SMP Aftercare 101: Essential Steps to Take for Proper Healing and Maintenance

Scalp Micropigmentation clinic in Buffalo, NY
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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As someone who has been through the process of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and now a practitioner in the field, we at Elegant SMP understand the importance of proper aftercare for the best possible results. SMP may be a popular and effective solution for those suffering from hair loss, but it’s essential to take the right steps for proper healing and maintenance.

If you have recently undergone scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment or are planning to, you too should understand the importance of these essential aftercare steps you need to take for proper healing and maintenance. SMP can be a life-changing solution for hair loss, but without caring for & protecting your investment, you could end up with sub-optimal results.

In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the steps you need to take for SMP aftercare 101.

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Why Aftercare is Important

Good aftercare is key to ensuring that your SMP treatment heals properly and looks great for years to come. Proper aftercare can help:

  • Promote healing and minimize scabbing
  • Prevent fading or discoloration of the pigment
  • Maintain the longevity & vibrancy of your SMP treatment
  • Fewer touch-up sessions required
  • Prevent infection or complications

Essential Steps for SMP Aftercare

1. Keep the Scalp Clean and Dry

For the first 3-4 days after SMP treatment, it’s important to keep the scalp clean and dry. Avoid showering or washing your hair for at least three days after treatment, and avoid sweating or any activities that may cause your scalp to become damp (dab it with a towel if it happens to get wet). When you do shower, use lukewarm water and avoid scrubbing too hard & direct water pressure on your scalp.

2. Avoid Touching Your Scalp

Avoid touching your scalp as much as possible, especially in the first 4 days after your treatment. It is important to avoid touching your scalp as much as possible. Your scalp needs time to heal naturally, and any interference can lead to scabbing or delayed healing. Touching your scalp can also lead to the spread of bacteria or germs, which can cause infections.  

3. Use Mild Shampoo

After the first 4 days, you can start washing your scalp with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Use a gentle, non-medicated shampoo that is sulfate-free and designed for sensitive scalps. Avoid any products that contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, parabens, or sulfates, as they can irritate your scalp and cause the pigment to fade. When shampooing or moisturizing, be gentle and avoid rubbing the scalp vigorously. Instead, use a soft, gentle touch to apply the products and let them sit for a few minutes before rinsing off. Also, avoid using hot water, as it can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness. Most baby & infant shampoos are safe to use, please check the labels.

4. Keep Your Scalp Moisturized

Moisturizing your scalp is an essential step in SMP aftercare. On the 4th day or when your scalp starts to get itchy is a good indicator to start moisturizing your head. Aftercare instructions provided to you by your practitioner should be followed closely for the best results possible. Keeping your scalp moisturized will help prevent dryness and flakiness, and promote better healing. 

5. Protect Your Scalp from the Sun

Direct exposure to the sun can cause the pigment to fade… fast, so it’s important to protect your scalp from the sun’s rays. Wear a hat (this is the best way to protect it) or use a sunblock with at least SPF 50 to shield your scalp from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

6. Avoid Scratching or Picking at Your Scalp

It’s important to avoid scratching or picking at your scalp after SMP treatment. This can cause the pigment to fade or cause scabs to form, which can lead to complications or infections. Instead, gently tap your scalp if you experience any itching or discomfort.

7. Follow Up with Your SMP Technician

After your SMP treatment, it’s essential to schedule a follow-up appointment with your practitioner. This appointment will allow your practitioner to assess your scalp and ensure that it’s healing correctly. They may also make any necessary touch-ups or adjustments to your SMP.


Proper aftercare is extremely important for the best possible results after receiving your SMP treatment. Keep your scalp clean, avoid touching your scalp, use a mild shampoo, keep your scalp moisturized, protect your scalp (preferably with a hat), don’t scratch or pick at it, and schedule a follow-up appointment. Remember to follow your practitioner’s instructions closely and be ready to ask any questions that you may have.

If you’re located in the Buffalo, NY area, feel free to contact Elegant SMP for a free no-obligation consultation to talk about your hair loss situation. We use the best techniques and equipment in the industry to ensure the most natural-looking & undetectable scalp micropigmentation treatment in the world.

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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.
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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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