Scalp Micropigmentation vs Hair Transplants

When it comes to hair loss solutions, there are two main options for treatment: scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and hair transplants. SMP is a cosmetic treatment where pigment is tattooed onto the scalp to mimic the look of short hair follicles, giving the illusion of a fuller head of hair. In contrast, a hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves removing hair follicles from one part of the scalp (donor area) and transplanting them to the thinning or balding areas (recipient area). 

While both procedures have pros and cons, we believe that scalp Micropigmentation is a clear winner. Here’s why.


Scalp Micropigmentation is a much less expensive option than Hair Transplants. The price range for scalp micropigmentation costs anywhere from $800 to $4000, while prices for Scalp Micropigmentation cost upwards from $10,000 to $25,000 in Australia. For most people, the cost is a significant deciding factor when choosing a treatment option, and scalp micropigmentation procedures are simply more affordable.



Hair transplant procedures are more time-consuming than scalp micropigmentation. The entire process can take up to 12 hours, and one may have to return for multiple sessions. It is a more invasive procedure that requires extensive post-op care and special medications to prevent further loss of hair follicles. 

On the contrary, scalp micropigmentation only takes as little as two hours. And since no downtime is required for recovery, you can go about your normal activities immediately after the treatment. So if you are looking for long-lasting results with minimal time commitment, scalp micropigmentation will be your best bet.

Immediate Results

Scalp micropigmentation provides immediate results, while hair transplants take time to show the full effects. In SMP, the pigments are applied to the scalp in a single session, and the results are visible immediately after the procedure.

Hair transplants, on the other hand, involve removing hair follicles from one part of the scalp and transplanting them to another. The transplanted hair will take several months to grow and reach its full length. The full effects of a hair transplant may not be visible for several months or even a year after the procedure.

Minimal Invasion

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-invasive procedure with a relatively quick recovery time. It can be a good option for people with minimal hair loss or looking for a low-maintenance solution. 

Hair transplants, on the contrary, involve surgically transferring hair follicles from one area of the scalp to another. It is a more invasive procedure with a longer recovery time and can be more expensive. Hair transplants can be a good option for people with more severe hair loss and those with enough donor hair to transfer.

Long Lasting Results

The results of scalp micropigmentation are permanent and last much longer than hair transplants. The pigment used in scalp micropigmentation lasts 4 – 7 years before it begins to fade gradually. In that case, you can simply book another session to refresh the pigment and maintain your results.

On the other hand, hair transplants may last as little as 3 years (in some cases) before they begin to fail. It happens because the transplanted hair follicles eventually die and are replaced by new ones. As a result, patients who have undergone hair transplants often need multiple sessions over their lifetime to maintain their desired results.


Scalp micropigmentation is considered low maintenance than hair transplants because it requires very little ongoing care. Once the procedure is completed, you can expect the pigments to last for several years before they start to fade. The maintenance required for scalp micropigmentation typically involves touch-ups every few years to maintain the desired colour and coverage.

On the contrary, hair transplants require ongoing care and maintenance to ensure optimal results. This can include regular washing and conditioning of the transplanted hair, avoiding certain activities or habits that could damage the hair, and in some cases, taking medications to promote hair growth. Additionally, hair transplants may require touch-ups in the future to address any areas of hair loss that may occur over time.


While both procedures have their pros and cons, we believe that scalp micropigmentation is a clear winner because it provides long-lasting results with minimal side effects. In addition, you’re likely to get better results with scalp micropigmentation for women in terms of density and coverage. Exceptionally few clients regret scalp micropigmentation, and experiences are mainly positive.

Ultimately, the choice between SMP vs. hair transplants will depend on an individual’s specific needs, budget, and desired outcome. It’s best to consult with a hair loss specialist to determine the best option for you. 

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At Lion Mane SMP, we understand that getting a SMP treatment is a life-changing decision, so we are here to educate you about the process and alleviate any of your concerns through our one-on-one consultation sessions. We offer a private consultation in Melbourne to explain our procedures and outline what you'd like to achieve with your treatment. We will provide a quote specific to your needs and recommendations for any follow-up treatments that may be necessary after the treatment. We are proud to offer a 12-month warranty for our treatment, so you can feel confident that Lion Mane SMP is there to help you every step of the way.

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