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Tricopigmentation vs. Scalp Micropigmentation: What is the Difference?

Tricopigmentation vs. Scalp Micropigmentation

Tricopigmentation and Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) are both considered safe options in the United States to treat and conceal male or female pattern baldness. Although they share many similarities, they have very distinct results. As you learn more about hair loss solutions while deciding which treatment is best for you, it’s important to understand how these pigmentation processes differ from each other.

Pigment Duration

Experts in Milan, Italy, developed tricopigmentation to test artificial hairlines. Each treatment uses a different type of ink. Each treatment uses a different type of ink. SMP uses a durable pigment to conceal hair loss permanently. Tricopigmentation’s ink fades and requires reapplication every 1-2 years.

Number of Treatments

Experts recommend regular treatments for tricopigmentation. Uneven fading on the scalp can complicate the process. Tricopigmentation can be costly; many find SMP more cost-effective solution. Each method uses needles, leading to a healing process. Several reasons explain tricopigmentation’s existence. Many appreciate tricopigmentation’s temporary nature for an SMP trial. Those hesitant about permanence can try tricopigmentation first.


The use of needles to deliver ink to the scalp causes some people discomfort; therefore clients sometimes prefer fewer treatments. SMP needs 2-3 sessions and touch-ups; tricopigmentation requires repeats. Tricopigmentation does have a few real disadvantages, however. While laser treatment can fix a poor scalp micropigmentation job, but tricopigmentation dye must fade naturally. The frequency of safe tricopigmentation applications remains uncertain due to its novelty. Some opt for tricopigmentation as an SMP trial.

Our team of world-renowned experts at Hairline Ink is dedicated to delivering as much information to our clients as possible so that they can make the best decision for their unique situation. We offer Scalp Micropigmentation in over 50 US cities. Call or text us today at 833-HAIR-INK (833-424-7465) to schedule an appointment, learn about our pricing, or get a free quote!

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