One of the most common uses of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) techniques is the camouflage of hair transplant scars.

The hair loss industry has undergone many changes throughout the years. Gone are the days of simply putting on a hairpiece to remedy hair loss. It is also rare to see anyone doing comb-overs, save for witnessing it in the movies. These very outdated remedies have been replaced with products and services that have been more effective in treating hair loss. They are considerably less obvious too. Not being able to recognise if someone was treated for their balding condition is one of the essential requisites toward a successful remedy.

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Most people who are undergoing a balding condition would rather hide the fact that they have one. It can be a source of anxiety at times and may lead to a drop in self-confidence. Of course, this should not be the case because hair loss is a very common occurrence that could affect at least seventy percent of men throughout their lifetime.

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One of the most common cases is androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It is evidenced by a receding hairline beginning at the temporal regions of the scalp followed by the frontal central areas. The vertex area will also experience hair loss as the alopecia advances. This could result in the top of the scalp being totally bare however there are a lot of people who have been able to seek treatment to avoid this outcome.

Getting a hair transplant procedure has been one of the options to try to achieve hair density on the balding areas of the scalp. It does this by harvesting healthy hair follicles from the donor area of the head and transplanting them to where hair growth is thinnest. There essentially are no new hair follicles created in this process. It just rearranges existing ones and repositions them to where it can be most effective. There are actually two kinds of hair transplant procedures that try to achieve this process: the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method and the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method.

Both an FUT and FUE procedure can leave scarring on the scalp. An FUT method requires the surgeon to make a horizontal incision on the back of the patient’s head to extract a strip of skin. This is where the healthy hairs will be harvested and implanted onto the thinning areas of the scalp. Scarring would be immediately noticeable especially if hair is worn very short or if not enough existing hair can cover the area. There is also scarring that can result from an FUE procedure. It may not be as obvious as an FUT operation but the dotted scars that evidence an FUE transplant can surely catch the eye of any casual observer.

A scalp micropigmentation procedure is versatile enough to treat the whole scalp or just certain portions of it. This can be used to hide the scarring caused by any FUT or FUE treatments. It will follow the same procedure of pigment layering which mimics the style of hair surrounding it. This will help it blend in with the rest of the existing scalp hair. Any observer looking at the back of a former FUT patient will almost certainly not notice that a long horizontal scar is there.