What’s the difference between scalp micropigmentation and classic body tattoos?

Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP), also known as cosmetic hair tattooing, is not actually like tattooing in the sense that most people think about tattoos. Semi-permanent ink deposited into the scalp in the form of micro dots is a fairly new trend and is gaining popularity. There are advanced and effective hair transplant technologies that have made hair restoration more attainable than ever before. However, many people prefer the ease and simplicity of creating the look of a buzzed head and leaving it at that.  There are benefits to choosing this option. Scalp micro pigmentation is minimally invasive, as the tools make only very small and shallow punctures in the skin. It is not painful, and no downtime is required. The results are also instant. Very few techniques can offer instant results the way that SMP can. Usually 2 or 3 sessions are required to see the full, desired effect. You will most likely not need to touch up the work for 3 to 5 years.

Choosing A Style

Facial Symmetry

You may wonder how this differs from tattoos done on the body by tattoo artists. First, the inks used for scalp micropigmentation, scar camouflage, or other paramedical tattooing are quite different from the inks used on the rest of the body. Tattoo inks can be unreliable in the sense that some are permanent and will never fade or lighten, though they may spread and shift. Others inks, such as certain colours, fade quickly. Semi-permanent inks are recommended for the face and scalp because they do gently fade over time as the skin and features shift on the head and face with gravity and age. This is a good thing. Typically, the hard, thick, and permanent lines achieved with body tattoos do not mimic natural skin or hair well. The colour range of medical semi-permanent inks are very natural and are designed to blend with our natural tones.

The specialized needles used for scalp pigmentation are also key to this type of work because they are extremely fine and suitable for creating the illusion of hairs. The goal of SMP is to create such fine, realistic hairs that no one would detect – even close up – that they are not your real hairs.

Lastly, though wonderful artists, most tattoo artists do not have the extensive medical training, certification, and experience with hair restoration technology that your practitioner should. This is one area where choosing a specialist will show. And the results are permanent.


Hair Transplant: Minimally InvasiveNo IncisionNo Scar
delimiter image

Watch patient interviews & informative content


Hair Transplant Case Studies

Results From Real Patients

Hair Transplant Case Studies

Results From Real Patients

  • Track Dave's Hairline

    Track Dave's Hairline

    See real patient before and after results

  • See Jim's Progress

    See Jim's Progress

    See real patient before and after results

  • See Andrew's Results

    See Andrew's Results

    See real patient before and after results

  • See Frank's Hairline

    See Frank's Hairline

    See real patient before and after results

  • See Tom's Transformation

    See Tom's Transformation

    See real patient before and after results

Learn About The Procedure

Which Technique To Use

To make a good investment, it is highly recommended that you seek a hair restoration expert and ensure that the proper tools and inks are used when you choose to undergo SMP. At the Torgerson clinic in Toronto, Dr. Cory Torgerson has worked with men and women for years to revitalize the look of their hair using the industry’s latest, advanced techniques. He has the experience and artistic eye to ensure that the colour selection, style, and method for your hair restoration will bring you impressive results and the return of your confidence.

We welcome you to schedule a consultation with us and find out how scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) may be just the solution you are looking for.

Additional Articles About Scalp Micropigmentation

delimiter image

Get in touch with us

Schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Share This!

Share our pages & spread the knowledge

You don't have to live with thinning hair

The Toronto
Hair Transplant Clinic

70 Yorkville Avenue #32, Toronto, ON M5R 1B9
Phone: (647) 351 0061
Fax: (647) 343 0277