Did you know that nearly half of all men are affected by male pattern baldness by the time they’re 50 years old? While male pattern baldness may start as a simple receding hairline or a small bald spot on the top of the head, it often becomes a more widespread and apparent issue as time goes on. While male pattern baldness itself doesn’t require treatment, many people find a loss of confidence comes with the loss of their hair—and that can be a problem!

Not Just Men

Although the name of the condition is ‘male pattern baldness’, it’s not just men who are affected! Up to 40% of women may notice a thinning of hair on the crown of their head from this condition by the time they’re 50 years old. Luckily, there’s a cost-effective and simple solution for anyone affected by male pattern baldness: SMP.

What Is SMP?

SMP stands for scalp micropigmentation. The purpose of this treatment is to create the illusion of fuller hair using methods similar to tattooing. However, unlike regular tattoos, SMP ink does not get discolored, nor do the needles we use penetrate as far into the skin as a regular tattoo gun does. The ink may lighten over time (often around the five or six-year mark), but it will continue to look natural as it lightens, which makes it an effective solution for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness.

Scalp micropigmentation isn’t a growth stimulant, but instead creates an extremely realistic illusion of hair growth. In most cases, no one will realize it’s a tattoo unless they’re told! SMP can be useful in all cases of hair loss, including baldness, thinning, recession, and even alopecia.

What to Expect From SMP

Scalp micropigmentation is usually completed in two or three sessions, depending on the amount of hair loss or scarring on the head. Sessions are typically spaced ten days apart to give the scalp time to ‘breathe’ between treatments.

The procedure itself involves minimal pain, and some clients even fall asleep during the treatment! Although the scalp may have slight redness for a day or two following the session, there won’t be any pain. Again, this process differs from that of traditional tattooing as needles don’t penetrate as deeply into the scalp as they would for a regular tattoo, so the body’s recovery time is much faster. Most clients don’t feel the need to take time off work or school following the treatment, although they may choose to wear a beanie or hat if they feel the redness is noticeable. There are no risks whatsoever to donning headwear following an SMP treatment!

Although male pattern baldness isn’t considered a serious condition, the effect it can have on a person’s confidence is no joke. Luckily, scalp micropigmentation is an effective solution for various hair loss in all kinds of people. This treatment method has become so advanced over the last several years that it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between SMP and real hair growth.

If you’re interested in learning more about scalp micropigmentation, get in touch with SMP Portland today and let us help you feel confident in your skin again!

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