Scalp Micropigmentation and Tricopigmentation, what’s the difference?

January 29th, 2020

So, you’re searching for hair loss cures and came across scalp micropigmentation and tricopigmentation – but what’s the difference?

Tricopigmentation is a temporary form of micropigmentation. The lifespan of tricopigmentation is typically six to 18 months, at which point many people opt to get their treatment reapplied. That’s the main difference between scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and tricopigmentation: SMP is permanent while tricopigmentation is not. However, there are a lot of things to consider when looking at the two procedures.

What Is Tricopigmentation

Tricopigmentation was originally crafted in Milan, Italy by Milena Lardi from the Beauty Medical Clinic. As explained by Team Micro, a company that provides information to SMP technicians, the technique was derived from scalp micropigmentation. Like SMP, tricopigmentation can be used to make your hair look fuller, shape your hairline, cover-up scars (like the kind you might get from a hair transplant), or get a full head tattoo if you have alopecia or are completely bald.

How Tricopigmentation Works

Tricopigmentation equipment was explicitly designed for work on the skin on your scalp. The tricopigmentation needle releases the same amount of pigment at the same depth every time. Tricopigmentation is performed on the upper dermis and the pigment used in tricopigmentation is less than 15 micron (one micron is one millionth of a meter), small enough to be absorbed by the body and later expelled as waste.

Tricopigmentation Cost

Team Micro’s Tricopigmentation Cost Calculator estimates between $2250 – $3000 for severe alopecia, while SMP from Scalp Micro USA costs between $2,500 – $4,000.
Tricopigmentation is supposed to be more affordable because it’s temporary. The price difference, however, between initial treatments of SMP and tricopigmentation is not so different. Plus, we know that the true cost of tricopigmentation is greater because in order to keep the look of a buzzcut you need to get treatment every six to 18 months. Getting tricopigmentation over and over again, does not seem like the best use of your money and will begin to add up.

Scalp Micropigmentation vs Tricopigmentation

Tricopigmentation does offer some significant disadvantages. While laser can be used to remove or fix a bad SMP job, the pigment used for tricopigmentation makes it impossible to remove until they allow the tricopigmentation treatment to naturally fade away.

Tricopigmentation requires much more maintanence and additional treatments in the long run to maintain a buzzcut look. With scalp micropigmentation, you can expect to get a touch up every 4-6 years. However, tricopigmentation requires touchups every 6-18 months which can become time-consuming and costly.

Clearing Up The Confusion

These two treatments terms are often confused for one another. Both have the word “pigmentation” in them so it’s not hard to see why the confusion occurs.

So let’s make things clear: at Scalp Micro USA, you get Scalp Micropigmentation. Our expert practitioners recommend SMP in all hair loss situations. Scalp micro pigmentation is more consistent, natural, requires less maintenance, and is less expensive in the long term.

Still have questions? Chat with one of our scalp pigmentation practitioners by scheduling your FREE phone or in-person consultation. Wondering how good will it look? Just watch 3 real guys review Scalp Micro USA and see for yourself!

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