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How Long Does Scalp Micropigmentation Last?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a popular solution for those dealing with hair loss, SMP offers a non-surgical approach to achieving the look of a fuller head of hair. As a busy SMP artist one of the common questions I receive from potential clients is: “How long does scalp micropigmentation last?” Understanding the longevity of SMP and what factors can influence its duration can help you make an informed decision about this treatment.

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The Basics of SMP Longevity

Scalp micropigmentation is considered a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure. On average, the results of SMP can last anywhere from 3 to 5 years before requiring a touch-up. However, several factors can influence this timeline, including skin type, lifestyle, and aftercare practices.

Factors Affecting the Duration of SMP

  1. Skin Type:
    • Oily Skin: Individuals with oily skin might find that their SMP fades slightly faster. The natural oils can cause the pigment to break down more quickly.
    • Dry Skin: Conversely, those with dry skin might experience longer-lasting results as there is less natural oil production to affect the pigment.
  2. Lifestyle:
    • Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the pigment to fade more quickly. UV rays can break down the pigments, reducing the longevity of the treatment. Wearing a hat or using sunscreen can help protect the scalp and prolong the effects of SMP.
    • Smoking and Alcohol Consumption: Both smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can affect the skin’s health and the durability of the pigment. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can contribute to longer-lasting results.
  3. Aftercare:
    • Proper aftercare is crucial for the longevity of scalp micropigmentation. Following the artist’s aftercare instructions can significantly impact how long the results last. This includes avoiding direct sunlight, refraining from heavy sweating for a few days post-treatment, and not scratching or picking at the treated area.

Touch-Up Sessions

While SMP is designed to be long-lasting, touch-up sessions are typically needed every 3 to 5 years. These sessions help refresh the pigment and maintain the appearance of natural hair follicles. The need for touch-ups varies from person to person based on the factors mentioned above.

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Tips to Prolong Your SMP

  1. Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your scalp to protect the pigment from UV rays.
  2. Moisturize Regularly: Keeping your scalp moisturized can help maintain the pigment.
  3. Avoid Excessive Sweating: Activities that cause excessive sweating, especially shortly after the procedure, can impact the longevity of the SMP.
  4. Follow Aftercare Instructions: Adhering to the aftercare guidelines provided by your SMP artist is critical to ensure the best possible outcome.


Scalp micropigmentation offers a long-lasting solution for hair loss, typically lasting between 3 and 5 years before a touch-up is needed. The actual duration can vary based on skin type, lifestyle, and how well you follow aftercare instructions. By taking care of your scalp and protecting it from the elements, you can enjoy the benefits of SMP for many years.

If you’re considering SMP, consult with a qualified artist to discuss your individual needs and expectations. They can provide more detailed information tailored to your specific situation and help you achieve the best results.

One of Canada’s most experienced SMP artists, Rob James, exemplifies the expertise and care needed to ensure lasting and satisfactory results. With his guidance, you can achieve a natural, confident look that stands the test of time.

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