How Long Does SMP Take?

Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that is used to create the appearance of hair on a bald or thinning scalp. SMP is a popular option for people who are experiencing hair loss or who want to achieve a more youthful and attractive look.

One of the most common questions that people have about SMP is how long the procedure takes, both during the treatment itself and in terms of recovery time. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at these two aspects of SMP and what you can expect during and after the procedure.

During the SMP Procedure

The length of the SMP procedure can vary depending on a few factors, such as the size of the area being treated and the complexity of the desired look. Generally speaking, SMP sessions can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, depending on the extent of the treatment.

During the SMP procedure, a skilled technician will use a special needle to deposit tiny dots of pigment into the scalp. This process is typically not painful, but some people may experience mild discomfort or a tingling sensation. The technician will work carefully and methodically to ensure that the pigment is applied evenly and in a way that mimics the look of natural hair follicles.


After the SMP Procedure 

After the SMP procedure, there is typically a brief recovery period where the scalp may be red, tender, or slightly swollen. These side effects are normal and typically subside within a few days. It’s important to avoid touching or scratching the treated area during this time, as this can disrupt the healing process and increase the risk of infection.

Most people are able to resume normal activities within a day or two of the SMP procedure. However, it’s important to avoid swimming, excessive sweating, or exposure to direct sunlight for at least a week after the treatment, as this can cause the pigment to fade or become discolored.

Overall, the recovery time for SMP is relatively short and most people are able to return to work and other daily activities within a few days of the procedure. It’s important to follow any aftercare instructions provided by your technician to ensure that the treatment heals properly and provides the best possible results.


Try ScalpMasters 

SMP is a safe and effective way to restore the appearance of a full head of hair or to camouflage baldness or thinning hair. While the length of the procedure can vary depending on the size and complexity of the treatment, most people can expect to spend several hours to a full day in the technician’s chair.

Recovery time after SMP is relatively short, with most people able to resume normal activities within a few days. By following proper aftercare instructions, you can ensure that the treatment heals properly and provides the best possible results.

If you’re interested in SMP, ScalpMasters is here to help. Our team of experienced technicians has helped countless clients achieve a more youthful and attractive look with SMP, and we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality care and support throughout the treatment process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how SMP can transform your appearance and boost your confidence.