Scalp Micropigmentation - Tricopigmentation Technique By Bernard Arocha, MD on September 03, 2017

There comes a time when you’ve exhausted your options for preserving your thinning hair, or replacing lost hair, and you just have to shave off what’s left. For some men, it’s no big deal, and a smooth, shiny scalp is just the next phase of their evolving look. But for other men, you may want to give the impression that you still have a hairline and stubble on your head. This is where scalp micropigmentation (SMP) comes in.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is a procedure to replicate the appearance of hair, so that it looks as if you have shaved your head, leaving a shadow of stubble behind. The process is essentially tattooing, but on a different level than the body art you’re used to seeing. Once the treatment is complete, it will look like you have a full head of hair that you’ve simply shaved to a short length.

The term “scalp micropigmentation” is a blanket term used to describe this minimally invasive treatment option for anyone experiencing hair loss. There are several more specific terms that are used to describe the process, including tricopigmentation, scalp pigmentation, hair tattooing, and hair follicle replication, but the basic technique is the same. At Arocha Hair Restoration and Transplant Center, Dr. Arocha uses the tricopigmentation technique to mimic the appearance of your natural hair.


Tricopigmentation is a minimally invasive medical tattooing procedure that introduces thousands of dots of pigment into the epidermis of your scalp. The pigments used in this process are specially designed, semi-permanent makeup that is formulated to be hypo-allergenic and contains no carcinogenic materials. These pigments are manufactured in Europe, meaning that they have to adhere to the much more stringent European guidelines for safety, purity and quality.

Dr. Arocha and his tricopigmentation technician personally traveled to Milan, Italy in order for them both to be trained by the woman who invented the technique, Milena Lardi of Beauty Medical S.R.I. Milena has over 20 years of experience in permanent and semi-permanent makeup, and is considered to be a master instructor in her field. She created tricopigmentation to offer a safer alternative to the other permanent scalp micropigmentation options that were available at the time. Besides the custom pigments, tricopigmentation utilizes a specialized system which includes custom devices and needles, as well as a technique developed specifically for this procedure.

Who Would Benefit from Scalp Micropigmentation?

Tricopigmentation can work for a variety of people with a variety of needs. The “stubble effect” is a look that is ideal for patients who aren’t good candidates for hair transplantation and who’ve had limited success with oral or topical treatments, as it gives the effect of a shaved head. The “density effect” gives those with thinning hair the look of thicker, denser hair without constant treatments to try and boost existing follicles. Tricopigmentation can also be used to camouflage scars from previous hair restoration treatments, as well as scars resulting from injury or trauma.

Unlike other hair restoration options, there’s really no limit to who can undergo the SMP procedure, including:

  • Men suffering from male pattern baldness
  • Women suffering from genetic hair loss (usually called female pattern baldness)
  • Those suffering from hair loss due to medications or health conditions
  • People suffering from alopecia
  • People who wish to cover damage to their scalp from burns or scarring

Results and Recovery

Although the results of tricopigmentation are considered permanent, the pigments will slowly fade over time, and you may need to come in for a touch up every two to five years. However, because of the unique pigments used in the process, your pigmentation won’t blur or turn green or blue as the ink fades.

Recovery time is minimal, with some patients returning to their regular activities the day after their procedure. You may experience redness and mild swelling, but this should only last one or two days.

If you live in the Dallas, Houston, or Austin area, and are ready to try the fastest growing solution for male hair loss, tricopigmentation may be the solution for you. Call us today at 713-526-HAIR to schedule a consultation with Dr. Arocha. Enjoy the only hair restoration treatment that offers immediate results, guaranteed.

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Since 2002, Bernardino A. Arocha, M.D. has been transforming lives through the power of hair restoration. With an artistic approach and a variety of procedures available, Arocha Hair Restoration has a track record of providing stunning results. Dr. Arocha is affiliated with prominent organizations with memberships that include:

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