Scalp micro pigmentation was originally designed as a clever and extremely effective way to give those with thinning or lost hair a way to look as though they have a full, healthy head of hair again, but it was soon realised that it has other uses and benefits too. The main one is that it can cover the scars left behind after a hair transplant procedure.
Hair transplants are incredible, allowing those who thought they had lost their hair for good to have a second chance for hair to grow. But it is an operation and, just like any operation, a hair transplant will leave a scar. There are different techniques involved in hair transplant operations, and each one leaves a different type of scar; the most common scar is known as linear scars, and are evident after a technique known as the ‘strip method’. As technology advances, the scars produced by hair transplant procedures are becoming less and less visible, but they are still there, which is why scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) is such a great way to ensure they won’t be seen.
The main advantages of using SMP to ‘camouflage’ hair transplant scars are that it is quick, safe, effective, and can be done by the same hair clinic as the initial treatment, meaning you are in familiar surroundings. The only maintenance involved is ensuring that the hair is kept short enough that the SMP doesn’t look out of place. Ideal.
It will take two to three sessions to completely cover a hair transplant scar using SMP. Often the entire scalp will be treated at once, meaning that, should the patient’s hair begin to fall out once more, they will still have the look of a shaved head, so they won’t have to suffer with baldness again. The fact that this procedure will also cover up the scars is a bonus. Bear in mind, though, that the SMP cannot be done at the same time as the hair transplant, as the scars will need time to heal completely. It could be as long as six to 18 months before the SMP can be carried out.