Scalp Micro Pigmentation Treatment

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical treatment that deposits semi-permanent ink into the sub-cutaneous layer of the scalp to replicate hair growth where hair loss has occurred.

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MHR Clinic provides scalp micropigmentation (SMP) as a singular treatment or an enhancement to medical and surgical procedures. Our SMP expert Helena Fryer was trained on Harley Street, has five years in practice and is one of the UK’s most talented scalp micropigmentation practitioners. Her trademark techniques include blending softer hairlines for more natural appearances.

MHR Clinic considers SMP a vital alternative to surgical and medical solutions for hair loss.



Benefits of Scalp Micro Pigmentation

Non Invasive

As a FUE Hair Transplant is a relatively small procedure, using local anaesthesia and is completed in one day it is considered to be minimally invasive as patients leave shortly after the procedure has been completed. 

Invisible Scars

FUE is performed with a very small and precise scalpel, creating very small incisions to retrieve the follicles from the scalp, meaning minimal scarring that is invisible to the human eye.


Minimal Hair Removal

The procedure uses highly precise and planned removal of hair follicles, MHR professionals will only take out what we need to avoid losing density of the existing hair. 

Constant Hair Growth

Following a successful FUE procedure, your hair will not go stagnate, your new hair follicles will grow constantly, giving amazing results for a long period of time. 

Simple Post Treatment Care

Post-procedure care for your new hair is fairly simple, we suggest a few days of mild pain killers, avoid harsh scrubbing or rubbing of the scalp and taking care when sleeping as to not irritate the new hair follicles.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does SMP look real?

When completed by a highly skilled clinician, scalp micropigmentation can deliver results so real even the greatest scrutiny fails to distinguish it from a real hair stubble. For clients who use it to fill in receding hairlines or areas of the crown suffering from advanced stages of hair loss, it can prove difficult to ascertain where their SMP ends and their biological hair begins.

How long will my SMP treatment take?

The duration of your SMP procedure is directly related to the amount of scalp it needs to cover. Scalp micropigmentation can be completed in a single sitting of less than three hours for covering smaller areas of skin. Where a full scalp must be covered, your SMP procedure may be undertaken in up to three separate sessions of three hours each.

Am I at risk of infection during SMP treatment?

No. All needles are single use and all equipment is sterilised, in line with the UK’s most rigorous medical and surgical practices. Practitioners wear medical gloves. Your scalp is cleaned with anti-bacterial cleansers throughout your procedure. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic to eliminate any chance of infection. These things ensure there is no risk of infection from your SMP treatment.

What if I don’t like the final effect?

As the blended inks used in scalp micropigmentation only reach the second dermal skin layer, where tattoos reach the fourth and further, SMP work is easy to remove with a light laser removal treatment. Similarly, the shape of your SMP work can be altered using this method, should you wish to age or soften a hairline. This said, all of our SMP clients have been thrilled with the procedure they received.

How to I care for my SMP after a procedure?

Following a SMP procedure, strenuous activity and high intensity exercise should be avoided to prevent sweating for one week. You should not wash or shave your scalp for one week after your treatment. Swimming in a chlorinated pool and the use of sunscreen should be avoided for one month after a SMP procedure.

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Scalp micropigmentation simulates the appearance of a full head of hair for men and women. It creates a realistic effect by using micro-needles and blended pigments to create hundreds or thousands of pinpoint marks, the size of one hair follicle each. The result is the convincing look of a full head of hair.

While SMP is most commonly used to simulate the look of a closely shaven head of hair, similar to a grade zero clipper haircut, it also camouflages alopecia, birthmarks, severe burns and other scarring on the scalp. 

Scalp micropigmentation is most suited to people with black, grey and brown shades of hair colour. It does not penetrate the skin deeply enough for the pigment to last forever. Due to its semi-permanent nature, short term top-ups carried out every 12-18 months are recommended to retain pigment intensity and the most natural look possible.

MHR Clinic only uses a spectrum of grey pigmentation inks to avoid discolouring experienced when composite inks fade.

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SMP Applications

Scalp micropigmentation helps with various aspects of hair loss and cosmetic enhancement.

Extensive Baldness

For men suffering stages five and six of hair loss on the Norwood scale, SMP can restore the look of a full head of hair by covering the crown and hairline with pigment to match hair on the sides and back of the head cropped to a grade zero clipper cut.

Thinning Hair

SMP camouflages negligible patches of thinning hair. They are quickly and easily concealed by matching pigment to the colour of surrounding hair and placing pigment dots close together between existing strands so hair coverage appears thicker, fuller and stronger.

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Receding Hairlines

As hair begins to recede at the front of the scalp, SMP can be carried out to restore the hairline. Using advanced techniques it is possible to create a natural, feathered and broken simulation of closely cropped hair, so only a trained eye can see a hairline is receding. 

Alopecia Totalis

Alopecia Totalis is an auto-immune disorder that causes total hair loss on the scalp. It affects men and women equally and can occur at any age. SMP covers the crown, sides, back and hairline with pigments matched to skin tone and age, so the look of a closely-shaved full head of hair is possible.

Scarring, Burns and Birthmarks

SMP can be used to camouflage burns and birthmarks on the scalp by covering skin with a similar shade of pigment to surrounding hair. MHR often uses SMP to conceal scarring, including that created by poor FUT hair transplants undertaken at other clinics.

Hair Transplants

Scalp Micropigmentation can add depth and density to a hair transplant when a donor site doesn’t provide enough follicles to cover the full crown and hairline. SMP provides the appearance of thicker and fuller hair by matching and positioning pigment to suit transplanted hair.


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