Hair loss can be devastating to a person’s confidence. There are many ways to deal with hair loss and one of the most recent developments involves a process called Scalp Micro-Pigmentation. The results of this process have proven to be very successful for many clients. The process is simple in concept but can offer wonderful results for those who want to reduce the appearance of thinning hair and those who can’t or don’t want to have hair replacement surgery.
What it is
Scalp Micro-Pigmentation, or SMP, is a semi-permanent tattoo added to the scalp. This fills in thin areas and decreases the contrast between the scalp and the hair. It makes the hair look fuller by disguising the scalp. The process is done by an experienced practitioner in a clinical setting. It is widely used by both men and women to hide the evidence of thinning hair. To make the scalp look as natural as possible, most practitioners will use several different pigments to make it look like the different shades found in real hair.
What to Expect During a Session
The process of SMP can take a varying amount of sessions depending on the amount of scalp you need to have covered and how well your skin takes to the process. The first session usually involves an allover first cover of the entire area to be treated. Through several more sessions you can expect to have areas filled in as needed until the desired result is reached. After treatment the dots may appear larger than expected but they will decrease in size as they heal. Small scabs will form but won’t last long. Those who have been treated may be advised to use certain cleansers to prevent any type of infection or reaction. It may also be advised to avoid situations where you’ll be in direct sunlight for extended periods of time as well as places where you may sweat a lot.
Other Important Information
The Scalp Micro-Pigmentation process is considered to be semi-permanent, meaning that it will not last forever but it should be several years before a touch up is needed once the desired results are reached. The process is similar to a tattoo but the tools and needles used are quite different. The needles are sterile, one-use needles. Practitioners who perform this procedure are usually physicians, or technicians, who specialized in surgical hair replacement treatments. This is not considered a medical procedure but local anesthesia can be given if desired. The procedure can be painful without pain killers, as the scalp is a very sensitive area.
SMP + Shave-less FUE
Scalp Micro-Pigmentation can be used in conjunction with hair restoration. North Atlanta Hair Restoration leads the industry with a form of hair transplantation that does not leave a linear scar, nor requires the scalp to be shaved. If a patient has a limited supply of donor hair, adding SMP to the treatment regimen may be a good idea. The scalp around the new hair growth can be tinted to enhance the look of the hair.
For anyone who has been struggling with thinning hair, whether male or female, SMP should be a consideration. It costs less than many other treatment options like transplants and surgery and can give great results for certain candidates. Before treatment, it’s important to do some research and speak with a qualified professional to see if you are a proper candidate for the procedure as the changes will alter your look for many years to come.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.