What Is Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation, or SMP, is a non-invasive treatment that using micro-needles to deposit pigment into the skin of your scalp. This results in the appearance of tiny hair follicles on the scalp that help thicken and create the look of a fuller head of hair. If you are starting to thin, recede, or if you are completely bald, we can definitely help you.

NJ Scalp Micropigmentation has trained and licensed artists who can apply the best scalp micropigmentation treatments which will rebuild receded hairlines, thicken hair for those thinning, camouflage traditional scarring from transplants, and create the look of close-cropped or buzz-cut hair.

Scalp Micropigmentation is also very popular and effective for both men and women suffering from minor hair thinning or recession. This can even be combined with previous hair transplant procedures to really create that full head of hair you were expecting from the transplant. Our artists will replicate your own natural hair follicles and hair color helping to strengthen and add density to thinning areas, creating an undetectable illusion of thicker, stronger hair.

To create the appearance of hair, our American Academy of Micropigmentation certified master practitioners use specially formulated pigments and state-of-the-art equipment to create a custom-designed hairline, add density to areas that are thinning, and blend into your existing hair for a seamless look.

With scalp micropigmentation, your daily routine never needs to change. There is very little continued maintenance and there is no strict lifestyle or daily restrictions after getting SMP.

NJ Scalp Micropigmentation’s master practitioners will work closely with you to fully customize your new hairline design and your desired style preference. From a broken natural hairline to an edged-up fresh out of the barbershop look, we can find the best hairline to fit your face.

Most of our patients receive from two to three treatments spaced out approximately 14 days between sessions. Each patient is different as is every procedure. Some patients may need a touch-up about every 4-6 years, but some may never need a touch-up at all.

Who SMP Can Help


Male Pattern

Male pattern baldness starts as a receding hairline, but it quickly progresses into the horseshoe pattern.  Men will lose the hair on the top of their heads, but we can create the follicle look throughout all of the balding areas. With this, a client can achieve the look of a full head of short-cropped hair immediately!



We can rebuild the hairline where men begin to develop widow’s peak as their hairline starts receding. With a receding hairline, men begin to lose their hair at the right and left corners of the hairline. SMP creates the perfect hairline for your face, head shape, and age.


Hair Transplant

If you’ve had a hair transplant (FUE/FUT) these types of scars can be very visible and limit hairstyle options. A large percentage of SMP clients seek the treatment to help camouflage strip and FUE/FUT scarring associated with prior hair transplants.  We can help hide these scars for our clients.


In Men

The onset of Alopecia can occur suddenly and without warning where the body attacks its own hair follicles causing hair loss in patches. For those affected with any form of alopecia, rather than a wig or hair transplants, scalp micropigmentation can provide a permanent and natural-looking head of hair.

male density


Some men are just looking for a thicker or fuller head of hair. Maybe your hair is just thin and always has been. Or maybe you had a hair transplant but the hair on top still doesn’t appear full or thick. We can help you.

female pattern baldness

Female Pattern

Female pattern baldness (fphl) is hair loss that affects women. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, except that women can lose their hair in a different pattern than men. Hair loss in women is normal and hereditary. It’s more common after menopause, so hormones are likely responsible.

traction alopecia


Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss in which mechanical damage to the hair follicle is caused by repeated tension or pulling. This type of hair loss is common among anyone who wears their hair pulled back tightly, whether in braids, dreads, or a ponytail. It also occurs when tight headwear is worn every day.

alopecia areata


Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can be noticeable. These patches may connect, however, and then develop into larger areas. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.

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, 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 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 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.

Will SMP fade over time?

SMP 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.

Does insurance cover scalp micropigmentation?

No, sorry. Scalp micropigmentation 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 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 very safe 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, first treatment sessions generally take 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?

This cost of SMP 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.  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 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!

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

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

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