With so many patients struggling from hair loss, the search for an effective hair loss solution is still ongoing. Thankfully, hair restoration has made great strides over the years and there are a number of treatment options that provide lasting, life-changing results. One of those treatments is scalp micropigmentation (SMP).
Scalp micropigmentation has risen in popularity as one of the most effective hair restoration methods out there thanks to its simplicity and effectiveness. It doesn’t require surgery and the results are permanent, making it an appealing option for people who want to address their hair loss concerns.
This has led many people questioning 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.
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that addresses several hair loss problems, mainly alopecia. The procedure involves removing hair follicles from other parts of the body (donor area) and transfer them to the bald or thinning area. Latest methods of hair transplant deliver permanent results by picking up clusters of hair follicles in a process called Follicular Hair Transplantation (FUT).
FUT can be done in two ways, either by strip harvesting or by follicular unit extraction (FUE). Strip harvesting is the most common method of FUT due to its straightforward approach. A strip of hair is removed generally from the back of the head and is dissected into portions to plant the individual hair follicles. The only disadvantage is that strip harvesting leaves a linear scar which can look quite unsightly for patients who wear their hair short.
FUE on the other hand, works just like strip harvesting, although it’s a bit more time-consuming and tedious. The hair follicles are individually removed from the scalp skin and is then implanted by making small holes in your scalp. When done correctly, FUE gives very natural results with little to no marks.
What is scalp micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive, cosmetic tattoo procedure that aims to resemble natural hair follicles. Pigments are applied to the patient’s scalp to fill in bald spots or thinning areas to achieve a fuller, thicker head of hair. While scalp micropigmentation does not actually restore your hair, it does an excellent job of concealing thinning areas and bald spots in your scalp. SMP can also restore your receding hairline and edge your hair for a clean, youthful look.
Scalp micropigmentation is that it works with both fair and dark hair. You don’t have to worry about the treatment looking unnatural because the pigments are diluted to match your hair colour. If you’re looking for a hair loss treatment that conceals thinning hair, then scalp micropigmentation is the treatment for you.
Undergoing scalp micropigmentation before a hair transplant
We recommend patients to avoid getting a hair transplant at an early age. This is because their hair pattern is unlikely to be established and it is crucial that only the hair follicles that are unaffected by male pattern baldness are transplanted to achieve the best results.
For young patients suffering from hair loss problems, we suggest scalp micropigmentation. SMP can effectively fill in between the balding or thinning areas of your scalp. As you grow older and your hair follicles become more established, then hair transplant becomes a more viable option. Since you’ve undergone scalp micropigmentation, you’ll need to address fewer areas in your scalp that are experiencing hair loss.
Undergoing scalp micropigmentation after a hair transplant
For patients who’ve undergone FUT strip harvesting, the apparent scar from the surgery can somewhat affect their confidence. Undergoing scalp micropigmentation after a hair transplant can help camouflage the scars and restore the natural appearance of the scalp. You can wear shorter hair with much more confidence knowing that your FUT scars aren’t as apparent as they were before.
A qualified SMP technician will dilute the pigment that best matches your scalp and hair colour. From there, the technician will get to work and apply the pigment over the scars, blending it in with the rest of your scalp. The result is a very natural look that makes the scar almost indiscernible, even at close view.
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.
Both hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation have their own benefits. No treatment is better than the other and it all depends on your hair loss needs. For example, if you’re suffering from severe alopecia, then a hair transplant is the most obvious choice. But if you’re suffering from thinning hair and a receding hairline, then scalp micropigmentation can effectively address these problems.
It is possible to combine a hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation treatment. If you wish to conceal your hair transplant scars or if you want to add more density to your scalp after a hair transplant procedure, you should definitely consider scalp micropigmentation to complete your look.