Scalp Micropigmentation – How SMP Treats Hair Loss ASAP
According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men start to notice thinning hair by the time they turn 35. As they grow older, around 85% of men will start to show a significant amount of hair loss by the age of 50. No matter the level of their hair loss, there are multiple options available for men suffering from a balding scalp. It is important to remember there is not one specific solution that will handle the hair loss needs of all patients. One hair restoration option that some patients might not know much about is scalp micropigmentation (SMP).
Scalp Micropigmentation Explained
The process of having scalp micropigmentation is similar to having a tattoo placed on the body. The process creates the appearance of hair on the scalp using a microneedle and pigments. SMP can cover and/or camouflage thinning areas on the scalp, as well as bald spots on the scalp, by creating the appearance of a hairline that has the look of a closely shaved head.
During the procedure, our team will infuse a series of pigments into the scalp in order to produce the appearance of short hair. Microneedles are used to place the pigment at the surface of the scalp. Careful attention is paid to the skin color and the density of the natural hair growth in order to provide a consistent, natural look across the scalp. The final appearance can resemble the appearance of a closely shaved head or SMP can create the appearance of greater fullness by blending in with the current natural appearance of the hair.
Patients should be aware of the fact that it can take multiple treatments (performed every few weeks) to achieve the desired look. The number of treatments needed depends on the total area of the scalp that is receiving the scalp micropigmentation treatment. Each treatment provides a darker and fuller look to the scalp.
Scalp Micropigmentation – Ideal Candidates
Ideal candidates for scalp micropigmentation include:
- Men who shaved their head, due to their patterned baldness, and want to create the look a head that is not balding
- Male and female patients who had a previous hair transplant and want to create the appearance of a fuller head of hair in sections of the scalp that are still visible
- Patients that have a large enough area of balding that they are unable to have a hair transplant to achieve a full head of hair
- A person that wants to cover the appearance of a scalp scar that was the result of trauma to the scalp or an earlier strip hair transplant
Scalp Micropigmentation – How Long does it Last
The results of scalp micropigmentation vary per person but the pigment will fade over time so patients will need to have a follow-up treatment at some point in the future. The results also depend on the amount of pigment placed in the scalp and if a patient correctly follows the post-op instructions provided by the doctor.
The results of scalp micropigmentation are considered to be semipermanent. While the final results can last for many years, the pigments on the treated area of the scalp will start to fade over time as the skin naturally exfoliates itself. The pigments will simply start to fade instead of turning other colors as it ages.
The fading of the pigments can also happen more quickly to patients that have very dry skin. The skin has a tendency to flake if a person has dry skin and this can also cause the pigment placed in the scalp to exfoliate at a quicker rate.
Scalp Micropigmentation – What are the Risks
Like any other procedure performed on the scalp, there are some risks involved with the performing of scalp micropigmentation. Some of the common risks involved with having a SMP treatment include:
- Itchy scalp
- Allergic to the pigment
- Redness on the scalp
- Rapid fading of the pigment
- Some pigment dots being larger than others (if too much pigment is injected in a particular area)
Scalp Micropigmentation – Benefits Beyond the Scalp
Scalp micropigmentation does more than simply provide the appearance of a closely shaved head for patients. The results of the procedure also give patients a better self-image and greater self-confidence when it comes to their appearance.
Scalp Micropigmentation – Call Today for More Information
Patients that are interested in learning more about scalp micropigmentation are invited to contact our office for more information about the treatment. SMP provides the appearance of a fuller head of hair for patients who do not want to have a hair transplant or those who are not ideal candidates for a hair transplant procedure.
During the consultation appointment, our experienced medical team will answer any questions about scalp micropigmentation as well as share “before and after” photos of our actual patients to show the results that can be expected from the treatment.
Contact us today to learn more about scalp micropigmentation.