Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) Lightening

Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) Lightening

At some point in the future, it is possible that you will want to adapt your Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) treatment to suit your age or changing preferences. This is why SMP® has unique characteristics to be as flexible as you need it to be.

LRC specialises in lightening existing Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) if treatment colours are too dark and do not match the existing follicles or the remaining hair has changed colour and the SMP® treatment no longer blends in.

The ability to lighten or remove scalp micropigmentation pigments is important for a number of reasons.

  1. An adjustable treatment enables you to change your mind at a later date. Who knows how you might feel in 10-20 years?
  2. There is always the possibility you might want to go back to your original appearance at some point in the future.
  3. You might want to alter your hairline or shade to reflect the fact that you are getting older.

Laser also provides a failsafe just in case something goes wrong. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world, and SMP® outcomes are not always as they should be. Even if they are, each provider uses different pigment compounds so there is no way of knowing how stable the pigments will be over an extended period of time. The industry is still young, fast growing, and we simply cannot be sure how the pigmentation will look in the future. The option to reverse the treatment bypasses this concern because if the worst case scenario happens, it can simply be taken away.

Changing your pigment colour

What happens when the remaining ‘real’ hair starts to turn grey. Altering the variety of pigment colours on the scalp to blend with your greying hair is straightforward. We use specialist laser therapy techniques to lighten or remove SMP® pigments, as this method causes no scarring and very little discomfort. Laser sessions must be at least 6 weeks apart however unlike tattoo inks that are deposited much deeper into the skin, SMP® pigments usually require just 1-3 sessions to lighten or remove, making the process much more comfortable and straightforward than a traditional tattoo.



In the beginning there was no method in place as a precedent. The first documented removal utilized acidic topical creams which ultimately did the job, but also caused the patient to endure a great deal of discomfort. Many applications were required, and the whole process was experimental so there was no way of knowing if any permanent damage was being done.

It is still a mystery to us why laser removal wasn’t the first port of call back then. Lasers have been used to remove tattoos for years, and logic should have prevailed. The fact that correctly applied SMP® pigments are positioned high in the upper dermis to a shallower depth than traditional tattoo inks, would naturally suggest that they would be easier to remove than tattoo inks. Anyway, laser sessions are now the preferred (and only viable) method for removal.

Laser Removal Clinic uses the latest Q Switched Nd:YAG laser. This is pretty standard equipment in most laser clinics, and certainly for those who offer a tattoo removal service. The laser should be set to a 1064 wavelength with a medium spot size, so if your laser removal company is unsure, make sure you specify this explicitly.

After your session, the pigment in the treated area should turn white. This is indicative of a successful reaction. Following this reaction, the results will be seen on a progressive basis over the following 3-4 weeks. If you require additional sessions, a minimum delay of 6 weeks must be left between sessions to ensure no skin damage is caused.

Once lightened, further Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) treatments can be completed six after the last laser session.

Please contact us to discuss your personal requirements and receive a free of charge quotation.