SMP – an alternate styling option of hair transplant

scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a technique to creates series of tiny dots with natural, nontoxic ink onto the scalp in between hairs or on completely bald area to give a look of tiny hairs. The purpose is to cover up the areas of the scalp where the skin is prominently visible due to the baldness, thinning hair, scarring or any other form of alopecia so it can be used between the hair give it a dense look or
on a bald area to create a shaven look. The procedure is non-invasive and cost-effective. The results are immediate, realistic, and hassle-free. Scalp Micro pigmentation can restore even a completely bald head to look like a full head of well-groomed hair.
Scalp Micro pigmentation is suitable for all types and stages of hair-loss, on all ages, colours and skin typa

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Method of SMP

The creation of tiny dots, also known as “replication of follicles” usually requires 2-3 sessions with the gap of 2-4 weeks between each sessions. One session can take upto 3-4 hours depending upon the area to be covered. During the procedure, a cartridge containing 1-3 needles working in symphony gently inject natural pigment very superficially into the skin (the 2nd dermal skin layer). Pigment spacing is determined by replicating the remaining natural hair follicles. Sometimes different shades of ink are also used to give soft and natural look to hair line, temples and side burn.The process allows a very gradual and subtle change in the appearance which is rarely identified even by close friends and family.

How does SMP work?

The human head has on average 200 hair per centimetre square. When thinning or hair loss occurs, it can increase the visibility of scalp skin through the hair. Such thing can be very depressing for any person and in severe cases; it can affect the confidence of that person. By creating tiny black to grey dots on the scalp, it creates an illusion of fullness on the head. The visibility of the scalp skin through hair is reduced to and thus it reduces the unwanted attention of other person to balding scalp. It can also be used on completely bald scalp to create an illusion of shaven look.

  • Give the look of a full, youthful head of cropped hair
  • Simulate a full-front, side and/or rear hairline
  • Restore hairlines on part-bald or fully bald heads
  • Camouflage – permanently – the symptoms of all levels of alopecia
  • Camouflage scarring resulting from previous hair transplant surgery
  • Hide scars, burns and birthmarks
  • Boost the visual effect of a hair transplant

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Who should get SMP done?

  • Androgenic alopecia:
    1. Higher grade of baldness where sufficient donor area is not there so surgery is not possible.
    2. Patient already under gone multiple sessions of surgeries and now further surgery is not possible but still balding is present or not satisfied with the result or density.
    3. Patient with diffuse thinning
    4. Patient with contraindications for hair transplant surgery and doesn’t want to use hair patch.
    5. Patient demanding non-surgical option.
    6. Patients already undergone hair transplant surgery but wants more covering of scalp without undergoing another surgery
    7. Patients who have had a strip surgery can also use it to conceal their wounds and scars.
  • Extensive Alopecia areata (alopecia totalis or universalis).
  • Scarring alopecia and scarring from neurosurgical procedure, trauma and burns.
  • Alopecia due to systemic disease (e.g SLE or any other connective tissue disease) leading to diffuse thinning all over the scalp or use of cytotoxic drugs like in cancer patients or patient having condition where medical treatments fails to restore the hair and surgery is contraindicated.
  • Bald patient with severe liver or kidney disease or other serious immunological problem.
  • Alopecia due to genetic problem in hair growth.
  • In cases when the patient desires to restore facial hairs without undergoing surgery.

Revision and Reversal

As the time passes, the area may require touch up to maintain the same look as with time the colour of pigment will fade. Further due to on-going process of baldness there may be new areas where the density is reduced and skin has started to become more visible. Such area will require “replication of follicles” to maintain the same look.
Reversal is done in case where someone wantsto change in hair line with advancing age.Changes can include changing the hairline position, raising the hairline to create an older, more receded look, changing side hair shape, addition of sideburns and changing the hairline shape.
The pigment goes far less deep than skin tattooing so by taking laser treatment one can remove it. It is much more straightforward and painless procedure, usually requiring only 1-2 sessions.