Scalp Micropigmentation as a Supplement to Hair Transplantation

SMP - A Alternative to Hair Transplant

Hair loss is natural and is experienced by half (50%) of us. It is normal for us to lose about 50-100 strands in a day. The problem begins when the regeneration rate can’t keep up with it. There are several causes for hair loss. Generally, there is nothing you can do stop the process. Male pattern baldness, hormonal issues or genetics determine the condition of your hair. But, many treatments can help you in making your condition look better.

Hair transplants are one of the most well-known treatments. It works for a lot of people and with varying success rates, depending on the surgeon and on the patient. But there are some shortcomings to it. Even after you are done with this expensive treatment, you might see a few bald patches or areas with thinner hair.

Scalp micropigmentation is another treatment that is gaining popularity in recent times. The process is similar to getting a cosmetic tattoo. Fine needles inject pigment to the dermal layer of the scalp to give you an illusion of the appearance of hair follicles.

Having discussed both the methods, which one should you choose?

Why not both? Yes, you read that right. It would be ideal if you decide to go with both (considering you are a viable candidate for hair transplantation). These treatments complement each other well and will give you stunning results. Hair transplants do not offer full coverage. With scalp micropigmentation, you can increase the hair density where needed. Your hair will appear fuller even if you have thin hair and you can also fix some areas of your hairline. And if you have any scarring from the transplant surgery, micropigmentation is a great way to cover it up. If you have a tight budget, this combination will work well for you. Usually, scalp micro-pigmentation treatments are cheaper than hair transplants.

If you are wondering about if these can be done together, yes they can be, but not simultaneously. If you choose to do SMP first, you can go under the knife for a transplant as early as 10 days to 2 weeks later. However, if you opt for a transplant first, you will have to wait about 8-10 months before you can apply the scalp micropigmentation.

Why is scalp micropigmentation so popular?

It is safe to say that scalp micropigmentation is one of the most popular non-surgical hair treatments. Here are some reasons why people love it:

  • It lasts for a good amount of time. You will see the results for about 3-6 years depending on your treatment. A small touch-up session will be enough to bring the life back into your scalp. Touch-ups are easy to do and don’t have to be done often.
  • The aesthetics are a big part of the treatment. The results are fairly natural. Even up close, it is very difficult to notice that something has been done (if done by a skilled artist of course).
  • It is not a one size fits all procedure. The treatment can be customized to your needs and preferences. All your wants can be encompassed into the treatment.
  • The treatment is extremely low maintenance. Technically, there is nothing much to do except for a being little bit careful in the initial stages by limiting your exercise and sun exposure.

In short, scalp micropigmentation is an amazing treatment to try out. It is an alternative to hair transplantation, but it can also supplement the process very well.