Could SMP Be Completed In One Session?

Scalp Micropigmentation
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

5 mins read

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished for a fuller head of hair, or at least a semblance of it? Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) could be your answer. However, a common question that pops up is whether this innovative hair restoration treatment can be completed in just one session. While the idea of instant transformation is tempting, there are many reasons why spreading the process over multiple sessions is the standard in the industry.

Here, we’ll dive deep into the pros and cons of a one-session SMP treatment versus the more widely accepted multi-session approach.

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Scalp Micropigmentation

Understanding the SMP Process

What Is SMP?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive procedure that uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result is the appearance of tiny hair follicles, giving you the look of a buzz cut or fuller hair density. It’s a fantastic solution for those suffering from alopecia, thinning hair, or even scarring on the scalp.

Industry Standards

The industry norm is to conduct the SMP treatment over multiple sessions. Each session plays a crucial role in ensuring the pigments settle properly into your skin and the final look is natural and undetectable. At Elegant SMP, our sessions are meticulously planned to produce the best results every time.

Why Multiple Sessions?

Healing and Ink Retention

One of the main reasons for spreading SMP treatments over multiple sessions is to allow your skin to heal between each visit. After each session, your skin needs time to heal over the pigment and as a result, we get a better understanding on the adjustments needed to give you a natural-looking treatment.

Tailoring to Your Skin

Everyone’s skin is different. There are varying levels of oiliness, thickness, and sensitivity that can affect how well the pigments take root. By observing how your skin responds in the initial sessions, the technician can adjust the following sessions to fine-tune the look.

Correction Opportunities

One significant advantage of multiple sessions is the opportunity for corrections. If there are inconsistencies in pigment application or retention, these can be rectified in subsequent sessions.

The Risks of a One-Session Treatment

Intense Scalp Trauma

Attempting to complete an SMP treatment in one session can be extremely taxing on the scalp. The micro-needling process, while generally safe, can become overly traumatic if administered for an extended period.

Inconsistent Results

A one-session treatment may result in pigments that don’t take uniformly, meaning you could end up with blotchy or uneven healed results. This diminishes the natural look that SMP aims to achieve.

Aftercare Challenges

Proper aftercare is crucial for the success of your SMP treatment. A single, long session necessitates far more stringent aftercare during the healing process, which can be cumbersome and increase the risk of complications if not adhered to scrupulously.

The Elegant SMP Approach

Three Sessions for Optimal Results

Our standard approach at Elegant SMP involves three meticulously spaced sessions.

  1. First Session: Initial pigment application, we work conservatively to see how your skin heals.
  2. Second Session: Adjustment, build density, and filling in gaps.
  3. Third Session: Final touch-ups, blending, and fine-tuning.

For most people, this approach works wonders, offering a natural and undetectable finish. However, in challenging cases, additional sessions might be needed.

Here’s Why Spacing Out Sessions Works


1. Gradual Transformation

Blending the transformation across multiple sessions allows those around you to adapt to your new look more naturally. You won’t shock anyone with a sudden, drastic change.

2. Skin’s Natural Healing

Your skin will thank you for taking it easy. Gradual application reduces the risk of excessive trauma and supports better pigment retention.

3. Flexibility for Adjustments

Each session allows us to evaluate and course-correct if necessary. This tailored approach helps in achieving the elegant and natural look we promise.

List: Benefits of Multiple SMP Sessions

  • Allows for skin healing
  • Facilitates adjustments
  • Reduces scalp trauma
  • Offers a natural-looking transformation
  • Optimizes pigment retention

Common Concerns and FAQs

Is One Session Ever Enough?

In very rare cases, a one-session treatment may suffice, but this is unpredictable and not recommended for those looking for a long-lasting and natural outcome. We always recommend additional sessions in order to make adjustments for any inconsistent healing.

How Long Between Sessions?

Typically, sessions are spaced 7-14 days apart, allowing time for healing and assessment.

What About the Cost?

Opting for multiple sessions may initially seem costlier than a single session, but the long-term results and fewer corrections often make this approach more economical. Some artists may charge based on the finish worked itself regardless of the amount of sessions, so technically you’re not saving money.


Scalp micropigmentation is a fantastic solution for those looking to combat hair loss and achieve a fuller-looking scalp. While the allure of completing the procedure in just one session may be compelling, the benefits of spreading the treatment over multiple sessions far outweigh the convenience of a single session.

Bald not not satisfied with your current look? Imagine waking up with a natural-looking, undetectable hairline that perfectly frames your face—allowing you to reclaim your confidence. That’s what Elegant SMP offers with our expertise in the “faded hairline” technique that’s revered worldwide.

If you’re tired of the constant routine and want to embrace a look that’s both youthful and freeing, then scalp micropigmentation with us might just be the solution you’ve been searching for.

Ready to transform? Contact us today to schedule your first session and embark on your journey to a remarkably natural and elegant look!

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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. 

It is our pleasure to offer our premium SMP services that will unveil a rejuvenated, true version of yourself. With our continued dedication to perfecting this craft, we aim to help our clients rediscover their confidence and enjoy a renewed sense of self-esteem.

What our customers are saying

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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