scalp micropigmentation cost - value vs price - how to choose


If you’re reading this, chances are you have already looked into scalp micropigmentation hair tattoos and understand the advantages over traditional hair restoration methods e.g. Hair transplants, Hairpieces, etc. For the average male experiencing male pattern baldness in both the hairline and crown areas, the cost for an SMP procedure can range between $2000 – $5000 with the average price being about $3,000 for an experienced artist in the US. This sliding scale typically varies based on a few factors such as the experience of the artist and the amount of baldness the client is experiencing (see Norwood scale below). The city where the clinic is located can also play a major role in price.

How To Find The Best Artist For You

Trying to find a company that offers the lowest price might work well when shopping for car insurance, but be wary of implementing the same strategy when choosing a cosmetic procedure that will be visible to everyone.
Shopping around for Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) services can often be likened to navigating the tattoo industry. Much like tattoo artists, SMP practitioners come with varying levels of experience and expertise, which is usually reflected in their pricing. The seasoned and skilled practitioners charge higher rates, justified by their expertise, and awards. and superior results they deliver. The pricing in the SMP space is a direct reflection of the level of artistry and experience you are investing in, making it crucial to weigh the cost against the potential outcome when choosing your SMP provider.
Weighing up scalp micropigmentation cost isn’t bad, but keep in mind that scalp micropigmentation is an investment that pays you back in confidence and high self-esteem, and must go right the first time.

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The cost of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) varies, with treatments in major cities like New York City often costing more due to higher real estate and operational expenses. However, a higher price in these areas doesn’t always equate to better quality. The key to superior SMP results lies in the practitioner’s skill and experience, not their location. When considering SMP, focus on the individual practitioner’s portfolio rather than the studio’s overall reputation.


If you’re on the brink of deciding about Scalp Micropigmentation, you’re undoubtedly seeking comprehensive information. While this blog touches on the nuances of SMP pricing, there’s a wealth of knowledge just a click away. Delve deeper into the nuances of pricing, the artistry, the comparison with other hair solutions, and the true value of this transformative procedure. Want to be thoroughly informed before making your decision? Click here to access our extensive guide, covering everything you need to know about SMP. Equip yourself with knowledge, and step confidently into your SMP journey.

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The Norwood Scale

Hair loss scale for Men

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The 7 Stages of Hair Loss

  1. Stage I: Baseline—no hair loss.
  2. Stage II: The hairline begins to thin typically in an “m” shaped pattern at the temples.
  3. Stage III: The “m” pattern first seen in the previous stage deepens. Often, hair at the crown of the head begins to thin during this time as well. This is the first stage hair loss can be technically considered “baldness.”
  4. Stage IV: Hair recedes more dramatically at the sides in this stage, often leaving a triangular island of hair at the front of the head. The bald spot in the back of the head is more noticeable. However, there is generally a full bridge of hair that separates the two distinct areas of hair loss.
  5. Stage V: The two main regions of hair loss in the front and back are still distinct, but the band that separates them starts to thin.
  6. Stage VI: The two main areas of hair loss unite in this stage. Hair continues to recede around the sides of the head.
  7. Stage VII: In this stage, only the hair around the back and sides of the head remain, forming the classic “horseshoe” pattern.

The majority of our clients suffer from male pattern baldness, the severity of which is determined by The Norwood scale. If you are in the earlier stages of balding, treatment will be less costly compared to addressing the larger treatment areas associated with the later stages. Male pattern-balding cannot be prevented and generally follows these stages.

Pricing for those suffering from other conditions that result in hair loss in the form of general thinning, patching, or complete baldness will be established in the same way—the cumulative size of the treatment area determined by the size of the head and the extent of the hair loss.

Skin Type

When considering the cost of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), it’s important to note that various skin types and conditions might influence the overall price. Skin that is excessively dry, flaky, or highly sensitive, as well as conditions like severe acne or the presence of moles, may require additional care and time.  Additionally, if you’ve had a recent hair transplant, inform your technician, as new skin or collagen formation can impact how the skin absorbs pigment. Adhering to pre-care and aftercare instructions is crucial, as certain skin conditions might lead to the need for extra sessions, potentially increasing costs. It’s always best to discuss these factors with your technician for a tailored approach to your SMP treatment.





Scalp Micropigmentation
  • Based on Norwood Scale 3-7
  • Pricing Depends on scope of work
  • Restores Major Receded Hairlines
  • Immediate Results
  • 100% Effective
  • Non-Invasive


FUE and FUT Scars
  • FUE Scar Camouflage
  • FUT Scar Camouflage
  • Scalp Scar Camouflage
  • Blends Into Current Hair
  • Discounts if combined with SMP
  • 100% Effective, Non-Invasive


  • Touch-Ups | $995
  • Mild Alopecia | $2450 - $3000
  • Severe Alopecia | $3000 - $6000
  • Adding Crown Density | $1500 - $2200
  • Adding Density To Thin Hair | $1800 - $2450
  • SMP for Women | $2650- $3600


scalp micropigmentation scar camouflage procedure

The presence of scarring may also require special time and consideration from a technician at Scalps. Since hair does not grow over scar tissue, and micropigmentation is meant to mimic natural hair stubble, other accommodations must be made.

For lighter scars, implementing a specialized technique along with our normal micropigmentation treatment will usually be enough to hide the blemish. For more pronounced scarring, our technicians might recommend focusing on the scar treatment before proceeding with the full scalp micropigmentation treatment, or we might recommend pre-treatment with our camouflage ink system.

Camouflage Ink “fades” the scar by first blending the discoloration into the surrounding skin before moving forward with our standard micropigmentation procedure to give the appearance of natural hair growth, as if the scar was never even there.



Even with a full head of hair, the natural density of one’s hair can vary greatly from person to person. Blondes, for example, have an average of 150,000 individual hair follicles, while redheads may have as few as 90,000. For the most natural look, we take into account the fullness and distribution of your natural hair. However, if you’re not happy with the natural distribution of your hair, talk to your technician about using micropigmentation to fill out the appearance of your existing hair.

The style you choose will also determine the density of the treatment and the time required to accomplish the look. A “wet shave” look is a very light treatment option, while a classic fade needs extra density in places which means extra treatment time.


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