What is scalp micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation aka "SMP" is currenty the ultimate, non-surgical solution for hair loss! At FULL, we provide an instant, permanent, and life-changing treatment where thousands of organic pigments are precisely applied to the scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair follicles. Whether you want to fill in a scar, a thinning area of your hair, or completely shave your head, SMP will help enhance your look tremendously. You will instantly look 10 years younger!
At FULL, we have mastered the art of SMP with years of experience in the industry. We have developed our own unique technique that took many years of practice on thousands of scalps to develop. As a result, we are able to give you the most natural, realistic, and Fullest look possible.
What is the cost?
The cost usually averages around $4500 depending on your scalp size, amount of work needed, and baldness pattern. It’s very easy to get a quote by uploading your pictures through our website or emailing us to setup a Free Consultation. We also offer financing options if needed.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on how much work is necessary, our procedure usually takes about 3-4 hours for the first session, 2-3 hours for the second session and 1-2 hours for the third session. Each session is spread out at least 1 week apart. We offer a 1 year guarantee for any softening or touch-ups, and a lifetime guarantee of 50% off any additional treatments desired after the first year. Most clients never need to use this as our procedure will last for many years, but we back our work and take care of all of our clients for life.
Will the pigment used fade or change color?
This is not tattoo ink, this is specially formulated pigment used only for SMP. There is no risk of color turning blue or green. You can minimize fading with the use of quality sun block and proper aftercare. The level of fading will vary from person to person depending on many factors - ethnicity, activity level, blood type, and more. If fading occurs over a long period of time, it maybe be necessary to have additional touch-up procedures. Most clients will not need a touch up for many years and actually prefer their look to soften up as they grow older.
Does it matter what color my hair is?
We are experienced professionals at matching colors. We have ink to match any hair follicle. We use specialized ink that is divided into 10 different blends on multiple levels, allowing us mix and match them correctly to create any hair color. Our experience allows us to not only match the color of your follicle, but also to match the size and shape, giving you the most realistic hairline possible.
What is the nearest date that you are available for face-to-face consultation?
Consultations are booked based on availability and location of the client. For those who are not in close proximity, a phone/skype/facetime consultation may be provided. Phone consultations are a great way to have your questions answered by our knowledgeable team members while in the comfort of your own home. Clients may also submit images for quotes via email.
If things go well, how soon after the consultation can the procedure be done?
Consultations often lead to booking procedures. These appointments are based on the availability of our technicians and how many procedures we have scheduled at the time. We strive to accommodate our clients and can usually schedule procedures within a week or two of your initial consultation.
How many days am I required to wait in-between sessions?
Every procedure package comes with a standard 2-3 sessions. The first session creates an outline of what is to come, creating the perception of hair follicles spread out throughout the entire scalp. The second session fills in density to ensure optimal results while allowing room for small adjustments to the hairline and any color adjustments that may be necessary. If needed, the final third session is scheduled by the client within a month of their initial procedure. During this final procedure, we create a 3D layering effect, fill in and darken any areas that are necessary, and make sure everything looks even and real. Procedures are usually scheduled 1 week apart to allow time for healing.
How are your needles different from tattoo needles?
Our nano needles are 80% smaller than standard tattoo needles and we use the same size needle in every procedure. This is to ensure control over product and placement while providing a natural look, a look that replicates natural hair follicles almost flawlessly. We use one of the smallest needles in the industry, and combined with our experience, we are able to creat the most natural hair follicles out of any competitor in the business.
How long does the scalp take to fully heal after the procedure?
Usually, your scalp should be fully healed within a week after your procedure. We provide post care guidelines that should be followed for the first week and after that, all we ask is that you protect your scalp with high SPF Sunblock daily. With that said, you should be able to go to work or out to dinner immediately following your procedure. There is no real down time, as this is not a surgery.
Do you offer some sort of guarantee of satisfaction?
At FULL, we expect to provide work that exceeds our client’s expectations and its one of the biggest reasons we provide 2-3 sessions within every package. If there are any concerns our clients would like to address before, during, and after their procedure, we will be happy to address them accordingly. We have never had one unsatisfied client....yes that's correct, not even one. We take pride in our art, and make sure every client is completely satisfied by the time their final session is complete. We provide a FREE 1 year guarantee, and also give you a lifetime guarantee for 50% off of any desired touch ups down the road.
I want my hair to look uniform when it is razor shaved. Will I need my entire head done with SMP to achieve this look?
The look that we create for you is one that will be blended into the hair that you already have. During the consultation or process of photo submission, we will advise the length that should be kept in order to achieve the best look possible. We will also advise how much work is necessary to achieve optimal results. We will also create a natural fade from the top into the back and sides that will blend in with your hair seamlessly. Once your procedure is done, your hair will look uniform and FULL!
When should I shave my head leading up to the day of the procedure? And how?
Depending on your scalp, we will give you a specific recommendation of when and how to shave your head. For those who are bald, we suggest shaving it with a razor a day or two before your procedure. For those who are very thin, we recommend buzz trimming the day of your procedure, or shaving with a razor 2-3 days before. This all depends on your specific scalp, and the look that you are looking to achieve, so please make sure to consult with us before coming, and we will be sure to guide you.
What is 3D SMP, and what benefits can it offer FULL clients?
In actual fact, 3D scalp micropigmentation is nothing new. Recent discussions may have given it a label, but in reality we’ve offered treatments like these for a long time. The purpose of any scalp micropigmentation treatment is to replicate as closely as possible a full head of shaven hair. What we have always called internally the ‘textured effect’ or ‘layering’ is now being referred to as 3D SMP. In your second session, we may use darker pigment layered in between the original pigment from your first session. This is one of many tricks we use to give you the natural, layered, 3D look and replicates real hair follicles almost identically.
How is this look achieved?
The 3D effect relies on a range of different pigment shades being applied over the course of a clients treatment sessions. The pigments must be different shades as it enables some deposits to stand out among the rest. The usual practice is to use lighter pigments during the first session, slightly darker pigments during the second session, then a scattering of skillfully positioned dots using a much darker pigment is placed during the final session. Depending on the clients individual treatment plan, this scattering could take place during the second session, or the third if one if required. In some cases these darker pigments are used during more than one session. The needles, machines, and artistry also have some effect on the final look. We have many different techniques that we have developed over time to give you the best looking results possible.
How long do I have to wait to shave with a razor or clippers?
We recommend waiting at least a week because your scalp is in the healing process and you would not want to interfere with your body’s natural healing process.
What if my scalp is dry?
If the artist notices your scalp is dry they will recommend a moisturizing regime, which will take place one week after your procedure. Be sure to read our pre-care and post-care instructions on how to properly care for your scalp before and after your procedure.
I have a pool/hot tub when is it okay to expose my head to chlorine?
Please wait until at least 2 weeks after your procedure date.
What is the difference between scalp micropigmentation and a regular head tattoo?
Although it may be referred to as a hair tattoo, our inks do not change color after applying like a regular tattoo does. Our needles are inserted into the dermis portion of skin, which is more controlled and prevents ink from spreading. We also use single-use hand crafted needles which are 80% smaller than the needles that are commercially sold. Although it may seem like a head tattoo, it’s a completely different art form. You should never allow a “tattoo artist” to work on your scalp. Certified, trained, and experienced SMP technicians have put in thousands of hours of work to learn how to properly duplicate hair follicles. If you are just price shopping, be very careful as you will usually get what you pay for in this business. This is permanent, and it will be on your head for life, so make sure to do your due diligence and choose the right artist and company!
Will anyone be able to tell I have had this treatment done?
The look we provide is unbelievably authentic and realistic. Unless you told them, they would have no clue. Not one client we have treated has been noticed. It actually makes you look much younger with a more natural hair line. Check out our photo gallery. The most common responses are "oh you should shave your head like that more" or "something is different, you look a lot younger, what did you do?" But they can never pinpoint what you did exactly.
Quick overview of our technique?
Our procedure is made up of a small single use "nano needle" used to replicate the exact shape and size of a hair follicle. We use a high powered rotary machine to create a longer rotary stroke and implant which gives us the ability to implant more ink per second. By doing so we can inject more ink into the epidermis without going through the dermis which can create a blow-out ( ink bleeding from going too deep and creating a larger impression) depending on skin type, fat cells in skin, suppleness, collagen structure, oil level and follicle size…we either implant ink deeper or more shallow into the skin. We realize that every scalp and hairline is different so our artist will figure out what your wants and needs are, based on your hairline and follicle size, to create a the most natural looking hairline possible.
What is the size of the needle which inserts the scalp and what is the pain level?
Our single point needle is a quarter of the size of a 3-point needle, used by companies that implant pigments using permanent makeup guns. This gives us the advantage of creating the perception of natural follicles that look just like real hair. Basically, the follicles we create are much smaller than our competitors follicles, and thus look more natural. If you look up very close to our impressions, you can’t tell the difference between the hair and the impressions. The pain level for most clients is 2 or 3 out of 10. Some people even fall asleep during their procedure. Men and women who have scarring from hair transplants tend to have a little more discomfort due to sensitivity.
Explain what happens when the pigmentation needle inserts the scalp?
Our follicle shaped needle implants into the epidermis, never reaching the dermis. The skin is made of up a matrix of cross fibers that have Lumen within the cells. The lumens allow the ink to deposit into the dermis and stay consistent in size and shape. It is a very precise procedure and takes years of experience to master the feel of exactly how and where to insert each follicle one at a time.
How many 'hairs' are achieved in each treatment?
A standard FULL treatment that includes the hairline, front, top and crown with blending can expect to have 20,000 to 30,000 hair follicle replications applied using our point by point placement. In some cases, it may be even more.
Am I able to see previous work of the person who is actually doing my treatment?
Yes, please ask to see each technician’s portfolio of work and we’d be happy to show you our vast portfolio of images and videos from years of completed work. We have an iPad in our office loaded with each technician’s specific portfolio for you to view. Most of our procedures are done by Marvin, who is the Co-Founder of FULL and one of the most trusted SMP artists in the world. We do not take this lightly and would not allow anyone without the proper experience or training to work on our clients.
What is the estimated price range of this treatment?
We have a range of prices that start at $1,500 for a scar and up to $6,500 for an individual who has Alopecia with no hair at all. Most of our clients have a horseshoe pattern and need a hairline, top, sides and blending. These jobs usually range between $3,000 - 5,000.00 and are based on the specific needs of each client. The more follicle replications needed, the higher the cost. Keep in mind, we understand that some competitors may offer SMP for a little less, but our prices reflect our expertise and many years of experience in the art of SMP. The lower prices are usually offered by more inexperienced technicians. Be wise when choosing your artist/company, as this will be on your head for life. Saving a $1,000 or so is not worth the headaches you will have to endure for years to come if you just pick an artist based on price. Just like any other kind of art, or really anything in life, you get what you pay for.
Do you reuse needles?
We NEVER reuse our needles, they are all single-use needles. Every client receives a new needle at every session.
Can this procedure work on fair skinned people with light brown or blonde hair?
Yes. Since we custom blend our colors, we are able to match hair color whether blonde, red, brown or black! Most hair follicles are dark when shaved down so our blend of certain shades along our grayscale/black pigment will match most follicles.
Will I be able to do a 0 or 1 buzz, or do I need to razor shave daily to keep things realistic?
The two most popular length suggestions are a 0 or 1 guard, but we do often have clients who prefer to razor-shave or foil-shave their scalp. This is a personal preference and also based on the speed at which your hair grows. It also depends on how much hair you already have on top. The more hair you have, the longer you can grow your hair out.
Do I need to shave my head before the procedure?
After viewing images of your scalp we will suggest the length your hair should be cut before the procedure.
When can I first expose my head to strong sun?
Please wait at least 30 days after your procedure date. We also recommend that you use a sunscreen with SPF 50, or greater, at all times for maintenance.
I noticed a slight shine, what anti-shine product does FULL recommend?
Milk of Magnesia, Arrid Extra Dry Cream, or Max Anti Shine Gel are the best products we have found so far.
When can I first wash my head?
3 days following your procedure, you can wash your head with water gently. Wait one week before using any products like shampoo, soap, lotion, etc.
My job requires physical labor, will sweating interfere with my healing? Can I go to the gym and workout?
We recommend that you do not sweat until at least 4 days after your procedure. After that, you can sweat lightly, and heavy sweating by day 10.
Can scalp micropigmentation disguise scars?
Yes, we blend the scar with surrounding hair and it becomes much less noticeable. Whether its a small ding or large scars all across your head, we can camouflage them very effectively with our procedure. Please refer to our gallery for before and after photos.
How will I look immediately after the procedure?
There will be redness for the first day or two after treatment. The duration usually depends on your skin type. The FULL pigments initial color will appear darker than the “cured” result, which can take a couple weeks. Meaning your head will look darker than normal for a week or two following your treatment, until the ink starts settling in to give you a more natural look.
Explain in detail how the pigment is injected?
The ink is injected using a rotary machine, which any other permanent makeup machine uses. The difference is the stroke in which we lay the ink and the depth that we implant the ink. We can implant ink on the top layer of skin because we are injecting more ink. Excess ink will fade away while the rest will stay. This leaves behind a small follicle shaped impression that won’t change in size due to the fact that it is sitting on the dermis. The epidermis has blood flow, overtime it spreads, becomes a shade and blends into each other. This is why you see a lot of men and women who end up having a shade on their head 1-2 years later. This is how the 3D effect of hair is created.
What will make my procedure fade?
The answer to this question lies in the individual makeup of each person’s DNA and daily routine. The sun will have a very big impact on the life of the procedure and your individual dermal collagen micro structure as well. Your genetic code has a lot to do with this as well, such as oils in your tissues and the chemical bonds in your skin tissues. Long term sunlight radiation breaks down ink and the ink will dissolve into the skin. This could be the difference between your procedure lasting 10 years or only lasting 5 years due excessive sun exposure. This is why we strongly suggest using a strong, quality facial/head sunblock. It is also the rejuvenation of your skin, your cycle of scabbing, how long it takes your tissues to heal themselves and much more. You have to understand that your body sees our ink as a foreign object and naturally wants to reject it. This is why we deposit more than other companies using a modified machine. The collagen micro structure acts different for each person, either fading away faster or slower 7 days after the first procedure. This is why we require 2-3 procedures to ensure full coverage due to different variables.
Do you have any additional photos or previous patients available for a real life look?
Both owners and all of our artists are previous patients so you will immediately see the finished product during your consultation. We update our website and social media pages with before and after photos/videos all the time. We will provide before and after images to clients right from our office iPad and website. Please refer to our gallery page, and keep up to date with our social media pages, as they are often the best places to find all of our updated information as well as touching base with previous clients.
Will this procedure need to be redone later to fill in spaces as I continue to lose more hair? If so, how much would it cost?
Our product is now lasting into the ten year mark so we know that having the security of long lasting results is important. We will assess your scalp and specific concerns and base outcomes on our findings. Again, every person is different, and will see different results. For those who are worried of continued hair loss, we have our FULL Guarantee. Please refer to our FULL Guarantee page for details or contact us. We try to cover most of your scalp, even anticipating future areas of concern. This should cover you no matter how much hair you lose. But we will always work with you if you decide you need more after significant hair loss in the future.
If after treatment, I am unhappy, mistakes need to be fixed, additional work needs to be done, or a touch up is in order, etc… How much would this cost?
Every client is guaranteed 2-3 visits within their standard package. If there are concerns with your final results we will address them accordingly to ensure complete satisfaction at no additional cost. We will make sure you are completely satisfied with your results! Our goal is to make sure every single client is happy and satisfied, so we will not quit until that's the case.
Roughly how many years down the line will the SMP fade or discolor, or look less realistic in any way? How much does it cost to have this corrected?
We have seen clients that have reached their ten year mark with having SMP completed and those who followed their post care procedures and keep their scalps from over exposure to the elements have had no issue with fading. For those who did not or for those who are always exposed to the sun, we have different options. The first would be taken care of within their FULL Guarantee or we can provide pricing based on their needs with consideration of them being a repeat customer. Softening up is normal with time, and some clients even prefer it as they grow older. Whatever the case may be, we will always take care of our clients when they return to us.
My scalp will be pretty white compared to my face if I shave my head. Will tanning my head to even up skin tone affect my SMP?
Whatever you do, please do not tan before your treatment! Tanning can toughen up the skin and create difficulties in getting your skin to absorb ink. We like to view the scalp in its most natural state and the less irritated the better. Before adding any pigment we will take into consideration your natural skin tone and hair color and create a look that is custom to you. It's ok to be in the sun for short periods of time with sunblock, but do not overdo it as you want to minimize fading as much as possible.