10 Frequently Asked Questions About Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation in Buffalo, NY
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Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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Are you tired of hiding your bald spots with hats or hairpieces? Have you tried every remedy, pill, and topical out there with no success? As someone who started losing my hair in my early 20s, I know how frustrating and discouraging it can be. But don’t give up hope just yet! There is a solution that can help you get your confidence back and give you a fresh new look – scalp micropigmentation (SMP). 

Here are 10 frequently asked questions about SMP that will help you better understand this innovative hair loss solution:

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SMP is a solution for many people, but who is it right for you?

What is SMP?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive hair restoration procedure that involves depositing pigments onto the scalp (at the middle layer of the skin) to mimic the appearance of real hair follicles. The technique creates a natural-looking buzz cut that can be customized to the shape of your face with age-appropriateness in mind.

How does SMP differ from a hair transplant?

Unlike hair transplants that involve surgery and require a recovery period, SMP is a non-surgical procedure that doesn’t leave any scars. SMP is also more affordable than hair transplants and doesn’t require ongoing maintenance. If you’ve gotten a failed hair transplant, SMP is a great way to camouflage those scars, feel free to check out our gallery for examples.

Is SMP suitable for everyone?

SMP is suitable for most people with all types of hair loss, including alopecia and male pattern baldness. However, it’s important to have a consultation with a qualified SMP artist to determine if you’re a good candidate. You must be comfortable rocking that 0-guard shaved-look, SMP is a solution but then again not everyone is confident with their head.

How long does the procedure take?

The duration of the SMP procedure varies depending on the extent of hair loss and the area to be treated. On average, the procedure can take between 3 to 5 hours per session, and multiple sessions are required to achieve the desired results. 

This is a process, you won’t be done in 1 session… If anyone says that they could do it in 1 session, you should run.

Is the procedure painful?

Most people experience minimal discomfort during the SMP procedure, from a scale of 1-10, most reported it to be 2-4. We don’t go as deep as traditional tattoos. Most have also reported that it feels like a massage and I can attest to this since I’ve gotten SMP myself. 

If pain is a concern for you, you may pop a Tylenol (no aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs).

How long does SMP last?

SMP is a long-lasting solution, and the pigments can last for up to three to five years with proper care and maintenance. Feel free to check out our Recommended Products section, we’re continually building up the list as new products & approved hit the market.

Is there any downtime after the procedure?

There is no downtime required after the SMP procedure, and you can resume your regular activities immediately after the treatment. As long as you’re not doing work that will cause you to excessively sweat then you’re ok.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

Before the SMP procedure, it’s recommended to avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 24 hours, avoid blood thinners, and inform the SMP artist of any medical conditions or allergies. 

And just as important, get a good night’s rest and eat a hearty breakfast so that you have ample enough energy for each session.

What is the aftercare like?

After the SMP procedure, it’s essential to follow the aftercare instructions provided by the SMP artist, such as avoiding direct sunlight and excessive sweating for the first few days. We give all of our clients pre-care & after-care instructions both verbally and in writing. 

Feel free to download our pricing & brochure guide by filling out the form.

How can I find a qualified SMP artist?

It’s crucial to choose a qualified and experienced SMP artist to ensure the best results. I certainly did my due diligence when I was looking to get mine done and I recommend you do the same. Look for reviews and testimonials, check their portfolio, and ask about their training and certification. 

No 2 artists are the same, please choose someone whose work you can comfortably see tattooed to your head long-term. We here at Elegant SMP have been trained and certified by the best, putting forth the most sought-out technique that people around the world are on a long waitlist for. Our calling card is subtlety and natural faded hairline.


In conclusion, scalp micropigmentation can be a game-changer for anyone struggling with hair loss, whether it’s due to genetics, aging, or medical conditions. Not only is SMP a safe and effective solution, but it’s also a non-invasive and affordable alternative to hair transplant surgery. With this treatment, you can achieve a natural-looking hairline and a fuller-looking scalp without any downtime or long-term maintenance.

Speaking from personal experience, I know how much of a distraction hair loss can be. As someone who started losing hair in my early twenties, I tried everything from pills to topical treatments and special shampoos, but nothing seemed to work. It wasn’t until I discovered SMP that I finally found a solution that finally removed the attention & distraction from my head.

SMP allowed me to remove that distraction and begin to live life again… focusing on more important things. It gave me a renewed sense of confidence, and I want to pass that feeling forward to anyone who may be struggling with hair loss.

If you’re in the Buffalo, NY area (or nearby such as Rochester, NY, Ithaca, NY, Hamilton, ON, Toronto, ON, and surrounding areas), contact us today to schedule your consultation and see how SMP can transform your life. 

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About Us:

Elegant Scalp Micropigmentation was founded in Buffalo, NY with the goal of providing clients with a compassionate and understanding atmosphere for their hair loss troubles. We’ve been through it ourselves and at Elegant SMP, are devoted to providing our customers with the knowledge and confidence they need to make a well-informed decision about their SMP treatment plan. 

We are excited to offer our premium SMP services that will unveil a more authentic version of yourself. Our continued dedication to perfecting this craft aims to help our clients rediscover their confidence and be able to enjoy a renewed sense of self.

What our customers are saying

Master Petrocy
Master Petrocy
Hey there Tommy I love the natural look that you provide. The mock up is a great sales tactic,especially when people like myself are nervous about getting it done. I have seen great Smp and terrible ones. Looking at your work I would have to say your skill is by far the best in the industry. As soon as I am less busy I am definitely coming to see you! Have a great day 😊!
Hirschy Hoops
Hirschy Hoops
Tommy T you’ve changed my life. I put all my trust in you and you made me so comfortable with this process. The reason I selected you is you want to master this art and customized a process to meet my specific needs. When I look in the mirror and am confused that I have hair or a hair line now that says a lot. Honestly I see you as the go to SMP artist in the future. All of your studying on this will pay huge dividends and you are able to change people’s lives which is so powerful. Thank you for treating my head like your own. God bless you and if you ever need a reference or anything I’d be thrilled to do so. Thanks again Tommy
byron culf
byron culf
Sent me a mock pic of how my hair might look within a few hours. Great service! Shame I'm in the UK and didn't realise they are in the US
Eric Boone
Eric Boone
Today I had a consultation with Tommy at Elegant Smp. He was very professional and informative answering all my questions. He made me feel confident that I came to the right place. His knowledge and understanding of Smp put my mind at ease going forward. I would highly recommend reaching out to Tommy if you are considering this procedure.
Krishna KV
Krishna KV
I recently had a consultation with Tommy, and I was impressed with his professionalism. He spoke clearly and answered all of my questions about the procedure and Pre and Post-care instructions. I had a positive experience and I am looking forward to getting my SMP done with Tommy and I would highly recommend him to others.
Kendall Velarde
Kendall Velarde
Great guy and very professional!! Highly recommended!!
jason velasquez
jason velasquez
Talking with Tommy was great! He was very professional, and informative with all the questions I had.
Michael Marino
Michael Marino
Tommy provided me with a image of how I would look with SMP his service was awesome, simple and quick id recommend Tommy’a website to anyone wanting to see what they look like with SMP
Akeem H
Akeem H
Amazing professional that really takes the time to answer questions or concerns and does great work!
Matt T.
Matt T.
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Elegant SMP is the place to get your scalp micropigmentation if you are interested in quality technique. Not all SMP is the same and your practitioner's training really does matter. For me, understanding how my artist could achieve an authentic looking hairline was very important, and very few SMP artists have the training to achieve that. Tommy at Elegant SMP is a true professional who understands how to get a natural looking result that is difficult to replicate - which is a true testament to his training. My SMP results exceeded my expectations and I would recommend Elegant SMP to anyone who is interested in getting the highest quality work the first time, or repairing SMP work that missed the mark.
Jason V.
Jason V.
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I knew from the consultation with Tommy that he was a genuinely good guy. Their professionalism is top-notch and the work he does is amazing! I can't stop looking at my hairline and just how natural it looks. I'm 100 % satisfied with the results and highly recommend his services!
Eric B.
Eric B.
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I just finished my third session with Tommy over at elegant smp. He did a great job and was extremely professional. His attention to detail was amazing giving me the desired look I was going for. I would highly recommend his services for anyone looking to have this procedure done. Everything about the experience was pleasant and stress free.

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