Tattoo your scalp???

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Tattoo your scalp???

Postby nscale » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:11 am

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What is it?

Scalp Micro-pigmentation (SMP) is a method of applying a micro pigment dot into the dermal layer of the skin on the scalp, which replicates hair follicles. the pigment dots appear as hair follicles and after the treatment has been completed will give the appearance of a full head of recently shaved hair.

How does it work?

The process and instruments are similar to those found in conventional tattooing though there is a claim of specialized ink being utilized to limit fading in addition to the personalized expertise of those administering the procedure.



What are the costs?

The cost of this procedure varies depending on the degree of hair loss. In addition to any and all follow ups or retouches that may need to be done. Typically prices begin at $700.00 can reach upwards from there to around $4000.

PROS:

Proven effective at disguising hair loss in the vertex region
A semi-permanent solution that does not need to be maintained
Less costly than some hair transplants.

CONS:

Hair line procedures tend not to look natural.
Ink might fade requiring multiple retouches.
Fairly new treatment procedure without much documented proven results
Pricing may be a bit steep depending on coverage area.


SUMMARY

Scalp Micro-pigmentation or "Hair Tattooing" has it's benefits and downsides but can be a very viable means of hair loss concealment. One of the positives of Scalp Micro-pigmentation is that it is immediate and permanent. We would recommend it's application on the Vertex region of the scalp to conceal hair loss or on any other bald patches on the scalp. We would NOT recommend this procedure directly on the hairline as a hairline replacement method due to the fact that it can look noticeably "fake". Most of the client pics or videos that we have seen of this procedure where it has been applied to the hairline it mostly looks too stark and unnatural. This being said we have also seen rare instances where this procedure accurately mimics a passable hairline. This has been the case on some black men that have undergone this procedure due to the popular hairstyles that some black men tend to "wear" which can have a sharply edged hairline. Another reason why this procedure may be less than ideal is with the ink that is used. We have all seen tattoos that when first applied are vibrant, sharp and vivid in color but as time progresses the ink tends to fade and can sometimes (in the case of black ink) take on a greenish tint. Now imagine this being applied to the scalp where over time the ink fades and gives up the game. That is why one must factor in the reality and necessity of return touch up visits to reapply and ensure that the ink still looks credible. So along with these return visits are also the recurring cost of this procedure. The last factor that one must think about is the limited hairstyle that you may wear after this procedure has been done. You must wear your hair extremely lowly cropped as in near bald or totally bald. This is a moot point for men who currently are accustomed to wearing their hairstyle bald due to hair loss.

All in all we believe this to be a possible viable option for hair loss concealment but one must be well informed and realistic prior to undergoing this procedure. One important factor which is routinely overlooked is the skill and expertise of the individuals and/or companies offering this procedure. Just as the same can be said for hair transplants and the clinicians who offer them. A good and satisfactory end result ultimately comes down to the skill and the expertise of those offering and practicing the procedures. There are more and more companies and individuals offering this procedure and as you can imagine along with those mounting numbers are also the mounting disparity in the final results, some are good and some are bad. So do your homework and in the very near future we will also be working closely with reputable practitioners of the procedure to help guide you or anyone in the right direction that wants to undergo this procedure.
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