Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) for Scar Camouflage
The process is divided into separate sessions, until enough density has created the look of a full head of hair. The number of sessions required to complete each client varies, though usually completed within 3-4 sessions (each session being 2-3 hours).
More sessions are required for women, between 4-6 sessions is generally needed to make a visible difference. You should allow one week in between each session for proper healing.
Implanting pigments will not damage your existing hair follicles. SMP is very beneficial as clients may experience regrowth and strengthening of hair follicles.
Although they’re small, scars on the scalp do untold damage to anyone’s self-esteem. These little bands or specks of scar tissue that line or dot your head are easily noticeable, especially if you just had a hair transplant. The flesh-colored scars contrast starkly with the healthy, dark hair surrounding them. They draw attention and, unfortunately, in some circumstances, elicit a comment or two. We understand better than anyone how hair loss impairs self-confidence, and we know, too, that the scars from a hair transplant (or other surgical procedures) can do the same level of harm. That’s why Scalp Designs offers Scar Micropigmentation (SMP) for scars on your head. After our scalp scar repair procedure, the scars will be undetectable, and you’ll have a dark, even cover of hair on your entire head. It’s as if no hair transplant has occurred.
Is SMP for You?
We work on many clients who have undergone a hair transplant procedure and have been hiding a very undesirable scar for years. Our experts use SMP to reduce the appearance of these scars (that is, we camouflage the scar tissue). An SMP technique performed on a hair transplant scar is called “Scar Camouflage.” Apart from hair transplant scars, we also perform SMP on other types of medical scars.
How Does SMP Work?
SMP is a non-surgical hair loss treatment where pigments are applied onto the scalp to replicate the look of natural hair. When we use SMP for scar camouflage, we strategically put pigment on the scar tissue to make it blend in with your shaved look.
Scalp Designs are experts in camouflaging any and every type of transplant or medical scar. Pigments are first inserted inside the scar following the pattern of the follicles. Our practitioner injects the natural pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. We use a micro-needle small enough to replicate the look of a single hair follicle. Then pigments are blended 1-2 cm above and below the scar to achieve an effective blend with the surrounding hair.
This micropigmentation treatment process varies from client to client because scar tissue is more unpredictable than undamaged skin. Scars tend to soak up the pigment, which means you need no fewer than three treatments to complete a Scar Camouflage Treatment.
Types of Scalp Scars SMP Can Camoflage
Your SMP procedure depends on the type of scar on your scalp.
Keloid scars are thick, irregular scars that extend beyond the edges of the wound. As the body heals from the wound, it produces collagen, which turns into keloid scars. They’re often redder or darker than the skin surrounding them.
Unlike keloid scars, hypertrophic scars are confined within the edges of the wound. They, too, are formed from collagen and appear darker than the surrounding skin.
Hypotrophic scars appear when the skin loses collagen and ground substance. These scars are often recessed and hyperpigmented.
If you’re not sure if SMP scalp scar repair is for you, we’ll gladly take a look at your specific case.
SMP Scar Camouflage by Scalp Designs
We’re the favorite hair loss professionals in the area because we care about your experience.
- Licensed Technicians – As the place that offers the only non-surgical hair loss solution in Boston, Scalp Designs counts licensed technicians in our team. We are professionals who know how to work with transplants and medical scars on the scalp.
- Organic Pigments – Our pigments are 100% organic charcoal, unlike the regular tattoo ink that competitors use. Our charcoal pigments contain no dyes or color additives, that’s why they look natural and flattering on anyone.
- Accessible Location – We have an accessible location. We’re just 20 minutes south of Boston and 25 minutes north of Providence. There are plenty of parking spaces here.
Our Scar Camouflage Procedure
A Scar Camouflage treatment is spread across a minimum of three sessions; the number depends on many factors, such as the type of scar, the extent of scarring, the look you’re after, and more.
- You’ll have a consultation with our licensed practitioner, where we’ll explore your treatment options. We’ll draft a plan of action that maps out your Scar Camouflage treatment, as well as aftercare and other recommendations to achieve the best results.
- The price of a Scar Camouflage treatment is indicated in the consent form, which you’ll fill out and sign before the start of the treatment.
- You’ll undergo each session as outlined in your plan of action, and our technicians will guide you during every procedure.
SMP COMBINED WITH A HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURE
All hair transplant procedures leave behind permanent scarring. As such, SMP can be used before and after the transplant procedure. Most clients who have had a hair transplant still are noticeably thin or bald.
This is because a hair transplant requires a supply of donor hair. This is a problem since the donor area (where hair is extracted) is limited to the size of an index finger. Therefore, transplanted hairs are typically spread apart usually just within the hairline.
Whether you have long, thin hair or short cropped hair, the combination of Scalp micropigmentation and hair transplant achieves an infinite amount of density creating the realistic appearance of a full head of hair.
The combination of a Hair transplant and Scalp micropigmentation has many benefits. The feeling and texture of transplanted hair with the density of pigments creates undetectable results. The texture and direction of transplanted hair follicles differ from the original hair in the area. SMP masks transplanted hairs creating a truly undetectable look.
People who have undergone hair transplant surgery have already experienced the negative effects of hair loss, and the scars left behind by the transplant would only relive those unpleasant feelings. The visible scars will impair their confidence, just as much as hair loss has. But by combining SMP with their hair transplant, clients don’t have to deal with that. Instead, they will have a newfound sense of self- appreciation. The scars will be almost undetectable, creating the illusion of a head full of hair.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
Clients experience some level of discomfort, but SMP is generally tolerable. There are areas of the scalp that are more sensitive, as well. Don’t worry, our technicians may offer suggestions to ease the pain.
How long does the procedure take?
It depends on the extent of your scars. Take note that each SMP follicle is placed by hand, and the human head has about 2000 hair follicles per square inch. The scar camouflage can take more or less than 10 hours, which is divided into several sessions.
Are the results permanent?
The pigments are injected into the dermal layer of the skin, which means they’re vulnerable to the natural exfoliation process of the body. Many other factors come into play, like your age, metabolism, immune system, and sun exposure, among others, so SMP lasts between 1 and 5 years.
Is this safe?
Yes, it’s perfectly safe — countless men and women have undergone SMP scar camouflage. On top of that, licensed technicians will handle your treatment. We also follow the highest sanitary measures.