Why It’s Important to Not Go Cheap With SMP

Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

5 mins read

Think about it, you’re making a decision that will last you for years to come. You’ve already seen botched up Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) jobs out there, if you haven’t already… Google it. In order to save yourself from the wasted time, heartache, and potential pain that comes with a terribly done job, get a practitioner that is knowledgeable and has proof of good work. 

However, if you really want to save some money or get a discount on getting this procedure properly done, there’s a few ways to go about it to make sure you’ll get an SMP procedure that is done safely and will look good.

I know that it could be very tempting to get something that you want for cheap; who doesn’t love a good deal? It’s great at a garage sale, flea market, or Facebook Marketplace… But when it comes to Scalp Micropigmentation, think twice. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do it, but instead take a few things into consideration before going down this path.

If pricing isn’t a factor for you, we recommend that you pay it for what it’s really worth. Go for artists that are using the best technique (the amount of treatment an artist has performed matters very little if it’s carried all out with poor technique), really zoom into photos… even better see if they have any videos with close-ups to see actual results.

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This gentleman's SMP turned blue

SMP Botch Jobs Exists

There are bad jobs out there… real bad jobs out there. A few things could happen with a botched SMP job: 

  • The ink pigment could migrate
  • The color could change
  • Looks fake/bad
  • Infections

Most of these issues exist because for the most part, the practitioner was not properly trained. Laying dots on the scalp might sound simple but a lot of practice is required to be able to consistently (for 2-5 hours) apply the perfect amount of pressure for every impression. If they’re using too little pressure, the pigment won’t last long; if they’re using too much pressure, ink could spread and end up being painful for the client.

One of the most important things for a great looking SMP (besides the procedure itself), is proper care. The SMP Practitioner that you’re working with should be knowledgeable of SMP maintenance and stress the importance of caring for your scalp. It doesn’t matter how great of a job your Scalp Micropigmentation may look post-procedure, if you don’t take care of it… the pigments won’t continue to look that good or worse… you run the risk of getting an infection.

How to Get a Good SMP w/ Less Risks

There are a couple of ways that I could recommend for those who are seriously on a tight budget and also want to minimize the risk of receiving a botched Scalp Micropigmentation job. These are great alternatives and could save you a lot of money.

Be a Model for Trainees

There are Scalp Micropigmentation academies out there that are always looking for a live model for their students to practice on. Of course do your due diligence on the background of their work but if all things check out right… this is a great alternative to paying full price for a good job. 

A good trainer will be watching over the entire treatment and will complete your SMP job for a decent discount. One downside is that a lot of these trainees are still developing their skills & techniques, so yeah it might be a bit painful. Another downside is that sometimes there’s a waiting list, but if you’re not in a hurry… this is a great option.

New SMP Practitioners

If you want to give a budding SMP Artist a chance, I highly recommend coming at them with plenty of questions because you’ll be better at gauging how knowledgeable they are about the procedure itself. Ask them tons of questions until you feel that you are comfortable and confident with the practitioner in question.

Every great Scalp Micropigmentation artist had to have started somewhere. If they’re new, but properly trained, consistently works on their craft, and have your best interest in mind… there’s a great chance that you’ll end up with great results. And sometimes they’ll perform the service for free in exchange for before/after photos and a good review.


However you want to proceed is of course up to you, just understand that this is a life-altering treatment that will change your life. For many, it has drastically changed their lives for the positive (I’m one of them)… finally being able to let go of their concerns on the appearance of their head and being able to move forward to focus on other important matters in life. Good luck!

If you’re bald and 100% confident with your look, great, more power to you. However if you’re looking for a high-quality scalp micropigmentation treatment utilizing the best equipment and technique in the world, contact us. Looking forward to giving you back that youthful look by framing your face so it’d accentuate all your facial features. You’ll be surprised what a hairline can do to your self-esteem.

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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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