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Scalp Micropigmentation to Cover Scarring
Because of this, it’s extremely common for individuals whose hair loss is irreversible to try and mask areas of thinning or lost hair, or to undergo more invasive procedures to attempt to re-grow hair in areas where hair has been lost. Many of these individuals undergo various hair transplant procedures to try and move hair that is still growing onto parts of the scalp where hair growth has ceased. While many hair transplant recipients will experience a re-growth of hair, the unfortunate reality is that many will also experience significant and visible scarring as a result of their procedures.
At Hairline Ink, we know how difficult and disheartening it can be to experience visible scarring after undergoing a medical procedure that was intended to divert attention away from your hair loss. Fortunately, we also know that you are not without options. By utilizing the incredible opportunities afforded by scalp micropigmentation, you can effectively mask the scars left behind by hair transplant procedures and create the appearance of a fuller, thicker head of hair.
Most individuals who undergo a hair transplant procedure utilize one of two popular methods: strip excision harvesting or follicular unit extraction (FUE). Strip excision harvesting is, by far, the more popular of these two transplant methods and involves the removal of a 3- to 4-inch strip of scalp from which hair is still naturally and reliably growing. This strip is cut into anywhere from several hundred to two thousand smaller grafts. These incredibly small grafts are then inserted into tiny slits that are made in sections where the scalp has stopped producing hair in the hopes that hair will naturally start to re-grow. While re-growth may not take place for 6-9 months, many recipients who undergo strip excision harvesting report that they experience as much as 60% hair re-growth.
Although less popular, another common hair transplant procedure is called follicular unit extraction, or FUE. As its name suggests, follicular unit extraction involves the removal of an entire hair follicle, usually containing anywhere from one to four hairs. These follicles are removed in circular micro punches and are then placed in tiny slits on parts of the scalp experiencing hair loss in a predetermined pattern that is meant to create the appearance of a natural hair pattern.
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Unfortunately, whether a person receives a hair transplant through strip excision harvesting or follicular unit extraction, there is a very real possibility that significant and noticeable scarring will occur. The appearance of scarring does not reflect at all on the abilities of the doctor performing the hair transplant procedure. Rather, the appearance of scars is a very common, natural, and assumed risk that is inherent to both of the hair transplant procedures mentioned in this article.
Despite its popularity and its predominance as the most popular hair removal procedure, strip excision harvesting frequently results in a long, noticeable strip scar on the section of the head from which skin was removed. Once this strip has been removed, the adjoining sections of scalp are stitched back together. The resulting scarring can be thin, but several inches long and depending on the individual, may or may not be hidden by the individual’s hair.
While one of the highlights of choosing follicular unit extraction is that it produces less noticeable scars than strip excision harvesting, this does not mean that some patients will not experience very real and very noticeable scarring. For recipients of follicle unit extraction, the scars of this procedure are often noticeable in the sections of the head where hair follicles were implanted and have the appearance of bumpy, circular-shaped scars. These dot-like scars can be especially noticeable if a recipient does not experience significant re-growth of hair following their transplant procedure.
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Fortunately, individuals who experience anywhere from minor to severe scarring after a hair transplant procedure are not without options for successfully covering their scars. By making use of scalp micropigmentation, hair transplant recipients can cover up even the most noticeable of scars, which can also help add to the appearance of a full, thick head of hair.
Scalp micropigmentation injects small amounts of pigment underneath the scalp in a vast series of dots, similar to getting a tattoo. A natural hairline is created and dots are carefully placed with the assistance of a precise computer system so that when the procedure is finished, an individual’s scalp will naturally resemble that of someone who is just starting to re-grow their hair after shaving or buzzing their head. For individuals who have some degree of natural hair growth, scalp micropigmentation can be used to shade in and add the illusion of thickness to select areas that are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning.
Scalp micropigmentation is often utilized by individuals experiencing hair loss before they undergo a hair transplant so that, while they are waiting for the transplant to take effect, they can project the image of a full head of hair. However, as previously mentioned, scalp micropigmentation can also be utilized after a hair transplant to help fill in any remaining thin areas and to mask the appearance of scarring.
The scalp micropigmentation process for scalp concealment does vary a bit from the standard procedure that is used for things like male pattern baldness or alopecia. Scars are made of thick layers of tissue, which do not always respond to pigment the way a thin section of scalp might. As such, individuals receiving scalp micropigmentation may have to return for a few more sessions so that we can be sure that the pigment projects the right depth of color to create an effective aesthetic.
Additionally, the amount of scalp micropigmentation that is used in a scar treatment will vary from person to person. Rarely can we apply scalp micropigmentation to just the scar alone, as we will need to apply it to the areas above, below, and to either side of the scar in order to help it blend in naturally with your natural hair growth and hair pattern. Furthermore, for individuals who are unsatisfied with the fullness of their hair following a transplant procedure, we can employ full scalp coverage in order to bolster the appearance of existing hair and create a more consistent appearance, helping you look great and feel confident in your final appearance.
Whatever your circumstances may be, the entire team at Hairline Ink are passionate about helping individuals suffering from all forms of hair loss. Each member of our All-Star Team has personally dealt with hair loss / hair loss related confidence issues and eventually turned to Scalp Micropigmentation. Our goal- to help people suffering from any and all forms of hair loss to look and feel their absolute best.
We at Hairline Ink truly view our practitioners’ work as a form of art, and our talented technicians pour their passion into each and every client they work with. All of our practitioners not only preform SMP, but have also found SMP as the solution in their own lives. Having experienced hair loss themselves, our practitioners know just how emotional this issue is for individuals, and want you to know that we understand exactly what you’re going through.
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