Scalp Micropigmentation produces impeccable results in the camouflaging of scars on the scalp whether as a result of previous injury, cosmetic surgery, Alopecia or from the effects left from FUT or FUE hair transplantation, making the scars nearly impossible to detect. By delicately depositing pigment that accurately matches the hair color and creating the look of follicles into the scar tissue and surrounding area, SMP can help blend out and diminish the visibility of the scarring.
SMP Combined with Hair Transplant Enhancement
All hair transplants leave an element of permanent scarring – the level of which is down to the type of transplantation procedure performed. SMP can be used both prior to and post transplantation to enhance its effects. Whether you have a minimal amount of short cropped hair or still have a significant amount of longer hair, combining the SMP and transplant procedures will achieve the maximumamount of density and definition to the resulting appearance.
Reagan highly recommends the combination of a hair transplant and SMP for the ultimate results of a perfect simulation of your original hair. When combining the resulting feel and texture benefits of a hair transplant with the thick density illusion benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation, the results are nothing short of undetectable perfection. SMP enhances the look of fullness by reducing the contrast levels between your scalp and the natural hair color.
Although the FUT (strip) method of surgical hair transplantation may be the least expensive, Reagan recommends going with the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method for her SMP clients since it produces the best results with significantly less scarring.
SMP prior to a transplant treatment can help minimize the obvious hairline difference of an individual by discreetly improving the hair density in the weeks running up to the transplant – making the transition less obvious. If you choose to have the transplant first, the SMP procedure can then be carried out a minimum period of 6 months after the transplant.
Those who have opted for hair transplant surgery have already suffered a great deal from the negative effects of hair loss and the transplant will leave them with expensive scars and possibly an impaired confidence due to the visibility of those scars. SMP can alleviate that concern. By combining SMP with their hair transplant, the appearance of scarring will be almost completely undetectable.
Types of Scars
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) Scars: A long yet thin scar, running usually from one ear to the other ear in FUT clients.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Scars: FUE transplants leave multiple tiny round, white scars in the donor area, one for each extracted follicular unit. Scarring from FUE tends to be less noticeable than other methods.
Plug Scars: Older transplant procedures tend to leave quite deep plug scarring from the removal of the hair follicles, this results in round white dot scars. SMP is an effective scar concealment procedure helping to significantly reduce their visibility.
Other Types of Scars: Scars on the scalp from cosmetic surgery (ie: facelift), burns, and injury/trauma are all types of other scarring that can be treated with SMP as well.
How Are Scars Treated?
Although some people have a transplant scar treated as a standalone procedure, most people have the rest of their head treated at the same time. It doesn’t really matter as far as concealment of the scar is concerned, however be aware that the treatment zone needs to be a larger area than just the scar tissue, often extending 1-2 cm above and below the scar to achieve an effective blend with surrounding hair.
Depending on the severity – scars can be successfully treated within three sessions, but sometimes may require more than three sessions due to the nature of scar tissue. There is not a one size fits all process for scar concealment since each client's scar(s) vary in size, color, shape, indentations, protrusions, etc. The treatment process also varies from client to client since scar tissue is more unpredictable than undamaged skin. Scars tend to soak up the pigment resulting in excessive fading. It’s no problem of course, but it does mean more sessions are usually required to treat a scar versus a regular SMP treatment for male pattern baldness.
What Influences the Level of Concealment?
Simply put, the more similar the scar tissue is to surrounding skin in terms of its color, texture and level of prominence or indentation, the better the scar will camouflage. Smaller, cleaner, tidier scars hide better too.
If your scar is still pink, it might be worthwhile waiting a little longer for it to heal before having Scalp Micropigmentation to cover it. If it has already been more than two years since your surgery, or if you simply cannot wait, consider Vbeam Laser Therapy to accelerate the color change in the scar.
If your scar is raised versus the skin around it, consider Fraxel Laser Therapy to flatten it.
If your scar is indented significantly, you might want to think about dermal fillers to make the scar more like the skin around it. Slight indentations can be helped to some extent using Fraxel Laser Therapy, but not always.
If your scar is a different texture to the surrounding skin, or if it is particularly wide, you might consider Fraxel Laser Therapy to smooth it out.