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Scalp Micropigmentation
(SMP)

Hair Loss Solutions is proud to be the first in Eastern Canada to offer NeoGraft® FUE hair transplants, along with other hair loss solutions and treatments. NeoGraft® is the industry pioneer and market leader with one of the first automated FUE systems in the hair restoration market.

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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

 

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a permanent cosmetic tattoo that mimics the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp. It is a relatively new technique that offers an alternative for patients who are not candidates for hair transplant surgery. It can be used as a concealer in both men and women for camouflaging the appearance of thinning hair and scalp scarring due to a variety of causes.

The application of SMP is an “art.” Proper technique is extremely important in getting aesthetically satisfactory results. The angle that the instrument is inserted, depth control, the amount of pigmented deposited, and color match – not to mention proper patient selection – are all important to make this procedure successful. The SMP procedure was introduced to the medical community by Dr. William Rassman of New Hair Institute in California. He and his group have significant expertise in this technique.

Applications range from simply adding pigment to a small scar, to mimicking a full head of hair. The most obvious use is that of helping to camouflage a widened donor scar from a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) procedure. When one is considering adding pigment to an entire bald head, i.e., using it as a stand-alone procedure, the usefulness depends upon the taste of the individual person. SMP can be particularly helpful in women with thinning hair to make their hair appear more full.

Since SMP looks different from natural hair, the best way for patients to decide if the procedure is right for them is to see results first-hand. The situation is somewhat analogous to a hair system in that it is a good solution for some, but not right for everyone. The important distinction, however, is that SMP is permanent, so patient education is much more important in advance. Even though it is possible to do a test area, it is definitely not one of those things that someone should “just try and see if you like it.” SMP pigment can be removed with lasers (usually a Q-switched YAG is most effective) but, like the removal of conventional tattoos, it can take several treatments and may leave permanent hypopigmentation and scarring.

Particularly in darker skinned balding patients, extensive SMP can create the appearance of a shaved look and is useful in those who are not candidates for a hair transplant or that have chosen not to have one. The procedure is particularly useful not only with donor scars but in many types of scarring alopecia i.e., burns, scars from the treatment of skin cancer, and scars from old, plug-techniques and scalp reductions. It can be particularly useful in women who have thinning, but not bald areas, where SMP can give the appearance of more volume with ones existing hair providing texture.

When SMP is used to enhance a hair transplant, rather than as a stand-alone procedure, the range of people who might benefit from the procedure increases, but so do the issues of long-term planning. All of us who perform hair restoration surgery understand the difficulties in planning the transplant of permanent hair in a patient whose balding pattern will continue to evolve. With SMP it is even more complicated, as the implanted pigment will also change over time.

With time, permanent pigment disperses deeper in the skin, changing its hue and giving it a smudgy, less distinct appearance. When adding color to a donor scar, these changes are relatively inconsequential and one generally must only consider the greying of a patient’s hair over time – a problem easily corrected with hair dyes. On the other hand, subtle changes in the look of a totally tattooed scalp can be significant. Although many of us have observed the evolution in appearance of traditional tattoos as they age, SMP is a relatively new procedure and it will take years to get a good sense of how the technique will withstand the test of time.

 

We are pleased to have Lorraine Cormier, owner of In Our Hands/Artystyk Esthetics and Semi Permanent Makeup as part of our team.

Lorraine has traveled the world to learn and understand the difference techniques that are required to be able to work with each unique client.

We trust that she will always have our/her clients best interest and deliver the quality of work that you will be proud of.

You can reach her at:

506-855-4264

artystykceo@gmail.com

383 Champlain Street Dieppe

Lorraine works at a separate location but is in constant contact with us to ensure that our clients receive the quality service that we expect.

Because her workplace is set up for scalp micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent makeup, areola tattooing and tattoo removal, we know that the standards for these services are all under one roof and you will feel confident and assured that we both have the clients best interest in mind.

lorraine cormier
before and after smp

Before & after just one session.

For more images please view her page bellow.

“Everyone was very polite and knowledgeable. There was no pressure to buy products. I was surprised with my consultation fee waived when I did buy products, there are monthly giveaways and it’s always nice to feel like a company gives back. I felt unrushed during my consultation and that none of my questions were silly.”

J. Clarke

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