Permanent SMP or Trichopigmentation?

With so many treatments recently being offered as an alternative or supportive solution to hair transplants, one might actually get lost in the medical jargon. For many people, the terms ‘Scalp Pigmentation’ and ‘Tricopigmentation’ have the same connotation, yet they are quite different. Both SMP and Tricopigmentation use similar techniques to apply pigment into the skin to replicate the look of a full head of hair. The difference lies in the longevity of the pigment and type of ink. While Scalp pigmentation is considered a semi-permanent procedure with top up sessions needed every 3 to 5 years, tricopigmentation is its temporary alternative that requires to be refreshed every year.


In both techniques, a fine micro-needle is used to deposit ink into the epidermal layer of the scalp to recreate density in the thinning areas. The pigments used in tricopigmentation are designed to fade in the following 12-18 months after the procedure while medical-grade SMP formula lasts for many years.

Procedure with shorter effect duration is appealing to many who are more hesitant, cautious or not yet decided over a permanent procedure. Tricopigmentation enables clients to get used to their new look before committing to a permanent solution. The truth is that many people who opted for tricopigmentation first changed their minds later on and decided for SMP.

In terms of prices, tricopigmentation is slightly more expensive from the long-term view. While the initial cost for tricopigmentation is lower, the top up sessions needed make the final cost slightly higher.

Whether you decide for tricopigmentation or scalp pigmentation treatment, make sure the technique is performed by a very skilled technician to achieve the most natural result.