While hair loss is seldom a serious problem, its effects can have negative consequences. Self-consciousness is one of the most obvious side effects of hair loss, thinning, or recession. Luckily, there are options to explore if you don’t want a bare scalp!

What Is a Hair Transplant?

One of the most common methods of treating baldness or hair thinning is called a hair transplant. There are two kinds of transplants: follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).

With the FUSS method, a narrow strip of healthy scalp between six and ten inches long with thick hair growth is cut from the patient’s head and cut up into many tiny pieces—usually with just one or two hairs per piece.

FUE involves the surgeon shaving the back of the patient’s scalp, and then carefully extracting hair follicles one by one.

The next steps for both procedures are the same: the harvested grafts or hair follicles are carefully transplanted into areas of the scalp where the hair is thinner. After the procedure is completed, the scalp will likely be very tender and the patient may require pain medication for several days afterwards. The surgeon may require patients to wear bandages on their head for a few days, and may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or an antibiotic. Most people return to work within a week of the operation.

These types of surgeries can create scarring on the scalp and may result in unnatural-looking hair growth. There is typically a great deal of discomfort following the procedure and of course, there’s no guarantee that the patient’s hair won’t continue to thin out and recede even after the transplant.

What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is a procedure that creates the illusion of thicker hair by tattooing small dots onto the scalp. This process is less invasive than a regular tattoo gun as it doesn’t penetrate as deeply, and although the ink will lighten over time, it won’t discolor the way a tattoo does. SMP is effective for anyone with thinning or receding hair, or who suffers from a condition such as male pattern baldness or alopecia. While scalp micropigmentation doesn’t create new hair growth, it does make your existing hair appear thicker by filling in the thinning areas on the scalp.

The process is so minimally painful that some patients have even fallen asleep while being treated. Most people can return to work immediately after their session, with the only real side effect being the slight redness of the scalp.

What if I’ve Already Had a Hair Transplant?

SMP is even effective as an after-treatment for hair transplants, especially if the patient’s hair continues to thin after their transplant surgery. Scalp micropigmentation is a great option for anyone experiencing any kind of hair loss due to its non-invasive nature, and the confidence boost can be immediate. It doesn’t matter at all if you’ve already had another method of hair loss treatment—SMP can still help!

If you think you could benefit from scalp micropigmentation, don’t wait—contact SMP Portland today to find out more about how we can help!

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