FAQ

Scalp Micropigmentation's most frequently asked questions and common concerns answered 

Frequently asked questions

What is scalp micropigmentation?


Scalp MicroPigmentation, or SMP as it is commonly known, is a highly specialized process by which tiny deposits of pigment are positioned within the dermal layer of the skin. When applied by a skilled practitioner, these deposits replicate the look of real shaven hair or will add the appearance of density to longer hair.




What is the cost of SMP?


The total cost usually runs between CAD $1,000-$5,000 depending on the amount of balding, thinning, scarring… etc. For example, a small scar might cost $1,000 to conceal while a client experiencing complete hair loss will incur costs towards $5,000.




What is the size of the needle?


The needles we use are the smallest on the market. We use single needles made from Japanese Surgical Grade 316L Stainless Steel. Our needles make impressions the size of a small pin. With the naked eye, it’s impossible to differentiate between a follicle made with our needles and an actual hair follicle.




What’s the difference between permanent and semi-permanent?


The duration of permanent or semi-permanent depends on the pigment used and the depth of needle penetration during the procedure. Skin type and after-care are also determining factors in achieving lasting results. During your consultation we’ll discuss all of the details and options that are best for you. Clients should follow aftercare instructions carefully for best results.




Does scalp micropigmentaion hurt?


Some describe SMP as slightly painful while others say it doesn't hurt at all. Pain tolerance varies from person to person. * We do offer numbing cream with lidocaine for those who are concerned about the pain.




How long does the treatment take?


The amount of time required depends on many variables. In most cases, a full session will require 3 hours.




How many session will I need to complete my SMP?


In most cases, a full SMP treatment will require a total of 3 sessions with a free touch-up within 1-2 months after the final session.




Will the pigment change colour?


No, there is absolutely no risk of the colour turning blue or green. We use a Carbon based pigment which contains no blue or green undertones. As with all permanent makeup, fading may occur over time as your skin ages.




Does my hair colour matter?


Yes it does. We have pigment to match almost any hair follicle.




How many days am I required to wait between sessions?


For best results, we recommend waiting 10-14 days to fully heal between scalp micropigmentation sessions.




How long does the scalp take to fully heal?


Healing time varies from person to person but, in most cases, the scalp will take approximately 7-10 days to fully heal.




Do I have to shave my head before the procedure?


During your consultation, while taking into consideration your unique situation, we’ll suggest a hair length that will best suite you and your SMP for both short and long term.





 

Location
 

Studio Kiku

3787 Canada Way #218

Burnaby, BC V5G 1G5

p. 604-430-4990

e. info@vanscalp.com

 
 

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