Posted 06/20/2020 in General by

How much does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) cost?

How much does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) cost?

How much does Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) cost?

One of the key benefits of scalp micropigmentation vs a hair transplant procedure is the cost. A hair transplant often starts at $3 to $6 per graft and most people require at least 3000 grafts so figure $9,000 to $18,000 plus a lot of pain and downtime.  Scalp Micropigmentation cost comes no where near that.

Below you will find a rough guide to help you estimate the cost of the procedure.  Using our power match tool, you can easily get quotes from many artists within our network, and that will also give you a great idea. 

Some of the questions you should ask upfront to any artist are:

  1. Are you certified?
  2. How many years have you been doing this?
  3. Do you have an extensive social media portfolio and presence?
  4. Are you licensed in your state?
  5. Certifications:
    1. SMP Training Certificate - Ask them about the school and hours spent training
    2. Depending on some states, the artist may also need a tattoo license
    3. Blood borne pathogen license
    4. Town Health Permit
    5. Sterilized clinic - preferably with a sink
    6. Will needles be new and opened in front of me?
    7. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) -  The practitioner should be using fresh and clean disposable gloves, masks.
    8. Equipment should be wrapped in fresh and clean guards and tape for each session

One of the biggest risks of any procedure is the risk of infection.  Although the above may sound 'too much', the risk of infection is real and should be taken very seriously.  If the clinic or practitioner exhibits poor hygiene, walk away.

A great practice will usually not charge by the session and will typically charge by the job and will also give you a 1 year 'guarantee'.  This usually means that if you would like any areas darkened or if any areas fade, they will do it for absolutely no cost.                                                

Here is a rough estimate of cost. 

Keep in mind: it all varies by area, the extent of your hair loss, and your artist:

Treatment Type


Hairline area only

$1200- $1800

Crown area

$1200- $1600

Hair transplant scar camouflage


Adding Density for existing hair

$1800- $2200

Full treatment 

$2500- $2800

Full treatment + Scar Camouflage

$3200- $4000

Full Alopecia treatment

$3500- $4500

Partial alopecia treatment 

$2500- $3500

Women hairline treatment

$1200- $1500

Women full scalp density treatment


Touch Up For existing Client

$99- $299

Touch up for new client

$250- $500

Repair of bad treatment

$1200- $1800

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to reach out to The purpose of our website is to provide unbiased advice, tips, and research on the scalp micropigmentation industry.  We aim to serve as a resource to clients that are looking to get scalp micropigmentation done for their hair loss.  Our website has a list of members that you may contact for your scalp micropigmentation needs.  The members on our website often pay to be featured or listed on our site so, it is very important that you do your own research or contact us with any questions. is not affiliated with any clinic.

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