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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Discuss the increasingly popular Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) procedure here, including the advantages, disadvantages and possible long term effects.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:28 PM
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Got this done at Good Look Inc first week of Sept.

Absolutely hated it.

The second I left, I could not WAIT to get it removed. I listened to the owner who said it will fade BIG time over next 4 weeks. Well, it didnt fade enough (only slightly) !!!

So, 4 weeks later now and Im having it removed with tat removal laser.

The tat removal laser was easier than I thought although $300/session and I will probably need 3 sessions

The tat came out EASY.....but since there is SO MUCH surface area, they cant help but miss spots, hence the need for more sessions.

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$4,700 for the tat-hair
$450 for RT flight

The owner was a defensive jerk who aqvoided me liek the plague onece I expressed dissatisfaction. Like how dare you not like my product (errrr WTH!!!)

I even told him ""look dude, I dont want my money back, I want OPTIONS on getting it removed"".

I looked like someone took a dang sharpie and outliend my hairline. I SPECIFICALLY told them I was MORTIFIED of the hairline looking too sharp. One ear out the other

He pretty much BLEW ME OFF from that point on (one I said I didn't like it)! HORRRRRIBLE customer serrvice. I was treated like a leper.

THANK GOD the tat laser worked! Very easily might I add.

Apparently, they use all organic products in their ink AND apply it close to the surface - both of these result in a very easy to remove situation (albeit, ~$1,000 in expenses)

Ive been HIDING in embarrassment for a month now. Awful experience

Oh well, live and learn
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:24 PM
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Wow. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm sorry it was such an awful endeavor.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:31 PM
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yup

I've never been so happy to BE BALD

I was slightly self-conscience being bald. With that SHARPIE-hairlined procedure, I was FLAT OUT insecure to leave my house

Run for the hills if you are considering having this procedure
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:01 AM
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Honestly, I have never gotten a good impression from GLI's customer service. I've written about it before--SO heavy on the sales and marketing tactics. And they have never (from what I know) come on these boards unlike many of the other SMP providers.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:40 PM
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whacked,

i am so sorry for your experience , hope you got well after laser sessions.

Could you please tell more about it? Is that the hairline you didn't like it or the procedure overall? Any difference between sides and the top? Could you share us some pictures?
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:46 PM
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I SPECIFICALLY told them I was MORTIFIED of the hairline looking too sharp. One ear out the other
haha!!

Isn't that a surprise?? HT docs are often exactly the same - and yet they can be frank too. Makes it even harder to tell! Matter of fact my GP does it too.

Hey doc...this is the third time I've been here for this ear pain.
Doc: Yes, yes...we should be fine this time....

Seriously, wonderful post Whacked!. I am so disenchanted about hair and hair forums these days. But this post moved my bones in their grizzly little grave.

This hairline issue has been something I've been on about for ages, and also, about practitioners and their soothing balm for our doubts, our hopes, and the need for business. Without such suckers like us, there would be no business, or critically less!

So for the hairline. I got screwed too. Luckily, it is not too bad, but it definitely isn't good on one side!! That is the thing,, how come one side (kind of) works and the other didn't?? WTF?? How can something so precious to us (and expensive) be left to such arbitrary force, a rudderless and utterly random fate?? And what did the guy say when I asked him?? He said...'I just followed your hairline"

Not to mention my SMP is patchy and blue. (More on that in another post)

So here is the thing with the hairlines. They (the tatt companies) think that by following the 'natural hairline' it will look natural. Wrong!! SMP is an illusion. You cant put up a concrete wall along the edge of the woods, paint it green and hope people see woods.

So what is the solution? I don't know.

Thanks for cheering me up with your pain!! Seriously, thanks on behalf of those who are about to head of to see GLI and cancelled. Glad the thing came off, and ditto about GLI. MAtter of fact, I'm not impressed by the demeanor of any of them, nor am I impressed with the way Milena's (no diss on her whatsover, good luck to her) business was nicely parked into the forum. But that is the way it goes, and I am in the process of taking stock of things afresh, including the ever changing forum world, and reforming my attitude.

Not to mention, the marketing/web gambits and the results are not necessarily correlated.

Small hijack here..
PS. I apologize to readers for my post of June 26, when I was gushing too enthusiastically about the SMP I undertook. I lost my way to some extent at the time..and I had not intended to post about it until I was thoroughly convinced it either worked completely or didn't (my hand was forced) Forgive me..I realize how serious the problem is and the commitment involved, the desperation and deception and the frustration of failing. I can post pictures that show mind blowing improvement, and I felt on par with that improvement at times, but I can also show you ones that look.."eh--uh oh..what's going on there?"

It was definitely an improvement for me, but not quite the panacea I thought it would be..frustratingly so...not yet,, and judging by the color problems - especially in photographs and light that includes blue - It may never be. These pics can cause people to ask themselves, check you next time, and that equals self-doubt. But I am not out of stock yet. The fight goes on..
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:00 PM
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i was skimming trough the discussions and i feel bad for the guy who had the procedure done at good look ink.... 5000 dollars to tattoo small dots is an absolute outrage. thank god this forum makes sure people dont get ripped of by GLI or NHI who are clearly taking advantage of people who are looking for a desperate solution.
on another note....I cannot wrap my head around the fact their is only one person in Italy that can tattoo small dots on a scalp properly.... im sure it looks great and she is fabulous at what she does, but others have to do a similar good job with this procedure....hopefully it catches on and the prices will go down.....
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:51 PM
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These last posts are great. We really are in a crazy situation. Unproven treatment. Hard sales pitch. Little scientific data on technique or long-term effects. And MASSIVE mark-up. 1000 Euros for TEMPORARY ink.At last Dr. Rassman and Dr. Ron Shapiro have come on these boards to talk about the science that they know so far and Dr. Shapiro even noted 5 K was outrageous. But now a few more clinics want to offer this. Dr. Lindsey said he would be. He seems like an honest bloke with ethics. Dr. Lindsey, since you read these boards, how about it? Will you be offering the temp. ink and will you tell us and explain the reasoning behind your pricing system please?

By the way, we never heard again from Time to Do Something after GLI. Wonder what happened.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:51 PM
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1000 Euros for Temporary ink in the crown I meant from Melinea.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:00 PM
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i would say 100- 200 dollars an hour for this procedure sounds fair....the best tattoo artists in the world for PERMANENT INK charge around this price ( up to 300 im sure )
If I could be so bold as to ask any doctor, clinic, or independant to explain to all of us why tattooing dots that only last a year or so would be more expensive?!?!?!? I would love to hear a sensible, articulate and honest answer to make us feel we are being treated fair by these clinics and not just as people willing to spend anything for a solution ( albiet temporary one )
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