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What’s the Differences Between Scalp Micropigmentation and a Hair Transplant?

Hair loss is something many people experience. While it’s not uncommon, it usually takes a toll on one’s self-confidence. This is why many people begin to explore modern hair loss solutions. When it comes to hair loss, many people are faced with choosing between two procedures: hair transplants and scalp micropigmentation. Let’s take a look at a few key differences between these two procedures.


Hair Transplant

A hair transplant involves a surgical process. This process takes healthy hair follicles from a donor site, which is usually the back of the head. On average, a human scalp has almost 100,000 hair follicles, so there are plenty to choose from. After the donor site is numbed, a strip of tissue is taken so the hair follicles can be removed from it. The follicles are then inserted into the balding areas of the scalp where they will begin to grow after a few months.

This process does have an involved and somewhat painful recovery time, making it ideal only for those who can take time off of work if needed. However, this gives patients the ability to grow their own hair throughout their head so they can style and treat it as desired.


Scalp Micropigmentation

Unlike a hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure. This modern hair loss solution involves inserting pigment into the scalp to give the look of having hair follicles in balding spots. This process creates a natural-looking result and allows patients to gain the appearance of having hair without undergoing an invasive procedure.

This process is essentially a hair tattoo, but the materials used create the appearance of natural hair rather than a 2D tattoo. Overall, scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive process that produce s quick results.


Which Is the Best Choice?

In the end, it depends on what the patient really wants. So there you have it, the key differences between SMP and hair transplants.

Since scalp micropigmentation doesn’t involve actually inserting any hair, patients won’t have hair to style in their balding areas. So if someone wants hair they can style, they may want to choose a hair transplant. But if someone just wants a natural, fuller hairline, then scalp micropigmentation could be best, as it gets the job done right without being invasive.



If you’re experiencing hair loss, you’re not alone. Both of these procedures can give you your confidence back. Keep your end goal in mind when deciding which process may be best for you.

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