? The Norwood scale is a visual representation to help us identify your hair loss stage, and it helps us and you understand just how far your hair loss has progressed. The image below is a Norwood Scale.


2. The Practitioner’s Experience & Quality of Work

Not all artists are created equal. SMP cost shouldn’t vary drastically from one artist to the next, but it’s safe to expect to pay more for an artist who has years of experience and consistent, high-quality results versus newer practitioners trying to build their portfolio.  That is not to say a new artist cannot give you an amazing treatment, but the veteran practitioners are able to charge more in this industry.

3. Any Possible Special Requirements for Treatment

Some clients have special requests or alterations that add additional sessions or hours of work. An example would be, if a client decides after their first session that they want to modify their hairline, they could possibly need to pay an additional fee for the artist to make that change.

Another example of this would be with a  hair transplant scar that the client wants camouflaged or alopecia. These different pieces to the procedure add an extra layer of complexity to a client’s overall treatment and most likely will require more time and steps to complete the procedure.

4. The Region & Local Competition

Like so many other things in life, the costs for scalp micro pigmentation do vary from place to place, even hyperfocused down to the city. Generally, the big cities have the highest scalp micropigmentation costs like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia. So with that said one could expect to pay a bit less in smaller cities and towns.

What Will SMP Cost You?

We have explained the general factors that go into setting the costs of scalp micropigmentation, but you want to know the price you are going to pay for your SMP treatment. Most treatments will cost between $1,800- $4,500 based on the factors we outlined on this page. The only way for us to determine an accurate price for you is when we see your hair loss to determine your number on the Norwood scale.  We would love to give you an accurate quote, and we offer free in-person consultations, as well as video consultations.  Sometimes we can even just see a few pictures to determine your cost.  Contact us today to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is scalp micropigmentation (SMP)?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a widely popular non-surgical hair loss solution whereby minuscule deposits of pigment simulate hair follicles on the scalp. SMP for men, however, is extremely intricate and not a mere “hair tattoo.” We use different pigments and needles to accurately simulate tiny hair follicles.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

SMP for men is permanent, however, the “dots” or injected pigment lessen in circumference very slightly over time. While this is not technically fading, the scalp will benefit from a touch-up session every 4-6 years. This nearly imperceptible decrease in circumference happens because macrophage cells in the human immune system will gradually break up and disperse pigment from any procedure, albeit extremely slowly.

What will my head look like immediately after treatment?

Expect some redness which will subside after a day or two.

Is SMP painful?

Although each client’s pain sensitivity differs, SMP is much less painful than a traditional tattoo. SMP needles are so thin, some customers say they feel almost nothing. When asked to rate their pain levels, most SMP clients report 1-3 on a scale of 1-10.

Can SMP be removed?

Yes, SMP for men can be removed with an electro-optic Q switched laser, which is used to heat and break up SMP pigmentation for easier absorption by phagocytes in the dermis. SMP is easy to remove because the pigment isn’t deposited as deep as traditional tattoo ink.

Does insurance cover scalp micropigmentation?

No, sorry. Scalp micropigmentation for men is a cosmetic procedure by nature, so it is rarely ever covered by medical insurance. It’s worth checking with your insurance provider about potential coverage since policies vary as do personal circumstances.

Is scalp micropigmentation safe?

SMP for men is a non-surgical hair loss solution. Needles deposit pigment below the upper layer of the skin, similar to a body art tattoo. The procedure is a very safe remedy for male hair loss when performed by a professional.

How is SMP different than a regular tattoo?

Unlike traditional tattooing, SMP pigment is deposited near the epidermal layer rather than deep inside the dermal layer. SMP can be removed by laser much more easily than traditional tattoos.

Will I be able to go in the sun?

We recommend always using some sort of sunscreen to retain the ink its longest. Should you choose not to use sunscreen, for the first 30 days you must cover your head with sunscreen or a hat.

What is the treatment process and how long is one session?

Depending on the level of baldness or male hair loss, the first treatment session generally takes 1-3 hours while the second and third sessions take 1-2 hours. Each session is performed 1-2 weeks apart with the average client receiving 3 sessions.

What should I be cautious of in the days following my treatment?

In the first 4 days following treatment, avoid shaving, showers, sweating, scrubbing, shampooing topicals and long term exposure to sunlight. It’s okay to lightly dab the area with wet cloths, but do not soak the head. After 4 days, it’s okay to shower (lightly), shave, and use fragrance free moisturizers. After 10 days, you can resume your normal activities, but it’s still best to avoid long term sunlight for 30 days.

How often will men need to shave their head?

This is a personal preference, but most clients opt for a buzzed look where they shave every 1-3 days.

How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?

The cost of SMP for men varies per client.  We base the cost on how much of the treatment needs to be applied and by how many sessions are needed per client, which is assessed based on male hair loss.  We offer FREE consultations for everyone. During the consultation, we will be able to assess your scalp and from there we can judge approximately how much treatment and how many sessions you will need.

Does micropigmentation look natural / real?

Scalp micropigmentation for men looks incredibly real, as long as it is applied correctly. Many of our clients say their family, friends, and co-workers say they look younger or something looks different about them, but no one ever knows what it is that has changed and that’s what we want when addressing male hair loss!

Does SMP stimulate hair growth or help grow my hair back?

No, sorry, scalp micropigmentation for men will not grow your hair back. However, SMP for men gives you the look of short hair, a tight buzz-cut, or fuller hair density.

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