Experience of Having SMP for 5 Years

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Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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Five years ago, my life changed dramatically when I decided to delve into the world of scalp micropigmentation (SMP). The journey has been nothing less than transformative. From the way I saw myself in the mirror to the reactions of those around me, getting SMP was like flipping a switch that illuminated my confidence and self-perception. Today, I’ll walk you through my experience with SMP over the past five years and share how it led to opening my own clinic, Elegant SMP, where we specialize in pioneering techniques such as Faded Hairline and 3D Scalp Micropigmentation.

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The Unseen Change: People's Reactions

Believe it or not, one of the most thrilling aspects of my SMP journey was witnessing how people reacted—or rather, didn't react. As someone who had always been self-conscious about my receding hairline, I was amazed that no one could tell I’d had the procedure.

First Impressions

Imagine waking up one day with a completely different look—one that makes you appear younger, healthier, and more put together. Initially, I thought that people would notice something was off. After all, one day I was bald, and the next, I had a perfect hairline. Surprisingly, no one seemed to realize what had changed.

Verbal and Non-Verbal Reactions

Close friends and family sensed something different but couldn't pinpoint it. Comments ranged from "You look happier" to "Did you lose weight?" It was baffling yet extremely satisfying. You see, society places immense importance on first impressions. Having a well-defined hairline gave me that edge, making me feel more confident.

People's Observation My Thoughts
"You look younger!" The new hairline made me feel revitalized.
"Did you lose weight?" The frame to my face made me look more put together.
"You look happier!" The confidence boost was real and people's comments reinforced it.

Maintaining the Transformation: Daily Routine

Interestingly, SMP didn’t upheave my daily routine. If anything, it simplified it.

Minimal Maintenance

Like many suffering from hair loss, I was already in the habit of shaving my head a couple of times a week. After SMP, this routine continued but with added benefits. I needed to moisturize my scalp twice daily to keep the pigments vibrant. Plus, using SPF 50 sunblock became essential to protect the treatment from premature fading.

Quick & Easy Upkeep

Here’s a quick checklist of my daily routine post-SMP:

  • Shave Head: Keep it smooth for the best look.
  • Moisturize: Twice a day for pigment longevity.
  • Use Sunscreen: SPF 50 to protect from sun damage.

Production Recommendations

The Importance of Skincare

The buzz around SMP may seem purely cosmetic, but skincare plays a crucial role in its effectiveness. It’s not just about maintaining the pigments; it's also about ensuring your scalp looks natural and healthy.

Beyond Appearance: Mental and Emotional Liberation

Before SMP

Before my SMP treatment, I was often consumed with thoughts about my thinning hair. The constant worry affected my self-esteem and social life. After the procedure, a significant mental shift occurred.

From Self-Conscious to Confident

I no longer spent endless hours stressing over how others perceived me. The peace of mind allowed me to refocus my energy on things I genuinely enjoyed. Books, hobbies, and a more active social life filled my time, previously dominated by hair loss anxiety.

  • Pre-SMP Concerns:
    • Anxiety over hair loss
    • Reluctance to socialize
    • Endless hair treatments and pills
  • Post-SMP Benefits:
    • Improved self-esteem
    • More social interactions
    • Focused on self-development

The Turning Point: Shaving My Head

It was a freeing feeling when I finally decided to shave my head entirely. Taking control of my situation provided immense relief and a fresh perspective. While I felt more in control of my hair loss, the constant wonder lingered in my mind: Is there something more that I could do?

SMP: A Game-Changer

After SMP

Deciding to get SMP was monumental. The results were stunning. I appeared younger, and the treatment was so natural-looking that even those closest to me couldn’t tell.

Living Worry-Free

The newfound freedom was exhilarating. Knowing I looked great allowed me to truly live life without the constant worry about my appearance. Interestingly, even when I divulged my 'secret' to close friends, they were impressed by how natural it looked.

Shiny Head Considerations

One thing to be mindful of is the natural shine of a bald head, amplified by the ink used in SMP. Using a good quality anti-shine product helped mitigate this concern, especially in harsh lighting conditions.

  • Shiny Head Tips:
    • Use anti-shine products.
    • Stay conscious of lighting conditions.
Before Anti-Shine After Anti-Shine
Noticeable shine in photos Natural matte finish
Increased self-consciousness Confidence in all lighting

Opening Elegant SMP: A New Chapter

Inspired by my own experience, I decided to bring the benefits of SMP to others. Thus, Elegant SMP was born. At Elegant SMP, we aim to provide the most natural-looking and undetectable SMP treatments by staying ahead of the curve with industry-leading techniques like the Faded Hairline and 3D Scalp Micropigmentation.

Our Unique Approach

We utilize the latest equipment and techniques to ensure the highest quality results. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Faded Hairline Technique: This approach offers a realistic, gradual gradient, mimicking how natural hairlines look.
  • 3D Scalp Micropigmentation: Using different shades and needle angles, we create a 3D illusion that adds depth and realism to the treatment.

Techniques at Elegant SMP

Technique Description
Faded Hairline A gradual gradient mimicking natural hairlines.
3D Scalp Micropigmentation Multiple shades and needle angles create a natural 3D effect.

Client Focus

Our clientele comes from around the world, seeking unparalleled SMP treatments. We treat every scalp as if it’s our own, ensuring maximum customer satisfaction.

Why Choose Elegant SMP?

With a focus on industry-leading techniques, exceptional customer service, and natural-looking results, Elegant SMP is your go-to clinic for scalp micropigmentation.

Our Pledge

We commit to offering not just a service but an experience that transforms lives. Our dedication to continual learning and adapting to new innovations ensures we are always at the forefront of SMP treatments. We urge you to don't bargain shop for SMP as it takes a certain level of mastery in order to pull of an amazing-looking treatment. We've had our fair share of fixing subpar and botched work, save yourself the heartache.

Conclusion: A Journey Worth Taking

My five-year journey with SMP has been nothing short of amazing. From the initial decision to the daily maintenance and the opening of my own clinic, it’s a decision I never regretted. The boost in confidence, the freedom from constant worry, and the ability to look and feel my best have been invaluable.

If you’re dealing with hair loss and tired of tedious routines and want to regain your confidence, consider scalp micropigmentation. At Elegant SMP, we offer cutting-edge treatments that change lives. Contact us today to book a free consultation and take the first step towards a new, confident you!

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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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