SMP is an amazing procedure that will change your life if you select it as a solution for your hair loss. The procedure is more affordable than hair transplant surgery and the results are immediate and long-lasting. Furthermore, compared to other concealment methods like use of wigs, scalp micropigmentation requires little to no maintenance. Once it’s done, recovery is immediate and you can resume your normal routine and activities the very next day.
SMP is also very adaptable and versatile. It can treat hair loss in men, women, old and young no matter the type and degree of hair loss. Scalp micropigmentation can therefore solve a wide array of hair problems:
SMP for Male pattern baldness
Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is hereditary. A person’s hair follicles that have a sensitivity to the action of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT affects hair growth and causes hair follicles to miniaturise progressively with each successive hair cycle. Eventually, the hair disappears altogether and you go bald.
SMP treatment options may differ depending on the extent of hair loss. If your hairline has only receded slightly, a slight restructuring of your hairline will be enough to give the impression of a full head of hair. For more advanced forms of male pattern baldness or complete baldness, a full head treatment is usually necessary. Usually, you shave your remaining hair then the technician performs the SMP on the balding areas. The final result is buzz-cut style with no noticeable evidence of balding.
SMP for female pattern baldness
Even though female pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss in women, it is very mild compared to the one seen in men.
The cause of female pattern baldness is the same as for males and is also hereditary.
There is some diffuse thinning of hair mostly confined to the top half of the scalp. The hair loss is more insidious and it can take years for you to even notice that there’s anything wrong with your hair. Unlike in men, the hairline remains intact and less hair is lost on the crown of the head.
For women, shaving the whole head for buzz-cut look isn’t acceptable. Fortunately, there’s no need for such extremes. The hair loss in women occurs diffusely and they don’t go bald hence the only treatment is to mask the thinning hair. The technician applies the SMP ink while parting hair section by section to completely cover areas of the scalp with no hair. this shades the scalp hence eliminating contrast between the scalp and hair.
SMP for hair transplantation
Some hair transplantation procedures leave behind noticeable large scars on the head. During follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) the surgeon cuts a strip of hair-containing skin from the back of the head. This strip of skin provides the hair follicles that the surgeon then transplants into the balding areas of the scalp. If the strip cut is too large, the procedure can leave behind a nasty scar that remains visible long after completing the hair transplant. SMP is very effective for completely hiding such scars.
Surgeons may also use SMP treatment in conjunction with hair transplants to boost the visual effect and achieve better final results. A hair transplant procedure may also provide poor results especially if an unqualified surgeon performs it.
Scalp micropigmentation can mask the patchy and uneven hair growth that result from shoddy hair transplants.
SMP for alopecia
Alopecia is a very variable condition that occurs in many forms. Some types of alopecia may be temporary, others are permanent and some are extensive while others are minor. Before treatment, there has to be a preliminary discussion in order to chart the way forward. Temporary forms of hair loss may require the use of temporary SMP (tricopigmentation) as the ink will fade when the hair grows back. Those with chronic alopecia areata will require a full head SMP treatment. The same goes for alopecia totalis only that the technician has to replicate the hair density from scratch since the loss of scalp hair is absolute. On the other hand, partial SMP treatments treat minor forms of alopecia. All in all, SMP can treat all forms of alopecia, the only question is how.