A survey once showed that around 42% of men aged 18-49 suffered fair to broad hair loss. Everyone loses their hair at one point in their life, and we already know that hair loss increases with age. But there are fair chances that it can occur in men at their early stages in life, especially with men already enduring male pattern baldness, i.e., hair loss caused by genes.
Medical science has improved over time, and we now have a number of treatments for male hair loss. You can go for medications such as Minoxidil or can get a hair transplant. It’s the 21st century and anything is possible. However, a new trend to treat male hair loss is to get scalp micropigmentation, considered to be the fastest growing method of hair loss treatment. Scalp micropigmentation is often known as a ‘Hair Tattoo’ and it helps in re-establishing thinning hairlines, concealing transplant scars, and thickens the appearance of remaining hair.
So what exactly is this Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), offered by Manchester clinic My Hair Loss Solutions, is an innovative and non-surgical treatment that helps in restoring your hairline by using microneedles to apply specialist pigments into the scalp. The process is nothing like getting a tattoo on your head. It creates thousands of tiny hair follicle replications, and it reinstates your image of a head full of hair. These hair follicles imitate as your natural hair while providing strength and thickness to your thinning areas. You can also opt for SMP even if you experience a minor thinning of hair. It works for everybody.
There are three separate phases of this treatment. The timings depend on your extent of hair loss, your style, and some other important factors. It doesn’t happen in merely one take. As we know, microneedles are required to apply pigments on your scalp. The difference is just that the process of SMP is methodological, dedicated, and performed by technicians and not tattoo artists. These tiny pigments located under your skin emulate a shaved head instead of a bald head.
As you select your first SMP treatment, here are three steps that you need to follow-
- The Consultation
Before going for any treatment, you need to have a consultation with your doctor who treats you. Similarly, before going for an SMP, you will have a consultation session with your technician who will perform your treatment. It can be done in-person, over a call, or over a video chat as well. This will give your technician a better idea of your desired results. You are free to discuss your requirements openly. Whether it is the shape of your hairline, the density of your pigmentation or its positioning, the experts are always available to assist you for your treatment.
- How much time does a session take?
The timings of a session are never fixed. It varies accordingly and depends on how thick and darker you want your pigments to be. However, a typical first session may last from three to five hours at least as the procedure for the application of pigments is done in the initial session. The second treatment normally winds up early as the second session is performed to provide shade and density to the pigments.
There is no denying that there are a number of uses for this treatment. The first usage is quite obvious it is used for treating hair loss and the hairline downturn in men and women. However, the treatment works like magic for the loss of hair occurred during burns or surgeries. It is also used to cover up hair transplant marks, blotches, and other scars on the skin. You can also go for this treatment if you wish to hide your birthmarks into your scalp.
- Does the process hurt?
Some patients have experienced little distress during their initial sessions. However, this tenderness does not last for a long time. As the session steps forward, this feeling of unease becomes bearable. It typically happens as your scalp has particular areas where the nerve endings are dense. Receiving a tattoo and getting a hair transplant hurt more than the process of SMP. However, if you are still uncomfortable, you can ask for anesthetics to help you numb your scalp.
- The Recovery
There is no stable period of recovery post the treatment of SMP, though you may experience a little redness on your scalp from each session, lasting 1-2 days. It is very normal to experience this, and people carry on with their normal life the next day.
- Any Side Effects?
The procedure of scalp micropigmentation has very few side effects. Your scalp is most likely to turn a little reddish after each application of pigments. As your skin starts healing, the dots will go shadier and bigger. The tiny layer that forms over each dot will eventually fall off your skin and there would be nothing to worry about.
- Is SMP favorable for Women?
The procedure of SMP helps in the treatment of hair loss in both men and women. Women go through the same pain of losing their hair. Their reasons for hair loss varies such as childbirth, surgeries, stress, and so on. Women do not need to shave their heads before going for SMPs. The technicians can apply the pigmentation by easily dividing their hair part by part. The treatment works best for women with dark hair.
- Maintenance of your scalp
Proper maintenance is important. Initially, you are advised to stay clear of activities that would result in sweating of the scalp. Do not shampoo or wash your head. A few days after your final treatment, you’ll be able to shave your head using a foil shaver but you have to be careful. By a week or 10 days in a row, you will be able to shave your head with a razor blade.
- The cost of an SMP treatment
The cost depends on a number of factors, like the clinic where you choose to get your treatment, the country of the clinic, the type of procedures, etc. Generally, a standard SMP treatment costs up to $2,000 to $4,000 in the United States. If you want to have a scar treatment, this will cost you around $1,200 to $2,500.
- Are there any drawbacks of SMP?
Of course, there are some shortcomings to this treatment. A few, but they are-
- The treatment is a permanent procedure, and some people consider it to be a drawback as their hair pattern remains the same. It’s actually like you’re getting a permanent tattoo on your skin. If you wish to change it, you will require a laser removal treatment.
- Direct exposure to the sun’s UV rays has a higher chance of fading your scalp. In that case, you would need to visit an SMP clinic as soon as possible.
- If you wish to keep your hair long, this treatment will prove to be a disadvantage as you need to keep your hair very short to achieve the perfect SMP’s look.