SMP Is Not For Everyone

Is SMP Right For Me?
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Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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If you’re pondering whether Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is the right fit for you, you’ve landed in the perfect spot. At Elegant SMP, we prioritize transparency and aim to educate our visitors. SMP isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and we’re here to break down who might benefit from it and who might need to weigh other options first.

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Is SMP Right For Me?

The Early Stages of Hair Loss

In the early throes of hair loss, you still have a plethora of avenues to explore. Genetics and the speed of your hair loss play significant roles, but for many, SMP might not be the first step. Often, SMP is better suited for individuals in the later stages of their hair loss journey, when they’ve accepted baldness and regularly shave their heads. While it would be beneficial for our business if everyone opted for SMP, honesty is the cornerstone of our clinic. Not everyone needs it, and here’s why.

Exploring Alternatives

Before diving into SMP, consider other hair loss remedies. However, be aware that they come with their own sets of pros and cons. Some may involve extensive routines, pills, or invasive procedures. Here's a closer look at some options:

Special Shampoos

Perhaps you're in the early stages of hair loss and have heard about special shampoos. These shampoos claim to slow down or even halt hair loss, but how effective are they?

Shampoo Type Claim Pros Cons
Caffeine-based Stimulates hair follicles Readily available, non-invasive Mixed scientific reviews
Ketoconazole Treats dandruff and potential hair loss Addresses scalp health Can be harsh on the skin
Biotin-enriched Boosts keratin levels Natural and gentle Effectiveness varies

The effectiveness of these shampoos isn't documented through robust scientific data. Often, the perceived benefits are mental rather than medicinal.

Derma Rolling

Derma rolling, also known as microneedling, has shown some benefits for hair growth. Small needles create micro-injuries in the scalp, potentially stimulating blood circulation and collagen production.

Pros of Derma Rolling:

  • Can be used at home
  • May enhance the effectiveness of topical hair treatments
  • Affordable

Cons of Derma Rolling:

  • Requires consistent use
  • Can be painful for some
  • Risks of infection if not used properly

Biotin Supplements

Biotin, a B vitamin, is often touted as a miracle supplement for hair growth. While some studies suggest it can prevent balding, its effectiveness for individuals without a biotin deficiency is debatable.

Pros of Biotin:

  • Easily accessible
  • Supports overall hair and nail health

Cons of Biotin:

  • Limited evidence for hair growth in non-deficient individuals
  • Possible side effects, such as skin rash


Minoxidil is a well-known topical treatment for hair loss, available over-the-counter as a generic or under brand names like Rogaine.

Aspect Details
Application Apply twice daily
Wait Time Three to six months for results
Downsides Possible shedding period, consistent use necessary, side effects include scalp irritation

Minoxidil can be effective, but its daily routine makes it burdensome for some users.


Oral Finasteride is another common prescription option for men dealing with hair loss.

Pros of Finasteride:

  • May slow hair loss and stimulate new growth
  • Easy to integrate into daily routine

Cons of Finasteride:

  • Possible side effects like decreased libido
  • Less effective for men over 60

Laser Therapy

Low-level laser therapy employs red light to stimulate weak cells in the scalp.

Pros of Laser Therapy:

  • Non-invasive
  • Safe and tolerable

Cons of Laser Therapy:

  • Expensive
  • Requires multiple sessions

Hair System

Modern hair systems (wigs) can be a temporary solution but come with their set of challenges.

Pros of Hair Systems:

  • Instant results
  • Customizable and realistic appearance

Cons of Hair Systems:

  • High maintenance
  • Potential for discomfort, especially if active

Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are a more permanent but invasive solution.

Aspect Details
Procedure Translates hair from donor areas to balding areas
Pros Long-term solution
Cons Expensive, multiple sessions, scarring, variable success rates

Analyze Your Options

Many people navigate through multiple hair loss solutions before finding the one that clicks. Here’s a quick comparison table for quick reference:

Method Invasiveness Cost Long-term Effectiveness Maintenance
Special Shampoos Low Low Mixed Low
Derma Rolling Low Low Moderate Moderate
Biotin Low Low Mixed Low
Minoxidil Low Moderate High if consistent High
Finasteride Low Moderate High Low
Laser Therapy Low to Moderate High Moderate Moderate
Hair Systems Low High High High
Hair Transplant High High High Low

Given all these options, SMP stands out for those who are tired of relentless routines and are ready for a more permanent, low-maintenance solution.

The Elegant SMP Advantage

Elegant SMP specializes in delivering the most natural-looking scalp micropigmentation results. Unlike other clinics, our techniques eliminate the infamous “dot” mark, providing a seamless look.

Why Our SMP Technique Rocks

Our 3D Scalp Micropigmentation technique involves multiple shades and varying needle angles to simulate different hair follicle depths. This method results in a more textured and realistic appearance, giving clients that coveted 5 o’clock shadow look.

Multiple ShadesSimulates natural hair color
Varying Needle AnglesCreates depth and texture
World-class LayeringProvides a realistic and natural appearance

Is SMP Right For You?

SMP is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Consider it if you are:

  • Tired of ongoing routines: Say goodbye to daily applications of Minoxidil and the hassle of hair systems.
  • Ready for a change: If you've tried and failed with other methods, SMP can be a breath of fresh air.
  • Desiring a low-maintenance solution: Once your SMP sessions are complete, maintenance is nearly zero.

Still Not Sure? Check These Factors:

  • Your Hair Loss Stage: SMP is generally recommended for those who have already experienced significant hair loss.
  • Commitment: Though it's low maintenance post-procedure, the initial sessions need your time and commitment.
  • Longevity: Think about the long-term. Are you ready to invest in a solution that will save you hassle down the road?

You Like the Bald Look

Sometimes, the best route is acceptance. Many people look fantastic bald and feel no need for concealment. If that’s you, embrace it! No one should dictate that you need any treatment if you’re content with your appearance. However, should you later decide to frame your face with a hairline, SMP remains an option.

Why Natural Bald Is Beautiful:

  • Low Maintenance: No need for special shampoos, pills, or treatments.
  • No Side Effects: You avoid any potential adverse effects from other hair restoration methods.
  • Authenticity: You’re embracing your natural look, and that’s commendable.

When You’re Sick and Tired of the Routine

Perhaps you’ve exhausted the treatments and remedies, and nothing has worked. After years of struggling, maybe you’ve resorted to wet shaving but not totally happy with the completely bald look. If so, you’re not alone. SMP can offer a liberating “set it and forget it” solution, allowing you to focus on more important aspects of your life.

The Benefits of SMP

  1. Natural Look: Elegant SMP specializes in natural, undetectable results.
  2. Low Maintenance: Minimal routine required.
  3. Boosts Confidence: Provides a frame to the face.
  4. Long-lasting: Few touch-ups needed.

Innovative Techniques

At Elegant SMP, we offer advanced techniques, including the sought-after faded hairline and the previously mentioned 3D Scalp Micropigmentation technique. These methods use multiple shades, various needle angles, and layering techniques to create a 3D illusion, mimicking natural hair growth.

Faded HairlineImplies hair that naturally recedes, offering natural look
3D MicropigmentationUses diverse techniques for a multi-dimensional effect

Final Thoughts

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for hair loss remedies. Whether it’s special shampoos, derma rolling, biotin supplements, Minoxidil, Finasteride, laser therapy, hair systems, or hair transplants, each option carries its own sets of pros and cons. Ultimately, it’s about what aligns best with your lifestyle and comfort.

If you’ve grown weary of the routines and long for a refreshingly low-maintenance solution that brings back your confidence, Elegant SMP could be the ideal choice. Our team excels in delivering natural-looking results using the best equipment and techniques in the SMP industry.

Step into our clinic and discover how our faded hairline and 3D Scalp Micropigmentation can transform your look. Ready to reclaim your confidence and face the world head-on? Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Elegant SMP – Where precision meets perfection.

Feel free to reach out for any questions and to start your journey towards an effortlessly groomed 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. 

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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