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For many men, going bald means losing their confidence as well as their hair.
Now, increasing numbers are opting to have a ‘Scalp Micropigmentation’ – a new non-surgical technique which gives the illusion of a shaved head.
The procedure, called Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP), works by introducing thousands of tiny pigment deposits into the epidermis of the scalp to resemble hair follicles.
When placed by a skilled technician, the recipient appears as if they have a full head of hair, shaved to a very short length or the overall illusion of shaved stubble, with a visible hairline.
This can disguise receding hairlines, bald patches, and scarring on the head.
Scalp Micro Pigmentation is less invasive, in that it does not require surgery, and can help men who do not have any hair follicles to re grow hair.
It can be used by men with male pattern baldness, or hair loss conditions such as alopecia.
The permanent Scalp Micro Pigmentation takes between two to five hours depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area, and most people have two to three sessions a week apart.
For a semi-permanent treatment, you require two sessions, day 1 & day 2 with a following 3rd session at 30 days for the complete procedure.
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Scalp micropigmentation is the process of replicating the appearance of shaven hair, by introducing thousands of tiny pigment deposits into the epidermis of the scalp. When placed by a skilled technician, the recipient appears as if they have a full head of hair, shaved to a very short length.
Without a doubt, scalp micropigmentation is the fastest growing solution for male hair loss in recent history. It is non-invasive, has universal appeal and is permanent or we have semi permeant procedures available. Furthermore, it remains the only permanent hair loss fix to offer instantaneous, guaranteed results.
I believe that understanding the history of this solution for hair loss is important. This is because without that background information, it is difficult to do effective research and put it all into context.
Numerous terms are used to describe this process. These terms include scalp pigmentation, micro scalp pigmentation, SMP, MSP, hair follicle replication, tricopigmentation and hair tattooing. Please note that all these terms refer to the same basic scalp technique.
Tricopigmentation is commonly referred to as temporary scalp micropigmentation, which is a pretty accurate descriptive. Whereas a permanent procedure will need top-ups every 3-5 years or so with pigment remaining in the skin for 20+ years, tricopigmentation is refreshed almost entirely every 12-18 months.
People sometimes consider tricopigmentation a safer option, or an opportunity to test drive their new look and maintenance regimen before committing long term using permanent SMP. However, most people who choose tricopigmentation do so with the intention of getting it regularly topped up, and have no plans to revert to the permanent option.
The availability of a temporary procedure definitely encourages more people to resolve their hair loss issues because tricopigmentation is less daunting for those who are yet to be convinced that SMP is the right solution for their needs. If, after their procedure, they feel like they made a mistake, the pigments will fade on their own over a relatively short period anyway. This removes much of the anxiety from the decision.
Often an option for those who wish to alter their hair line in the future to suit their age.
Thankfully, scalp micropigmentation provides a real solution. SMP does not cure alopecia, as there is no cure for this condition, but it does completely conceal the symptoms which is good enough for most people.
There are two approaches that your we may take, depending on your individual requirements and your preferred strategy.
Often a localized treatment is advised to camouflage the symptoms in one particular area.
This is often the method chosen when the client has a small number of patches associated with alopecia areata, the most common form of alopecia. This is also an option if you are working to a tight budget.
The preferred method for both generalized thinning and also alopecia areata, is to treat the entire head. This is because alopecia can be aggressive and frequently recurrent, so if the affected areas change size, shape or position, your scalp is pre-treated and you can just get on with your life.
Don’t forget – whatever the causes of alopecia in your particular case, scalp micropigmentation is a great remedy.
However I advise you wait a while if the symptoms are less than 6 months old. Any permanent procedure like SMP is a bad idea if the condition turns out to be short-lived. As always, you should seek professional medical advice before contacting us.
Although some people have a transplant scar treated as a standalone procedure, most people have the rest of their head treated at the same time. It doesn’t really matter as far as concealment of the scar is concerned, however be aware that the treatment zone needs to be a larger area than just the scar tissue, often extending 1-2 cm above and below the scar to achieve an effective blend with surrounding hair.
The treatment process varies from client to client, because scar tissue is more unpredictable than undamaged skin. Scars tend to soak up the pigment, resulting in excessive fading. It’s no problem of course, but it does mean more sessions are usually required to treat a scar versus a regular SMP treatment for male pattern baldness.
You will need to look at the FAQ or ask for a consultation to know understand if the treatment is right for the scar you have.