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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.

Treatment Options for Overcoming Hair Loss

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Treatment Options for Overcoming Hair Loss

Many people who experience baldness feel completely alone, when in fact about 80 million people worldwide experience some degree of hair loss. While there are many causes and factors that influence hair loss, male pattern baldness is the most prevalent. Did you know 90% of men are inflicted with some type of hair loss by the time they are 50-years-old? You are not alone. Additionally, while many people think of men when they heard ‘bald,’ women also suffer from female pattern baldness.

The technical term for male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is the primary cause of male hair loss due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which all men have. Additionally, factors such as diet, sickness, and other environmental factors may impact hair loss. If you suffer from hair loss, there are various treatments and solutions for you, but the only permanent option to restore hair is a hair transplant.


A cosmetic option that is heavily marketed is the use of thickening shampoos and conditioners that can be used for those who suffer from hair loss. Thickening products work by coating the hair, giving a fuller appearance, but they do not actually regrow hair. This may be an acceptable option for those with minor thinning of the hair.

Topical Solution

Two popular topical solutions, Propecia and Rogaine, claim to combat hair loss by slowing down the hair loss process and re-growing hair. While these treatments work for some people, they are not effective solutions for everyone and work best in the earliest stages of hair loss.

Laser Treatment

New laser treatments, such as the LaserComb, combat hair loss with a low-level laser light that generates the regrowth of hair follicles. To use this device, you run the comb through your hair for 20 minutes. There is also a new version of this technology, which is a laser light helmet, which is more effective and less demanding. With the helmet, high concentrations of the laser light are applied to the areas of the scalp affected by hair loss.

With hair loss being a progressive condition, more than likely, any of the above treatments will only be a temporary fix for hair loss. Hair restoration surgery is the only permanent solution for hair loss. Both men and women can have hair restoration surgery and it involves taking healthy hair from a donor area and transplanting the healthy follicles onto the affected areas. Each hair grafts will usually contain 1-4 hairs. Since the hair from the donor area is not prone to balding, it provides exceptional results since it is providing permanent hair to the balding areas. Good candidates for a hair transplant will need to have a healthy donor area. If you are completely bald, this procedure will not be an option for you.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, 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.