Significant hair loss will affect almost half of all women in Australia. Unfortunately, the problem of female hair loss goes beyond aesthetics; it can also have psychological effects. So much so, that four in 10 women said they had marital difficulties due to it.
In Australian men, significant balding can start as early as the age of 20. As many as 20% of 20-year-olds can already begin to lose a lot of their hair. By the time they hit their 40s, almost half of the males in the Land Down Under will have significant balding. (See this hair loss fact sheet for more detaild info)
In either case, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) can be your crown’s saving grace.
Ready to learn what this treatment is all about and how it can help you restore your mane’s former glory? Then keep reading, as that’s exactly what this post is all about!
What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation helps create a fuller-looking head of hair through a non-surgical process. The procedure involves applying a specialised type of pigment to the scalp. Instead of “transplantation”, a skilled practitioner uses an art-like technique called “pointillism”.
How Does scalp micropigmentation Work?
You may have heard of SMP referred to as “hair tattooing” or “hairline tattoo”. That’s because, as mentioned above, it utilises pointillism, which involves using micro-needles. The needles are within a special machine that deposits the pigment on to the upper layers of the skin.
When applied to the scalp, the pigment takes on the appearance of tiny hair follicles. This art-like process creates a new hairline on the same spot where the hair loss has occurred.
All in all, the hair would appear more defined and have a more natural-looking depth. In balding people, the many (and tiny) layered dots of pigment look like short hair stubble. Instead of a smooth scalp, an SMP-treated bald scalp would look like one that has a buzz cut.
If you feel worried about the results being unnatural, don’t! Just make sure you choose a highly-skilled and experienced practitioner of SMP.
This way, you can rest easy that the pigmented dots on your scalp look very much like natural hair follicles. They will blend perfectly with your natural complexion.
Who Are Good Candidates for SMP?
Scalp micropigmentation aims to camouflage thinning, balding, or bald areas of the scalp. As such, whether you have thinning hair or bald spots, you may be able to benefit from SMP.
Here are some of the hair loss conditions and situations wherein SMP can provide a solution.
Were you aware that the scalp has about 100,000 hair follicles? Or that over a three-year period, each of these follicles shed their hair strands? It’s a normal body process that leads to a daily loss of up to 100 hair strands.
Some people, however, lose much more than this estimated number of strands. In people with thinning hair, more follicles shed than those that grow out hair. In many other cases, the follicles produce new hair at a much slower rate.
In either case, the result is a thinning crown that has lost its previous density and volume. When wet, the mane looks even way thinner! The scalp isn’t completely bald, but it can still take a toll on one’s looks and psychological health.
Scalp micropigmentation can help restore your crown’s appearance of being dense. You can have the procedure even if you have long hair, and you don’t need to have it shortened!
Male and Female Pattern Baldness
The medical term for pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia. It’s the most common type of hair loss in both males and females. What’s more, about 800,000 Australian women have moderate to severe androgenetic alopecia.
Patterned hair loss or baldness is progressive and occurs throughout a lifetime. However, in many men and women, it can start by the time they hit their early 20s. The significant shedding begins at the temples, gradually leading to a receding hairline.
In more severe cases, male pattern baldness leaves the entire crown of the head hairless. The only parts of the scalp that retains some hair are the back and the sides. The remaining hair takes on a not-so-nice horseshoe pattern.
Scalp micropigmentation can help camouflage the effects of androgenetic alopecia. It can transform the look of a receding hairline into one that has more hair. Also, as mentioned above, women with long hair don’t have to cut their hair to get SMP.
Alopecia areata, whilst less common than the patterned kind, still affects 500,000 folks in AU. It’s different from androgenetic alopecia in that it sheds entire patches of hair. As a result, the scalp develops completely bald or hairless spots.
Unfortunately, scientists have yet to discover a cure for alopecia areata. As an autoimmune disease, however, there are a few treatment options available. Topical applications may help regrow the hair, but they can take quite a long time.
Scalp micropigmentation instantly recreates the appearance of hair on those bald spots. The particular type of pigment used in SMP will mimic your natural hair colour. As a result, the process effectively camouflages the bald spots caused by alopecia.
Scalp scars can develop from many types of injuries, but more so in those who’ve had a hair transplant. As transplantation is surgical, it will create scars that can be quite visible. Hair transplant scars usually take the form of thin lines.
In some failed transplants, the scars can be much worse, looking like many small dots.
Sounds familiar? Then know that scalp micropigmentation can diminish the look of those unsightly scars. SMP can cover almost all types of blemishes on your scalp. The many-layered dots will blend seamlessly with the rest of your hair.
Why Consider SMP Over Other Hair Loss Treatments?
Scalp micropigmentation can help you achieve your desired results faster. It’s also less risky than surgery, as there’s no surgical step involved. If you did get a transplant, and you’re unhappy with it, SMP may be able to satisfy your demands.
Less Invasive than Hair Transplant
Scalp micropigmentation won’t require you to go under the knife. Most people say that it hurts far less than a traditional tattoo. Again, that’s because the micro-needles won’t go deep enough to damage the scalp.
A hair transplant surgery, on the other hand, involves a lengthy surgical procedure. It requires a lot of preparation on the side of the patient, not to mention deep pockets. Also, since it’s a type of invasive procedure, you can expect some downtime after.
It Works for People Who Can’t Get a Transplant
Because of the invasive nature of a hair transplant, not everyone can undergo it. For instance, one of the primary requirements for the surgery is to have some healthy hair. If there’s not enough of this, transplantation may not be possible.
That’s why scalp micropigmentation works as a great alternative to transplants. With SMP, you don’t have to have loads of healthy hair. Even if you’ve lost your entire mane, this specialised type of hair tattoo can still benefit you.
Achieve Results Faster
Topical treatments for hair loss require months, even years before they take effect. In addition, most require long-term use for continued results. Otherwise, you’ll start to lose hair again.
A hair transplant also takes between six and nine months to provide visible effects. You also have to rest and avoid overexerting yourself for the first few days after the surgery. The surgeon may also require you to take medications to help with your recovery.
Scalp micropigmentation, on the other hand, takes about three sessions. The first session already involves the placement of the pigment. You’ll see the results right after, but since the pigment doesn’t go deep enough, it may still lighten up a bit.
This is why the second SMP session is essential. It lets the practitioner see up close how the client’s skin reacts to the pigment. A second application would fill in any gap that the first treatment may have left.
Most SMP clients achieve their desired results after the second treatment. A third session is still vital, though, as the practitioner needs to examine your scalp. This ensures perfection and consistency in the pigment’s density.
Is SMP for Everyone?
Scalp micropigmentation is an excellent choice for almost anyone who has thinning hair. However, people who are still in their early 20s may want to postpone undergoing SMP. That’s because many of them may still experience continuous hair loss.
You may also want to put off getting SMP if you wish to try a hair regrowing program first. If you’re unhappy with it, then, by all means, you can go ahead with scalp micropigmentation.
Regain Your Confidence With Scalp Micropigmentation
As you can see, scalp micropigmentation can benefit most people with thinning hair. It can even be a great solution for people who are balding or those who’ve gone completely bald. By restoring your mane to its former glory, you can feel better from inside to out.
Do you want to know more about scalp micropigmentation and if it’s the right choice for you? Then please know that our highly-skilled team here at ELKA SMP will be happy to help! Please get in touch with us or book a free consultation, so you don’t even have to leave your home.