Many prospective clients have some common questions that we have addressed below.
What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP)?
You know that confident, powerful look that says “I could have a full head of hair, but I’ve chosen to shave it down to the follicle?” That’s the SMP style. SMP itself is the generic name for the process of using tiny ink impressions placed on the scalp to create the look of a full, robust, closely cut hairline. GLI is an SMP pioneer that has developed its own proprietary SMP process performed by trained, Certified Impression Technicians™. Learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP).
Is SMP really just a tattoo?
No. SMP is similar to tattooing like administering a flu shot is similar to performing brain surgery. SMP and tattooing both consist of making marks on the skin by ingraining an indelible pigment into the dermis. However, the SMP application process, custom pigments, mapping, client management and technician training are extremely specialized. SMP is the only process performed at GLI. That’s why we’re the SMP leader, and why our understanding of SMP’s science and artistry has produced unsurpassed results for thousands of clients.
How long does SMP take?
The vast majority of GLI’s clients are in and out in just one day. Depending on your surgical history, head size and current hair loss, the initial procedure usually takes just 5-8 hours. If you decide to receive a follow-up density enhancement, this process takes just 2 hours on average. Efficiency is one of GLI’s many advantages, as we’ve perfected SMP to maximum precision. Our competitors find it hard to believe, but we’ve got the satisfied clients to prove it. Especially if you’re coming to us from out of town, this saves you significant time and money on hotels and other expenses.
How long does SMP last?
SMP is designed to be a durable and lasting solution to hair loss—not something that requires you to return again and again for expensive maintenance. Some GLI clients have one SMP procedure, and we never see them again. Others return for occasional tweaks and touchups—which we offer for just $295 for life.
Who actually performs GLI’s SMP procedures?
If you’re considering Scalp Micro Pigmentation, this might just be the most important question to ask. With GLI, you can have the confidence that SMP procedure will be performed by a trained, Certified Impressionist—not a tattoo artist. GLI technicians have performed thousands of SMP procedures. And every GLI technician completes an extensive and rigorous certification and testing process, including specialized training in appropriate hairline placement and hairline pigmentation techniques.
How much does SMP cost at GLI?
GLI offers the most natural hair loss solution at the greatest overall value, hands down. Because we replicate each individual follicle you’ve lost (and more), pricing scales up or down based on the complexity of your customized procedure. Costs start at just $500-$1,000 (to conceal scarring from other procedures) and increase based on complexity. We offer three families of pricing: A La Carte (you cover your own transportation, housing and meals), All-Inclusive (those costs are included in your pricing), and VIP (all-inclusive plus additional bells and whistles to achieve the most private and memorable transformational experience). Keep in mind that whichever route you choose, we offer a complimentary touch-up within the year if needed, plus additional touch-ups for life for just $295. To determine specific pricing, start by requesting a quote. If you’d like to spread payments out monthly, we also offer financing through United Medical Credit.
Can I see or talk to other people who’ve had SMP done at GLI?
Absolutely. This website features a before and after gallery of real GLI clients, plus tons of user reviews from third-party sources that are not edited or filtered by us. We also offer an in-office consultation where you can see people up close who’ve had the SMP procedure, and we provide consultants who’ve experienced Scalp Micro Pigmentation for themselves. Schedule a consultation with one of our GLI consultants online, or call us today at 952-378-1778.
I have scars from hair transplants. Can SMP help?
Yes. We know that every scar is unique, and we’re confident that we provide the industry’s most thorough scar camouflage protocol. In fact, about 20 percent of the SMP we perform is to correct previous procedures from other providers—much of which involves scar camouflage. Visit our gallery for examples, or visit our page dedicated specifically to scar concealment.
What kind of pigmentation do you use?
As an SMP pioneer, we’ve developed a large, proprietary line of pigments to give you the widest possible breadth of choices. Rest assured, these aren’t tattoo inks. Regardless of your skin tone or desired hair color, we have a pigment and procedure composites that meet your requirements.
Is SMP painful?
Having performed thousands of SMP procedures, we can confidently tell you that while SMP isn’t without discomfort, any pain involved is generally far less than most of our clients expect (in fact, we’ve had several clients feel so relaxed that they’ve fallen asleep during the procedure). Discomfort levels vary by person—and by the level of previous work they’ve received, such as transplants. But on average, our clients would rate their discomfort between 0 and 2 on a scale from 0-10.
Is there a recovery period with SMP, or does it look good right away?
SMP recovery is amazingly quick, akin to LASIK eye surgery. Most clients experience some redness immediately following the procedure, which dissipates significantly or completely disappears by the very next day. Rest assured, you won’t need to wear a hat for a month after your GLI procedure. : )
Does insurance cover SMP?
In most cases, it does not. But if you’ve had previous treatments from another provider (such as for burns or cuts) that were covered by insurance, consult with your insurance agent about possible coverage for SMP.
What if I’m not approved for credit?
No problem. We work hard to make a great new hairline accessible to everyone, so even if your application for outsourced credit isn’t approved for any reason, you can just call your Image Consultant to make guaranteed financing available.