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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.


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.

What is Scalp Miropigmentation?

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Dr Yates

What is Scalp Miropigmentation?

Some may have heard of Scalp Micropigmentation, but not everyone understands what it is. Scalp Micropigmentation is the latest innovative hair loss solution in which you have your scalp tattooed with very small dots that look just like stubble. Scalp Micropigmentation gives the patient the look of having a short or buzz style haircut. This procedure has become increasingly popular among those who suffer from hair loss since it gives you immediate results and does not require having an invasive surgery. Since it is not a surgical procedure, there is no scarring and there is no down time afterwards.

While there are many different ways that people choose to combat hair loss, there are not too many options for those who have gone completely bald. People who are in the earlier stages of hair loss may turn to hair loss products, such as Propecia or Rogaine, or may benefit from having a hair transplant. However, all of those options require that you still have some healthy hair growth, but if you are completely bald, those options will not work.

Scalp Micropigmentation allows for people who have gone completely bald, or those who simply want to experience the benefits of this procedure to have the appearance of having hair and having an actual hairline. Scalp Micropigmentation can also be used to hide any scarring from previous transplant surgeries and can shade in areas on the scalp where hair is thinner.

Many people refer to Scalp Micropigmentation as hair tattoos, but Scalp Micropigmentation does not penetrate into the skin as deeply as a typical tattoo. The color will be matched to your previous hair color and will also be made to complement your skin tone. The ink that is used is also completely different than tattoo ink in that it will retain its color over time: patients who receive this treatment do not have to worry about the color changing or fading throughout the years.

Your hair loss physician will give you a consultation and will work with you to understand what your goals are and will determine a suitable hairline for you, based on what your old hairline looked like and what will look best with the shape of your face. During the procedure, hundreds of tiny dots will be put onto your scalp. The procedure will generally last for about three hours and if you need to have Scalp Micropigmentation on your entire head, you may need to have a few treatments.

An incredible benefit of Scalp Micropigmentation is that it is a permanent solution to your hair loss, but if for any reason you become unhappy with the way it looks, it can be adjusted or even reversed. Also, if you have some hair on your head that goes gray as you get older, the treatment can be touched up to match the change in your hair color.

One of the main questions that people have about Scalp Micropigmentation is if it hurts. The answer to that is that it hurts less than having a normal tattoo and hurts a lot less than having a hair transplant. For the procedure, you have the option of being given an anesthetic to numb your scalp, but there are a lot of patients who do not feel they need it and are able to manage without it.

You should make sure that during your consultation, you ask any questions you may have. It is important to understand all about any sort of procedure that you are having done and your hair loss physician will make sure that you have all of the information necessary to decide if Scalp Micropigmentation is the right hair loss solution for you.