SMP researchSMP has become an extremely popular treatment for baldness. While it cannot cure hair loss, it is incredibly effective at covering it up. Providing a freshly shaven look, SMP is less expensive than a hair transplant, requires zero maintenance and can drastically improve self-esteem. However, the industry remains largely unregulated. This means, bogus clinics can set up and offer their services to unsuspecting patients. While SMP can be extremely beneficial to hair loss sufferers, if it’s not done correctly it can lead to a number of risks and complications.

What is SMP?

SMP is known as Scalp MicroPigmentation. It’s a tattoo process which inserts tiny amounts of ink into the top layer of the scalp. There’s hundreds of different pigments available to ensure natural looking results. It’s not your average tattoo procedure, instead it uses a very specialist technique to produce a freshly shaven look.  Practitioners are highly trained and specialised so don't imagine you can just walk into a tattoo parlour and expect good results.

Understanding the potential dangers

Hair loss is a multi billion pound industry and sadly this has led to an increase in unqualified and inexperienced clinics popping up. The trouble is, in order for SMP to work, it requires a very specific, careful approach. Only very skilled practitioners can pull it off and deliver the kind of results that have freinds and family unable to tell the diffrence between SMP and real hair. If you have the procedure done by an inexperienced practitioner, the results are unlikely to look realistic. There’s a very real chance the needle could go in too deep, causing large blots of ink to form. The practitioner may also draw the hairline too far down at the request of the patient. While it may seem like a good idea for younger patients to have the hairline further down, it won’t look good as they start to age. An experienced practitioner knows this and would advise the patient based upon their expert knowledge. Of course, there’s also the possibility an infection could develop. It’s also worth noting that many of these clinics use temporary, rather than permanent ink. This is cheaper, but it means the results will begin to fade after a few months. So, as you can see there’s plenty of risks if SMP isn’t performed correctly. Many patients find they need to undergo further procedures to cover up the damage of the first one. Therefore, it’s vital you ensure you choose a reliable, experienced clinic you can trust such as His Hair Clinic. The founder of the clinic has personally tried all of its treatments to ensure their effectiveness and they never undertake a procedure until they have carried out a full consultation.

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