Scalp Micro Pigmentation – Tricopigmentation


Dr.Sam and the team behind NuaCell have provided a bespoke and gold-standard Tricopigmentation scalp micro pigmentation clinic called MHS CLINIC for many years in the clinic in Malahide. These services continue, under the exact same team in the same clinic, but now operate under the new clinical umbrella of NuaCell!

We have evolved.

What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

2 Types of Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

There are 2 main types of SMP available on the market today, a semi-permanent treatment known as Tricopigmentation, which is the treatment performed at NuaCell, and a fully permanent treatment.

Tricopigmentation is a type of scalp micro pigmentation that uses a special type of pigment developed specifically for recreating the appearance of hair follicles. This is known as a semi-permanent treatment because it is not fully permanent like other forms, and will eventually fade from the scalp. Hence it will require more maintenance and top up procedures than a permanent treatment type.

The benefit of tricopigmentation is that it allows a lot more flexibility to the client. As we age we undergo several changes that can dramatically affect our appearance. The hair can become thinner and change color, the skin can develop wrinkles and lines, the shape of the face can change and so forth. Hence, a permanent SMP procedure that is performed when you are 30 may not be age-appropriate, or look natural, when you are 45 or 50, for example.

Tricopigmentation allows you to adapt and change the the treatment over time to suit these changes in your appearance, and even to allow the treatment to fade completely if you decide it is no longer something you want.

NuaCell only performs semi-permanent Tricopigmentation.

Permanent SMP is exactly what it says on the tin. The pigments used in this type of procedure tend not to fade too much over time, and create a much longer lasting effect than the tricopigmentation. This can be a pro or a con, depending on how much flexibility you require from the treatment. If you are happy that you may not be able to remove the pigment or change the appearance later in life, without invasive laser removal procedures, then the permanent option may make sense.

Permanent pigments also tend to look slightly darker, especially in the initial stages, than non-permanent pigments, and in many cases the actual equipment and treatment techniques are also different.

Some permanent treatments do require touch ups over time, although not as regularly as semi-permanent treatments, as they can fade slightly, especially if exposed to sun in the long term.

NuaCell does not perform permanent SMP procedures.

How Does the Treatment Work?

Scalp Micro Pigmentation involves placing tiny dots of pigment into the upper layers of the scalp. These dots are applied in a way that mimics the appearance of a hair follicle, and can be placed closer together or further apart, and in particular arrangements, to create the illusion of having more actual hair in that area.

This can be used to disguise hair loss, rebuild hairlines, enhance the appearance of density and so forth.

NB. SMP does not stimulate the growth of actual hair in any way, but simply creates a dot of pigment that looks like a hair follicle.






The Results

Results of SMP treatments can differ from client to client – no two people are exactly the same in terms of skin type, hair color and consistency, face and head shape and so forth – however the goal is generally to create the impression of more hair, and so each treatment is designed with the client to establish the particular look and individual requirements of that particular person. While pigmentation is not a miracle treatment, and will never create the same the same appearance as actual hair, it can be very effective in improving the appearance of hair loss, and in many cases totally disguising it, once used in the correct manner.

Below are some results achieved using the Tricopigmentation treatment implemented at NuaCell clinic.

Before SMP

After SMP

Before SMP

After SMP

Before SMP

After SMP

Before SMP

After SMP

How to Get Started

SMP can be extremely effective in helping people who are suffering with hair loss, however the best results are always achieved when the treatment is used in suitable and indicated cases.

Hair loss occurs in a variety of different ways, and each person has a unique skin type, hair color and quality, facial structure and so forth. SMP may be a fantastic option for some, but may not be as relevant for others.

The best way to gain a full understanding of the treatment, all of the factors that can affect suitability, and an idea of what kind of results may be achievable in your own case, is to book a consultation with an SMP specialist at NuaCell.



Below are some of the more common hair loss conditions which may be suitable for treatment using Tricopigmentation at NuaCell. This list is by no means exhaustive. However what is important to note is that each case is examined individually before a recommendation is made for any treatment. This will generally involve a physical examination and potentially further testing to properly diagnose the condition and ensure suitability for treatment.

Male/Female Genetic Pattern Baldness
FUT/FUE Transplant Scars
Alopecia Totalis


Alopecia Universalis
Alopecia Areata


Diffuse Thinning

Combination Therapies

Tricopigmentation or SMP does not disqualify you from having any other treatments for hair loss. SMP is often combined with surgical hair transplant procedures, or other non-surgical medical interventions, to enhance the visual appearance.

Some of the other therapies used to treat hair loss can be seen below here.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP uses growth factors found in your own blood to stimulate growth and repair of cells.


Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)

Similar to PRP, PRF contains extra concentrations of growth factors found in the fibrin in your blood.

Growth Factor Injections

Specially prepared growth factors containing special compounds like copper peptides for certain conditions.


Carbon Dioxide (CO2) gas is used to stimulate a healing effect in the target tissue, leading to growth and repair of cells.

FUE Hair Transplant

Surgical procedure where individual follicle grafts are transplanted into an area experiencing hair loss.


Carboxytherapy – Circulatory issues

I had some sensation and circulation related issues in my fingers and toes, and would often feel cold or numb. I explored many options with my doctor and consultants but could not find any underlying reasons for this, or any effective treatments to help me.


PRP helped me with Shoulder Pain

I had suffered chronic shoulder pain for years as a result of an old sporting injury, and after several corticosteroid injections and rehab, I still had no improvement. The team at NuaCell identified some degeneration in the joint, and I had 2 PRP treatments into the shoulder.

PRP treatment

Remarkable improvement

My experience with Dr.Sam and the team has been exceptional. They take the time to go through how the procedure will work and the effects and benefits of the outcome, I’ve never been more comfortable sitting in a clinic in my life.

John C
Hair Loss

Hair Loss after Cancer recovery

I was sick at a young age, and the treatment for this caused a lot of hair loss. My hair grew back, but it was much thinner than before. As the years progressed this combined with male pattern baldness and the thinning continued.

Hair Loss

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