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Tricopigmentation vs. Scalp Micropigmentation: What is the Difference?

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

Tricopigmentation was invented in Milan, Italy, where it is celebrated as a revolutionary application for testing artificial hairlines. The major difference between tricopigmentation and scalp micropigmentation is the type of ink that is used in each treatment. Scalp micropigmentation uses a unique kind of pigment that does not fade much over time, and it is considered a permanent solution for concealing hair loss. Tricopigmentation uses a different type of ink that begins to fade after several months, and the treatment needs to be reapplied every one or two years to maintain the look of the hairline.

Number of Treatments

Because tricopigmentation is a temporary solution, regularly scheduled treatments are highly recommended. This can be complicated if the pigment doesn’t fade consistently across the person’s scalp. For individuals who are committed to concealing their hair loss, the number of treatments and money required for the tricopigmentation procedure can quickly add up, making scalp micropigmentation a much more cost-effective solution. The ink is still delivered to the scalp using needles, so regardless of the method you choose, the body will go through a healing process after each treatment.


The use of needles to deliver ink to the scalp causes some people discomfort; therefore clients sometimes prefer fewer treatments. Scalp micropigmentation requires two or three sessions, with potential touch-ups every four to five years, while the tricopigmentation procedure must be repeated when fading occurs. Because tricopigmentation is a relatively new procedure, it’s difficult to pinpoint how many times this treatment can be applied to the scalp without significant side-effects. That’s why some people choose to use tricopigmentation as a test-run before opting for scalp micropigmentation.

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. Call us at (585)-250-0835 to learn more or to schedule your free consultation today!

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