We are seeing more and more problems with Scalp Micropigmentation in our office from other facilities that offer SMP. These services are not only offered by inexperienced doctors, but also many tattooists have entered the business because there is money to make. What we are seeing are blotches of pigments, not microdots as we do. Where we might spend over 20 hours doing a full head, these facilities do it in a few hours. Clearly, this it is not an apples to apples comparison. Blotches on the scalp that everyone can see are deforming. Even if they are hidden below the hair, they can be seen in bright light when you go outdoors and just don’t look good. Many doctors are just addressing the scars from previous strip surgeries and as most of these scars are hidden by hair so the blotchy work may not show up unless the person goes swimming, takes a shower and is intimate with another person. Just because it is done by a doctor or in a doctor’s office, does not mean that it will meet the standard of care that we have established. Many doctors hire a tattooist or cosmetologist with no training in SMP just because they know how to do a tattoo. Many of the pigments they use turn green so that they stand-out even more. Would you like a green head?
There are temporary tattoos which seem to be adopted by many doctors and tattooists. Although these tattoos last only two years or so and they fade over these two years, the temporary nature of the tattoo means that constant touch-ups are needed. The temporary SMP pigments have been adopted by doctors usually unskilled in the art, so they know that their bad work will eventually fade. As they get their money ‘up-front’ they pass the problem to their patients for the two years that the ink remains on this scalp.
Be sure to ask to see the patients of those people who you are considering when you interview the provider for the SMP services you are going to get. Seeing their patients and looking at them in a discriminate manner, will tell you all you need to know. We still have open house events every month and you can meet many of our SMP patients and see the quality of the work that has become the world’s standard of care.