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Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

It has often been said that stress can cause your hair to turn gray, and although there is not necessarily hard proof of that, stress definitely is a main reason why so many people suffer from hair loss. There seems to be more and more stress on men and women these days and these growing levels of anxiety are causing more people to seek treatment for their hair loss.

So how exactly does stress cause hair loss? Fortunately, if you are only experiencing low levels of stress, you are not going to lose your hair because of it. Hair loss caused by stress comes from a larger stressful experience or incident.

There is also not just one factor of why stress can cause hair loss, but is actually a combination or several factors. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body produces more adrenaline and any excess adrenaline that your body does not use is converted into cholesterol. When you have raised levels of cholesterol, it increases your level of testosterone. For people with a sensitivity to testosterone, it can negatively impact their hair follicles.

Your immune system can suffer if you are feeling stress or anxiety, and this makes you more susceptible to getting an illness or an infection. This can impact your hair’s growth cycle, since the average person has 90% of their hair in the growing cycle, which will usually last a few years before it goes into a resting stage and then falls out. On average, people lose 100 hairs each day, but if your hair’s growing cycle is disrupted, it can cause more hairs than usual to go into the resting phase, and can also cause a lot of hair to fall out all at once. This will usually happen around 2 months after a stressful event or an illness.

Most people who suffer from this type of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, only experience temporary hair loss and their hair will usually resume its normal growth cycle once they alleviate the cause of their stress. Once you have gotten rid of your stress, you should notice significant improvements in your overall health, in addition to your hair growth.

If you have already started to notice thinning hair or bald spots, if you continue to look at your hair in the mirror to check if it has gotten worse, you will only be adding to your stress. There are excellent hair loss treatments available that can restore your confidence, such as scalp micropigmentation.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Hair Solutions for Transgender Men and Women

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Hair Solutions for Transgender Men and Women

Many transgender persons who decide to undergo surgery during their transition elect to have hair transplants in addition to other procedures and therapies. There are a lot of things to consider when performing transplants on trans individuals, so finding a doctor with experience working with their unique needs is vital.

Patients undergoing a male-to-female (MTF) transition and those undergoing a female-to-male (FTM) transition both present specific challenges with respect to hair restoration. For both groups, significant alteration to hairlines are often necessary to provide desired results. Variations in directional flow of hair and potential for future hair loss should always be taken into account

MTF transgender patients are typically looking to achieve a more feminine hairline and/or combat naturally occurring male pattern baldness. Feminine hairlines are lower, flatter, and rounder than masculine ones, but the most important factor is fitting the hairline to the patient’s face in a natural and complimentary way. Hairpieces and wigs can help for certain patients, but most who have the means would prefer to have their own hair they can grow and style.

FTM patients often get hair transplants to appear more masculine. In many cases, this includes transplantation of facial and chest hair in addition to alteration of the natural hairline. FTM patients are often prescribed a hormone regimen which promotes facial hair growth, but the density is not always ideal. These hormones can also cause trans men to begin experiencing male pattern baldness, so thickening of hair on the scalp may still be necessary.

Dr. Yates uses the same procedures for trans individuals as he does for his cisgender patients, but has worked with a number of transgender patients. He knows what it takes to achieve optimal results and believes that experience and understanding are key to providing his transgender patients with everything they might need.


Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Dr. William Yates

Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Many women and most men will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life and in fact, it is believed that 50% of men will have some degree of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by the time they turn 50. Since there are so many patients who will want to find a solution for their hair loss, there have been great advances in the hair restoration field throughout the years.

One of the treatments that is becoming more and more popular is scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment option in which natural pigments are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of hair follicles or strands. Scalp micropigmentation delivers very realistic and natural looking results that replicate the natural patterns of any hair you have remaining by applying several layers of pigment and varying the depth and angle of them.

Scalp micropigmentation is a very popular treatment option for both men and women because they are able to get instant results, experience very little pain and have little to no downtime. Even though scalp micropigmentation does not actually restore your hair, it is great at hiding any hair loss you are experiencing.

Another option for those suffering from hair loss is a hair transplant, which is a surgical procedure that is the only permanent solution for hair loss. This procedure will take a few hours and afterwards, there will be a bit of redness, some minor swelling and some scabbing where the hair was transplanted. This will usually clear up within a week.

Many people are opting to combine these treatments in order to reap the benefits that they each offer.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation Before Having a Hair Transplant Surgery

It is normally recommended that young men do not get a hair transplant surgery until they are older, since their hair loss pattern is not very likely to be well established and it is essential that only permanent hair follicles that are not affected by androgenetic alopecia down the road are transplanted.

However, young men can get scalp micropigmentation and this may be an excellent option for young men who are unhappy with their current state of hair loss and are looking for a solution. If further hair loss occurs, you may need to have another treatment eventually and getting a hair transplant surgery is a viable option since there will not be any damage to your hair follicles or to your scalp.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation After Having a Hair Transplant Surgery

There are some patients who had a hair transplant years ago and are looking to hide the scars from their surgery. This happens often for men who had the old-fashioned FUT “strip” surgery that left behind long and very apparent scars on the back of their head. Scalp micropigmentation allows for these scars to be camouflaged, which can help to restore self-confidence.

Combining Scalp Micropigmentation and a Hair Transplant

When patients have a hair transplant, there is only a certain amount of follicles that are able to be transplanted and this number can be further reduced if there is only a small donor area. After the hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation can help to enhance the appearance of the hair’s density.

If you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

The most exciting part of getting a hair loss treatment is being able to see results and getting back to your daily routine. How long you will need to wait will depend on which type of hair loss procedure you decided on. There are some treatments that will take four months or longer in order to start to see signs of the treatment’s success. Scalp micropigmentation, however, offers patients one of the quickest recovery periods and very fast results.

Scalp micropigmentation was derived from the art of tattooing, a crude procedure that was used years ago. Technology has dramatically improved this procedure, and the enhancements have helped to develop this new technical procedure that is very precise in its implementation. Scalp micropigmentation is different from the old tattoo treatment and is no longer just considered to be a work of art. Scalp micropigmentation is a camouflaging agent that gives the appearance of having hair and is a viable option even for those who are completely bald.

Scalp micropigmentation allows for patients to be treated for their hair loss in a relaxed and comfortable manner and is an excellent hair loss solution. Before getting treated, any existing hair will need to be shaved off so the hair loss physician will have an unobstructed view of the scalp. Different pigments will then be layered on the scalp to provide the most natural looking results. The patient may experience some minor discomfort throughout the procedure, but many patients said they became used to the sensation during treatment.

Each scalp micropigmentation treatment session will take about three hours and most patients will need at least two sessions in order to obtain the desired results. A week after treatment, patients will be asked to come back in order to be checked. A week will allow for the pigments to settle and fade and will provide a more accurate depiction of the results. The physician will also be able to determine how they should layer the next set of pigments on the patient’s scalp.The wounds also have time to heal when a week is left in between treatment sessions. The pigments are injected directly into the scalp, which will cause small perforations on the surface. This is usually painless, or only mildly uncomfortable, but scabs will form on the scalp. This is a good indication that the inks have been able to penetrate deep enough under the epidermis.

An entire week is allocated for patients to recover and protocol says that the full week should be given for patients to experience a full recovery. However, the redness should subside within 2-3 days and the scabs will usually come off on the fifth or sixth day. The pigments will look pretty dark right after treatment, but they should lighten up by the end of the week. The hair pattern that is then seen may not be exactly what was expected, but this will be corrected in the next treatment session. The initial design will come into effect by the end of treatment and once the pigments have held up for a month after the last treatment, final approval will be given.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Do I need Surgical Hair Restoration?

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Do I need Surgical Hair Restoration?

Due to the incredible advances in hair restoration technology over the past several decades, more and more people are seeking treatment for their hair loss. We have come a long way from outdated methods of the past like plugs and mini-grafts.

The most important thing to consider before seeking treatment is the fact that different people lose their hair in different amounts for different reasons, so there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. Consulting an experienced hair loss physician is the only sure way to be certain that you are setting out on the best path to hair restoration for your individual circumstances.

Your hair loss physician will take into account a number of specific factors, including your health, age, hair loss classification, lifestyle, and how committed you will be to the aftercare. Each treatment has its own pros & cons including cost and safety.

Non-Surgical Hair Restoration
Some people are not comfortable with or are not eligible for surgery, makes non-surgical procedures a better choice. There are a wide variety of these types of procedures to choose from.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) uses lasers to stimulate hair follicles with cool laser light that has been shown to improve follicle health, function, and vitality.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) involves a patient’s blood being drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation works almost like a tattoo to place pigment on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles. This procedure can be used to supplement other procedures by recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas, and covering unsightly scars.

Certain products like Dr. Yates’ Keratin Protein Hair Fibers work to camouflage thinning hair, stimulating hair growth, making existing hair appear fuller, and guarding against further hair loss.

Surgical Hair Restoration
For some, surgical hair restorationis the best option. Surgical treatments can vary, but they are all elaborate and complex. During the procedure, hair follicles are transplanted into the scalp to facilitate healthy growth. Surgical hair restoration procedures can be costly, but they are effective and permanent.

For this type of procedure, it is extremely important to do your homework and learn about your physician’s experience, authority, and success rates. This is because of the potentially painful and unsightly side effects that can come about if the surgery is performed incorrectly.

Candidacy for Surgical Hair Restoration
Yates-Hair.jpgAlthough anyone may be a candidate for a hair transplant, there may be reasons to decide against it. For instance, because hair loss is a gradual process, younger people may encounter problems because they are unsure of the potential extent of their hair loss and may need follow-up procedures as they age.

During a consultation with a hair loss expert, they will determine your hair loss ‘classification’ by assessing how severe your hair loss is, which factors might have caused it, how much donor hair is available, and how a specific treatment method would align with your lifestyle.

As it is with any surgery, your physician will also want to make sure that you are well aware of all of the potential effects of the surgery and find out how committed you are to following their aftercare instructions. They will make sure you are setting realistic expectations for the outcome.


Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can you Have a Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Many women and most men will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life and in fact, it is believed that 50% of men will have some degree of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by the time they turn 50.  Since there are so many patients who will want to find a solution for their hair loss, there have been great advances in the hair restoration field throughout the years.

One of the treatments that is becoming more and more popular is scalp micropigmentation. Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment option in which natural pigments are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of hair follicles or strands. Scalp Micropigmentation delivers very realistic and natural looking results that replicate the natural patterns of any hair you have remaining by applying several layers of pigment and varying the depth and angle of them.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a very popular treatment option for both men and women because they are able to get instant results, experience very little pain and have little to no downtime.  Even though Scalp Micropigmentation does not actually restore your hair, it is great at hiding any hair loss you are experiencing.

Another option for those suffering from hair loss is a hair transplant, which is a surgical procedure that is the only permanent solution for hair loss.  This procedure will take a few hours and afterwards, there will be a bit of redness, some minor swelling and some scabbing where the hair was transplanted.  This will usually clear up within a week.

Many people are opting to combine these treatments in order to reap the benefits that they each offer.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation before having a hair transplant surgery

It is normally recommended that young men do not get a hair transplant surgery until they are older, since their hair loss pattern is not very likely to be well established and it is essential that only permanent hair follicles that are not affected by androgenetic alopecia down the road are transplanted.

However, young men can get Scalp Micropigmentation, and this may be an excellent option for young men who are unhappy with their current state of hair loss and are looking for a solution.  If further hair loss occurs, you may need to have another treatment eventually and getting a hair transplant surgery is a viable option since there will not be any damage to your hair follicles or to your scalp.

Getting Scalp Micropigmentation after having a hair transplant surgery

There are some patients who had a hair transplant years ago and are looking to hide the scars from their surgery.  This happens often for men who had the old-fashioned FUT “strip” surgery that left behind long and very apparent scars on the back of their head.  Scalp Micropigmentation allows for these scars to be camouflaged, which can help to restore self-confidence.

Combining Scalp Micropigmentation and a hair transplant

When patients have a hair transplant, there is only a certain amount of follicles that are able to be transplanted and this number can be further reduced if there is only a small donor area.  After the hair transplant, Scalp Micropigmentation can help to enhance the appearance of the hair’s density.

If you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates.  He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


 

What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by Dr Yates

What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

The most exciting part of getting a hair loss treatment is being able to see results and getting back to your daily routine. How long you will need to wait will depend on which type of hair loss procedure you decided on. There are some treatments that will take four months or longer in order to start to see signs of the treatment’s success. Scalp micropigmentation, however, offers patients one of the quickest recovery periods and very fast results.

Scalp Micropigmentation was derived from the art of tattooing, a crude procedure that was used years ago. Technology has dramatically improved this procedure, and the enhancements have helped to develop this new technical procedure that is very precise in its implementation. Scalp Micropigmentation is different from the old tattoo treatment and is no longer just considered to be a work of art. Scalp Micropigmentation is a camouflaging agent that gives the appearance of having hair and is a viable option even for those who are completely bald.

Scalp Micropigmentation allows for patients to be treated for their hair loss in a relaxed and comfortable manner and is an excellent hair loss solution. Before getting treated, any existing hair will need to be shaved off so the hair loss physician will have an unobstructed view of the scalp. Different pigments will then be layered on the scalp to provide the most natural looking results. The patient may experience some minor discomfort throughout the procedure, but many patients said they became used to the sensation during treatment.

Each Scalp Micropigmentation treatment session will take about three hours and most patients will need at least two sessions in order to obtain the desired results. A week after treatment, patients will be asked to come back in order to be checked. A week will allow for the pigments to settle and fade and will provide a more accurate depiction of the results. The physician will also be able to determine how they should layer the next set of pigments on the patient’s scalp.

The wounds also have time to heal when a week is left in between treatment sessions. The pigments are injected directly into the scalp, which will cause small perforations on the surface. This is usually painless, or only mildly uncomfortable, but scabs will form on the scalp. This is a good indication that the inks have been able to penetrate deep enough under the epidermis.

An entire week is allocated for patients to recover and protocol says that the full week should be given for patients to experience a full recovery. However, the redness should subside within 2-3 days and the scabs will usually come off on the fifth or sixth day. The pigments will look pretty dark right after treatment, but they should lighten up by the end of the week. The hair pattern that is then seen may not be exactly what was expected, but this will be corrected in the next treatment session. The initial design will come into effect by the end of treatment and once the pigments have held up for a month after the last treatment, final approval will be given.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


 

Combining FUE with Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Dr Yates

There are many men who choose to combine different hair loss treatments to get the look that they desire. Some are able to treat male pattern baldness initially with just a hair loss shampoo, but eventually as the baldness progresses, a more aggressive treatment is usually utilized. After trying a hair loss shampoo, some will turn to a prescription or a topical solution.   Eventually, many men will need to use a more aggressive treatment and some men decide to have a hair transplant surgery, while others are opting to have a treatment of scalp micropigmentation. Another popular choice is to have a combination of both of these treatments.

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Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, can be treated very effectively with hair transplant surgery. However, a man will need to be at a certain stage of baldness in order for the treatment to be effective. A hair transplant surgery is best to use when the man’s balding has reached its middle stage. If the man has reached the later phases of baldness, a hair transplant may not be the best option. In order to have a successful hair transplant, there needs to be a donor area that has healthy hair follicles, and in the later stages of balding, there usually not enough healthy hair follicles.

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For men who experience male pattern baldness, their hair will start to recede on the sides and front of their head. Male pattern baldness comes on gradually and may not be noticeable for quite some time. Most men will notice that their hair is becoming thinner and they will have slight balding at first. Over time, the hair loss will increase slowly until they eventually have hair loss on the top of their head, usually in a horseshoe-like formation. The only hair that will be left will be on the back of their head and the sides of their head. Those areas of hair can then be utilized as donor areas for a hair transplant.

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, is a method in which male pattern baldness is treated. In this method, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area. With the traditional strip method for hair transplantation, not only do you have to take all hairs, but the patient also has to endure a painful cut, stitches and scar that they will have to deal with and try to hide. This method is best used for those with a receding hairline and those who have experienced only minor hair loss. Some people are able to reap the benefits of this treatment if they have balding in larger areas, but that would generally require having more than one transplant and they will mostly likely have pretty noticeable scarring. This scarring may be concealed if they combine their hair transplant with Scalp Micropigmentation.

Dealing with scarring is a very normal part of having a hair transplant. Many people will be able to hide scarring when their own hair starts to grow back out. It can be further camouflaged though with Scalp Micropigmentation, since Scalp Micropigmentation will blend in the scars from the FUE treatment. This is especially good for when men want to wear their hair shorter, which could otherwise expose the scarring.

FUE and Scalp Micropigmentation are two hair loss treatments that work very well together to effectively combat hair loss and give very natural looking results. Either treatment can be used on its own, but many are seeing the benefit of combining the two treatments. In order to determine which treatment is going to work best for your particular case and stage of hair loss, you should schedule a consultation so the hair loss physician can determine what will work best for you.

Treating Male Pattern Baldness with Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by Dr Yates

The majority of men will experience some extent of male pattern baldness at one point in their life, but the degree of baldness can vary greatly. Some men may experience only a slight recession of their hairline, while others may go completely bald. Male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, includes any type of hair loss that is not connected with a medical condition. There are different ways in which male pattern baldness can be treated and scalp micropigmentation is becoming increasingly popular since it is one of the only ways that men who are completely bald can find a permanent solution to their hair loss.

The hair on your scalp is made by your body in their hair follicles. Hair follicles are right under the skin’s surface and hair will usually grow from the follicle for three years before it gets shed and new hair growth occurs. This is the cycle of normal hair growth, but if a man starts to experience male pattern baldness, the following will start to occur:

  • Some hair follicles may slowly start to shrink
  • As the follicles get smaller, the new hair that grows is thinner than before
  • Before the hair falls out, the hair has been growing for less time than usual
  • After time, all that will be left is a smaller follicle and hair that is not able to grow to the surface of the skin

Hormones in men are part of what causes these changes to happen. As you get older, your body changes and male testosterone starts to convert into a different hormone that is called dihydrotestosterone. It is not clear why, but hair follicles are very sensitive to dihydrotestosterone and the hormone causes the follicles to become smaller.

There are different degrees of male pattern baldness and the extent of the hair loss is measured using the Norwood Hamilton Scale for men (women’s hair loss is measured using a different scale). This scale ranges from a Norwood 1 (NW1), in which there is no hair loss and goes up to a Norwood 7 (NW7). NW7 is when a man has experienced complete hair loss on the top of his head and he may or may not have hair on back or sides of his head.

For most men, male pattern baldness is not something that can be prevented. There are topical solutions and prescriptions available that may help to slow down the process, but neither are a permanent solution. Also, a prescription medication such as Propecia, cannot guarantee that the user will not experience further hair loss, and for most users, it will not stop the hair loss from occurring long-term.

Men may also opt to have a hair transplant surgery, but this is only a viable option if there is enough donor hair to harvest from. Scalp micropigmentation is the only permanent solution for a man who is completely bald, since it does not require any hair to be on the scalp, but instead applies natural pigments to the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of real hair follicles or strands.

There is no actual cure for male pattern baldness, but you are able to camouflage it with scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation gives the appearance of having a full head of hair and you are able to completely customize it to get the look you want. Scalp micropigmentation generally requires 2-3 treatments in order to have a gradual buildup of density, and this gives the most realistic looking results. Scalp micropigmentation is a very popular hair loss treatment for those suffering from male pattern baldness.

Style Options for Scalp Micropigmentation

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Style Options for Scalp Micropigmentation

When you opt to have Scalp Micropigmentation, you are able to choose from a variety of different styles. When you meet with your hair loss physician during your initial consultation, you can discuss what your goals are and let them know which style you were hoping to obtain. For most styles, the main goals are to recreate a hairline and side profiles and match the color and shade to your original hair.

When you first are looking at someone’s hair, you will generally notice their hairline. Scalp Micropigmentation allows patients a great deal of flexibility in creating whatever sort of hairline they would like. Some patients opt to recreate the hairline they once had, while others look to create an entirely new one. You are not limited when you are choosing a hairline and it will all come down to your age, style preference and how well you tolerate change. There are many different types of hairlines to choose from, including:

  • A restoration of what your original hairline
  • Defined hairline
  • Further forward hairline
  • Slightly receded hairline
  • Soft and broken hairline

In addition to these hairline choices, you have additional options of having your hairline be completely straight, having a rounded hairline, or perhaps if you are older you might want to go with a more receded hairline in order to have a more natural appearance. The hairline you choose will depend on your age, the shape of your face and how dramatic you would like the change to be.

Another main element that will define your new look after having Scalp Micropigmentation is what side profile style you want to choose. After determining your hairline, you will need to think about what side profile style you want, and options include:

  • Rounded side profiles
  • Sharp or razored side profiles
  • Soft side profiles

In addition to choosing the shape of your new hairline, you also need to think about the color and shade you would like. Your hair loss physician will be able to create a pigment that will be an exact match to your original hair. Any color or shade that you require will be created for you in order to achieve results that look very natural.

An important thing to consider when you are choosing your new style and color is how much of your own natural hair you have left, where it is positioned and what color it is. If your main goal is to maintain a very natural appearance, it is best to use Scalp Micropigmentation to match your existing hair color and hairline as closely as possible. If you do not have any existing hair and are completely bald, there are many more options available to you, since you are not trying to match it up with any hair that already exists.

If you get Scalp Micropigmentation and want to change the look as you get older, your style can be changed. With a laser removal process, you can have your hairline reshaped and the color can be changed. You really can completely customize your look when you have Scalp Micropigmentation and there are so many style options available to you.