What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Hair loss and male pattern baldness is on the rise in the UK. A recent report – The Psychological Effect, Pathophysiology, and Management of Androgenetic Alopecia in Men – suggests that nearly 40% of men in the UK are either bald or balding. This distressing development can have a big effect on a man’s self-esteem, particularly for younger men.

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For years there have been quack hair loss cures such as rubbing marmite into your scalp and expensive, painful treatments including unnatural looking hair transplants or even more obvious wigs. At last though there is a simple, safe and cost-effective solution: micropigmentation from Skalptec.

The procedure is a very effective solution. Scalp Micro pigmentation (also known as SMP) is more than just a hair tattoo.  It is a popular non-surgical hair loss treatment where natural pigments are applied to the dermal layer of the scalp, and what you see is a solution for your hair loss.

The Scalp Micropigmentation Process – What’s Involved?

Following an initial consultation with one of our award-winning team members, and having established the exact pigment colour that’s right for you, we’ll begin the first of your applications of ink into your scalp. Each session typically lasts around three hours.

Now that may sound like a long time, but our technicians are craftsmen who take great pride in what they do and so they go to infinite pains to ensure the end result is nothing short of natural-looking. And speaking of pain, no, the procedure isn’t particularly painful.

Some clients are initially under the impression that the level of discomfort will be akin to having a tattoo; but don’t worry, it isn’t. Between sessions there will be a small amount of redness and ‘dotting’ as the scalp heals over but this soon passes.

At each session, we will carefully layer up these pigments so that by the end you will be left with a head of shaved-looking hair that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your remaining hair.

A natural custom pigment is applied to the epidermal layer of the scalp, and this effectively gives the natural appearance of natural hair follicles on the scalp.

SMP is non-surgical and it isn’t just about having a tattoo on the scalp in the traditional sense. After the final treatment, the affected area of the scalp will be seen to display a natural look of hair follicles. For instance bald spots, a receding hairline, thinning hair, alopecia can be all be treated by a qualified scalp technician.

Is Micropigmentation the Same as Scalp Micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation is a process for men and women where tattoos – permanent dermis pigmentation – is designed to give the appearance of wearing makeup in areas such as eyelids, lips, face and eyebrows. Scalp micropigmentation involves a different process and a different skillset.

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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:

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Skalptec Before and After Examples 

Here you can see just some of the impressive hair tattoo results achieved for Skalptec clients. You can see more before and after SMP images, testimonials and videos by going to ReviewsCase StudiesPhoto Gallery, and Google My Business Reviews and Facebook Reviews are online.

Skalptec has won many UK scalp micropigmentation awards and Skalptec is regarded as a leading UK and internationally recognised hair tattoo provider. Read about the Skalptec Guarantee.

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Scalp Micropigmentation – A Solution for Baldness And Hair Loss…

Micropigmentation is the world’s fastest growing solution to the problem of hair loss, alopecia and baldness. The micropigmentation process is non-surgical and involves having minuscule deposits of ink placed into the upper layers of skin on the scalp. When the procedure is complete and with thousands of deposits in place, the effect is to give the appearance of a freshly shaved head. Any suggestion of baldness vanishes and you are left looking like you have simply chosen a sleek, modern hairstyle.

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Micropigmentation for the scalp – Is it safe?

When carried out by a skilled technician in a specialist environment such as at a Skalptec clinic, the process is completely safe. The inks we use are natural products and if you are concerned about any allergic reactions, we can do a batch test to be certain. There’s no risk of infection either. Because the pigments are layered in the upper levels of the dermis, the procedure is non-invasive and so doesn’t leave your skin open to bacterial attack. At Skalptec we also ensure that all our instruments are sterile before use, so you can rest easy.

As the procedure is non-surgical, there’s no lengthy recovery period following your scalp micropigmentation and there’s no need to take drugs either. If you are particularly sensitive to discomfort it can be an idea to take a couple of ibuprofen before each session, but otherwise this is a medication-free way to a great looking hairstyle.

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Is SMP Painful?

A skilled scalp technician will guide you from the initial consultation to the final treatment and aftercare.  Some discomfort may be felt during the procedure, and there is no surgery involved. People say there is hardly any discomfort and how much discomfort you feel will depend on various factors which the scalp technician will explain. Here is a video which shows one of our delighted Skalptec Clients talking about his SMP experience:

How Soon Will I See Results & Why Choose Skalptec?

Effects will be seen immediately after the first treatment (normally 2 to 4 treatments are required to see the final result). Aftercare is an important aspect of maintaining your final look.  SSMP results will last for years, and with occasional touch ups, results will last even longer.

When choosing who will conduct your procedure it’s worth knowing that the team you are dealing with are qualified, professional and work to the highest standard. Skalptec are all these things. In our team, we have award-winning specialists who have helped hundreds of people overcome the problem of baldness and hair loss, customers who have become our greatest advocates as you can see from reading our latest client testimonials.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

Another great advantage of a scalp micropigmentation procedure is the cost. With prices starting at just £1,000 for a hairline restructure and around £2,000 for a complete standard micropigmentation treatment, it’s as affordable as it is effective. Compare us with other services and check out our reviews and feedback from our happy customers. Skalptec can arrange finance to help you conveniently spread the cost. We get many referrals from satisfied clients – we keep our rates competitive year after year. Contact Skalptec to book a consultation and find out how affordable our services are.



Skalptec has SMP treatment clinics in various UK locations and in Europe including:

  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician of Skalptec & 3 time UK National Award Winner (our Head Office is located there). Click here 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 – Proficient lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newset Skalptec clinic). Click here for more about Michelle and her clinic.

You can find some of our top SMP technicians in:

You too can experience remarkable results just like the clients we have been helping for years – SMP gets more popular every year, and it is the hair loss solution that more and more celebrities are having done.

We’re a leading SMP provider with clinics in the UK and Europe. Skalptec provides world class scalp micropigmentation procedures for men and for women from 6 locations in Liverpool, Jersey, London, Shrewsbury, Newcastle and Netherlands. Skalptec Founder & 3 times UK National Award winner Terence Jones, is regarded as one of the world’s best scalp micropigmentation technicians and he endorses his high standards at all of the Skalptec clinics.

Skalptec is passionate about delivering an exceptional world class treatment for all Skalptec customers, and is today regarded as one of the most recommended Scalp Micropigmentation hair replacement services.

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Is this type of treatment just for baldness?

We help clients with a range of hair issues, including;

In short, if you have a shortage of hair, we can help. If you have any specific requirements that you’d like to discuss then please get in touch for a discrete, confidential chat by calling us on 0845 625 0025.

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.

Like to know more? Please get in touch

We hope that this blog has given you a little more insight into how a micropigmentation procedure from Skalptec can help you. If you would like to know more, or would like to arrange a preliminary consultation with one of our experts, then please get in touch. You can call us on 0845 625 0025, email us or simply complete the short contact form here and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.