Scalp Micropigmentation is not as scary as it sounds. Scalp Micropigmentation healing proces is not as painful as it looks either. If you are looking for a solution for your hair loss problem, Scalp micropigmentation could be your easy and best option. Just think of it as a hair tattoo, in which the SMP or hair tattoo artist injects pigments under the skin. After the process, with some care, you can go back to your daily activities and it takes only a few sessions to give you a whole new look.

Here we look into how skin heals itself after hair micropigmentation and how you can take better care of it in the recovery process.

Just a brief reminder, what is scalp micropigmentation?

To have a better understanding of the scalp micropigmentation aftercare stage, first you should have some basic information on what hair micropigmentation ( also known as SMP) is.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment. It is different from hair transplantation; because in this process, instead of actual hair, only pigments are injected under the skin. The result is a better look with more hair volume.

Scalp Micropigmentation is somehow a scalp tattoo. Natural pigments are applied to the epidermal layer of the scalp, effectively replicating the appearance of natural hair follicles. Hair tattoos have different techniques and devices.

In scalp micropigmentation, the purpose is to camouflage the surface area of the scalp where hair loss has already occurred and in turn, create a new hairline for the client.

Aside from other benefits of hair micropigmentation, such as better looks and more confidence, this treatment can also be used to hide scars from former injuries or medical head surgery scars.

Despite what you might think, scalp micropigmentation is not only for bald people, men and women with thinning hair can also benefit from it by adding volume to their existing hair.

The other fact you should know about scalp micropigmentation is that the technique is not for everybody. Some skin types might not react well to it. So before choosing this treatment, be sure to consult with your SMP clinic.

How long is the scalp micropigmentation recovery process?

The effects of scalp micropigmentation are visible immediately after the treatment but the main result can be seen after 2 or 3 sessions. After each session, it takes at least a week for the skin to heal completely, but it doesn’t affect your daily activities, maybe only your shower routine!

The procedure should take place in a sterile area with an expert practitioner. So avoid getting non-clinic treatments no matter how inexpensive they are.

The scalp micropigmentation healing process is also different with each patient. It depends on the skin, former treatments on the scalp and the SMP clinic. But in all procedures, the same thing happens: The body is the first one to take a step in the scalp micropigmentation healing process.

As you know, in the scalp micropigmentation procedure, small holes are made on the skin and scalp. No matter what caused them, the body will try to recover itself. So, whenever the skin is ruptured or perforated, the immune system comes into action to heal it efficiently.

The whole process affects the outermost layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis. The epidermis is the thick and firm layer of the skin. Its job is to protect us from any harm like heat, cold and scratches. It is also a shield for our second skin layer called dermis.

SMP healing process before and after
After the micropigmentation process, the hairline is visible. It gives patients a clean shaved head.

The body attempts to generate a brand new skin by sending white blood cells to close off the wound. Creating another skin layer over the epidermis will lead this layer to deeper parts of the skin and seals its mark. So the body itself helps the treatments last longer.

While the clotting mechanism begins in the scalp micropigmentation healing process and scabs are formed within several hours, the main aftercare stage has just begun for you.

Aftercare for scalp micropigmentation

Now you might still be wondering what you would look like right after the treatment. To have a deeper and clearer understanding of the scalp micropigmentation healing process, let’s take a look at its stages and things you should do in them.

Healing stages of scalp micropigmentation healing process
Stages of scalp micropigmentation healing process

Day 1 to 3 of the SMP healing process

The first sign that shows the scalp micropigmentation healing process has already started is redness.

If you have tattoos then you should know the aftercare is the same with both actions. You may also notice slight inflammation, which is natural. Inflammation is another sign that shows your body has already begun the healing process.

A soothing cream that is suitable for this process could be applied to help the inflammation and redness.

the scalp micropigmentation recovery period
This is how most people would look like immediately after a scalp micropigmentation.

The most important thing you can do is rest in the SMP recovery period. As we said before, your body will heal itself. You can ease the process by resting and getting good sleep. During resting hours, the body will gain the energy to heal the skin.

Do not take a shower from 1 to 3 days after the micropigmentation treatment (if you have to, make sure to use a sealed shower cap). You should keep the skin dry and clean, so avoid physical activities that cause sweating on your scalp.

During this time, you should also avoid being under direct sunlight for many hours. Sunlight prevents the skin from healing, not to mention it causes skin sweating too. So if you want to have an outdoor activity, make sure to wear a cap or hat.

Day 4 to 6 of the SMP healing process

You should constantly trim your hair and stop it from growing. This will speed up the healing process and help the scalp skin focus on creating an epidermis layer.

As the micropigmentation healing process goes by, you may notice scabs are forming around the area. This is also another normal complication of micropigmentation up until 10 days after the treatment. Also with the scabs falling off, you might feel that your hair tattoo color is lightening or fading away, but that’s only natural and will be fixed during the next treatments.

You can now take a bath, but apply baby shampoo (or fragrance free shampoo) only for a while. If the scabs continue to show up, use shampoos for greasy hair. If that doesn’t leave a noticeable effect, contact your SMP clinic.

Day 7 of the SMP healing process

All your daily normal activities can start again. You may have as much physical activity as you want and take showers.

For trimming your hair use sharp razors, only if there are no scars left on your scalp. But still, apply the proper amount of sunblock while under the sunlight.


Worrying about your skin condition after scalp micropigmentation treatment is normal. Many people who have been suffering from hair loss, have huge doubts about getting a scalp micropigmentation just because they are afraid of the SMP healing process. Let’s not forget that the scalp is one of the most sensitive parts of the skin and can be damaged easily. But nevertheless it will heal itself.

Also for better and longer results, take care of your scalp after the SMP treatment. Make sure to gently scrub the dead skin once a week and moisten the surface of the skin once a day.

Take note that the real result of scalp micropigmentation shows after 3 to 5 sessions of treatment. The injected pigments will penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and give you a better look.

If you are still unsure or scared of what your scalp micropigmentation recovery process might look like, or if you are in the midst of your SMP healing process and think that something may be wrong, you can contact us at ELKA SMP.