Hair Loss Treatment & Scalp Micro-pigmentation (SMP)

Expert Kelly Morrell from Scalp Confidential is based at The Clinic one day per week. From hair growth supplements to scalp micro-pigmentation, Kelly provides a variety of options, depending on your individual needs. Read on to find out more, and for details on how to book in for an initial consultation.

Treatments tailored to your needs

As every person is unique, Kelly creates a bespoke treatment plan for each of her clients, helping them to achieve the look they want.

Dr. Mayoni will also work with Kelly where appropriate to combine scalp micro-pigmentation with other hair loss treatments, including Viviscal Professional hair growth supplements, nutritional advice and RRS® Mesotherapy. RRS® Mesotherapy is a microneedling technique: multiple injections of vitamins, enzymes and extracts into the scalp to stimulate hair growth. Where appropriate, Dr. Mayoni can also arrange patient referrals.

What is scalp micro-pigmentation?

Scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a form of medical tattooing. By placing tiny pigmented dots on the scalp, it replicates follicles to add density to thinning hair, helping to camouflage the bare scalp or to give a shaved head appearance.

What can it help to treat?

SMP can be used to treat both male and female pattern hair loss. It is also very effective in trauma scar camouflage and surgical scar camouflage, as well as scarring Alopecia. It can also be used to camouflage areas of Alopecia Areata, and receding and thinning hair lines, including frontal hair diffusion in women.

Is scalp micro-pigmentation suitable for everybody?

SMP is suitable for both men and women, and can be used in combination with other hair loss treatments, or as a stand-alone treatment.

It is also a good alternative when the patient either isn’t suitable for hair transplant surgery (FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction) due to lack of donor area, or doesn’t wish to have surgery.

SMP can also be used to cover the scars from hair transplants, and to add density to hair after PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy or Mesotherapy treatment.

There are some health conditions and medications that make SMP unsuitable for some individuals. These would be discussed in full at your initial consultation.

Is SMP painful?

The video below shows Kelly in action – as you can see, it is generally well tolerated:

SMP does not require any anaesthetic, and previous patients have described it as a buzzing feeling, with some slight stinging sensations. Many patients sit happily for a few hours if they have having full scalp coverage, and a quick break for a drink and a snack is all that is needed!

How long does SMP treatment take?

This will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated. A full scalp treatment will usually require four or five treatments for example, each spaced around 14 days apart.

Is there any down-time?

You can get back to normal immediately after treatment. However, you should not wash your hair for 3-4 days after treatment and for the rest of the following week you should only use a gentle shampoo (e.g. baby shampoo or Aveeno shampoo). This will help the pigment to set.

Any other side effects?

Some people report a slight headache following treatment, particularly if they are dehydrated or have had a lot of work around the temple area. Paracetamol can be taken, although it is not usually necessary.

The scalp can feel itchy for the first few days post-treatment, as it heals, but it is important that you do NOT scratch, as this can impair the treatment and the ink may come away. Patting or applying a gentle thumb or finger pressure to relieve the itch is fine and usually relieves any itchy sensation.

How long does SMP last?

SMP fades naturally over three to seven years. This depends to some extent on your lifestyle: more sun exposure usually means the tattooing will fade faster. You can have top-ups every 18 months or whenever you feel it to be necessary. If you are in the sun or planning a holiday and have full SMP coverage and no hair, using a sunscreen will help both the SMP last and help the condition of your scalp.

How do I find out more?

To book an appointment with Kelly, or to find out more, please send us an email at , or call us at The Clinic on 020 8699 9496. A full consultation with Kelly costs £40. Hair growth supplements start at £180, and scalp micro-pigmentation treatments start at £500, depending upon the size of the area to be treated.

We also run regular Hair Loss Clinics at The Clinic, a great chance to meet Kelly and find out more about the treatment options available. Please check our Events Page for details of the next session.

For further information about Kelly, you can visit her website here: