Why Experience Doesn’t Matter For an SMP Artist

Why Experience Doesn't Matter For an SMP Artist
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

6 mins read

The decision to get scalp micropigmentation or a hair tattoo for a bald head is a significant one. While many believe that the key to a successful SMP treatment lies in the experience of the artist, I’m here to challenge that notion. My relatively short time in the industry and my experience in fixing jobs done by “top” or highly experienced artists have inspired me to share some insights. So, why does experience not matter as much as you might think when it comes to selecting an SMP artist? Let’s explore the reasons.

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Why Experience Doesn't Matter For an SMP Artist

Experience Doesn't Matter, but Technique Does

Experience alone doesn’t guarantee exceptional SMP results. What truly matters is the technique employed by the artist. It’s not uncommon for individuals to enter the world of scalp micropigmentation solely for financial gain. They may undergo a brief three-day course, set up a clinic, and start laying down dots. Despite having spent years in the industry, they might not show any significant improvement. This could be due to complacency, egotism, or a lack of motivation to enhance their skills. At Elegant SMP, we embrace continuous improvement. We’ve received training from the industry’s finest, and our commitment to honing our technique is unwavering.

Table: Key Elements of a Great SMP Technique

HairlinePersonalized options, such as straight or receding, are crucial.
Hairline FinishOur specialty is the faded hairline for an elegant look.
Impression SizeNeedle size should match existing hair follicles.
Impression AnglesVaried angles mimic natural hair follicles.
Multiple ShadesUsing multiple shades adds texture and depth.
ConsistencyAdapting techniques for different scalp areas is essential.
BlendingSeamless blending for a natural appearance is vital.

The Quest for Authenticity in Before/After Photos

When choosing an SMP artist, it's important to consider the authenticity of before/after photos. Some images may not appear convincing due to odd lighting, unusual angles, or inconsistent photo quality. At Elegant SMP, we maintain a gallery of high-quality and consistent before and after photos, providing transparency and reassurance to our clients.

Before/after photos can be compelling evidence of an artist's skill. However, it's crucial to discern between genuine results and those that have been manipulated to appear better than they are. It's not uncommon for artists, even experienced ones, to resort to photo editing to make their work appear more impressive. Be aware of these embellished images, and always seek a trustworthy artist with transparent and authentic representation.

Photoshopped Before/After Images

One common pitfall that clients should be aware of is the use of photo editing software to enhance the appearance of SMP results in before/after images. Skilled photo editors can make impressions appear more pronounced and the results more dramatic than they actually are. To avoid falling for this deception, I highly recommend scrutinizing every photo you encounter.

Here are some steps to take when examining before/after images:

  1. Zoom In: Carefully zoom into the photos to examine them in detail.
  2. Look for Editing: Search for any signs of photo editing, such as unnatural smoothness, color adjustments, or unnatural highlights.
  3. Seek Videos: Whenever possible, try to find videos of the artist's work. Videos are harder to manipulate and provide a more accurate depiction of the final outcome.

Additionally, keep in mind that all SMP treatments look fresh and vibrant immediately after completion. However, they naturally fade by about 30% as they heal. Realizing this fact can help you manage your expectations and choose an artist who provides honest representations of their work.

Bigger Clinics and the Personal Touch

Not all bigger and well-known clinics treat their clients like mere numbers, but it's an issue that has arisen in the industry. Feedback from numerous clients who initially sought treatment from larger establishments suggests that some artists working in these clinics prioritize speed over personalized care.

In many cases, clients have reported feeling rushed through their treatments. The primary goal for these artists often seems to be to get one client out the door as quickly as possible to make room for the next. The consequence of this approach is a lack of personalization and individualized attention, which can be disappointing for clients seeking a more personalized experience.

It's Not Always About the Money: Artistry over Greed

Unfortunately, the SMP industry is not immune to individuals who enter it solely for financial gain. Many newcomers to the field are drawn by the promise of significant earnings. In today's digital age, it's not uncommon to come across online advertisements, particularly on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, showcasing SMP treatments. However, these advertisements can be misleading.

The issue is that the work presented in these ads is often not the artist's own. To prevent clients from experiencing the heartache and frustration of a subpar SMP treatment, it's crucial to ensure that you are presented with genuine client results from the artist you are considering.


In conclusion, while experience may seem like the primary factor when selecting an SMP artist, it's essential to look beyond the years in the industry. Technique, commitment to continuous improvement, authenticity, and personalized care are equally crucial. At Elegant SMP, we strive to provide you with not just an SMP treatment but an experience that exceeds your expectations.

Don't be swayed by mere numbers or flashy marketing; focus on the artistry, dedication, and authenticity that truly matter. Choose an artist who's not just experienced but passionate about delivering the best results possible.

Elegant SMP is dedicated to raising the bar in the SMP industry, setting the standard for quality and authenticity. Our commitment to continuous improvement ensures that you receive the best possible SMP treatment. We believe in honesty, transparency, and personalized care, making your satisfaction our top priority. Your journey to a natural-looking and confident appearance begins here.

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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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