The revolutionary scalp micropigmentation process is the fastest growing solution for male hair loss in the world. Gone are the days when painful and risky hair transplant surgery and dodgy looking wigs were the only viable solutions for the balding man. Things have come a long way since then.

Simply put, scalp micropigmentation is the process of placing tiny deposits of pigment within the upper dermis of the skin. In reality the process is much more advanced than it sounds with pigment selection, needle size, penetration depth, penetration angle and clustering of deposits all playing a part towards the final result. This is why the skill and experience of your practitioner is so important.

SMP is a careful balance of clinical precision and artistic talent. Neither clinicians nor artists produce the very best results – the ultimate scalp micropigmentation treatments are delivered by a very select few that possess the skill to master both disciplines. Vancouver Paramedical Clinic has become the leading SMP clinic for one simple reason – our ability to visualize the perfect result for each individual situation and portray this ideal flawlessly onto the clients scalp.

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Who is scalp micropigmentation suitable for?

Any man who is losing their hair regardless of age, ethnicity or the extent of their hair loss, can have scalp micropigmentation. We’ve treated men from every continent, of a huge range of nationalities. Our youngest client is 15 years old, our oldest is 83. If you are receding at the front, balding at the crown, thinning all over or even completely bald, SMP can work for you.

The SMP technique can also be used by women. For solutions for female hair loss see this page.

Alopecia and scars

This is also the ideal solution for men with alopecia areata, alopecia totalis or universalis, or those with traction alopecia. We have released hundreds of men from the stress and anxiety of alopecia, and although SMP is not a cure, the symptoms become invisible so it doesn’t have to be an issue any more. For more information, see our alopecia page.

The scalp micropigmentation technique is also commonly used to conceal scars acquired following hair transplant surgery. This includes linear strip scars, FUE scars and historic plug scars in both the donor and recipient areas. For more information please see our hair transplant scar page.

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How does the process work?

Your treatment will be typically spread over 2-3 sessions, each lasting 2-3 hours. There would usually be a gap of a week between your first and second sessions, and another gap of 1-4 weeks between your second and third sessions. This is to allow your pigments to ‘settle’, so your practitioner can see what he is required to do during your next session.

Pigment fading between sessions, and in the 2-3 months after your final session, is normal and expected. This fading process enables your frontal hairline to soften and your dots to shrink, resulting in a natural-looking head of ‘hair’. When applied by a skilled clinician no-one will know unless you choose to tell them. The results really are that realistic.

Does it really look like hair?

We offer more experienced clinicians than any other clinic in Canada. Our mission is to create for you an illusion of real hair that is so realistic, no-one will ever know its not real. Each individual follicle is replicated to create the exact same look as if you had a full head of shaven hair, no matter how closely your head is scrutinized. You really can have SMP and put hair loss behind you for good.

What about maintenance?

There are four aspects to maintaining your new look, as follows:

  • Keep your hair shaved. Some of our clients use clippers on a zero guard, some use an electric face shaver and others wet shave. Those using clippers will probably need to shave every day, those using a shaver perhaps every 1-2 days whilst wet shavers can usually get away with every 2-3 days.
  • Moisturize daily. This is to ensure your scalp remains in a good condition.
  • Use sunscreen when exposed to strong UV rays for an extended period of time.
  • You will probably need a short refresher session every 4-6 years to add fresh pigment and keep your style looking at its best.

What is the cost of treatment?

Depending on your requirements, total treatment costs (including all sessions) vary from $2000-4000 (CAD). For full details please see our costs page.

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