Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) typically involves some level of discomfort, but the pain experienced during the procedure (when done correctly) is generally manageable but does vary from person to person.
Generally speaking a conventional tattoo is more uncomfortable than Scalp Micropigmentation. When applied by an experienced artist, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is relatively painless. With over 2000 SMP sessions under my belt, I am yet to have a client that could not tolerate it. In fact the vast majority of my client’s will fall asleep at some point during the procedure.
Here are some factors to consider:
Pain Tolerance: Pain perception varies among individuals. What may be uncomfortable for one person may be more tolerable for another. If you have a low pain threshold, you may experience more discomfort during SMP.
Sensitivity of the Scalp: The sensitivity of your scalp can affect the level of discomfort during SMP. Some areas of the scalp may be more sensitive than others, and the level of discomfort may vary accordingly.
Numbing Agents: Before starting the SMP procedure, a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic may be applied to the scalp to minimize discomfort. These numbing agents can help reduce pain and make the procedure more tolerable.
Needle Sensation: SMP involves the use of a micro-needle or tattooing technique to deposit pigments into the scalp. While the sensation is often described as similar to a light scratching or pricking feeling, it can vary depending on the individual’s pain threshold.
Duration of the Procedure: The duration of the SMP procedure can impact the level of discomfort. Longer sessions may lead to more fatigue and increased discomfort compared to shorter sessions.
It’s important to discuss with your chosen SMP artist before the procedure has begun regarding pain expectations as they can inform you about what to expect. Once the procedure has begun communication is also important as your SMP provider can make adjustments, provide breaks if needed, and ensure your comfort to the best of their ability.
Remember, while some discomfort is normal during SMP, the pain is usually manageable and temporary. If you have specific concerns about pain, it’s recommended to discuss them with your SMP artist during the initial consultation so they can address your specific needs and provide appropriate guidance and support.
Rob James is one of Canada’s busiest and in demand SMP artists, known for his ultra realistic natural style. Rob works from his busy Vancouver Clinic, Advanced Scalp.
Rob is always open to questions, queries and in person consultations regarding SMP.