Scalp Micropigmentation

Conceal hair loss with the appearance of a fuller, thicker head of hair.

Conceal hair loss with the appearance of a fuller, thicker head of hair.

Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) creates the appearance of a fuller, thicker head of hair. SMP is ideal for both men and women suffering from alopecia, balding, or thinning hair. It also corrects cosmetic concerns such as scars, burns, or bald spots. Commonly known as scalp tattooing, SMP replicates the appearance of hair follicles using advanced micropigmentation techniques.

Who Is SMP for?

SMP appeals primarily to two types of patients:

Individuals, usually men, who suffer from advanced hair loss and plan to maintain a buzzed or shaved head. For these men, SMP gives the appearance of hair follicles in the areas where hair has been lost, so the person has an even appearance to the hair (no bald spots).

Men or women with mild to moderate hair loss, looking to add the appearance of density. In such patients, SMP reduces the contrast between the scalp and hair colors by darkening the scalp. The remaining hair provides the 3D effect.

Why Choose Dr. Cesar of ILEA Hair Restoration?

Like other cosmetic treatments, especially those involving tattooing, scalp micropigmentation is technique-sensitive. Therefore, your results rely on the skill and experience of the person performing your procedure. This is why men and women living in the Houston area choose Cesar Aristeiguieta, MD.

Affectionately known as Dr. Cesar to his patients, he is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), which promotes the highest ethical and surgical standards in the industry.

Benefits Hair Tattooing

  • Non-surgical
  • A minimally invasive hair loss solution
  • No scars, chemicals, or medications
  • Restore your hairline
  • Fill in thinning and/or bald spots
  • Affordable
  • Safe and effective
  • Little to no downtime
  • Natural-looking
  • Long-lasting results

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Scalp Micropigmentation Before and After*

Before and after images demonstrate that scalp tattooing provides a great, non-surgical solution for balding or thinning hair. As with any cosmetic treatment, results may vary.*

How Does Scalp Tattooing Work?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a type of cosmetic tattooing. Dr. Cesar customizes the ink’s pigment color to match the patient’s hair. Dr. Cesar tattoos the ink onto the scalp using a pointillism (also known as stippling) technique using micro-fine needles. This creates the appearance of hair follicles.

Photo of a medical professional wearing blue latex gloves doing a scalp micropigmentation procedure at ILEA Hair Restoration.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate?

Scalp tattooing is ideal for men and women suffering from several kinds of hair thinning, balding, or alopecia. Book your free consultation to see if you are a candidate for this procedure. 


SMP restores the appearance of a receding hairline. It creates the appearance of short stubble on men with shaved heads.


For men or women with long hair, SMP adds the appearance of density and thickness to areas with thinning or balding.


SMP is a great way to cosmetically correct scars or burns. Scalp tattooing is often used to cover up scars from hair transplants.

What Is the SMP Treatment Like?

Scalp micropigmentation begins with a consultation with ILEA Hair Restoration. Dr. Cesar assesses each patient individually to determine the reason for the hair loss. He listens to the areas of concern the patient has and provides insight. Dr. Cesar evaluates the scalp using a video microscope and shows the patient the results during the consultation.  Dr. Cesar then formulates an individual treatment plan, tailored to the unique needs of the patient.

If SMP is right for you, Dr. Cesar will customize your treatment plan.

Your customized treatment plan typically includes three sessions. If a fourth session is needed, it is free of charge. Sessions are spaced 14 days apart.

During your first SMP session, Dr. Cesar carefully maps out the hairline or treatment area. He then micro pigment the area to replicate the appearance of hair follicles. Afterward, you will notice a thicker, fuller appearance.

During your second treatment, Dr. Cesar adds additional layers of micropigmentation. This creates even more density and fullness. He blends the micropigmentation into your existing hair to create a seamless, natural look.

Some fading of the pigmentation occurs between sessions, which is why we do 3 of them. Once complete, the SMP effect will last several years. The pigments are semi-permanent, which means that they are much easier to remove than traditional ink tattoos.

There is no contraindication to having other hair restoration procedures before or after SMP. It is a really safe choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scientific Reviews

Several independent studies confirm that scalp tattooing is a natural-looking, effective solution for hair loss or thinning.

One study published in the Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery explains, “SMP is a novel technique wherein microdot tattoos are placed in a stippling pattern to mimic hair follicles.” This study finds great patient satisfaction and acceptance of the procedure.” Furthermore, “All the patients showed moderate to great improvement after the procedure with satisfactory scalp coverage.”

These findings are backed up by another study published in The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology. This study concludes, “Unlike medical devices, scalp micropigmentation offers a tattoo-based, non-medical “cover-up” that effectively hides [balding, thinning, and scars] on the scalp and creates the illusion of thicker hair.”

Scalp Micropigmentation for Women

SMP is an ideal solution for hair thinning in women, especially those suffering from diffuse thinning. Diffuse thinning refers to the shedding of hair across the scalp, leading to a “see-through” appearance. Hair tattooing is great for hiding patches of the scalp that are visible through the hair.

Does Scalp Tattooing Hurt?

At ILEA hair restoration, we make every effort to ensure your comfort during the micropigmentation procedure. Most patients tolerate the treatment without anesthetic. However, as a medical practice, our goal it for you to be comfortable during any procedure. We have developed a variety of anesthetic choices for you to choose from. 

Are There Side Effects?

After a scalp pigmenting treatment, some patients experience mild redness and tenderness. However, these side effects are transient, meaning they quickly subside on their own.

Is There Downtime?

There is no downtime required. Patients may resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment. However, it is important to protect your new micropigmentation from the sun. During your consultation with ILEA Hair Restoration, we will educate you on proper after-care.

How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost?

Micropigmentation is an affordable hair restoration solution. However, costs vary per patient. Price factors include the scope of the treatment, how many treatments are needed, and available discounts from ILEA hair restoration.

After your assessment, Dr. Cesar can provide you with a personalized quote. He will also inform you of financing options and ways to save on scalp micropigmentation costs.

How Long Do Results Last?

SMP is a semi-permanent hair loss solution. Results typically last 4 to 6 years before requiring a touch-up.

Scalp Micropigmentation Near Me

Regain the confidence that comes with a full, dense-looking head of hair. Get started today by contacting Dr. Cesar of ILEA Hair Restoration. Contact Dr. Cesar online by filling out the form below or call (832) 789-8558.

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Dhurat, Rachita S et al. “Standardization of SMP Procedure and Its Impact on Outcome.” Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery vol. 10,3 (2017): 145-149. LINK.

Rassman, William R et al. “Scalp micropigmentation: a useful treatment for hair loss.” Facial plastic surgery clinics of North America vol. 21,3 (2013): 497-503. LINK.

Rassman, William R et al. “Scalp micropigmentation: a concealer for hair and scalp deformities.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology vol. 8,3 (2015): 35-42. LINK.


*Get up to $250 off Scalp micropigmentation as a new client. Terms and conditions apply. Patients should book a consult for full offer details.

*Results may vary. We are reputable for complete customer satisfaction for completed treatments. Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. No treatment is promised to provide permanent results. A guarantee is neither provided nor implied. Statements estimating treatment duration and the number of treatments required are based on the typical experience of our patients, however, individual experiences may vary.