Scalp Micropigmentation

How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost?

Nowadays, we all have plenty of options to try and correct any mistakes that Mother Nature has created. One such is baldness, an issue that doesn’t have any specific real medicine. However, scalp micropigmentation is definitely a method that saved the lives of a plethora of people. It’s still the only permanent hair loss solution with guaranteed results, and that’s why it’s becoming more and more popular.

Bear in mind that this is an intricate and detailed procedure, so everyone needs to know who’s doing the micropigmentation and what to expect. The prices, though, depend on a number of factors, all of which will be mentioned in this article.

So, if you’re interested in this procedure and you think it could save your life, take a look at everything you need to know about the cost of scalp micropigmentation.

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What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation, also abbreviated to SMP, is a completely new cosmetic pigmentation process that is used to treat hair loss and baldness. It involves the use of highly specialized techniques that allow the pigment to be injected into the scalp.

During the first two treatments (even though sometimes the artist might demand a third one, but more on that later), small incisions are made into the skin of the scalp. The incisions create an illusion of fuller and thicker hair. In order to make this more natural, the artist uses pigment that’s darker than the hair of the patient, in order to create that shadowing and three-dimensional effect. The effect will make the end result much more realistic.

Since this requires a lot of skill and precision, the scalp micropigmentation process might cost a bit more than expected.

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How Much Does SMP Procedure Cost?

The prices for this treatment vary a lot and they depend on multiple factors. The first factor is what kind of a prodedure you want (a scar procedure where you want to cover a spot on your scalp, the scalp micropigmentation due to balding and hair loss, or because of different diseases such as alopecia areata), but the benchmark price is around $3,000 in the USA. There are other factors that affect the overall price, though.

What are the Things that Affect the Micropigmentation Cost?

There are four main factors that affect the price of the scalp micropigmentation procedure.

The area of the treatment

The majority of the people who opt for this procedure suffer from male pattern baldness (MPB).

The severity of the baldness is determined by the Nortwood scale. There are 7 stages of baldness according to this scale, the first one being the baseline (where no hair loss whatsoever is detected), while the last one is the “horseshoe” phase, during which the hair around the back and the sides of the head remain. As each face requires more space to be covered with the micropigmentation process, this determines the price a big deal.

The skin type

Different types of skin require different applications from the artists. For example, excessively dry, flaky and older skin requires much more commitment and extra care and time. The same goes with extra sensitive skin, damaged skin or skin that’s covered in acne or moles.

Apart from that, extremely thick skin might also require special attention. It’s because of this fact that you should have a consultation with your artist beforehand, so they could check if your skin is delicate or not and whether it will affect the price.


The presence of scarring can also make your procedure a pricier one. Hair does not grow over scar tissue, and this could be a tricky task for scalp micropigmentation. Even though it’s not a difficult thing to achieve, this definitely affects the price of the procedure. It’s easier for lighter scars, though.

Hair density and style

Lastly, the scalp micropigmentation price depends on the hair density and the style that you desire. If the style that you choose needs to mimic more hair follicles, the price will be higher than the price of patients who simply want to keep their density.

How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost?

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How Much Does SMP Procedure Cost in the USA?

As already mentioned above, the prices vary to a certain extent. However, it’s very important to know that higher prices are often very justified. Value is the key, so it’s crucial to choose an artist who is experienced and knows what he’s doing.

This is the table of different scalp micropigmentation procedures and the average price for each. Bear in mind that these prices are all exclusive of local tax.

Procedure Type

Average Price in USD ($)

Extra Session in USD (3rd Session)

Average Price in EUR (€)

Scar treatment only

$1200 – $2000

app $700

€1000 – €2000

Norwood – stages II and III

$1500 – $2500

app $700

€1250 – €2000

Standard procedure (benchmark price)

$2700 – $4000

app $700

€2300 – €4000

Standard procedure with scars

$3000 – $5200

app $800 – $1000

€2500 – €4000

Mild alopecia areata

$3000 – $4300

app $700

€2500 – €4000

Severe alopecia

$3600 – $4000

app $700

€3250 – €5000

Adding density

$2700 – $3200

app $700

€2500 – €3000

Repairing bad treatments

$2200 – $3200

app $700

€2000 – €3000


$350 – $1000

What’s Included in the Price of Scalp Micropigmentation?

The scalp micropigmentation procedure usually consists of two visits.

The first one is the treatment itself, which can take up from two to three hours. However, you will first have the consultation with the artist, who will perform the procedure and who will help you decide on the style that you want. The artist will give you all the relevant information you need. Once you are satisfied with the choice, the first treatment will begin.

The other treatment is the first follow-up, which will be done approximately 2-3 weeks after the initial procedure. Bear in mind that this can sometimes happen after a week, while at other times even a month after the first procedure, depending on your recovery. The purpose of the second treatment is to furthermore shade your scalp and correct any imperfections after the healing period is finished.

The second visit is most commonly included in the initial price, but there are those salons that charge it separately. This will, of course, be stated. Other touch-ups are not included in the price, and the benchmark price of one is around $700. However, there are artists who do not charge this visit, even though it’s very rare.

Another thing that’s important to know is that other touch-up sessions are required only after 3 – 5 years.

Is Scalp Micropigmentation Cheaper than Hair Transplant?

Scalp micropigmentation is just one of the possible ways to tackle with the issue of bold spots, thinning hair or a receding hairline. It is one of the newest treatments for hair loss available today, and has been gaining popularity in the last couple of years.

Also, there are other options as well, such as medications, using diets and supplements and using wigs and toupees. However, the two most popular options are scalp micropgimentation and hair transplant, and many people choose to opt for one of the procedures based on the price.

The price of a hair transplant also depends on a multitude of factors such as location, the skill of the surgeon and the area that has to be treated.


Hair Transplant

Average price (benchmark price) in USD

$1200 – $5000

$4000 – $15000

Average price (benchmark price) in EUR

€1000 – €4500

€3500 – €13000

As you might notice, scalp micropigmentation is not only a less invasive procedure, but it’s also quite cheaper and you will see results in a shorter period of time. However, it’s also very important to mention that scalp micropigmentation is not a permanent solution, as you might need touch ups in a couple of years.

On the contrary, the hair transplant should be a permanent one. However, there is a high rate of failure in hair transplants, so it’s very important to do your homework beforehand if you opt for this procedure.

How to Choose the Best SMP Artist Based on the Price?

Even though it’s cheaper than hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation is not extremely cheap, so you would want to spend your money wisely.

First try to find good salons and places where you could get your scalp microbladed, and compare their prices. This is definitely not a small investment, so you would want to be extra careful. Bear in mind that lower prices usually mean low quality, so it’s crucial not to try and save money on this.

Choosing the right person to the procedure is perhaps the most important thing here, as this choice can either make or break your final look. Find the artists that are certified, even though they will charge more of those who are not.

Also, always check the artist you want to go to before scheduling your initial appointment. Take a look at their before and after photographs, read their reviews and only contact them once you’re sure that you can trust them. You don’t want to end up botched for the next couple of years.

How Much Maintenance Does SMP Involve and How Much Does that Cost?

Scalp micropigmentation requires minimal maintenance and it practically costs nothing. All patients must avoid activities that cause the sweating of the scalp during the first couple of days. Also, only once the first four days have passed, most men can shave with a foil shaver, but need to pay attention not to run it over the scabs that have not fallen off yet.

The only expense that some patients might have is the price of an extra touch-up session, which is around $700 and is very rarely needed.


Scalp micropigmentation is a procedure that’s very effective and popular, and can do wonders for your self-esteem. It’s a less invasive and painful procedure than the one of hair transplant, which means that it’s perfect for anyone who wants to look like they always have short hair, or the ones who want to make their hair look fuller.

The most important thing is to pay attention to the quality of the technician, and even pay the higher price if you’re going to be completely satisfied with the outcome. This is not a procedure where you want to be saving money on.

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