Find out why many are calling Scalp Micropigmentation the modern day solution to hair loss.

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Rob James is credited for his attention to detail and ultra realistic hair line creations using the art of Scalp Micropigmentation. Discover the power of SMP in Vancouver and find out what it can do for you.

About SMP

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a sophisticated cosmetic tattoo procedure that when done correctly by a skilled practitioner creates a natural looking replication of micro hairs. This incredibly detailed scalp application is perfect for both men and women with an array of hair loss issues.

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SMP Services Provided

About Rob James

Rob James SMP is one of the busiest and most requested SMP artists in Canada. Credited for his hyper realistic style and subtle hairline design he’s now serviced well over 2000 clients worldwide. At Advanced Scalp clinic Rob James provides a comprehensive, detailed and professional Vancouver SMP service. From consultation through to application the dedication to excellence provides an SMP experience like no other.


What Clients Say About Us?

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

“When investing in your hair seek out a Vancouver Scalp Micropigmentation team who specialize in one thing and one thing only and that’s the subtle artistry of SMP”

——- Rob James Vancouver SMP Specialist——-

Do I need to shave my Head before the Procedure?

After your consultation or viewing images of your scalp and evaluating your unique situation, we’ll be able to suggest a length your hair should be cut before the procedure.

Does My Hair Colour Matter?

Yes it does. We have pigment to match any hair follicle.

Does Scalp Micropigmentaion Hurt?

The honest answer is that SMP can be mildly uncomfortable, some describe it as painful while others report that the pain level is not that bad at all.
For this reason, it is impossible to predict how much discomfort a particular individual will experience during the procedure, as pain tolerances are subjective.
* We offer numbing cream with lidocaine for those who are concerned about the pain

How Long Does the Scalp Take to Fully Heal?

The scalp will take approximately 7-10 days to fully heal.

How long does the Treatment Take?

Typically 2-4 hours for each session. A final touch up session after your complete SMP may or may not be required.
That will be determined after complete healing has taken place.

How Many Days am I Required to Wait Between Sessions?

While it is possible to do two procedures within the same week, we recommend waiting 7-10 days to fully heal before doing your next session.

What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

Scalp MicroPigmentation or SMP as it is commonly known is not a regular tattoo but a highly specialized process by which tiny deposits of pigment are positioned within the dermal layer of the skin to replicate hair follicles.
When applied by a skilled practitioner, these deposits mimic the look of real shaven hair or will add the appearance of density to longer hair.

What is the Cost?

The cost for SMP services usually runs between CAD $1000 -$3,800 depending on the amount of balding, thinning, scarring or the procedure needed. For example, a small scar might cost $1,000 to conceal while a client experiencing complete hair loss will incur costs towards $3,800.
It’s easy to get a quote by emailing us a picture of your scalp, however we do prefer meeting you in person and doing a consultation. In person consultations are far more personal and we can also show you our facility and get to know you a little better. Deposit ($200) is required to book all SMP procedure dates. Deposits are non-refundable, however they are transferable if client needs to rebook a new time and date. 

What is the Size of the Needle?

We use single needles made from Japanese Surgical Grade 316L Stainless Steel. Our needles make impressions the size of a small pin.
With the naked eye, it’s impossible to differentiate between a follicle made with our needles and an actual hair follicle.
The needles we use are the smallest on the market.

What’s the Difference between Permanent and Semi-Permanent?

The duration of permanent or semi-permanent depends on the pigment used and the depth of needle penetration during the procedure. Skin type and after-care are also determining factors in achieving lasting results.
During your consultation we’ll discuss all of the details and options that are best for you. Clients should follow aftercare instructions carefully for best results.

Why multiple sessions?

There are several reasons why SMP is done over two or three sessions. And this again also depends on the procedure being done, the first reason is that the process of
SMP creates tiny micro wounds in the skin; the skin is essentially being punctured when each dot is applied, therefore a scab heals over the wound which eventually falls
away often taking some of the implanted pigment with it.
Furthermore, the immune system attacks the pigments, causing them to shrink slightly. This gradual “fading

Will the Pigment Change Colour?

No, there is absolutely no risk of the colour turning blue or green. We use a Carbon based pigment, which contains no blue or green undertones. As with all permanent makeup, fading will occur over time as your skin ages.


Our Vancouver Coastal Health Certified SMP specific clinic prides itself on privacy, discretion, safety and integrity. From your initial consultation to your final treatment, you can rest assure that you’re in experienced, skilled and confident hands. We look forward to working with you and creating a satisfying new look.

Rob James, Vancouver SMP

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