Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to gaining new skills or upgrading existing ones, nothing is as important as the level of training you will receive. Vanguard SMP Academy is dedicated to providing our students with the necessary skills to become successful technicians in the SMP field. You will be learning all core fundamentals from hairline design to pigment and needle selection as well as all the critical SMP elements necessary to master true technique.

When performed correctly, Scalp Micropigmentation is a completely natural and undetectable solution for most types of hair loss. Its versatility is useful in creating the illusion of thicker hair when thinning is present. As well as restoring a receded hairline found mostly in male pattern balding.
The micro impressions perfectly mimic the look of natural follicles that remain undetectable even under close observation.

Over time SMP will lighten and what is known as a touch-up will be required. This revitalizes the effects of time and sun exposure and restores the scalp micro pigmentation to its original finish. Generally, for most clients, the SMP will last between 2-4 years before a touch is needed.

The cost of Scalp Micro Pigmentation varies from client to client depending on how much hair loss is present. The size of the areas that need to be treated will determine the cost.
During your consultation with Vanguard, your technician will assess your particular hair loss and tailor a plan of action for your upcoming treatment. At this time, you will be informed of the price for your particular case. SMP or Scalp Micro Pigmentation can range anywhere between 500 – 3500+.

At Vanguard SMP every Hairline is customized to the particular needs of the client. Our Master technicians will carry out a full analysis of your facial features before choosing your hairline. Your features serve as natural markers for where your new hairline should be recreated. The clients input on how they visualize their particular hairline, as well as the professional opinion of the master technician will come together to execute the most desired and natural hairline.
It is important when choosing a hairline to consider, age, occupation and lifestyle. This helps ensure the most appropriate hairline for the client will be selected.

The vast majority of people who undergo SMP only experience what can be described as a tolerable or mild discomfort. As with most bodily sensations including pain there’s a spectrum of tolerance, every person’s threshold for discomfort is different. Most clients describe the sensation as more of nuisance than pain. In contrast with a traditional tattoo Scalp Micro pigmentation is far less painful due to the fact that SMP only reaches two layers into the skin’s dermis.

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We have worked with clients all over the midwest, including those who require a more discreet visit. Always committed to providing the best service in this industry, while ensuring you get the desired look and comfort every step of the way.