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‘Non-Laser’ Tattoo and SMP Removal

For the first time in a decade of Scalp MicroPigmentation repair, we are seeing a new trend that is uniquely menacing




No matter which label you prefer–they are all basically the same technique, and they all cause PERMANENTLY DISCOLORED SCARRING!

Caution! Beware of “Non-Laser” Tattoo and SMP Removal

For the first time in a decade of Scalp MicroPigmentation repair, we are seeing a new trend that is uniquely menacing: IT CAUSES DAMAGE THAT IS DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO CORRECT.
There is a new marketing push in the SMP Industry–”Non-Laser SMP Correction”. It is a primitive technique that has different names:
No matter which label you prefer–they are all basically the same technique, and they all cause PERMANENTLY DISCOLORED SCARRING!
This method, wrapped up in new marketing, is actually primitive in every sense of the word, and has literally been around for centuries. It involves intensive needling of the tattoo with a saline (salt-based) formula–the quintessential “salt in a wound”.
Then, the salted wound must be kept dry while it scabs. Once the scabs come off, “VOILA!”, the result is a lighter-colored SCAR. It’s true that the ink color may be lighter and less distinct, but the blurred pigmentation that is left is now EMBEDDED IN SCAR TISSUE.
It has always been a dangerous practice to lump Scalp MicroPigmentation in with Tattoo. The lack of separation between these two techniques is the main reason that SMP correction is even “a thing”! Tattoo and SMP are different on nearly every level, and removal is no exception. Primitive salabrasion techniques used on ornamental tattoos, or areas that typically are enhanced with makeup, CANNOT be lumped in as a treatment that is delivered to a scalp, where scarring cannot be concealed and will permanently disfigure the recipient. Scarring in an ornamental tattoo is terrible, but discolored scarring across a scalp will draw attention and will likely affect confidence in public, social, and workplace settings indefinitely.
Why is this serious? 
Because of the nature of the scar that is created through “deracination”, with coloration dispersed throughout, the pigmentation is far more resistant to laser correction than it was prior to the “non-laser removal”. Where 1-3 sessions of laser removal would typically have removed SMP without scarring, we are increasingly receiving calls from men who are experiencing damage, including visible scarring and severe hypopigmentation from just one session of “deracination”.
In addition to the terrible visual and tactile results from “non-laser tattoo removal”, the risk of infection is very high, and the aftercare is totally impractical. The treatment is intentional wound creation, followed by the introduction of foreign substances to the wound, followed by “scar prevention” through the use of stick-on patches.
This addition of the “scar reducing” patches is the new twist–because after all, what guy wouldn’t want to appear out in public with patches all over his head?
If you’re in the position of needing to fix bad-looking SMP, please, take a moment and think this through before doubling down on your damage! Bad SMP is very fixable with laser technology, but bad “deracination” is not.
Laser correction at BRAVI is affordable, totally safe and effective, and our clients are kept comfortable with specially-compounded prescription pharmaceuticals, as provided by our Medical Director, a top-rated surgeon.
Deracination MULTIPLIES the number of laser treatments needed to remove the discoloration, and MULTIPLIES the number of corrective pigmentation treatments needed once the previous pigmentation is lightened. As we know from treating thousands of hair transplant scars, scar tissue causes challenges to pigment retention and requires special protocols to retain SMP.

‘Deracination’ Scare Claims about Laser SMP Removal:

Scare Tactics in Marketing are Misleading


An African American man in his early thirties went to a permanent cosmetics provider for SMP.  He was unhappy with the result, and felt that the hairline was too defined, too dark, and looked unnatural.  Further, discoloration started to appear after about one month. 

He considers laser removal, but decides, instead, to pursue treatment offered by a “deracination” provider who appears legit–it’s endorsed by an “experienced SMP expert”.  He is offered a free treatment if he will be a “model” for a training.  After all, this company will be passing through town to offer their one-day $1500 certification to a group of SMP providers in his area before traveling to the next town.

He receives his painful treatment while being observed by these newly-anointed “SMP Removal Specialists”.  During the next few days, he experiences scabbing and discomfort, despite applying his stick-on “scar prevention” patches.  

After one week, he can clearly see that his treated areas are hypopigmented and scarred, and that his SMP is not noticeably lighter.  Although the treatment claims that it is suitable for all skin tones, he is upset to see that the hypopigmentation resulting from “deracination” has left him with lighter discoloration across his scalp, particularly in his hairline.  

He feels extremely concerned and is told by the “deracination” provider that he will need to come in for more treatments to keep lightening his pigment.  

He then calls BRAVI for help.  Unfortunately, we are now faced with much more serious damage than just pigmentation that can be safely removed.  It is unclear, as this certification cash cow is just getting rolling, how many extra treatments will be needed, or indeed, if the pigmentation can even be removed after this butchery.

We’ve seen “non-laser SMP removal” marketed by trying to create fear surrounding laser technology. We will address each of the fear-inducing claims below, but we’d also like our readers to understand this important point:

The only “downside” of using a laser instead of just grinding salt into bad pigmentation is in costs and accessibility to the PROVIDERS. There is no downside to laser for the clients.

A laser costs between $80k and $350k, and requires expertise, licensure, and medical direction. This is not a commitment that SMP providers are willing to make in order to fix their poorly-executed pigmentation. Instead, they’re choosing to create fear surrounding the only effective and medically-proven means of removal, and forging ahead with further, more permanent, scalp damage to vulnerable clients. 

 If you look carefully at the gallery of results from deracination, you will not only see the raised scarring that it creates, you will also see that there are very limited examples of actual SMP “removal”, particularly considering the multiple locations listed! This is because of the limited documented success.

IT IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAIN INCOME STREAM FROM “DERACINATION” IS FROM TRAINING SMP PROVIDERS WHO WANT TO FIX THEIR MISTAKES–NOT FROM ACTUALLY PROVIDING TREATMENTS.  These trainers prey on clients who’ve had bad SMP, offer them a free service for being a “model” at a training, and then cash in on a class full of “providers” who’ve paid $1500 each to learn how to permanently scar their clients.  These clients are then told that they’ll need additional deracination treatments when their results are unacceptable.

The business model isn’t about giving great results.  The income is generated from “certifying” other providers.  “Deracination” gives SMP providers a quick and inexpensive, albeit damaging, strategy to attempt to cope with their bad results.  Consider how many treatments would need to be completed to equal the income generated in a single day of training and “certification” at $1500-a-pop!  Oh, and the newly trained “deracinators” will continue to create cash flow as they purchase supplies from their training source.

Claim 1) “Laser Tattoo Removal Causes Scarring”

Reality: Laser treatments, performed correctly, do not leave any scarring.  Further, scarring from laser removal of SMP is virtually impossible without gross mistreatment, because SMP employs far less volume of pigment and far less depth than a tattoo.  This is an especially ridiculous claim coming from a treatment method that creates wounds, and then adds “stickers” as their safety net against scar tissue.

Claim 2) “Laser SMP Removal Causes Blistering”

Reality: Same answer–done properly, laser tattoo removal does not cause blistering, and again, this is even MORE TRUE for laser SMP removal, for the same reason as above; way less pigment and depth than tattoo. We have never had a single instance of blistering from laser SMP removal after thousands of treatments.

Our laser SMP correction clients experience zero discomfort post-treatment and significant aesthetic improvement to their results with each BRAVI laser treatment. Wouldn’t you rather have a safe, state-of-the-art treatment in a sterile clinic with medical oversight than a scalp covered in wounds packed with salt, clay, and stickers?

Claim 3) “Laser SMP Removal Causes Frosting”

Reality: “Laser Frost” lasts only for a few moments following a laser pulse, and it is the indicator of an appropriate fluence level. Laser Frost is the goal, folks! It’s a DESIRABLE and MOMENTARY reaction. This is an absurd platform upon which to create fear of laser treatment, and shows total ignorance of the subject.

Claim 4) “Laser SMP Removal Causes Hyper/Hypo Pigmentation”

Reality: Again, unless the laser is used incorrectly, it does not cause either hyper- or hypopigmentation. It is definitely possible to misuse a laser, but at BRAVI, we’ve perfected our laser safety and treatment protocols, completely eliminating this risk for all skin tones.

Conversely, we’ve received photos and requests for help from “deracination” clients who have disfiguring hypopigmentation after only ONE treatment:
FACT: When the body heals from a wound, it lays down scar tissue as a survival mechanism. During scar tissue formation, melanin production is disturbed. Melanin is the component of skin responsible for it’s coloration. This is why scars typically contrast surrounding skin in coloration.

“Deracination”, not laser SMP removal, is almost certain to create hyper- and hypopigmentation.

Claim 5) “Deracination is safer because it removes the ink from your body instead of it being absorbed into your skin and lymph nodes.”

Reality: Look to the pigment, not the laser, to evaluate your risks. While red tattoo inks are historically more allergenic, and yellow tattoo ink more resistant to q-switch laser removal, SMP should not employ either! It is true that tattoo inks have been found deposited in lymph nodes, even without laser treatment. Grinding a tattoo with salt and clay to remove it does not keep you safe from toxic tattoo ink. The only way to avoid this risk is to choose your SMP provider carefully, ensuring that they use medical-grade, natural compounds, rather than tattoo inks or permanent cosmetics that contain heavy metals.

SMP providers trying to “correct” their work with deracination cannot employ this scare tactic without also answering for their toxic pigments, can they?

SMP Clients:  DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT choose this treatment method!  Bad SMP can be safely repaired with laser technology, but deracination will cause PERMANENT DAMAGE.  Please google “salabrasion + scarring” for more information and photographic proof.  

SMP Providers:  Please do the ethical thing–send SMP correction cases to an appropriate clinic that is equipped with a laser and experience in SMP repair.  Do not encourage unhappy clients to memorialize their dissatisfaction in scar tissue.  This is not a new technique, and it is totally dishonorable to disfigure clients in order to avoid laser treatment.  

Bad SMP is very fixable.  Bad “deracination” is not.  

Choose laser technology, safety, and proven results.  Choose BRAVI.





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Devon Sconci

Devon Sconci


BRAVI President, Oversees all Clinic Operations

  • Certified Instructor, the BRAVI Method
  • Certified Elite SMP Technician
  • Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO)
  • Certified Laser Professional (CLT, CLHRP)
  • Certified Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Esthetician
  • MicroNeedling, Chemical Peels, Laser Hair Removal, IPL, Vascular Lesions, Microdremabrasion
  • Blood Borne Pathogen and Infection Control
Paul Pearce, MD

Paul Pearce, MD


  • Founder, Texas Hair Restoration Center?
  • Industry Leader in ARTAS Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Surgeries and ARTAS/BRAVI Collaboration
  • Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Doctor of Medicine, St. George’s University School of Medicine in West Indies, Grenada
  • General Surgery Residency in New Jersey and New York City, including the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Texas Health San Antonio
Amanda Mazzocchi

Amanda Mazzocchi


Developer of BRAVI’s State-Of-The-Art SMP Method

  • Founder, SMP Institute
  • SMPI-Certified Elite Technician
  • Certified Laser Specialist (CLS)
  • Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (CMLSO)
  • Certificate: Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Certified Member, Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP)
  • Inventor: Specialized SMP Protocols and Compounds, Specialized Rx Scar Pre-Treatment Protocols, Specialized Laser SMP Diffusion Equipment and Protocols
  • Technical Trainer

It is very rare that I write reviews. However, this place is so amazing that I felt compelled to do so. The work they do is outstanding, and the customer service is beyond belief. I have never felt so laid back and comfortable in such a professional environment. I am very satisfied with the results because it looks so natural, yet at the same time, it has made such a drastic improvement to my appearance. I had very high expectations going into this process, and they were easily exceeded. The experience couldn?t have been any better.

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You guys were so down to earth it just made me even more at ease which would be hard because Amanda is so cool just to talk to with when she is practicing her craft. Hope you had a great weekend and got to do some stuff with your son who I bet is a joy.

Now one more thing I could not be happier with this last enhancement wish you could have seen it but, I feel it just completed the whole look, I?m really happy and not surprised just amazed that it came out even better and took it over the top. Thank y?all (in my Texas accent) so much for the whole experience and I look forward to a long relationship with your organization.

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BRAVI offers expert SMP Scalp MicroPigmentation and SMP correction. The comprehensive and stigma-free solution to hair loss - Based in Austin TX
BRAVI offers expert SMP Scalp MicroPigmentation and SMP correction. The comprehensive and stigma-free solution to hair loss - Based in Austin TX
BRAVI offers expert SMP Scalp MicroPigmentation and SMP correction. The comprehensive and stigma-free solution to hair loss - Based in Austin TX
BRAVI offers expert SMP Scalp MicroPigmentation and SMP correction. The comprehensive and stigma-free solution to hair loss - Based in Austin TX
BRAVI offers expert SMP Scalp MicroPigmentation and SMP correction. The comprehensive and stigma-free solution to hair loss - Based in Austin TX


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