How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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Scalp micropigmentation is the world’s leading solution for hair loss that involves tattooing tiny impressions on the scalp to create the illusion of a full head of hair. Unlike traditional tattoos, SMP uses a pointillism technique that doesn’t go as deep into the skin. It’s a non-invasive, low-maintenance, and long-lasting alternative to hair transplant surgery, wigs, and hairpieces.

One of the most common questions people have about scalp micropigmentation is how long it lasts. In this blog post, we’ll explore the factors that determine the longevity of scalp micropigmentation and provide you with an estimate of how long you can expect your results to last.

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Factors That Affect the Longevity of SMP

There are several factors that affect how long scalp micropigmentation lasts. These include:

  • Skin type: People with oily skin may experience fading sooner than those with dry or normal skin.
  • Sun exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause fading of the pigments.
  • Chemical exposure: Exposure to harsh chemicals from certain shampoo (steer clear from anything that has paraben & sulfate) will cause premature fading. Most baby shampoos are safe to use.
  • Lifestyle: Love being at the beach and don’t use sunblock? The scalp will get damaged and the pigments will fade quickly.
  • Aftercare: Proper aftercare is crucial for the longevity of scalp micropigmentation. Failing to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your technician can yield less than optimal results.

How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

Scalp micropigmentation is a long-lasting solution for men and women that are balding. On average, it lasts between 3-5 years, although this can vary depending on the factors mentioned above. Clients that are in direct sunlight often will need to get a touch-up more often (there are clients that need a touch-up once every year because they love the beach).

Knowing this, some people may experience fading sooner than others, while others may see their results last for up to 5 years or more. It’s important to note that scalp micropigmentation is semi-permanent, and you will eventually need touch-up sessions to bring back the vibrancy of your SMP.

Touch-Up Sessions

Touch-up sessions are recommended every 2-4 years to keep your scalp micropigmentation looking fresh. I personally got my touch-up around the 3 year mark. During a short touch-up session, your technician will add more impressions to areas where fading has occurred, ensuring that your results continue to look natural, consistent, and seamless.


Scalp micropigmentation is a long-lasting solution for those suffering from hair loss, with an average lifespan of 3-5 years. The factors that affect the longevity of scalp micropigmentation include skin type, sun exposure, chemical exposure, lifestyle, and aftercare. While touch-up sessions are necessary to maintain your results, scalp micropigmentation is a low-maintenance and cost-effective alternative to other hair loss solutions.

If you’re considering SMP, do your research, consult with a reputable provider, and prioritize aftercare. And if you’re in the Buffalo, NY area, we at Elegant SMP are here to help. Contact us for a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your hair loss concerns and learn more about our natural-looking, high-quality scalp micropigmentation treatments using the best techniques and equipment in the industry. Don’t let hair loss hold you back any longer, take the first step towards a confident and fulfilling future with scalp micropigmentation.

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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

vamshi krishnavamshi krishna
23:17 28 Jan 23
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 VelardeKendall Velarde
14:38 16 Jan 23
Great guy and very professional!! Highly recommended!!
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18:08 02 Jan 23
Talking with Tommy was great! He was very professional, and informative with all the questions I had.
Michael MarinoMichael Marino
03:18 23 Dec 22
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
Amazing professional that really takes the time to answer questions or concerns and does great work!
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.
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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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