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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Frequently Asked Questions


Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures for men and women who want to regain their facial features and aesthetic by framing their hairline, allowing shadows to create a more balanced, healthy, energetic look. It’s a relatively simple procedure, but simple and easy are two different animals. Let’s see why the devil is in the details, and why our artists at Picasso Jeff have clients on waiting lists to enjoy the perfect hairline and youthful, healthy appearance to match your true personality.

What is SMP (Scalp Micro-pigmentation)?

SMP is an acronym for Scalp Micropigmentation, which is a cosmetic procedure similar to tattooing, but instead of regular ink, specific pigments and micro-needles are required for extreme precision and delicate nature of the heads thin skin. The overall goal and effect of the thousands of impressions is to transform our clients face by reshaping it, giving shadows, a more youthful look, and a friendlier, healthier appearance. And like Deon Sanders said “If I look good I feel good, and if I feel good, I play good!”


Does the Pigment or Micro-needle make a difference for SMP?

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A bad carpenter blames his tools is an old adage with many truths, but what if Nascar used jet engines or Professional baseball players used Aluminum bats, do you think they would have an advantage? And because we aren’t concerned with breaking records or playing on an even field, we want to use every single advantage we have available to us today, right now using cutting edge technology, partnerships that span the globe, and thousands of hours of the top SMP artists all testing and collaborating to create the absolute best in class pigment system and microneedle. After all, it’s our Hairline at stake! That’s exactly why Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation only uses Sterilized, Vegan and Organic pigments combined with a patented stabilizer name-brand needle system – FYT

It’s patented built-in stabilizer allows artists the ease and flow of creating a flawless, natural looking hairline, from the forehead to the temples, and completely fill in the crown with lighter and darker pigments, creating a natural cascade of shadows, giving a full, pattern-less, natural look – which is exactly what you want.

How Much Does SMP Cost?

Money and Time are important to everyone. Depending on the amount of SMP you need done, it typically ranges from $2,000 – $5000. This is based on the amount of work (difficulty) and number of sessions. When choosing and SMP artist, it’s important to understand their overall body of work, credentials, and do your due diligence to ensure you aren’t overpaying, or worse, underpaying while someone experiments on your scalp!

How Many Sessions Will I need for Scalp Micropigmentation?

For optimal results we recommend multiple sessions. Even after the 1st session you will see an instant improvement, but by the 2nd or 3rd sessions, your hairline, baldspots will be completely filled, look natural, and transform your entire face.

How Long Does SMP Last – Does it Last Forever?

SMP lasts 5-8 years depending on overall skin care and sun exposure. Touch-ups are recommended after a few years because the pigment does not go to the second layer of skin (which is what a permanent tattoo does), therefore it “sheds” over time. Fortunately the follow up procedures are much quicker and less expensive because your initial Scalp Micropigmentation foundation has been set, and because we aren’t Vampires, having to get a few minor updates every 5-8 years means a lifetime of fun memories and feeling your best at all times in between.

Does SMP Look Real and Natural Up Close?

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Yes. This is because a skilled SMP artist carefully creates shadows through thousands of impressions using specialized pigments and microneedles. In nature, there is randomness, which is true for all hairlines. While some want the aesthetic/clean look of a perfect hairline, others opt for a more natural look, whereby it’s not perfect straight lines or patterns. This gives the human eye the illusion of a full head of hair with a buzz-cut, which looks extremely clean, natural, and a perfect end result, which looks real and amazing no matter how close or far away you are.

Can I get SMP if I’m Completely Bald?

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The Norwood Scale is an objective benchmark of your current hair loss progression. SMP is perfect for client’s of all hair loss levels, and many of our clients are completely bald. A skilled SMP artist will create a “fade” look, which gives the appearance of slightly more hair on top then the sides, creating a more chiseled jaw look, and prominent facial features. Pigments create a buzz-cut shadow effect which can completely cover even the baldest of men or women, or simply recreate lost hairlines, bald spots on the crown, or scars.

Will SMP Look Good if I have Light Hair or Red Hair, Caucasian?

Light Hair After SMP

Yes. Because your SMP artist will choose the exact pigmentation based on your eyebrow color and skintone, the end result is a completely natural looking hairline, even for those with naturally light hair, light eyebrows (or even no eyebrows, and those with red hair or lighter, Caucasian complexions.

Can I get SMP with Long Thin Hair?

Long Hair SMP

Absolutely! Long hair and SMP can work together to create a fuller looking head of hair on your scalp. Whether you need your hairline pushed down to provide a fuller, more youthful appearance, or if your have spots where you are thinner such as the crown or on the sides, Scalp Micropigmentation micro-needles and a skilled artist are very precise and can get into the smallest nooks and crevices of your thin sections, giving you the appearance of a lush head of hair which looks great.

Is SMP Very Painful?

Pain is subjective, but it is similar to receiving a tattoo, without going the extra layer deep. Some clients have fallen asleep during it, while others require a bit more pain relief or breaks during sessions. When you look at your before/after pictures, the little bit of pain endured will be well worth a life-time of not having to wear hats, worry if your hair is in its perfect location at all times, or wonder if you look older to people, but still feel young at heart.

Where Can I Get My SMP Procedure Near Me?

SMP Near Me

Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation has certified trainers nationwide and internationally. We’ve had people fly from London to receive their personalized SMP by one of the top leaders in the industry – Jeff Villenas

We currently have multiple locations, and if you cannot make it to one of our studios, please contact us and we will point you in the best direction possible.

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Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation - California

5.0 190 reviews

  • Avatar Scalp Doctor ★★★★★ 5 hours ago
    You're in great hands if you choose this place for your SMP!
  • Avatar Gigi Medina ★★★★★ 12 hours ago
    Jeff is amazing! His attention to detail is on point, made me feel very secure that I was doing the right decision on getting my scalp done, my hair looks fuller and my hair line looks great! I'm very happy with the results. Thank you!
  • Avatar Sherrie ★★★★★ 2 days ago
    So happy with the results, thank you for the density fill .
  • Avatar Miguel Martinez-Lafuente ★★★★★ 5 days ago
    Amazing work !! Thanks, Jeff!
  • Avatar Daniela Amkie ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Kat was super nice and patient with us. He took my husband at night because we had a flight te next day. He did an amazing job. My husband looks 10 years younger :) super professional, highly recommend
  • Avatar Ron Caluya ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Very hesitant at first, not knowing what to expect. From the moment I walked in, the anxiety disappeared immediately. The Hollywood facility was not what I had anticipated. The place was an immaculate, upcale, modern loft type converted SMP Studio. A cross between a Vegas Lounge with a Hollywood vibe..... This guy took my temp, made sure I had a mask on, and was very professional. Answered all my questions and immediately gave me confidence in proceeding with the procedure. Even explained his goals of what he thought would fit best for me. Enter, Kat (The best SMP Artist in the West Coast) hands down...... Kat's definitely a master of his craft. I was the most meticulous and precise person I've ever known, until I met Kat. Thank you Kat for taking the time and going above and beyond what I had imagined. Amazing work!
  • Avatar Hiba Hashemi ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
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Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation - Chicago

5.0 96 reviews

  • Avatar J Rilla ★★★★★ 3 hours ago
    One of the best decision I've made. I wasn't sure which establishment to go too, but after I've seen the reviews I decided to go here. Let me tell you Shannon did a Amazing jod! Super nice, professional and very knowledgeable of the craft. I would highly recommend anyone looking to get try the Justice Illinois location.
  • Avatar MsWonderfulOils ★★★★★ 9 hours ago
  • Avatar Petrie Manuel ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Jeff is amazing and skillful at what he does. He did a great job! I can tell he has years of experience and knows what he is doing to make it look precise and natural 👏
  • Avatar Carlos Ramirez Patiño ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    I highly recommend Picasso Scalp Micro pigmentation. Shannon was very professional and did such a great job.
  • Avatar CACTUS JACK21 ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had a very good experience with Jeff, he was able to cover up a scar I had and now you can barely even notice it. I would highly recommend going here.
  • Avatar Precision Diagnostics ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Before contacting Jeff, I checked all around the Chicago area for the best scalp micro pigmentation artist. I went through all of Jeff's reviews and ig posts to finally make my decision. I had a density fill and showed him a picture from about 3yrs ago before I started thinning and was promised to make it look very real in the end. HE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! He is the man to go to! 6 stars!
  • Avatar V rezo ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Extremely satisfied with the work that was done put all my worries at ease throughout the whole process. Couldn't ask for a more professional artist as well as workmanship is amazing any questions or concerns he is sure to put them at ease .I'm on session number 2 and couldn't be more happy with the product.

Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation Austin Texas IconPicasso Scalp Micropigmentation Austin Texas

13130 Pond Springs Road Suite 1107, Austin

5.0 9 reviews

  • Avatar mayson marinez ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Ivan is awesome! I've been wearing a baseball cap for over 20 years. After my first session I could not believe it. My wife and kids have finally seen me without cap. This is one talented down to earth guy I've come across. Love … More my results.
  • Avatar Kenneth Smith ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Shopped around for SMP for a long time. The quality that I saw from Picasso was by far the best so I went with them. After several hours in the car to get down to Austin and 3 sessions, I couldn’t be happier with the results. Ivan is super … More talented and provides an awesome and relaxing atmosphere and is very professional. Thank you to Ivan and Picasso for changing my life!
    -Ken Smith
  • Avatar Champion Properties ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Just finished my last session with Ivan and I am beside myself. I had no idea how much of a difference this procedure would make and how realistic it would turn out. I'm well into my 40's and he made me look 10 plus years younger … More overnight. I could go on forever about how pleased I am with the results. Ivan came highly recommended but I had no idea he was this talented. I am so happy I got this done. It's a life changer for sure. I want to add that not only is he a great artist but he is just an all around great person. I thouroughly enjoyed my conversations with him while he was working on me. Wouldn't change a thing about the whole experience.
    -Tim Champion
  • Avatar Vic Painter ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Soo glad I shopped around! The stuff here are amazing people and artists. I felt super comfortable and taken care of the entire time, and the results are even more exceptional than I and my wife expected!! Best scalp Micropigmentation in … More Texas.
  • Avatar Randy Crocker ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    This is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Ivan is one of the best.
  • Avatar Gojo Satoru ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I’m so happy I discovered SMP in Austin, they have literally changed my life. I have suffered from hair loss and thinning since my teenage years, and spent so long trying different methods to cover up such as make up and hair products. … More I had a density enhancement procedure done and I couldn’t believe the results! I am no longer spending hours covering my thinning every morning and I couldn’t be happier that I finally discovered something that has worked.