Scalp Micropigmentation Procedure: A Useful Procedure for Hair Restoration

J Craniofac Surg. 2021 May 1;32(3):1049-1053. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000007208.


Medical tattooing of the skin to camouflage scars or to mimic hair or nipple/areola regions has gained popularity in Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology clinics. The SMP procedure was used in 22 patients to correct scalp pigmentary problems between 2017 and 2020. The study included 16 men and 6 women; all female subjects had female pattern hair loss, while one of them also had alopecia areata. There were 10 male patients with male pattern hair loss and 6 of them were corrected using micropigmentation. The rest were subjected to an adjunctive procedure for hair transplantation. There were six male patients that had scalp scars. All patients had three micropigmentation sessions weekly and a fourth touchup procedure that was included one month after the last session. The follow-up period ranged from 7 to 32 months with a mean of 20 months. The amount of fading observed after the follow-up was minimal. There was an allergic reaction in just one patient following the procedure. There were no serious adverse effects or complications due to the procedure. The questionnaire the authors sent the patients at least six months following the procedure showed 80% of the patients (100% of the women) were very satisfied with the result and 100% of the patients would recommend the procedure to others with similar problems. SMP appears to be good solution for patients who don't want the hair transplantation or who underwent previous hair transplantation surgeries with unsatisfactory results. Also, SMP can be used to camouflage any type of scalp scars.

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia Areata*
  • Cicatrix
  • Female
  • Hair
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scalp / surgery
  • Tattooing*