Scalp micropigmentation can be used as a general treatment for baldness, as well as for taking care of specific skin conditions, but quite commonly it is used to cover the effects of hair transplant procedures as well.
Even though surgery has advanced a lot in the past few years, there is still scarring associated with every hair transplant operation. There are ways to reduce this scarring effect, but anyone who tells you that there is absolutely no scarring is lying to you.
Which are the most common patterns of scarring?
Naturally the type and severity of scars will vary between competency and types of surgery. The most common surgeries are FUT and FUE.
When FUT is involved, it is quite commonly called the strip method, as it will cause a prolonged scar in the donor area, usually the back of the head. On the other hand, FUE scars will rarely have any impact on the treatment area, but will result in large round scars at the back of the head once again, i.e the donor area.
There are also plug and pitted scars to consider, even though most techniques which caused them were stopped from use in the late 1990’s. Even though these techniques are no longer used, there are a lot of sufferers who still bear such scars to this day.
What are genuine alternatives for hiding scars?
There are some common treatments, which will involve changing the scar itself via surgery, or transplanting hair into the scar. If the incision is indented, some dermal fillers may be used, whereas corticosteroids could be used for flattening the tissue. There are also positive effects reported from the use of dermabrasion and fraxel laser repair techniques.
One thing that may be better than most techniques for camouflaging scars is SMP, which has been growing in popularity in the past few years. If you are okay with micropigmentation of your whole scalp, this may be the best option out there. You can use some of the aforementioned techniques prior to SMP treatments, as they will smoothen the canvas on which the professionals will work.
Can SMP truly be considered a realistic alternative?
There are a couple of ways in which SMP can prove to be helpful.
If you wish to cover your whole scalp and therefore hide the scars as part of that treatment, there are many factors to take into consideration including the capabilities of the technician, the size, shape and indent of the scars on your head. If the scar tissue is flat, you could forgo some of the other methods for pre-treatment.
You should take note that pigmentation of the scar tissue is harder to predict because the tissue itself is different and more irregular compared to normal skin. You will usually need to undergo several sessions, because the fading of pigmentation will vary from person to person, and quite commonly from scar to scar.
Above all, you need to have realistic expectations before you embark on the journey to full SMP camouflage. Each scar is completely unique, as each person is different from the other, and this is why it is essential to rely on a good Vinci technician to give you proper advice based on your own specific case.