How Much Does Scalp Micropigmentation Cost?
Have you spent months researching Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) aka hair tattoo, umm-ing, and ahh-ing over the benefits versus other hair loss solutions? We don’t blame you; it’s a big decision to make. Your hair is fundamental to the first impressions you make on people, so we understand that decisions regarding your hair require the utmost thought and care.
One of the most pressing questions in your decision-making process is most likely: How much does SMP cost? As with most cosmetic procedures, it depends on a number of factors, meaning there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer and ultimately we do need to see you in person to give an exact price. Let us talk you through the list of factors that will affect the cost of your SMP.
Depending on the degree of hair loss, here is an approximate guide to what you might expect to pay for SMP:
Mild Hair Loss
$500 – $1200
Medium Hair Loss
$1500 – $2200
Advanced Hair Loss
$2200 – $3500
A consultation with Foli Sim is free of charge. We also have phone or video consultations available for your convenience.
If time is an issue you can send us your images by Email, WhatsApp, or Text and we’ll send you a written quotation.
What Factors Affect the Cost of a Hair Tattoo?
While each and every client who walks through our doors is different, the three main factors that are used to determine the cost of your customized SMP hair tattoo are:
The pattern of your hair loss
The size of the scalp area that is required to be covered. If you are in the earlier stages of balding, your treatment will cost less than if we are addressing larger treatment areas.
Are there scars on your scalp? Since hair doesn’t grow over scar tissue, your treatment may require extra time and consideration to ensure that your hair tattoo seamlessly blends over whatever type of scar you may have. Many clients come to us following FUT / FUE hair transplant surgery and need our help to camouflage post-op scarring.
When you visit one of our studios in Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth for your initial free consultation (video consultations are also available), your artist will assess your hair loss and create a tailored treatment plan and provide you with a total price.
Are there recurring costs?
Typically, two to four sessions are required to achieve your desired look and the best possible results with your SMP. We recommend spacing the sessions out by 10 to 14 days; this ensures that your scalp has sufficient time to heal and the pigment has time to settle.
We use the first two sessions to build the density of the hair tattoo, while the third session is used to complete the feathering and definition stages of the procedure. You can rest assured that if you require a fourth session, your artist will be transparent about this during your initial free consultation so that there are no unexpected costs.
In the years following your SMP hair tattoo, you may require additional touch-ups to reinvigorate pigment that has faded, and we’ll be happy to welcome you back to our Foli Sim studios. Beginning from the date of your final SMP treatment, you also have a 12-month quality guarantee on your treatment, so if a touch-up is required during this time it will be free of charge.
Do we offer payment plans?
We have witnessed time and time again the life-changing impact that SMP hair tattoo has on our clients. That’s why we’re committed to making it accessible to as many people as possible, meaning we’re pleased to offer payment plans.
We have joined forces with our financial partners ZipMoney to offer six months of interest-free finance on your treatments. Visit ‘Payment Plans’ on our website or speak to one of our knowledgeable team members to find out more information about ZipMoney.
Start your Scalp Micropigmentation journey today
When weighing up the pros and cons of SMP hair tattoos, keep in mind that it’s so much more than hair tattooing. SMP is a long-lasting investment in your self-confidence and appearance; it also happens to be low maintenance, immediate, and doesn’t involve surgery or medication.
If you would like to begin your hair loss treatment journey, contact Foli Sim today for a personalized quote. All you have to do is fill out the consultation form on our website and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
Dave’s Experience With Scalp Micropigmentation
There’s nothing quite like noticing your hairline thinning to ruin your morning.
Whether it’s a comb or basin full of loose hair or a slightly larger forehead than you remember staring back at you in the reflection, the first real recognition of hair loss is enough to send a lot of young men into the seven stages of grief.
Unfortunately for me, male pattern baldness reared its ugly head at the age of 18. Slowly but surely, after finishing high school and beginning life as an adult, I’d notice that as the months went by, my youthful hairline had started to recede. Most days I’d write it off as being self-conscious or pessimistic, but one day, when catching a glimpse of the crown of my head in a photograph, I was shocked to see a 20c sized bald patch on the crown of my head.
While MPB affects the majority of men at some point in their life, few of us are unlucky enough to see the onset in our early 20s, let alone our teenage years.
When it became clear that a pushed-forward fringe and some thickening matte paste wasn’t quite cutting the mustard, I scoured the internet for solutions to stop, or at least slow, my inevitable balding fate. I spent hours evaluating the snake-oil salesmen from science and came to two conclusions.
1. Unless I was willing to fork out thousands of dollars (which I most certainly did not have at this stage in my life), a hair transplant was out of the picture.
2. The internet is full of false promises and scams when it comes to hair restoration.
With a limited budget and a sense of determination to hold on to my remaining locks, I drove to the local pharmacy and purchased the only two products which seemed to hold any real merit, according to the anecdotal experiences which I had rad. Nizoral shampoo, an antifungal shampoo that contained ketoconazole, and Rogaine, a minoxidil-based foam.
These products, which when purchased in bulk set me back around $50 per month, allowed me to hold on to my hair, and even grow a small amount of it back, for the remaining 5 years. I eventually swapped out Nizoral for Tea Tree Oil shampoo which proved more effective (and less itchy), and spent mornings and nights, day in and day out, washing my hair and applying a thick layer of smelly foam in order to keep the thinning at bay.
And to some extent, it worked. I didn’t regrow a full head of hair, but I was certainly able to keep my confidence and prolong the inevitable. However, at the age of 23, the hill became steeper, and the battle began to feel as though it was being fought in vain. I doubled down on my Rogaine dosage, (which was now estimated to cost $1,000 per year alone) but despite my best efforts, the thinning returned, and my regimen had begun to prove ineffective. I bit the bullet, discontinued my treatment, and accepted reality for what it was.
Within 3 months of being Rogaine-free, my hair loss turbo-charged itself to the point of no return. I bit the bullet, visited my local barber, and ordered a number 2.
I looked in the mirror afterward, and while being a noticeable improvement on my thin, patchy excuse for a hairstyle, my self-esteem was shattered, and I was no longer comfortable with how I looked in my physical appearance.
So, back to the drawing board, I went. With all the hair-loss options either being far too expensive, scammy, or involving dangerous pharmaceuticals with side effects worse than the hair loss itself, I began to give up hope and started saving my pennies for a hair transplant. It was then, in researching different options and scrolling through countless before and after photos that I discovered scalp micropigmentation.
It seemed almost too good to be true. It created the look of a freshly shaved full head of hair, at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives. Better yet, it was a once-off treatment, with minimal upkeep, no chemicals, and the results looked fantastic. I immediately booked a consultation and met Kate the following day.
I had three goals for my initial consultation:
1. To assess the experience and skill level of the artist. To me, this was just like getting any other tattoo – except the stakes were higher, as it was on my head! I wanted to make sure that the artist had a portfolio of work that I would be happy sporting on my noggin for life.
2. I wanted a solid understanding of the costs involved, and if there were to be any follow-up treatments or unexpected costs that might rear up down the line (which seemed common with other hair loss “solutions”)
3. To understand exactly how it would look on me, and how the tattoo would compliment my original hairline and work with the shape of my face.
Fortunately, all these goals were achieved in my consultation. I was excited to review all of Kate’s work and see that she was amongst the best in the business, and to know that I would be looking at 2-4 treatments with a set cost for the desired outcome. It was also reassuring to learn that I would receive a complimentary touch-up in the first 12 months, if any excessive fading occurred, for whatever reason. Kate explained that the tattoo would restore my natural hairline so it would appear as subtle, natural, and realistic as possible, which was exactly what I was after. I didn’t hesitate and booked in.
The most common question I’ve had since having SMP done is, does it hurt? And the answer is, yes. As SMP is a tattoo directly on the scalp, it’s no surprise that it is not the most pleasant sensation. However, it is definitely far from unbearable or excruciating, and as the tattoo being applied is a variety of tiny dots, as opposed to heavy lines or shading in regular tattooing, I would say that it’s similar, but not as painful as a regular tattoo.
The sessions lasted for a few hours with regular breaks as requested, and following the appointments, I was able to carry out my regular daily tasks. There was no downtime, and aftercare was as simple as not getting it wet for a few days, and applying an all-natural cream to reduce dryness and speed the healing process. I found that SMP healed significantly faster than a regular tattoo, and felt completely healed after a week.
Following my third session, I was advised that there would be no need for a fourth and that my SMP was complete. I went through the aftercare routine as usual and was ecstatic with the results.
Rather than applying thick foams and washing my hair extensively with smelly shampoos, I simply shave my head with a razor (or electric clippers) twice a week, which takes about a minute in the shower, and my “hair” is good-to-go.
Now, the most common question I get asked is “why did you shave your head”, or people will compliment the shaved head look and tell me that I should try growing it out. I always laugh to myself, and when I explain that it’s a tattoo, more often than not, they think I’m joking.
If I had known that SMP was an option from Day 1, I wouldn’t have wasted thousands of dollars trying to hold onto the hair I had, I would have accepted the reality and allowed MPB to occur naturally, knowing that I had an affordable and viable option for when the day came.
I would absolutely recommend SMP to anyone who is looking for the most affordable and complete hair loss solution which, unlike the others, has a 100% success rate. Kate and the team at Foli Sim were a dream to work with, and my only regret is not having it done sooner.