People can see that it is normal for many men to be bald while hair loss in women can be a difficult situation to accept.
With so many patients experiencing hair loss, the search for an effective hair loss solution continues. Fortunately, hair restoration has advanced significantly over the years, and there are now a variety of treatment options that provide long-lasting, life-changing results. Scalp micropigmentation is one of these treatments (SMP for Women and Men).
Because of its simplicity and effectiveness, scalp micropigmentation has grown in popularity as one of the most effective hair restoration methods available. It does not require surgery and the results are permanent, making it an appealing option for people concerned about hair loss.
This has led many people to question whether or not they should undergo hair transplant or scalp micropigmentation. Which treatment is better? Is it possible to have a hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation treatment? Today we’ll answer those questions by taking a closer look at the two procedures.
As a result, many people are debating whether or not to undergo hair transplantation or scalp micropigmentation. Which treatment is superior? Is it possible to get a hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation treatment at the same time? Today, we’ll answer those questions by delving deeper into the two procedures.
What is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure used to treat various types of hair loss, most notably alopecia. Hair follicles are extracted from other parts of the body (donor area) and transferred to the bald or thinning area. The most recent hair transplant methods provide permanent results by picking up clusters of hair follicles in a procedure known as Follicular Hair Transplantation (FUT).
FUT can be performed in two ways: strip harvesting or follicular unit extraction (FUE). Strip harvesting is the most common method of FUT due to its simplicity.
A strip of hair is removed from the back of the head and dissected into sections in order to plant individual hair follicles. The only disadvantage is that strip harvesting leaves a linear scar, which can be quite unsightly for patients with short hair.
FUE, on the other hand, works similarly to strip harvesting, albeit more time-consuming and labor-intensive. Individual hair follicles are extracted from the scalp skin and implanted through small holes in your scalp. When performed correctly, FUE produces very natural results with few to no marks.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation, also known as hair tattooing, is one of the most effective treatments for hair loss. It involves the appearance of a buzz-cut style in just a few sessions for a fraction of the cost of hair transplant surgery.
Scalp micropigmentation can be used to restore hairlines, thicken existing hair, and even conceal scarring from hair transplants. The pigment is layered in the skin’s superficial layer during scalp micropigmentation. There is usually a one-week wait before the person has to return for the next treatment session. The total number of sessions required is determined by the area of baldness or affected area.
The real benefit to the scalp micro pigmentation process is that there is very little maintenance. Scalp micropigmentation uses specialized techniques and conventional tattoo instruments with organic inks in a stippling pattern on the scalp by skilled doctors and technicians trained in the art of the process.
For most clients, the scalp micropigmentation process proceeds as follows:
• During your initial consultation, you will meet with members of our dedicated team to discuss your goals and devise a strategy for dealing with hair thinning or loss.
• Treatment can begin on your first visit to our clinic if we create a detailed plan. At this point, we will start adding pigment under the skin on your scalp in the area or areas that you want to be addressed. This first session will only include a first pass at adding pigment to your skin to help create the most realistic appearance possible. You may notice some redness on your scalp, but the level of pain you experience should be minimal.
• We will fill out the scalp micropigmentation on your second visit, giving you the appearance of a dense and full head of hair. For many of our patients, this will be their final visit to our clinic, and they will leave with a guaranteed solution to their hair loss or hair thinning concerns.
• Some clients may need to return to our clinic for a third and final appointment, at which point their treatment should be completed, depending on their individual circumstances.
While scalp micropigmentation has several advantages over other hair loss solutions, it can also be used in conjunction with a variety of these solutions and treatment options to create a comprehensive approach. To achieve their ultimate aesthetic goals, many people choose to have scalp micropigmentation before and/or after a hair transplant procedure.
Undergoing Scalp Micropigmentation Before a Hair Transplant
Many individuals choose to undergo a hair transplant procedure because they want to experience real hair grown in sections where they have experienced thinning or loss.
We advise patients to avoid having a hair transplant at a young age. This is due to the fact that their hair pattern is unlikely to be established, and it is critical that only hair follicles that are unaffected by male pattern baldness are transplanted in order to achieve the best results.
We recommend scalp micropigmentation for young patients who are experiencing hair loss. SMP can effectively fill in areas of your scalp that are balding or thinning. Hair transplant becomes a more viable option as you age and your hair follicles become more established. You’ll need to address fewer areas of your scalp that are experiencing hair loss now that you’ve had scalp micropigmentation.
Undergoing Scalp Micropigmentation After a Hair Transplant
Scalp micropigmentation is often chosen as an alternative to hair transplant, but many undergo the combination of both and choose to go for SMP after a hair transplant.
The visible scar from FUT strip harvesting surgery can have a negative impact on patients’ confidence. Following a hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation can help conceal scars and restore the scalp’s natural appearance. You can wear shorter hair with greater confidence now that your FUT scars aren’t as visible as they were previously.
A qualified SMP technician will dilute the pigment to match the color of your scalp and hair. The technician will then get to work, applying the pigment over the scars and blending it in with the rest of your scalp. The end result is a very natural appearance that makes the scar almost indiscernible, even at close inspection.
When a patient undergoes a hair transplant, there are only a certain number of hair follicles that can be transplanted. This number can be further reduced if the donor area is quite small. Scalp micropigmentation can make up for the lack of density in the hair after a hair transplant to enhance its appearance and give you a fuller, thicker head of hair.
Even if a person chooses to have a hair transplant first, they can still have scalp micropigmentation done afterward to fill in any areas where hair did not re-grow or to help mask some of the scars that can result from a hair transplant. While specific timelines vary from patient to patient, we recommend that individuals interested in receiving scalp micropigmentation prior to a hair transplant do so approximately one month before their scheduled transplant procedure. It is usually best to wait at least a year after a hair transplant before undergoing scalp micropigmentation.
Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation after Hair Transplant
Covering Bald Spots Following a Hair Transplant
Because it takes months for new hair to grow on the transplanted area, it will be bald during that time, and SMP can be an excellent way to cover those spots in the meantime. However, the scalp is sore after the hair transplant that it takes time for it to heal sufficiently for the micropigmentation to take place. Another option is to have SMP performed soon before the hair transplant surgery. There is no need for recovery after micropigmentation, so you can get a hair transplant almost immediately.
Scalp micropigmentation is frequently used to conceal scars left on the scalp after a hair transplant. SMP can be used to repair any scar. The pigment is used to create the appearance of hair follicles on the scars, masking their original color.
Combining SMP and FUE to Treat Thinning Hair
If you had a hair transplant and your new hair has grown but is still thin, micropigmentation can add density while maintaining a natural appearance.
Both hair transplantation and scalp micropigmentation have advantages. There is no better treatment than another, and it all depends on your specific hair loss needs. For example, if you have severe alopecia, a hair transplant is the most obvious option. However, if you have thinning hair and a receding hairline, scalp micropigmentation can effectively address these issues.
A hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation treatment can be combined. If you want to conceal your hair transplant scars or add density to your scalp after a hair transplant, you should definitely consider scalp micropigmentation to complete your look.
Even those who have undergone hair restoration surgery, have worn hair systems, or have scars or skin conditions can benefit from Scalp Micropigmentation.
There aren’t many risks to the actual procedure if you’re working with a trained professional or doctor, but if you have underlying skin conditions like heavy psoriasis or severe dandruff that can affect your scalp, make sure to disclose that to your artist. After getting the treatment, he’s helped thousands of men and women through the scalp micropigmentation process.
SMP in the treatment of scars has been well documented pictorially. Hair transplant and SMP are an effective combination for achieving the best results in the fight against hair loss. Each procedure has a distinct effect, and they work perfectly in tandem.