scalp micropigmentation after hair transplant

SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANT: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Hair loss can be a frustrating and difficult experience for many people, especially when it leads to significant baldness. Fortunately, hair transplants have become a popular solution to this problem, helping patients restore their hairline and improve their self-confidence. However, some patients may continue to experience hair loss despite undergoing the procedure. In such cases, scalp micropigmentation may be an effective way to solve these problems and complement the effect after transplantation.

WHAT IS SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION (SMP)?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a form of tattooing, a cosmetic procedure that uses micro-needles to create the illusion of hair follicles simulating new hair growth. This technique is similar to traditional tattooing, but uses specialized pigments and micro-needles to achieve a precise result.

The treatment can be used to treat various types of hair loss, including androgenetic alopecia, hair thinning and receding hairline. Scalp micropigmentation can also be used to improve the results of hair transplant surgery, making hair appear fuller and denser.

WHAT IS SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANT?

The hair transplant procedure involves taking hair follicles from one part of the scalp (donor site) and transplanting them to another part of the scalp (recipient site). While the transplanted hair will grow, it may take several months for it to fully mature and begin to grow.

The combination of scalp micropigmentation and hair transplant is a great way to improve the overall appearance after FUE, giving your hair a natural appearance. Any scars can be covered (after preparation), the hairline can be more refined and the hair can be styled according to personal preferences.

Scalp micropigmentation can help fill in any gaps or thinning areas where transplanted hair has grown. The treatment involves precisely inserting small dots of pigment into the scalp, creating the appearance of hair follicles. This can help create a more full look by reducing the appearance of balding, “light” and improving the overall appearance.

BENEFITS OF SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANT

There are several benefits to undergoing scalp micropigmentation after hair transplant surgery, including:

  • Correction: Scalp Micrpoigmentation (SMP) can cover and hide hair transplant scars and the hairline can be evened and refined.
  • Improved Appearance: SMP can help create the appearance of fuller, thicker hair, which can improve the overall aesthetics of the scalp.
  • Improved self-confidence: Scalp micropigmentation combined with hair transplantation can help restore self-confidence.
  • Non-invasive: SMP is a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime, making it a convenient option for those who want to refine their hair transplant results.
  • Long-lasting results: Scalp micropigmentation lasts for years.
  • Safe and effective: SMP is a safe and effective procedure performed by experienced specialists, minimizing the risk of complications.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP AFTER A HAIR TRANSPLANT?

Scalp micropigmentation may be a suitable option for many people who have undergone hair transplant surgery. However, it is essential to discuss the procedure with an experienced professional to determine if it is the right option for you.

Good candidates for SMP after hair transplantation are those who:

  • want to improve the results of their hair transplant surgery
  • have experienced additional hair loss since the transplant
  • have a history of baldness or thinning hair
  • want to improve the overall aesthetics of the scalp
  • want to hide the scars after the transplant
  • have experienced overharvesting after too many grafts were taken

OVERHARVESTING – EXCESSIVE GRAFT COLLECTION FROM THE DONOR AREA

what does your occiput look like after the transplant
Aleksandra Urban Perfect Hair Clinic (Poland)

Aleksandra Urban Perfect Hair Clinic (Poland)

“An increasingly common problem, especially in ‘Turkish’ patients, is the so-called ‘overharvesting’, i.e. harvesting too many hair follicles from the occipital area. This leaves the occipital area noticeably thinner. In particular, in people with short hair, the donor area is clearly visible. The offer of clinics in Istanbul is very diverse – both artists and transplant masters, as well as average craftsmen, work there. Some Turkish operators carry out agreed mega-sessions (e.g. 5 – 6 thousand grafts), extracting up to 40% – 50% of hair follicles from the back of the head. This is definitely too much!” – explains Aleksandra Urban, a long-time, experienced trichologist, owner of Perfect Hair Clinic in Poland, which has been specializing in hair transplants and baldness for years.

“Taking into account the common nature of this phenomenon, we have developed special treatment protocols in our clinic, thanks to which we can improve the condition of the scalp in the occipital area, soothe the skin after transplantation and frequent inflammation, excessive skin tenderness and itching. Above all, however – especially if reconstruction therapy is undertaken quickly – we have a good chance of improving hair density in the excessively thinning donor area,” adds Aleksandra Urban.

CAMOUFLAGE OF HAIR TRANSPLANT SCARS

In the photo we see a poorly performed scalp micropigmentation treatment – scar camouflage. Without proper work on the scar, knowledge and experience, such pigment will most often migrate.

hair transplant scar camouflage

SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION PROCESS

marek waclawczyk

Marek Waclawczyk MW Aesthetics

“Before we start micropigmentation of the scalp, we must make sure that the transplanted bulbs are well positioned, healed and that the hair is growing. Usually it is a minimum of 6 months, although I personally recommend refraining from micropigmentation for 9-12 months after the transplant. – explains Marek Wacławczyk from MW Aesthetics in London & Windsor, who has been specializing in micropigmentation treatments for the last 10 years.

“The micropigmentation process itself after hair transplantation is similar to the process in people who have not had such a transplant. However, if we are working on areas with transplant scars, such scars should be properly prepared. The whole process will take several 2-5 hour sessions, each one month apart. The number of sessions needed will depend on the size of the area to be covered, the quality and health of the patient’s skin, and the density of pigmentation. Usually it is from 2 to 4 sessions. So it’s a multi-step and time-consuming process.” – continues Marek Waclawczyk.

scar camouflage

During the treatment, your micropigmentation expert will use a microneedle to create small dots on your scalp, imitating the appearance of hair follicles. The pigment used will be matched to the patient’s hair color and complexion. The surgeon will work to create a natural-looking hairline and fill in any areas where the hair is thinning.

AFTER SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION TREATMENT

After SMP treatment, redness and swelling may appear on the scalp. This is a normal effect of micro-needling and should disappear within a few days. It is important to avoid direct sunlight and keep the scalp clean and dry during the healing process. A detailed action plan and post-treatment care will be discussed with you during the consultation.

CONCLUSIONS

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can be used to create simulations of hair follicles on the scalp. This is an excellent option for people who have lost hair due to alopecia or scarring. SMP after a hair transplant can be used to create the appearance of fuller hair and fill in areas where hair is sparse. This is also an option for those who are not good candidates for a hair transplant.