The tattooing of the scalp is not new. This technique has been attempted by tattoo artists for years and has been used by hair transplant surgeons in the past.
The following are some of the limitations of SMP:
The primary concern for SMP to potential patients is the potential change in the color of the pigment over time.
There is also concern about the permanence of SMP. Like all tattoo and micro pigments, the color of SMP will likely fade to a lighter shade over time. Exposure to sun will accelerate changes in color as well.
Bleeding of pigment from one spot to another is real problem and may be technique dependent. Too many procedures tend to lead to the bleeding of pigment into the depth of the skin.
Finally, many SMP patients ask about the graying of their hair over time. This is an important issue that must be addressed before a patient undergoes SMP. SMP should be considered a permanent lifestyle changing process. Patients must accept that they need to keep their hair short, to an almost shaved appearance. If this primary concept is accepted, the graying of hair with age should not be an important issue as SMP is applied over the entire scalp thus blending in with ant grey stubble that may arise. In addition, the dying option for patients always remains.