Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP)

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) replicates the look of real hair follicles and is the fastest growing cosmetic solution for male hair loss.

Scalp Micropigmentation SMP Adelaide


Non-surgical natural pigmentation to replicate and blend with natural follicles, creating a full, convincing youthful and attractive hairline: $1000-$4000


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    Male pattern baldness (MPB) is the most common hair loss issue affecting men. But Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) can instantly transform the way you look – making you appear, and even feel, younger.

    Hair loss can happen on any part of the body for a variety of reasons, and can range from mild to severe. Male (and female) pattern hair loss is the loss of hair specifically from the head. In extreme forms of hair loss it happens all over the head and body.


    What is Male Pattern Hair Loss?

    Male pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia), the most common type of hair loss in men, is a progressive thinning of the hair. It usually begins at the forehead, with the hairline gradually receding along the sides to form an ‘M’ shape. The remaining hair may become finer and shorter, with hair at the crown (back) of the head also beginning to thin.

    The amount of hair loss is influenced by a man’s genetic make-up. In severe cases, the receding forehead hairline may extend to the crown, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

    Male pattern hair loss can happen in the following ways:

    • Frontal hair loss: hair loss happens from the hairline at the forehead but not at the crown
    • Vertex hair loss: hair loss happens at the crown but not the hairline at the forehead

    Most men will have a combination of both types of hair loss.

    What causes hair loss?

    There are many different causes of hair loss including certain illnesses, stress from major surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal problems, fungal infections, side-effect of some medications, and scarring from burns.

    Hair loss in patches, sudden hair loss, breaking of hair shafts or hair loss associated with redness, scaling or pain are likely to be caused by specific health conditions.

    What causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?

    While it is not completely understood why the hair follicles on men’s heads stop producing new hairs, the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is thought to play a part.

    Testosterone is the most important androgen (male sex hormone) in men and is needed for normal reproductive and sexual function. Testosterone is important for the physical changes that happen during male puberty, such as development of the penis and testes, and for the features typical of adult men such as facial and body hair.

    In the body, testosterone is converted to DHT by an enzyme (5-alpha reductase). DHT acts on different organs in the body including the hair follicles and cells in the prostate. For unknown reasons, hair follicles sometimes become more sensitive to DHT, leading to slower hair growth and weaker, shorter hair or sometimes hair stops growing completely. It is not clear why different hair follicles are affected at different times, making the balding process gradual, or why only hair on the scalp is affected.

    How common is Male Pattern Hair Loss?

    Most Australian men will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. For men between the ages of 20 and 45 who start to lose scalp hair, it is most likely male pattern hair loss.

    Myths about Male Pattern Hair Loss

    Standing on your head lessens hair loss
    The ‘blood-flow’ theory led to the myth of standing on your head to treat male pattern hair loss. While minoxidil is suspected to work, in part, by increasing blood flow to hair follicles, there is no evidence that standing on your head will stop hair loss or make hair regrow.

    Hair loss comes from your Mother’s side of the family
    There is a myth that hair loss is a genetic trait passed down from the mother’s side of the family. Genetics is the cause of male pattern hair loss, but a number of genes are responsible and they probably come from both parents. If there is a close relative with male pattern hair loss there is a higher risk of the condition.

    Hair loss happens in men with high testosterone levels
    Some men think they are losing their hair because they have higher levels of the male sex hormone testosterone. High levels of testosterone are not linked with hair loss.


    Medicine of Cosmetics invites you to attend a free consultation to look at options for hair loss including our SMP technique.


    Scalp Micro-Pigmentation Hair Loss Treatment.

    Your initial consultation is the most important step of this procedure – results are always pleasing but getting it right from the start is how we achieve high quality and outstanding results. All our clients are invited to participate in a free consultation session at Medicine of Cosmetics – in most cases these consultations are conducted face to face, however for clients who are based in the country or interstate we are happy to arrange a face-time or Skype consult. This will be to determine the treatment plan for you and schedule your treatment time when suitable to travel to our Payneham Road, Royston Park location only 5 minutes out of Adelaide (45 minutes from the Airport).

    During your consultation you have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, and advice will be provided that is specific to your own individual circumstances. It is important to note that your consultation is completely without obligation, and is conducted in a friendly, informal manner at our luxury medi-clinic.

    The majority of treatments are completed within 2-3 sessions, however additional sessions may be required depending on your circumstances. All quotations are fixed, therefore if more sessions are needed than originally anticipated, no additional fee is payable.


    SMP is a great option to disguise past scalp surgery, hair transplant and alopecia reduction scars and FUE scars.


    Many of our clients have acquired scars and skin blemishes during their lifetime that they wish to conceal. This includes Hair Transplant Strip method and FUE scars caused by hair restoration surgery, other surgical scars, accident-related scars and other imperfections such as burns or skin conditions. The latest technique of FUE surgery leaves white scar dots across the back donor area site – we can use our scalp micro-pigmentation tattoo to disguise these scars. Old strip method scars or alopecia reduction scars are very unsightly and are a dead give-away of hair transplant surgery – easily treated by us.

    As the Scalp MicroPigmentation reputation has grown, we are finding more and more hair transplant patients are coming to us because they’re interested in using SMP – either to enhance their hair transplant results by using SMP to increase their hair density, or for hair transplant scar camouflage and repair to their donor areas.

    SMP is a suitable complementary solution for hair transplant clients in two ways: to camouflage strip and FUE (follicular unit extraction) scars left by hair restoration surgery, and to provide an illusion of greater density for those clients with insufficient donor hair.

    SMP is proving increasingly popular for such clients because sometimes a hair transplant isn’t always enough.

    Many hair transplant patients have enough donor hair for a transplant, but not quite enough to provide a perfect finish. This means that the result can be disappointing, with less density than the patient had hoped for. Any scars caused by hair transplant surgery will also be poorly concealed with just a thin covering of transplanted hair.

    SMP can also help conceal past surgical scars. Although hair transplant techniques do now cause less scarring than they used to, partly thanks to the widespread use of less invasive FUE techniques, all transplant clients are still left with some degree of permanent scarring following their procedure.

    SMP is now commonly used as a secondary, non-surgical treatment to camouflage these scars, making them far less visible than they previously were.

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    Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is a highly effective, non-surgical procedure that creates incredible results – to give you all the confidence you need to hold your head high.

    Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) explained

    At Medicine of Cosmetics, we’re Adelaide’s leading clinic using Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP) to help people overcome the problems associated with hair loss.

    This SMP technique has helped thousands of men worldwide to achieve the youthful, modern look of a stylish, cropped hair cut – whatever the pattern or extent of their hair loss. Yes – that’s right, it’s an illusion but it’s a hugely effective one. And it can prove to be a real life-changer. Many of our clients admit that even they find themselves believing that they actually have hair.

    The image here shows how a client’s hairline has been totally restored and recreated. More than 50% of the top of his head has been treated to restore the natural look of a full head of ‘shaved’ hair. Our SMP treatment has seamlessly blended into the bald area of scalp on the crown and perfectly integrated into the remaining hair on the sides of his head and above his ears to leave the client with a truly natural, finished result.

    At Medicine of Cosmetics we consistently achieve the most realistic finished Scalp Micro-Pigmentation procedures.

    Scalp Micro-Pigmentation Hair Loss Cure - Adelaide

    The technique

    Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) involves the application of natural organic pigments to the dermal layer of your scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair follicles and create a short-cropped, buzzed hairstyle. A variety of different styles are achievable, ranging from a clean-shaven look to a closely clipped zero, 0.5 or number 1 cut, for example. The length of any remaining hair depends on the extent of your hair loss, your balding pattern and the particular look and style you’d like to achieve.

    Caitlin will work with your natural hair pattern and different shades of pigment to achieve the most realistic and natural-looking hairline – and the very best results for you. SMP is a suitable and extremely effective cosmetic treatment for all types and stages of hair loss, and for men and women of all ages, skin colours and skin types.

    What can Scalp MicroPigmentation do for you?

    Whatever the cause, pattern or extent of your hair loss, SMP can:

    • Create the appearance of a fuller, thicker head of hair – complete with a stylish, closely cropped hair cut
    • Recreate a natural, more youthful frontal hairline and side profiles
    • Permanently camouflage the symptoms of all types of alopecia
    • Camouflage scars from previous hair transplant surgery including strip method hair transplant and
    • Follicular Unit Extraction methods
    • Hide birthmarks and accident-related scars or burns
    • Work as a combination solution with a hair transplant to provide additional density

    What does it involve?

    Our expert SMP treatment usually takes place over the course of two to three separate treatment sessions. Each of these Scalp MicroPigmentation sessions normally lasts between 3-5 hours, and you’ll need to leave at least 5 days between treatment sessions – a full week is most common. This enables us to achieve a very gradual and subtle building up of the replication of real-looking hair follicles, so that your transformation appears as natural as possible. Sometimes, even close friends and family won’t be able to identify the individual stages between treatment sessions.

    During your treatment, Caitlin will use a computer-controlled pigmentation machine using sterile, single use, micro-fine needles to gently deposit natural plant-based organic pigments into the dermal layer of your scalp at different depths and angles. This ensures that we are able to achieve the most natural and realistic look, and the consistently flawless results mimicking your natural hair growth.

    If you are travelling from interstate or from the country, we can repeat your second treatment sooner than 5 days depending on your travel arrangements. Your third treatment will need to be at a separate visit – usually 8-12 weeks later.

    Caitlin visits the following locations:

    • Whyalla
    • Tasmania
    • Kadina
    • Berri

    See how it could work for you!


    There are many options available to those with hair loss. Here we compare the top four most common hair loss options with SMP.

    Scalp Micropigmentation is rapidly growing in popularity here in Australia as it gains the approval and respect of the hair loss industry and clients alike as one of the most viable hair loss treatments available for sufferers of all kinds of hair loss.

    The key question is: How does it really compare against the alternatives and perhaps more well-established solutions for hair loss sufferers?

    Before the invention of the SMP technique, there were really only four options for hair loss sufferers. This included hair transplant surgery (alopecia reductions, strip method HTS and Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE), hair systems (wigs, toupee), temporary concealers (toppik, mane), or drugs and topical treatments.

    Many clients come to us already trialled these four traditional solutions. Most been dissatisfied with the results. In fact, our clients regularly tell us that they wish they had found us first.

    Hair Transplant Surgery

    Hair transplant surgery was the only guaranteed, ‘permanent’ hair restoration solution available before the invention of SMP. It therefore quickly became an internationally recognized procedure – and a multi-million dollar business for hair transplant clinics around the world.

    Like all hair loss solutions, hair transplant surgery offers advantages and disadvantages. It’s an invasive, surgical procedure and usually results in some degree of permanent scarring. Less invasive FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) techniques are becoming more prevalent, but these still virtually guarantee a certain amount of scarring. What’s more, if the amount of donor hair available is insufficient, many hair transplant patients require the ongoing use of temporary concealers – and potentially further surgery in the future.

    Hair Systems

    For anyone who prefers not to undergo surgery, a hair system – also known as a wig, hair unit or hair replacement system – is a popular option. But it’s not a permanent solution. The main advantage is that the effect created by a hair system is immediate and relatively easy to achieve. There are, however, also quite a few downsides and difficulties that many wearers of hair systems struggle with.

    Hair systems can be expensive to buy and usually involve significant ongoing costs. Many wearers also complain of poor hygiene, because the required adhesives don’t allow the skin to breathe, causing an unpleasant odour. The adhesives themselves can also cause significant skin damage over time. There is also the issue of the social stigma associated with hair systems, which results in secrecy and anxiety among many users.

    Temporary Concealers

    Temporary concealers are usually sprayed, shaken or brushed onto the problem area of the head, and cling to existing hair to make it appear thicker and fuller. But the fact that at least 25% of our clients have previously tried this solution – and then come to us for SMP treatment – shows that there are significant issues associated with their use.

    Temporary concealers may provide a suitable option for some people, and they are certainly a safe and immediate solution. But they can be very expensive to use over an extended period of time and only work if the user has sufficient hair to start with. They are not an option for people with very little or no hair. Some products can also be washed, rained, blown or rubbed off, which often makes the user feel even more conscious of their hair loss problem.

    Topical Treatments & Medications

    Sales of topical shampoos and lotions have grown dramatically in recent years. A significant number of people claim to have experienced benefits by using one or a combination of topical treatments marketed as solutions for hair loss. Reported results include a slowing of hair loss, a complete cessation, or even the thickening and increasing density of remaining hair. But these solutions do not work for everyone. More importantly, once an area of your scalp is completely bald, no lotion can make your hair grow back.

    Topical lotions can also be expensive if used for extended periods of time, and any benefits are usually quickly reversed if their use is discontinued. So it’s definitely a long-term commitment.

    The effectiveness of medications to combat hair loss problems will always be a subject of much debate, not least because many are known to produce undesirable side effects. Although most hair loss sufferers could cope with an itchy scalp, for example, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction are side effects that are more likely to discourage use of such medications.

    How does SMP compare to the alternatives?

    The most suitable hair loss treatment to help combat your condition is the one that works best for you. Everyone is different, so the most suitable solution for one person may not necessarily be right for another.

    It’s up to you to compare all the options available to you and decide for yourself on the best course of action for you. We will be on hand to offer guidance and support throughout this process, offering 100% unbiased, honest and free advice – regardless of the fact that we perform the SMP technique.

    What we will certainly point out, however, is that SMP is a non-invasive procedure that requires no anaesthetic, incisions or adhesives. The treatment does involves a little mild discomfort, but leaves no scars and is perfectly adaptable in the event of further hair loss later on, or if your style preferences change. It’s also a relatively easy procedure for most people to fit into their everyday lives. Because it’s a permanent solution, ongoing maintenance is generally not required. While the SMP treatment is classified as ‘permanent’, we can easily remove any areas (including total removal) very simply without any scarring or damage to any remaining hair. This means SMP is totally adaptable and, in most of our clients’ opinions, means our treatment is the most flexible and best hair loss option currently available.


    Depending of your degree of hair-loss as to how much treatment will be to give you the result you are after. We will consult and quote you personally for your own personal circumstances. Pricing ranges between $2000 and $5000 for this procedure. You may wish to do-away with daily hair loss medication that can have unwanted side-effects. Avoid the need for costly-painful surgery that can’t ‘guarantee’ a result.


    Female Hair Loss (FPHL) affects 30% of all women. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Tasmania.


    Scalp Micro-Pigmentation Female Hair Loss Treatment.

    Hair loss can happen on any part of the body for a variety of reasons, and can range from mild to severe. Female pattern hair loss is the loss of hair specifically from the middle section of the scalp.


    What is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

    Each strand of hair sits in a tiny hole (cavity) in the skin called a follicle. In general, baldness occurs when the hair follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. Eventually, the follicle does not grow new hair. The follicles remain alive, which suggests that it is still possible to grow new hair.

    The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but may be related to:

    • Aging
    • Changes in the levels of androgens (male hormones). For example, after reaching menopause, many women find that the hair on their head is thinner, while the hair on their face is coarser.
    • Family history of male or female pattern baldness.
    • Other medical hair loss conditions.

    What causes hair loss?

    Apart from the reasons mentioned above, there are many different causes of hair loss including certain illnesses, stress from major surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal problems, fungal infections, side-effect of some medications, and scarring from burns.

    Hair loss in patches, sudden hair loss, breaking of hair shafts or hair loss associated with redness, scaling or pain are likely to be caused by specific health conditions.

    How common is Female Pattern Hair Loss?

    Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) affects one in three women to some degree. Female pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on:

    • Ruling out other causes of hair loss.
    • The appearance and pattern of hair loss.
    • Your medical history.

    The doctor will examine you for other signs of too much male hormone (androgen), such as:

    • Abnormal new hair growth, such as on the face or between the belly button and pubic area
    • Changes in menstrual periods and enlargement of the clitoris
    • New acne

    A skin biopsy or other procedures or blood tests may be used to diagnose skin disorders that cause hair loss arranged through our clinic.

    How can SMP help?

    Scalp MicroPigmentation can help women who are loosing hair by creating a illusion of more growth by implanting pigment at the root of the hair on the scalp so there is a underlay of colour rather than seeing through to the scalp.  This process takes 2-3 hours over 3 sessions to give the density and a perfect result.

    The pigment is graduated through the front hairline and quickly becomes dense through the crown for the best effect. When implanting our pigments, we match the hair perfectly, then go one shade darker, to give the shadow illusion to get the ‘full head of hair’ look that is desired.

    We perform our procedure very softly through the frontal hairline not leaving a line and breaking up the impressions to give it the natural appearance. Going through the top and sides of thin hair, we go much more dense. This procedure may take 2-3 sessions to achieve desired results. These procedures can all be done within a week of each other.