Scalp Micro Pigmentation Client - Bryan

Bryan a Plasterer from Johnstone was loosing his hair since his early twenties. He found the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment online and decided that was for him. He came to Vinci for a consultation with our experienced team in Glasgow, and took the first steps to regaining a full look of hair.

After a couple of SMP sessions, his hairline was improved, made to look natural and reflect what he required, this made him feel more confident and has given him an overall positive result. His fantastic SMP result whilst being sympathetic, has really redefined his facial features, restored his receding hairline and gave him a more youthful look.

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Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - Bryan

Bryan a Plasterer from Johnstone was loosing his hair since his early twenties. He found the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment online and decided that was for him. He came to Vinci for a consultation with our experienced team in Glasgow, and took the first steps to regaining a full look of hair.

After a couple of SMP sessions, his hairline was improved, made to look natural and reflect what he required, this made him feel more confident and has given him an overall positive result. His fantastic SMP result whilst being sympathetic, has really redefined his facial features, restored his receding hairline and gave him a more youthful look.


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Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - Patrick H

Paddy a boxer from Paisley, who was suffering from thinning hair was searching for the best option for his hair. He discovered the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment by Vinci Hair Clinic on a previous client at our Glasgow centre. After looking online and booking a free, no obligation consultation with our specialists at our central Glasgow location, he decided this treatment was for him and decided the procedure was for him.

After a couple of sessions, his hairline was changed for the better and made him look sharper, feel more confident and has given him an overall positive result. His result whilst being sympathetic, really redefined his facial features, restored his receding hairline and gave him a more youthful look.

To Read more about the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment, click here.

To book a free no obligation consultation today, click here.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - Patrick H

Paddy a boxer from Paisley, who was suffering from thinning hair was searching for the best option for his hair. He discovered the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment by Vinci Hair Clinic on a previous client at our Glasgow centre. After looking online and booking a free, no obligation consultation with our specialists at our central Glasgow location, he decided this treatment was for him and decided the procedure was for him.

After a couple of sessions, his hairline was changed for the better and made him look sharper, feel more confident and has given him an overall positive result. His result whilst being sympathetic, really redefined his facial features, restored his receding hairline and gave him a more youthful look.


Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - David

David has always looked after his health, appearance and is an avid Gym enthusiast. In fact, he owns a gym so knows what he is talking about when it comes to working out. However he has suffered from hereditary hair loss for years, and decided that he wanted to do something about it.

After a couple of sessions, his hairline has been redefined and makes him look younger, feel more confident and has given him an overall positive result. He found out about the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment by Vinci Hair Clinic by out about it at our dedicated SMP site, Vinci Scalp Pigmentation. After a consultation at the clinic in Glasgow city Centre with our consultant Scott McGaw, he decided to have his SMP, and as you can see by his completely natural looking fantastic results, he was extremely pleased.

To Read more about the SMP Scalp Micro Pigmentation treatment, click here.

To book a free no obligation consultation today, click here.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Testimonial - David

Davy has always looked after himself physically, worked out in the gym, and been a successful businessman. However there was always one thing that bothered him, which was his increasing hair loss. “I was quite late on when I stared to go bald. I was in my in my early thirties, and I cutting my hair really short at this particular time. It was a friend of mine who pointed out that I was starting to go thin on top, I checked in the mirror and I was.”

He lived with his increasing baldness for years, building his business, and keeping healthy, however now he is in his mid forties, he wondered if there was anything he could do about his baldness. Davy discovered Vinci Hair Clinic, and researched the different methods of treatment available, and decided that the MSP treatment was the best for him.

“I did decide that I wanted to do something about it. I saw in magazines Hair Transplants, but after discovering MSP online, I had a meeting with Scott in Scotland, and he showed me its more or less like a tattoo. Ive always had my hair short anyways and so I decided that it was for me. ”

“The staff at Vinci were very good, they were very good at explaining everything. The treatment was a sensation rather than painful and they explained this really well.”

The result Davy has achieved using the Micro Scalp Pigmentation technique has given him the sympathetic hairline he wanted. It was important that the treatment wasn’t overstated, and deliberately obvious.

“I would definitely recommend this treatment for this type of hair loss. I think the good thing about this is it’s not in in your face, lots of people saw there was something different about me, but when I pointed out the procedure they were really impressed.”


Norwood Hamilton Scale

What is the Norwood Hamilton Scale?

There is a certain type of hair loss condition that follows a pattern as it progresses. This is known as androgenic alopecia also known as male pattern baldness. It is a condition that men in their late twenties to their early thirties start to undergo. This will continue until the later years of their life and will result in hair loss on the top of their scalp.

Dr. James Hamilton, in an effort to diagnose the current stage of this condition came up with a picture chart in the 1950’s detailing its progression. This scale established a workable model to determine the different phases of male pattern baldness. After about twenty years, Dr. O’Tar Norwood was able to refine it to suit current standards. This allowed others to further categorise the different cases that can occur at each stage of hair loss.

The use of the Norwood Hamilton Scale can aid in determining the type of remedy that should be applied. It also makes the diagnosing of this condition possible over the phone. All the patient has to do is to relay the information of how his scalp looks like to the doctor. Below is an interpretation of how these different stages are described.

Stage One

There is hardly any hair loss at this stage. Further observation is required to determine if a remedy is necessary.

Stage Two

An imaginary line just before the ears represents the point where the receding hairline of the frontal temporal region halts. It does not progress further than a few centimeters before it. Hair surrounding the entire head is still full. Only the recession from the temporal regions is detectible.

Stage Two (A)

There is similar recession in hairline as in Stage two combined with a thinning area in the frontal central region just above the forehead.

Stage Three

The hair loss has progressed further toward the back of the scalp and stops right before the imaginary line of the ears. A patch of hair resembling a triangular shape is located at the frontal central region of the scalp. There is noticeable balding at this point.

Stage Three (A)

The hair loss is the same as in Stage Three with regard to the frontal temporal area. There is no longer a triangular patch of hair in the frontal central area.

Stage Three (V)

The progression of hair loss is similar to Stage Three and Three (A) regarding the frontal temporal region with the addition of balding in the center of the vertex region of the scalp. There is also no longer a triangular patch of hair in the frontal central area.

Stage Four

Hair loss in the frontal temporal region progressed further and has actually become aligned with the ears. The frontal central area has experienced more thinning while the vertex area’s balding has expanded more than what was observed in Stage Three (V). The sides of the head are connected by a bridge-like band of hair that acts as a line separating the frontal and vertex areas of the scalp.

Stage Four (A)

The progression of hair loss in the frontal temporal area is similar to Stage Four. There is no balding in the vertex region. There is close to no hair growth in the frontal central area.

Stage Five

Hair loss has further expanded in the vertex region with a circumference the size of an orange. There is a reduction in width of the bridge-like band that separates the frontal and vertex areas. The frontal central area has a small triangular patch of hair separated from the bridge-like band.

Stage Five (A)

The progression of hair loss in the frontal temporal area is the same as Stage Five with the exception of the disappearance of the bridge-like band. Almost no hair exists in the vertex region.

Stage Five (V)

The progression of hair loss in the frontal temporal area is the same as Stage Five with the exception of an M-shaped hairline. The bridge-like band has almost dissipated because of the progression of balding in the vertex area.

Stage Six

This is a more extreme version of Stage Five (A). Hair loss is total in the vertex region. The upper areas of the sides and back of the head are thick and dense. There is almost no hair in the area where the bridge-like band used to be.

Stage Seven

The hair loss is total over the entire top region of the scalp. Only the lower sides and back of the head have hair growth.

Norwood Hamilton Scale

It is advised to consult with a qualified physician to get a confirmatory diagnosis of the progression of one’s hair loss.


Did Kevin Costner actually have a hair transplant?

Did Kevin Costner actually have a hair transplant?

This famous celebrity once had noticeable balding hair back in 2006. He then had a successful procedure performed on his scalp in 2008 though it seems like he might need to return to the hair clinic. Kevin Costner is rumored not to be content with his hair loss condition at the moment.

Almost all men are concerned about hair loss. There are about two in every three men above thirty that have a hair loss condition. A majority of these men have male pattern baldness. The most obvious tell tale sign is a receding hairline beginning at the temporal area of the scalp and is followed by hair loss in the frontal temporal region above the forehead as well as balding in the vertex region.

There are different remedies to treat hair loss. Products such as shampoos and concealers are available for those whose condition is still at its beginning stages. Anti hair loss drugs that have been proven to be effective can help those whose onset of hair loss has become more noticeable. Should one’s hair loss become more advanced in its progression, surgery could be used to treat it. This is really up to the person with the condition however, to choose which method suits them best. Most people especially the likes of Costner have benefitted from these remedies. It has also inspired other people to act toward doing it for themselves as well.

Kevin Costner

The condition of androgenic alopecia exists in all walks of life. This is also very true among celebrities who have to undergo through the same ordeal. Kevin Costner is a good example that hair loss should not deter one from seeking treatment for it.

He is one of the most notable actors of his time and the demands of his profession calls for a premium to be put on one’s appearance. Being one of Hollywood’s most recognisable faces, Costner has to make an effort to always maintain a high standard when it comes to his image. This is the reason why Kevin was reputed to be quite bothered when he was reviewing some footage of a movie they were shooting. There were a lot of scenes that made his bald spots quite noticeable. This did not sit well with him and he knew that he had to do something about it.

His struggle with hair loss continues despite having addressed it through a hair transplant. It is something that he still has to deal with because his hair seems to be progressively shedding. The make up artists responsible for his image try to do a good job, and they have. He can still find humour in his situation however and regularly pokes fun at himself. He states there are only three hairs remaining on his scalp that are truly his that he fondly refers to as the Three Stooges.

Kidding aside, Kevin is still serious about how he looks. This is the reason why he has a hairdresser on hand to ensure that no bald spots remain exposed. Density is important to address his scalp’s thinning volume and a variety of products are used to remedy this situation. Costner also prefers to have a big mirror next to him in order to verify that all the hair is exactly in place before shooting a scene. This is a means by which he can instantly inform himself that he would require further assistance from his hairdresser.

There are legions upon legions of men that have the same problem as Kevin Costner. Most remedies available to them might not be effective even though they have tried their best to search the best one for their condition. It does not mean however, that they should give up. If Kevin Costner is going through the same thing and doing everything he can about it, then they could too.


Has Wesley Sneijder had scalp micropigmentation?

We already know that Wesley Sneijder had a hair transplant in December 2013 using experimental ACELL technology, in fact we reported the story on our sister website here. What is not so clear however, is the reason why part of his scalp often appears much darker than other parts.

Here are a couple of photographs that make us think something might be amiss:

There are alternative explanations of course. Following his surgery Wesley's scalp needed time to heal, and it would have taken some time for the full benefit of his transplant to be seen. In the interim many people use concealers to thicken their hair while this healing and growing process takes place. It's a possibility of course, but we see a huge number of people who use concealers, so we have a trained eye and know what to look for. Although he may have used a concealer such as DermMatch at some point, we do not believe that's what is being seen in the above photos.

A much more likely possibility is that Wesley Sneijder had scalp micropigmentation, a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of hair density on the scalp. At Vinci Hair Clinic we've provided high quality combination services for many years now, and we are recognised as a global leader in hair restoration solutions that utilise both scalp micropigmentation and follicular unit extraction methods.

Wesley Sneijder's suspected SMP is not the work of Vinci Hair Clinic

Whilst we advocate and recommend combination procedures in many cases, not all SMP is created equal. The replication of the appearance of hair follicles is a highly detailed procedure that requires a substantial level of skill and artistry to perfect. If the photographs above show a scalp micropigmentation treatment (and we strongly suspect that they do), we must also add that the quality of that work is extremely poor.

A quality scalp micropigmentation treatment
This is how scalp micropigmentation should look. Sadly if Wesley Sneijder did have SMP, it appears that his procedure was performed by a poorly skilled technician

When performed by a skilled technician, SMP is virtually undetectable and blends seamlessly with the clients real or transplanted hair. The variance between the treated are and the untreated area, as highlighted above, simply wouldn't exist.


How much does scalp micropigmentation usually cost?

Why scalp micropigmentation is ideal for alopecia totalis sufferers

There are many kinds of alopecia that affect men today. The most common kind is androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It is a genetic condition that manifests itself through a receding hairline. This usually starts out at the temples and moves steadily through the scalp making the hairline form an M-shaped pattern. The hair in the frontal central region above the forehead will also start to recede. Hair in the vertex area of the scalp also experiences a hair loss pattern that will radiate in a circular fashion. All these areas will continue to influence hair loss as they progress and will finally converge at the top central portion of the scalp. What would be left is a thin strip of hair found on the lower sides and back of the head.

Another instance of alopecia is alopecia areata or balding in round, sporadic patches on the scalp usually resulting in coin-sized bald areas. Next is alopecia universalis or the loss of hair over the entire body. Then there is what is known as traction alopecia or gradual hair loss at the area of the scalp where there is prolonged pulling or unnatural styling of the hair. Examples of these hairstyles are cornrows, pigtails and ponytails. Finally there is the topic of our discussion, alopecia areata totalis or the loss of hair over the entire scalp.

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The conditions of alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis are all said to be autoimmune disorders. It is the body itself that is actually attacking its own cells and in this case, it would be its hair follicles. More research still needs to be completed however, on the reason behind this attack. These conditions may be considered as genetic autoimmune diseases though the cause that triggers this event is yet to be discovered. There have been cases where hair has been known to regrow and leads to complete recovery. These cases are rare however and most occurrences lead to prolonged hair loss. The ways to remedy these conditions are pretty much like how one would treat male pattern baldness. Some treatments like the scalp micropigmentation (SMP) procedure might be more ideal than others.

Pigments are applied directly unto the scalp to resemble “just-shaven” hair. SMP is an illusion of a hairline that makes an onlooker believe that the bearer has a full head of hair, only shaven. There are different sizes, densities and patterns that the specialist meticulously considers when arranging the pigmentation for a completed look. As such, any deviation from this pattern may give away the fact that what the onlooker is seeing is not actual hair but an SMP treatment. Patients are advised to maintain their look by regularly shaving their scalp to prevent telling signs from showing.

This is precisely why the condition of alopecia totalis is ideally treated using scalp micropigmentation. Most forms of alopecia leave hair on the scalp. These are the cases of androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata and traction alopecia where the loss of hair is not total. Alopecia totalis as well as universalis leaves no hair on the scalp whatsoever. It dispenses with the need of a patient to constantly shave his scalp because of the absence of hair. What is left a smooth, clean scalp that is the preferred canvass of an SMP specialist. This would make it a prime candidate for an SMP treatment.


What's the deal with Rob Brydon's hair transplant procedure?

What's the deal with Rob Brydon's hair transplant procedure?

This guy has got to be one of the funniest people in the industry. At age forty-nine he has been able to firmly establish himself as a well-known actor / comedian on different platforms such as film, television and radio. The guy even has a song that hit number one in the UK charts entitled: “(Barry) Islands in the Stream”. Brydon has also shared his comedic talent through writing and stand-up. His natural talent for being hilarious and his disposition make him very likable too.

It is true that Rob is a public figure. His popular appeal makes for an effective entertainer. This does not however give everyone the open license to meddle in his private life. What he does in front of the camera, onstage or through written prose is for public consumption. How he conducts himself in his private life should be for his alone. He does not hold himself out as an entertainer in his private capacity. If he did then he should be compensated for it. Anything to the effect of deriving entertainment from his private affairs should be classified as unjust taking.

Rob Brydon

Which leads us to the discussion on what the deal is with his hair transplant. Brydon is successful and in the entertainment industry. He is pushing fifty and he needs to uphold a certain image of himself for the consuming public. In fact, he is free to undergo a hair transplant procedure based on his prerogative alone. This would lead one to ask why there is much furor over this topic. He is almost fifty years old and men that are aged thirty already start to go bald. What can one expect at his age? It is only right that he did something about his condition. Couple this with the fact that his chosen career is in the field of entertainment where fans expect their entertainers to appear in a certain way. Why are they castigated when they actually do so for both themselves and their fans?

It bears mentioning that Rob Brydon himself actually admitted that he underwent one in a self-deprecating manner. How nice it is to see that he can accept the barbs that he dishes out. This is an excerpt of what he actually said: “For some time now my head has been feeling a lot warmer but I was unable to put my finger on the reason why”. Funny guy. This only adds on to his persona of being a class act.

Rob might have been able to master the delicate intricacies on how to manage a touchy subject. It is quite understandable to keep this topic private though as it is very personal to any man, or woman for that matter. The great thing about it is that by actually admitting it, the media was unable to feed off the mystery behind Brydon’s sudden hair growth. What then could they sensationalize?

It is true that Rob Brydon had a procedure done to his scalp. As to the kind of hair transplant it is one is not too sure. Does it really matter though? What is certain is that he did receive treatment. The public should probably just applaud him because it might help carry out his entertainment duties better. This is both to his benefit his audience as well. That being said, may Rob Brydon continue to provide quality entertainment for all those to enjoy. Congratulations on a hair transplant that was done quite well.

 


Does coconut oil really help prevent baldness?

Does coconut oil really help prevent baldness?

People generally like long and dense hair, a preference that applies for both men and women. Hair loss is a prospect that either gender would like to avoid. This is why a lot of time and money is invested into treating baldness. The consumer has to be careful to avoid some products that are supposed to help but only compound the situation through harmful side effects. Fortunately, there are products out there that not only effective, but naturally made too. It is sometimes these less marketed remedies that can often bring mild results.

Hair loss and coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil is best for your scalp. Its properties moisturize the hair while keep it smooth and healthy. The appearance of pure coconut oil is thick, slightly viscous when cold and a bit whitish. Locals living in areas with coconut trees are observed to have lush and vibrant hair. These are usually tropical locations found near the coastline. This contributes to the belief that coconut oil is beneficial to hair.

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Steps to use coconut oil

Heat some coconut oil while making sure it does not come to a boil. It only needs to reach a warm temperature. Lather unto the scalp with your fingertips and massage to stimulate blood flow. Comb the hair for to distribute the oil easier. Let it set overnight and rinse out with a delicate natural shampoo. Do this three times a week to produce the desired effects.

How effective is coconut oil in treating hair loss?

Hair becomes more resilient with regular application of coconut oil because it aids in strengthening its roots. It seeps in the hair shaft making it look healthier and have thicker body. In theory, hair loss is reduced through the strengthening of the roots, however it is unlikely to have any preventative effects when it comes to androgenetic alopecia, or generic male pattern baldness as it is more commonly known.

There are some potential benefits however:

Counteracts Hydral Fatigue: Water retention damages the hair causing it to swell. The hair fibres shrink which results in hair loss. This is what hydral fatigue is. Coconut oil hinders this.

Preserves Hair Proteins: Deficiency in protein leads to hair loss. Some research has concluded that coconut oil helps preserve proteins in hair.

Moisture Sealant: Acts as a conditioner by sealing the moisture in the hair. This keeps it shiny and guards against heat and other damage.

Fights against Infections both Bacterial and Viral: Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties that blocks infection from exacerbating hair loss progression.

In summary

The treatment of baldness is thankfully not limited to manufactured products made from chemicals, however natural options only have limited effects. Remedies such as coconut oil help to generate hair growth by nourishing it at its roots. Bacterial and viral infections are blocked from seeping into the scalp. It also wards off lice and other maladies of the scalp such as dandruff. The moisturizing effects of coconut oil inject life into dry hair, reinvigorating it to become softer and more lustrous. Split ends are also reduced, and brittle hair that leads to breakage is minimised.

Coconut oil and its benefits do not need to be confined to inhabitants of island coastline areas. This oil can be purchased at health stores or sourced online. There are a lot of people that swear by its positive effects on their hair and health. This should encourage one to try using coconut oil in their daily routine. It is one of the most natural, chemical free ways to encourage hair growth, however the user should have realistic expectations.

More direct intervention is available through hair transplant surgery and scalp micropigmentation.


Why Is It Important To Seek Advice About Scalp Micropigmentation?

Removing scalp micropigmentation treatments

A scalp micropigmentation (SMP) procedure has about the same degree of permanence as a regular tattoo. While its specialised inks fade slightly over a certain period of time, these pigments still remain effective as a hair loss cover-up and are unlikely to degrade beyond that. Being a permanent procedure, the patient is not as free to change it as quickly as getting a haircut. Fortunately, there is a technique available to address this need.

Laser removal clinics are now available for SMP patients. The use of this equipment can literally erase pigments that have been placed in the scalp. It usually takes just one session to complete the procedure though it may take two trips for a complete removal. Though rare, a total removal option is a good thing for patients to have. It allows the SMP treatment to be more flexible and less feared by those who just want to try it. These clinics also service those cases where the SMP was performed to a low standard. Although Vinci Hair Clinic does not offer a laser service in-house, we are able to recommend suitable facilities if required.

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The most common cases for SMP removal however, are for purposes of repositioning the pigments. Young men that receive this treatment for example often go for sharper, more aggressive hairlines. These styles might not be appropriate as the years go by. A laser removal procedure allows patients to create differently shaped hairlines. It erases the pigments that creates the illusion of an aggressive look and refines it to a neutral degree. This can render the SMP to appear more “age appropriate”.

Doing this requires a certain amount of skill. The specialist usually adjusts the patient’s frontal, temporal and side hairlines to achieve a more sophisticated look. The patient however, is also free to recreate an entirely different hairline by undergoing another SMP treatment. This is like a touch-up procedure, which places pigments in certain areas to increase its density and curvature of the style.

Although laser removal is not something that should be considered lightly, it is a safe and effective way to remove scalp micropigmentation pigments in preparation for a revised style. In some cases it is possible to complete the revision with laser alone, however a short SMP session is usually required after laser to complete the look.

For more information about our scalp micropigmentation treatments please contact us.