Hair Transplant And Scalp Micropigmentation: What You Need To Know
Bald patches, thinning hair and premature balding are just a few issues that people face when it comes to hair loss, and it’s only natural to feel self-conscious about it. Thankfully, there are a variety of hair loss treatments and procedures available to help combat this — including scalp micropigmentation.
Scalp micropigmentation is a common and effective hair loss treatment that restores the look of natural hair follicles, for both men and women. But what is scalp micropigmentation exactly, how does it work and is it safe? We explore all the answers to all these questions and more in this handy guide.
What is scalp micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure that involves the injection of small coloured pigments into the scalp using a fine needle, similar to a tattoo.
Designed to give the appearance of natural hair follicles, scalp micropigmentation is used by men and women to combat the effects of hair loss and give the appearance of a shaved head.
A hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation can be used together to enhance the look of hair density.
Is scalp micropigmentation safe?
As it involves only small injections into the surface (epidermal) layer of skin, rather than using deep incisions, scalp micropigmentation is defined as a non-invasive process. As such, it is widely considered a very safe procedure.
Scalp micropigmentation won’t cause any damage to your existing hair follicles or further hair loss either.
There are a few things you will need to bear in mind if you do have this procedure. Before getting scalp micropigmentation, any substance that stimulates the central nervous system should be avoided. This includes coffee, energy drinks and tea. Blood thinners such as alcohol and some anti-inflammatory medicines are best avoided too.
Patients should also avoid any intensive cosmetic treatments before receiving scalp micropigmentation, including skin peels and other similar treatments.
Benefits of scalp micropigmentation
Scalp micropigmentation is a procedure undertaken by men and women around the world, and there are lots of benefits to the process.
Some of the benefits of scalp micropigmentation include:
- Non-invasive (no surgery)
- Cheaper than hair transplants
- Less painful than other procedures
- Less downtime compared to other hair loss treatments
While anyone can benefit from scalp pigmentation, it is especially useful for men with extensive hair loss who are entirely bald and not candidates for surgery.
As it can give the appearance of natural short cut hair, it can also be useful for men looking to even out and visually fill in a hairline.
How long does scalp micropigmentation last?
Scalp micropigmentation can last for up to six years or more, depending on how it was performed, how your body responds to the treatment, and how well you take care of it afterwards.
While scalp pigmentation is a permanent treatment, it can start to fade after 4–6 years. If your scalp micropigmentation starts to lighten, it may be worth getting a touch-up to keep it looking natural.
For the best results, scalp micropigmentation is performed over 2–3 sessions, with 10–14 days in-between to allow your treatment provider to determine the right density and fullness for you.
Can scalp micropigmentation be removed?
Although scalp micropigmentation can last up to six years, like many hair loss treatments, it can be removed if you aren’t happy with your appearance after treatment.
However, it can be a challenging process. Removal of scalp micropigmentation is often performed using lasers and requires multiple sessions before it is fully removed. It may also be uncomfortable and, if you have a wide area to remove, it can get expensive. Depending on the density of the pigment, it can end up looking slightly faded too.
If you don’t want to use laser removal for your scalp micropigmentation, there are other options available.
The most common option involves opening up the skin with an electric needle device and then injecting the area with a special solution that dries out the pigment. It then lifts the pigment to the surface of the skin. The skin will then heal and scab over, leaving the pigment underneath significantly faded.
Risks of scalp micropigmentation
While scalp micropigmentation is considered a safe procedure, it is not without its risks.
Some patients may have an allergic reaction to the pigment once their scalp micropigmentation is applied, although this depends on the type of pigment used.
Other people also report itching or redness following scalp micropigmentation. However, this is often temporary and should go away in a few days.
If your treatment provider uses unclean or unsterilised tools, you may experience some side effects, infection, or end up with unwanted marks on your skin. Always choose a qualified, respected and well-reviewed scalp micropigmentation practitioner for your scalp micropigmentation. You can find a list of such practitioners at www.bahrs.co.uk, the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery.
In some cases, you may experience swollen lymph nodes, found on the back of your head. This can be caused by unsanitary equipment or pigment, although it can also be because your body is trying to reject the pigment. If this occurs, consult with your scalp micropigmentation practitioner.
People who tend to get keloid scars (raised scars that grow larger than normal) should not get scalp micropigmentation. This is because the treatment may cause keloids to form.
Can you get a hair transplant after scalp micropigmentation?
It is entirely possible to get a hair transplant after receiving scalp micropigmentation.
Many people feel they want something extra after scalp micropigmentation, while others may simply wish to cover up their procedure. Hair transplants can also help cover up any scars you might have, as well as restore the natural appearance of hair on your scalp.
While you can get a hair transplant after scalp micropigmentation, it is generally recommended you wait at least six months before having surgery, to allow time for your scalp to heal.
Scalp micropigmentation and FUE hair transplant combination
For an effective and lasting solution to hair loss, many people choose a combination of both scalp micropigmentation and FUE hair transplant.
FUE hair transplant surgery is a procedure that involves taking individual hair follicles from one part of your skin and moving them to another area that is afflicted by hair loss. A popular hair loss treatment, FUE is a safe procedure that many people use.
Combining scalp micropigmentation and FUE is a great way of enhancing your overall appearance after a hair transplant, giving your hair a natural look and feel. Any scars can be covered, your hairline more rounded out, and your hair styled to suit your personal preference.
Our team at The Treatment Rooms London provides excellence in FUE hair transplant surgery. So If you think a combined scalp micropigmentation and FUE hair transplant is for you, book a consultation with us today to discuss your treatment options.
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