Hair transplant patients and scalp micropigmentation
The global hair loss community is embracing the scalp micropigmentation process with increasing enthusiasm. There are many reasons for this, not least the rising standards evident in most specialist SMP clinics. Simply put, scalp micropigmentation procedures are getting better and are more convincing than ever before to the untrained eye.
Over at ScalpGuru.com, they witness thousands of client procedures every year. Some are definitely better than others, however it is fair to say there has never been a safer time to have a scalp micropigmentation treatment. However, as with hair transplantation, clients are well advised to conduct thorough research prior to making any decision.
Despite improving standards however, the fact remains that many hair loss sufferers want something that SMP cannot provide – their real hair back. Whilst the very nature of hair transplantation means that no new hair is grown, hair is simply moved from one site to another, a good hair restoration procedure under the right circumstances can provide the appearance that the client desires.
Despite this, more and more hair transplant recipients are getting scalp micropigmentation. This is because, whilst many may see hair transplantation and scalp micropigmentation as two competing options, they can actually compliment each other to great effect.
Patients with insufficient donor hair
One of the most common complimentary applications is to bolster lightweight recipient site distribution with the appearance of additional density, created using SMP.
For many patients, their lack of donor supply (or their financial constraints) can limit the effectiveness of their hair transplant procedure, meaning they do not achieve the appearance of fullness and density they really want. The donor hair issue is especially prevalent in clients with more advanced hair loss, or those who have already had multiple hair transplant procedures.Scalp micropigmentation effectively creates artificial density, enabling the client to achieve a fuller look with less donor hair.
Recipients of low quality hair transplants
Although hair transplantation techniques have undoubtedly improved in recent times, the fact remains that many patients bear the consequences of sub-standard surgery. Thankfully, most are historic procedures, however, an unfortunate feature of our industry is that inadequate outcomes are not entirely resigned to the past, not just yet anyway.
One advantage of scalp micropigmentation is that the visible signs of bad hair transplants can, to a certain extent, be camouflaged. This is largely because the contrast in shade between the hair and the scalp is reduced, making the hair, and certainly the base of the hair, much less visible.
One of the first applications of modern scalp micropigmentation techniques was the concealment of hair transplant scars. Whereas early scar camouflage treatments were quite primitive, results are getting better all the time as technicians gain more experience in this specialist area.
A skilled technician can camouflage most FUE scars with ease, although great outcomes are often achieved for bearers of strip (FUT) scars too. Plug scars and ‘cobblestoning’, as well as scalp reduction scars, are the most challenging to conceal, although the best technicians can (and do) achieve remarkable results, even when working with some very difficult scars.
Most scars are treated ‘as is’, although laser treatments such as Fraxel and Vbeam can optimise results in some circumstances. It should be noted, however, that scar tissue can be unpredictable to work with, and results can only be estimated prior to treatment, never guaranteed, and are usually expressed as a camouflage ‘percentage’ to provide the client with an indicative expectation.
Is scalp micropigmentation risky?
Without adequate research, all cosmetic procedures are potentially unsafe. The experience of the physician or technician, the quality of the patient outcome and the level of client service varies enormously from clinic to clinic. To engage in any kind of procedure, scalp micropigmentation included, without any prior research, would be foolhardy indeed.
The risks are magnified when employing the services of an inexperienced technician, as an optimal technique is paramount to the success of your procedure. The signs of a poorly trained or skilled technician include oversized deposits, pigment migration, poor blending with remaining hair, unnatural looking hairlines and most serious of all, discolouration of the pigment.
The best technicians know what machines, needles and pigments to use, how to carefully manage the depth of penetration, and how to create the most natural looking hairlines and ‘follicle’ density to produce the best results.
Due diligence is key. Ask your prospective clinic for examples of healed work, shown at least 3 months after the clients first treatment session, to check for any discolouration. Ask to see client examples that share similar characteristics to your own, such as skin colour or age. Check what guarantee you receive, and if the company has a good track record of honouring that guarantee. Above all, make sure you know which specific technician will be completing your procedure. The most experienced clinic can still produce bad results when employing an inexperienced technician.
Is it worth it?
Assuming an experienced technician is sought, in most cases, undergoing a scalp micropigmentation procedure is definitely worth it. The client has very little to lose, except the relatively modest cost of treatment.If you desire the appearance of greater density, or wish to hide scars or poor results from previous surgery, scalp micropigmentation (or tricopigmentation, a shorter duration variant) is worth serious consideration.