If you are suffering from hair loss, either due to a medical condition such as alopecia or pattern hair loss, then you may have looked into scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) as a cure. This is a great way to mimic the natural look of re-growing hair follicles using an innovative medical tattooing technique that is much less invasive than a hair transplant. If you are looking for an SMP expert, here is how to find your perfect practitioner.

Do Your Research

When you are investing in an important procedure such as scalp micro pigmentation, you’ll want to know that you are in safe hands. The only way for you to ensure that is to do your homework and find out important details about your potential practitioner, such as education and experience. One of the requirements that is absolutely necessary from your practitioner is for them to have their SMP certification. This will prove that they have been through all of the training to be able to perform the procedure professionally. You can ask the practitioner whether they have their certification via email, phone, social media, or often it will be stated on their website. While you are asking questions, make sure you find out a bit more about their background such as who trained them, their length of training and if you could look at their portfolio of previous patients.

Visit the Practice

Once you have done all the background research that you possibly can from home, you can start making visits to their premises to check for further details. Ask for a tour of the practice to decide which atmosphere is best for you and, while doing this, make sure you do a bit of detective work to get some more information. You will want to be looking for their SMP license on display which shows that they are legally able to carry out the procedure. Licensing does vary by state, so check whether it is necessary for this to be on display and whether SMP is licensed in the same way as tattooing and body piercing. This is because often it is regulated in the same way but sometimes more training is required to make the transition from tattoo artist to SMP practitioner.

While you are there, make sure to note how clean and sterile the practice is and whether there is a sink available in the treatment rooms. Be aware that the practice could look professional and sterile, but if anything looks slightly odd when you sit down for your treatment, make sure you question it. For example, the practitioner should be wearing gloves and a mask and the needles should be packaged before they are opened and used for your treatment. At this point, it wouldn’t be too late to change your mind, although it’s best to check if you can see these items before your appointment.


The best kind of reassurance you can have is from other people who have been there and done it all before. Hearing from other people’s experiences is powerful, particularly when you want to find out the finer details such as the practitioner’s personality and behavior and whether the procedure was painful. If you know anybody who is close to you that has been through the procedure with successful results, find out if you can book a consultation with the same practitioner. By the same token, you should avoid practices where people you know have suffered from bad experiences. If you don’t know anyone who has been through the same procedure, often you can find testimonials on the practice’s website. Alternatively, you will be able to look through their portfolio that they send you to get an idea of their work. However, if they are hesitant to give this to you, you should maybe consider that they are hiding something and look elsewhere.

Getting the right SMP expert is extremely important for such a complex procedure because this is something that you will be living with for the rest of your life. Follow each step to ensure that the practice you are inquiring about is professional enough to deal with your case and that you like the person who will be performing the procedure.