Micropigmentation for Hair Loss

Micropigmentation, often referred to as trichopigmentation or micropigmentation for hair loss or even hair tattoo, is an exciting new technique that works by inserting a pigment just beneath the skin to create the illusion of closely cropped hair.  Scalp micropigmentation is another term for this. As one of the leading San Francisco Bay Area centers for scalp micropigmentation, we are really excited to offer this technology!

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Trichopigmentation is a technological evolution of aesthetic and paramedical micropigmentation which allows us to inoculate into the superficial layer of the skin (dermis) a specific pigment capable of altering appearance by recreating the effect of hair on a scalp.

Trichopigmentation is a technique which enables our patients to camouflage baldness (hair loss) or scars in the most suitable way depending on the patient’s situation. By performing this type of treatment, the shaved effect is achieved using a microscopic deposit of pigment, in the shape of tiny dots. The aim is to obtain a natural result. A treatment session takes 1-3 hrs depending on the area being treated. We perform our session with local anesthesia. We can perform the trichopigmentation sessions with semi-permanent (re-absorbable) or permanent pigments. There is no down-time after the procedure.

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Crown Camouflage via Micropigmentation

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Scar Camouflage via Micropigmentation

Every patient is different, so if you are interested in scalp micropigmentation in the San Francisco Bay Area, please set up a consultation appointment in our Foster City, California, office.


  • Scar Camouflage– Trichopigmentation is commonly used to camouflage scars caused by surgery procedures such as hair transplant (FUE and STRIP) or accidental injury.
  • Density Effect – The density effect allows the patient to have a thicker look and better coverage even in the case of long hair: it reduces transparency; It reduces dyscromia; it increases the appearance of hair density and thickness; it helps avoid the use of camouflaging products.
  • Shaved effect – By choice or necessity, trichopigmentation with the shaved effect aims at reconstructing the entire scalp with a “shaved look” or “stubble” look.

Micropigmentation is truly an exciting new tool in the toolkit of hair restoration. If you are interested in exploring this option for hair restoration (often also called a “hair tattoo”), set up a time to come in to our convenient Foster City office. Whether you’re looking for Bay Area trichopigmentation, scalp micropigmentation for hair loss in San Francisco or San Jose, or another turn of phrase – scalp micropigmentation anywhere from Palo Alto to San Mateo, our office provides a convenient, private place to explore your hair restoration options. Reach out to Dr. Canales for a free consultation. Patients come to us from San Francisco to Oakland, San Mateo to Foster City, and everywhere in between looking for a quality Bay Area micropigmentation experience. Call us today!

Questions and Answers on Micropigmentation

Q. What does micropigmentation do for thin hair or a bald spot?

A. Scalp micropigmentation can do several things for hair loss, depending on what an individual needs. Men and women dealing with thinning hair can use micropigmentation to fill in bald patches to make the hair appear thicker. Men who prefer a short buzz cut may find micropigmentation to be the perfect complement to a growing bald spot or receding hairline. Micropigmentation is meant to be undetectable and blend in with the hair to create a natural, fuller hairline.

Q. What is micropigmentation used for?

A. Micropigmentation may be an option for creating thicker hair on the head, but it has several other uses. The process can help camouflage a scar on the hairline. People use it for so-called cosmetic reasons such as filling in thin eyebrows, fixing discolored lips, or as a permanent eyeliner. Micropigmentation can also support men and women struggling with medical conditions. People suffering from vitiligo choose micropigmentation to fill white spots for a more even-looking skin tone. If a woman is recovering from breast cancer, it is used in breast reconstruction surgery to build a natural-looking areola around the nipple.

Q. Is micropigmentation the same as a tattoo?

A. No, it is not even remotely the same. Micropigmentation may be called “medical tattooing,” but the process is entirely different. A professionally trained surgeon manages micropigmentation in a surgical environment. They also use different needles, ink, and specialized technology. Before choosing your professional, it’s essential to review their credentials. One who manages scalp micropigmentation (SMP) or trichopigmentation (ATP) may not be the same as a medically trained and certified surgeon.

Q. How long does skin micropigmentation last? Will it fade?

A. Although it may slightly lighten over time, micropigmentation will not fade away. Micropigmentation is meant to be a permanent solution to hair and skin problems. Sometimes where you choose to have the procedure can determine the outcome. People who’ve had this procedure done at another clinic and have fading or other issues, we may be able to help correct the problem.