Hair loss, a receding hairline, thinning hair, or baldness not only negatively affect the appearance of an individual, they can have a more profound impact on their self-confidence and overall happiness. In addition, hair loss and baldness tend to keep getting worse, making it even more challenging for individuals to deal with this change.
Technological advancements mean that you don’t have to suffer from this. Continue reading to learn how to address hair loss and baldness with scalp micropigmentation.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation helps provide the appearance of natural hair on the scalp via a type of hair tattoo. Small and thin needles are used to deposit color or “pigments” to the scalp to create the illusion of hair follicles. This can be done on thinning areas or bald spots of the scalp. The ink used is cosmetic-grade, so it is safe to be used on the scalp.
The ideal candidate for scalp micropigmentation is anyone who has thinning hair, bald spots, alopecia, or other conditions that cause hair loss. Scalp micropigmentation can also be used to hide the appearance of uneven skin tone, scars, or birthmarks on the scalp.
You can expect to need 2 to 4 sessions of scalp micropigmentation to see your desired results; however, this can vary depending on your requirements and the condition of your scalp. It is worth noting that scalp micropigmentation is not a permanent procedure, as the pigments will fade over time, but you can always get touch-up sessions to restore the appearance of the pigments.
Benefits of scalp micro pigmentation
One of the key advantages of scalp micropigmentation is that it is a non-invasive procedure, so there is no need for surgery. There is also no major downtime, as most patients return to their normal routine a couple of days after the procedure. As no surgery is needed, scalp micropigmentation is inherently safer than other hair loss treatments.
Another important benefit of scalp micropigmentation is that you can return to your normal routine as quickly as 1 to 2 days. There is no major rest period needed. The scalp recovers fast because the needles are not as long or thick as traditional tattoo needles.
While the costs of scalp micropigmentation can vary depending on your location, scope of the procedure, and other factors, you can expect scalp micropigmentation to be less expensive than other hair loss treatments.
Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Hair Transplants
A hair transplant, which is also referred to as follicular unit restoration (FUT), is a surgical process that removes hair follicles from a donor site and inserts them into the area of the scalp that has bald spots or thinning hair. With a hair transplant, you can expect a significant recovery period. In addition, the scalp will look stubbly, and scabs are likely to form. The success rate of a hair transplant is also more unpredictable compared to scalp micropigmentation.
Challenges of Scalp Micropigmentation
A common challenge of scalp micropigmentation is that the procedure is not permanent. While it can last many years, the pigments will eventually fade. Another challenge is that scalp micropigmentation may require the patient to keep their hair short. In most cases, the patient would need to keep the scalp as smooth as possible for the best appearance. Scalp micropigmentation is also not ideal for people who suffer from any type of inflammatory condition on the scalp.
It is recommended that you consult with an experienced scalp micropigmentation practitioner to determine if you are a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation or whether you should seek alternative options.