Alberta Cancer Foundation

Positive Inking


For cancer patients who have undergone chemo or radiation treatment, hair may not always regrow as it did before. There are multiple ways to deal with this, but one solution that isn’t mentioned very often is a hair tattoo or scalp micropigmentation (SMP).

What is it? A certified technician like Maria Wu of Permanent Ink Clinic in Calgary implants ink into the dermal layer of the scalp to replicate the appearance of a hair strand – essentially, tattooing hair onto your head sertraline cost.

Patients are recommended to see a specialist for consultation to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure. Wu also highly recommends having a test area done before performing the full procedure.

“This test area is very informative to both the patient and myself, as it helps him or her understand the SMP treatment and learn what to expect, during and after the tattoo session,” Wu says. “The test is also helpful for me to learn how the ink takes on his or her individual skin type so we get the best results.”

Test areas usually take about 20 minutes with topical anesthetics. The patient would wait three to four weeks to see results before booking the full scalp treatment. The results of SMP are virtually unnoticeable and create the look of actual hair.

Micropigmentation is also used to recreate eyebrows or eyelashes and for scar camouflaging and areola repigmentation. Calgary and area patients who have been affected by cancer and other conditions may be eligible to receive compassionate pricing for some procedures, says the company. For more information, visit