Hair transplant Vs. Scalp Micropigmentation – which will you choose?

While women seem to care more about their looks and their body shape than men do, one prominent issue that always tends to affect men is hair loss and premature balding. It used to be a major problem with no solution years ago but nowadays there are many options available to men and women.

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Have you suffered the effects of losing hair, or going bald? Have you tried any of the advertised products seen in the media, to help restore your hair but with no visible results?

Well, today we’ll talk about two solutions to help restore your hair back to its former glory, or as close to it as possible. The first is a hair transplant and the second is Scalp Micropigmentation and we will compare both options so you can get a better idea of the differences leading to what you consider the best option for you.

Hair Transplants and Micropigmentation

Hair transplant

This can involve weaving or adding hair onto balding spots of your head via invasive surgery. The operation requires anesthesia, and there are two more common ways to carry out this process:

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation
  • Follicular Unit Extraction

Both FUT and FUE require to be carried out professionally by a trained surgeon, and the new hair is meant to be permanent but can look more synthetic. However, the reality is that transplants can also fail with time and a natural look isn’t always achieved. It’s not uncommon for people to seek scalp micropigmentation after having a bad transplant treatment.

Scalp Micropigmentation

SMP is the process where basically a small amount of pigment is added on the thinning / balding area of the head. The result can look much more natural when compared to the transplant. The procedure is not like having a tattoo, different specialist equipment is used and a retouches every year or so will keep everything in good shape. The results are ready within a few sessions.

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How long is the procedure for each option?

Hair transplant

It usually requires a whole day for the whole process. The transplant operation itself takes about 8 to 10 hours depending on the condition of the scalp for each patient. The anesthesia takes some time to wear off and post-surgery can include an overnight stay in a hospital plus recovery time at home and time off from work.

The transplant will usually fall within a week or two and new hair will start to grow. Desired end results will usually be seen within 6 to 12 months if the surgery has been a complete success.

Scalp Micropigmentation

Micropigmentation for the scalp, however, takes just multiple treatment appointments – from 2 to 3 depending on the size of the balding area. Each appointment can usually take around three hours, and there should be a break period between each appointment, to let the pigment set in the scalp naturally, and to give the scalp some time to recover. The desired end results can bed seen after the final session and even more noticeable after 3 to 4 weeks of treatment.

How Painful is the Procedure for Each Option?

Hair transplant

No pain is felt during the transplant operation as you are under anesthetic. The patient normally sleeps during the operation, and in some cases after waking there will be pain in the following days where pain management medications will be needed. The pain will last for three to four days or more, after which time you’ll be able to start resuming your day to day normal life.

Scalp Micropigmentation

This procedure is different to a hair transplant for a number of different reasons though. The reaction and pain will vary from patient to patient. The majority say it’s virtually pain free so much will depend on you. The process is not the same as having a tattoo, so it’s definitely not as painful. With SMP, the pigments are not placed in the upper layer of the skin. Minimal recovery time is recommended.

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Which Procedure is more effective??

Hair transplant

The transplant is clinically invasive, and though it’s a permanent solution, cuts and incisions are made, and scalp scars can be visible afterwards. It is expected that the implanted follicles will keep growing just like your normal hair did before, however, this doesn’t always happen and the new hair can look synthetic and not so natural. Another downside is that post-surgery treatments are needed, which can prove to be very time-consuming, and surgery has been known to fail where either the hair follicle doesn’t produce regrowth, or growth begins but then stops.  The result is not always satisfactory, and the average success rate is low.

Scalp Micropigmentation – Skalptec’s 100% Success Rate!

Scalp Micropigmentation Results with this procedure are excellent and Skalptec has a 100% success rate with patients. The final look is natural and it’s a lot easier to maintain.


So, how much does it cost?

Hair transplant cost

Transplants are much more expensive, and depending on the time, effort, consultant and level of expertise needed it can cost up to tens of thousands of pounds.

Scalp Micropigmentation cost

Scalp micropigmentation procedures will always be a cheaper option as the hairline tattoos will cost you often 50% to 80% less. It’s a more simple and a virtually problem free procedure, and it does not require many resources. Retouching works out far cheaper and the long periods where no touching up isn’t needed makes this procedure even cheaper than having a hair transplant. Take a look at the Skalptec costs page.

What Did We Conclude?


Procedure Duration Best
Pain During Procedure Less Painful
Procedure Effectiveness Best
Procedure Cost Best

If you need help take your first step and talk to us. We have achieved recognition and awards for SMP over the years and we can provide the best possible experience. You can find Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

You read all about it in the press, on Amazon there are books written about these very treatments and topics. You hear adverts on the radio and you see ads for hair loss products on television. A lot of hype exists and always has done. There are many ways to try to treat baldness, a receding hairline and other conditions where your hair is falling out. Hair loss is a common problem in every town and city across the world, there is no skalptec-shrewsbury-smp-client-before-and-aftergetting away from that fact. Scalp micropigmentation is a well proven and very effective process and it’s currently the world’s fastest growing hair loss treatment available.

If you are an ex-hair transplant patient, we can camouflage any scarring that you have, and we’ll create a more confident boosting more attractive appearance to the scar and the surrounding area; giving you the look that you want. Our expert scalp technicians are on hand to help you!

We’ll answer all your questions and leave you to make up your own mind of course that goes without saying. But if you’d like to contact us to arrange a consultation, you can complete our quick contact form on our website or phone us directly.

Our Skalptec clinics across the UK (currently: Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Jersey) and in the Netherlands all have a fantastic reputation.

We are proud to say that we achieve only outstanding results every time for our customers.  We have some of the best scalp technicians in the micropigmentation Industry; all working to the very highest standards of excellence in clinical environments.


Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution when it comes to men and women who have to deal with losing their hair. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for men and women:

Find out more as we review the cost of scalp micropigmentation.

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So..What does it takes to be a Skalptec scalp tech?

If you’d like to enquire about becoming an SMP technician woth skalptec, let us know. You can succeed in this industry! Whatever you need, we’ll help you to find your way and we’ll help you to build your business and personal reputation with an already reputable world class well known SMP brand. With the right support and mentorship. Read More About Skalptec Partnerships here.


Skeptec Micropigmentation Shrewsbury

Skalptec currently has SMP hair loss treatment clinics in Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Jersey and Netherlands. Take a look:

  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician of Skalptec & Winner of Best Scalp Tech MPUK UK National Award (our Head Office is located in Burscough, Merseyside). Click here to discover for more about Terence.
  • Newcastle – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician (MPUK National Award Winner 3 times for Scalp Technician of the year). Click here for more about Terence and his clinic.
  • London – A gifted dedicated SMP lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newset clinic opened in 2019). Click here for more about Michelle and her SMP clinic.

You will also find some of our top dedicated technicians with Skalptec clinics in:

Learn more about Skalptec and the professional unrivalled services that we provide. We will help you to cover anything from the early signs of hair loss to full baldness no matter what your age. Contact us to chat with one of our friendly team and you can fill out our quick initial online form.