How much does scalp micropigmentation usually cost?

Although the initial cost of a scalp micropigmentation treatment can be high, this option scores very highly in terms of overall value for money

The average client wishing to conceal their hair loss will pay from £1500 up to around £3500 for a complete course of treatment sessions. The overall cost of treatment depends largely on your requirements, but leans heavily on the following factors:

  • Which company you choose for treatment
  • The availability and number of competing companies in the area
  • How flexible you can be with dates
  • Whether or not you would be willing to be modelled as a company case study
  • How much hair you have lost
  • The follicle density to be replicated
  • The size of your head
  • Whether or not you have scars or alopecia to conceal
  • How many of your sessions are covered by warranty or guarantee
  • The deal you’re able to negotiate on the day

How do the costs compare against the alternatives?

To assess the value on offer, it is important to put the costs into some sort of context. Hair transplant surgery can cost anything from £5000 up to £40,000 or even more. The latest hair systems (wigs) can cost over £100 per month in maintenance and replacement units, shake-on concealers can cost around £40 for a single months supply and even drugs like minoxidil and finasteride can work out expensive, at over £50 per month for the average user.

It isn’t hard to see why a one-off cost of around £2500 on average is attractive to most people.

Ask for some sort of guarantee

Scalp micro-pigmentation treatments fade for a few months before they finally settle. This is true in almost all cases, so it is important that the cost of any additional sessions are agreed in advance before you commit to having the procedure in the first place.

Some companies now offer a guarantee period, during which any additional sessions that are needed to correct short term fading are free of charge. This can save the customer several hundred (or even thousands) of pounds, so it is well worth asking.

Of course, only your gut instinct will tell you whether or not you believe the company will deliver on the promises made within the guarantee. Some are known for trying to wriggle out of their obligations, so make sure you do your homework.

How much experience does your SMP practitioner have?

Although the length of time the company itself has been around should be considered, it is of little consequence compared to how much (or how little) experience your actual practitioner has acquired. A rookie practitioner can still ruin your treatment, no matter who they work for. Make sure you ask who will be doing your treatment, and if they do not have a lot of experience, ask if your treatment will be supervised by a senior member of staff.

The level of experience should be factored into your cost analysis. It is worth paying a little more for a more experienced practitioner, whereas no-one should be asked to pay top dollar for a treatment carried out by a trainee.

Make sure you shop around

Once upon a time there was only a handful of SMP providers in the world, but now the market has opened up and there is more competition about. Don’t be afraid to ask your preferred company to match another on price. At the end of the day you’re paying for a service, and it is up to you to make sure you’re achieving the best value possible.

Not sure where to start?

If you’re ready to start your enquiries but you don’t know which provider to use, I’m happy to offer a free and unbiased recommendation based on your location and your specific needs. For more information see my recommendation page.

UPDATE: Following the discussion about costs, please also see my post on costs.

Laurie Downing