Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) Removal

Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) Removal

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 as it has been applied professionally.

LRC specialises in removing existing Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP®) treatments from hairlines and side profiles though to partial or top of head and full head removal for alopecia clients.

The ability to partially remove (higher hairlines / side profiles) or fully remove scalp micropigmentation (SMP®) 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 reflect the fact that you are getting older and no longer want the SMP®treatment

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 and fast growing, and we simply cannot be sure that the pigmentation will look how we believe it will 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.

Complete removal of a treatment

Using laser techniques, it is possible to completely reverse your treatment by removing all pigments entirely. We are also able to remove treatments applied by other companies although this may take longer depending on the nature of pigments used. These treatments are not always satisfactory and we receive many requests of this nature.


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.