Most people undergo hair transplant as a means of addressing their hair loss issues. But the problem with this type of hair treatment is that it leaves unsightly scars on the patient’s head. While it may have addressed their hair loss concerns, it does present another problem that can greatly affect their self-esteem. But not all hope is lost because there is an effective form of treatment for addressing hair transplant scars and that is scalp micropigmentation.
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive procedure that can address a wide range of hair loss problems like thinning hair, alopecia, receding hairline, and more. Best of all, it serves as a viable solution to camouflage even the most hideous of hair transplant scars. If you’ve gone hair transplant surgery and are looking to get rid of those unsightly scars, then scalp micropigmentation may be the right choice for you.
Today we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about scalp micropigmentation and how it can help patients who’ve undergone a hair transplant. If you are looking for scalp micropigmentation in Melbourne, give us a call.
Understanding scar tissue
The thing about scar tissue is that it’s not easy to treat. No two scars look alike and the way the tissue heals depends on a number of different factors, some people have control over and some don’t. Your immune system will make the biggest difference on how the tissue will heal. Some people end up with smooth, white lines after undergoing hair transplant while others will have a darker, more pronounced scar.
The latter is often described by medics as a “hypertrophic” scar where it is characterised by raised, bumpy scars that are red in colour. In rare cases, hair transplant scars include keloid where the scarring extends beyond the original site of the wound. It’s understandable why a person would want to get rid or perhaps conceal these scars because of the way it looks. Scarring can become even more obvious if the operation was performed poorly of if the patient did not practice proper aftercare techniques.
How can scalp micropigmentation treat hair transplant scars?
Scalp micropigmentation is one of the most popular treatment options for addressing hair transplant scars. Essentially, it’s a tattoo procedure that aims to conceal the scar using carefully selected pigments that matches your hair and scalp colour. A qualified technician injects the pigment onto your scalp and blends in the scalp perfectly until it is no longer distinguishable.
Scalp micropigmentation addresses the fact that each hair transplant scar is different. The technician can work according to your specific condition and create a comprehensive treatment plan to deliver the best results possible. The scars are individually assessed along with its size, position, tissue structure, colour, and shape. From there, the technician selects the pigment that will best minimise the appearance of the patient’s scar. The results are as permanent as it gets and does not require any specialised form of care or maintenance.
How scalp micropigmentation is performed
In general, scalp micropigmentation is split over three sessions. The first one is where the technician will lay the foundation (i.e. applying light shade to the scar) and the second session is where all the detailing happens. A third session is usually reserved upon the client’s request if they want additional touches to their SMP treatment.
Before undergoing treatment, the technician will inspect the patient’s scar and identify if they’re a perfect candidate for scalp micropigmentation. From there, the technician will choose the pigment that’s appropriate for their hair transplant scar. During the procedure, microneedles are used to inject pigment dots on the scalp which is similar to getting a tattoo. These pigment dots penetrate into the dermal layer of the skin which create the appearance of a buzz cut or shaved hair.
Most people think that getting SMP is painful, but in reality it feels almost the same as getting tattooed. Anaesthetics are always available if you want the procedure to be pain-free.
Maintaining your scalp micropigmentation
While scalp micropigmentation doesn’t require any special aftercare, you do have to look after it so that the pigment doesn’t fade easily over time. If you want your hair transplant scar to remain concealed, here is how you should maintain your SMP treatment:
- Keep your scalp hydrated. Moisturising your scalp is an important part in keeping your SMP treatment looking good. The last thing you want is to have a dry scalp which could encourage flaking and remove some of the pigments. Always drink plenty of water and use a mild shampoo and conditioner when cleaning your scalp. It helps to use a water-based moisturiser after showering to help keep it moisturised throughout the day.
- Shield your scalp from the sun’s UV rays. The sun’s UV rays can break down the pigment on your scalp and make it look blotchy or uneven. When heading out on broad daylight, consider wearing a hat or use an umbrella to shield your scalp from direct sunlight. It’s a good idea to invest in a sunscreen if you’re going to be exposed under the sun for long periods as this helps protect the pigments of your SMP treatment.
Use an exfoliating cleaner. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and makes your SMP treatment appear more defined. You should exfoliate your scalp once or twice a week using an exfoliating cleanser and gently rubbing it on your head. Be careful about over-exfoliating as this can affect the pigments on your scalp.