Safety First: Dangers of Scalp Micropigmentation

Safety First - Dangers of Scalp Micropigmentation
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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As more people search for a solution to hair loss, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has risen in popularity as a non-invasive alternative to hair transplants. SMP is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that simulates hair follicles on the scalp, creating the illusion of a full head of hair. Although it has proven to be an effective solution, it’s important to note that SMP is not without its risks. Understanding the potential dangers of scalp micropigmentation is crucial to ensure a safe and successful treatment. 

In this article, we’ll dive into the risks of SMP and how to avoid them.

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Safety First - Dangers of Scalp Micropigmentation

Risks of SMP

Allergic Reactions

One of the most common risks associated with SMP is an allergic reaction to the ink used during the procedure. While high-quality pigments are used, some individuals may develop an allergy to the ink. It’s important to disclose any existing allergies or sensitivities to your SMP artist before the procedure.


Anytime the skin is punctured, there is a risk of infection. SMP involves inserting ink into the scalp using a needle, which can create an environment for bacteria to thrive. To avoid infection, it’s essential to select a reputable SMP artist who follows strict hygiene protocols and uses sterile equipment.

Pain and Discomfort

While scalp micropigmentation is generally considered painless, some individuals may experience discomfort during the procedure. Pain tolerance varies from person to person, and some may find the sensation to be uncomfortable. It’s important to discuss any concerns with your SMP artist before the procedure. They can offer advice on how to manage pain or discomfort, such as taking a mild pain reliever beforehand.


Although SMP is considered to be a semi-permanent tattoo, it can fade over time. This is particularly true if the proper aftercare is not followed, such as spending too much time in the sun or not moisturizing the scalp enough. Touch-up appointments are usually needed every few years to maintain the desired appearance.

Poor Results

Choosing the right SMP artist is crucial to achieving the desired look. A poorly trained or unskilled artist may not achieve the desired result, leaving you unsatisfied with the appearance of your SMP. It’s essential to research the artist’s training and experience and view their portfolio before committing to the procedure. We highly recommend that you don’t go cheap with this procedure.

How to Avoid Risks

Choose a Reputable Artist

Selecting a reputable SMP artist is the first step to avoiding risks associated with SMP. Research different artists in your area, and look for reviews and testimonials from past clients. It’s important to choose an artist who has undergone training and certification in SMP. We at Elegant SMP have been trained & vetted by industry leaders and only use the best techniques and equipment in order to bring our clients the highest-quality results. Again, don’t allow cost to sway you into making an impulse decision. You get what you pay for with a treatment as long-lasting as this.

Discuss Your Medical History

Before the procedure, it’s important to disclose any medical conditions or allergies to your SMP artist. They can work with you to determine if the procedure is safe for you and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

Follow Aftercare Instructions

Proper aftercare is crucial to maintaining the longevity of your SMP and avoiding complications. Your SMP artist should provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, including how to moisturize your scalp, avoid sun exposure, and what products to use. Following these instructions diligently can help to minimize the risk of infection, ensure optimal healing, and prevent premature fading.

Be Realistic

It’s important to have realistic expectations when it comes to SMP. SMP gives the illusion of hair follicles with pigments, you must keep your hair short and tight with clippers or a shaver, or else you’ll give away the secret. It’s important to discuss your desired outcome with your SMP artist and understand what is achievable based on your hair loss pattern.

Educate Yourself

Before committing to SMP, further educate yourself on the potential risks and complications. Understanding the procedure’s ins and outs can help you make an informed decision and communicate effectively with your SMP artist


Scalp micropigmentation can provide an effective solution to hair loss, but like any procedure, it comes with risks and potential side effects. By choosing a reputable artist, following proper aftercare, and having realistic expectations, you can minimize the risk of complications and achieve optimal results. At Elegant SMP, we prioritize safety and aim to provide our clients with the knowledge and resources they need to make informed decisions about their SMP treatment. If you’re interested in learning more about scalp micropigmentation, contact Elegant SMP and schedule a consultation today. While you’re here in Buffalo, NY, take a look at our recommended places to visit and get the chance to explore our beautiful city.

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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!!
jason velasquezjason velasquez
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.
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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