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Covering Up Scars

Covering Up Scars SMP Tattoo

Scalp Micropigmentation offers a solution to hide scars


Hair loss alone can be stressful enough, but when it's a bald spot due to the result of a scar, that can escalate the trauma in a very prolonged way.


The visible evidence of an injury can serve as a constant reminder of that pain, whenever you catch a glimpse of it in the mirror or someone asks you about it.


Scalp Micropigmentation offers a solution to hide scars on the scalp, by replicating the appearance of hair on that area, regardless of whether the hair is short or long. 


Scars on the scalp as a result of a childhood incident, an auto accident, or even those negative effects from a hair transplant, can be set right and eased with a treatment of Scalp Micropigmentation, 


There are no working hair follicles in scarred areas, so hair no longer grows there. However, by simulating the appearance of hair, micropigmentation can help camouflage scars.


Scar tissue is different from regular skin and requires special attention by the Scalp Micropigmentation artist; attention with skill and a sensitive approach to concealing them. Because scar tissue is not even like healthy skin, the artist needs to carefully hide the imperfections and not make them stand out.  


Scalp micropigmentation techniques help hide scarred skin with specially formulated tattoo pigment that is matched into the client’s natural hair patterns and texture, concealing scars or imperfections and leaving the client with a natural appearance. 


Keeping the appearance of a healthy scalp requires placing tiny dots of pigment into the top layers of the skin. Using the right pressure and patterns in the same way as the client's natural hair grows, is important for this procedure. Pigment is matched to the hair color and is injected in between the top two layers of the skin; where the dermis and epidermis meet. 


Results are long lasting and trauma is kept to a minimum, scars can be hidden by reducing the contrast between the naturally growing hair and the scarred area. Many times, scalp micropigmentation requires multiple sessions to achieve a more realistic 3D effect, so once the 1st treatment is complete, the client may be asked to come back after a week or so for further enhancements. The finished results will appear very natural and are very convincing..


Although the procedure is both safe and medically approved, a consultation will be carried out before any treatment. The treatment is done with modern equipment that is properly calibrated to the scarred area and a specially formulated tattoo pigment is used to match the skin tone and surrounding hair texture.  


Proper Micropigmentation technique doesn't penetrate the skin as deeply as a traditional tattoo. Most clients feel very little discomfort as the procedure is in progress and feel nothing almost immediately after the procedure is done. 


Proper Micropigmentation and Hair Transplants

Although hair transplant techniques have come a long way since the days of hair plugs, scarring is still an ugly part of the procedure. Scarring is an inevitable result of hair transplant procedures. Scalp Micropigmentation can be used to hide hair transplant scars and help increase the appearance of volume on the scalp after a hair transplant procedure.

There are two common procedures for hair transplants; FUE and FUT. Of the two, the FUE procedure may provide a less noticeable type of scarring. These scars may look like tiny white dots after healing. This procedure uses hair follicles extracted from the back and sides of the scalp. The surgeon will remove each hair follicle graft individually with a micro-punch tool. 


The hairs are then transplanted onto the bald areas of the scalp, where small incisions have been made for each individual hair. Given the painstaking nature of this surgery, it can take many hours, or even days. The procedure may also be repeated several times over the course of two or three months. FUE is done on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. No stitches are needed and recovery time is typically shorter than FUT.

On the other hand, the FUT procedure requires the surgeon to remove a strip of scalp that contains the donor hair follicles, from the back of the scalp.

Once the hair strip has been removed, the area is stitched up,  leaving a linear scar of varying lengths; based on the size of the strip that was removed. In some cases, this scar might extend from ear to ear.

The hair follicles are removed from the scalp strip and transplanted into the recipient areas of the scalp, where small incisions have already been made for each individual hair.

This procedure also uses local anesthesia and is done on an outpatient basis. The stitches on the back of the head are removed approximately 2 weeks after the procedure, where a scar may look  like a smile on the back of the head.. 

In some cases, the “smiley scar” can be thinned-out using medication, making it less viable in some cases. Another option would be to use  additional hair grafts onto that area, however, scarred skin doesn't hold very well onto the grafted hair, as that area may no longer receive the nutrients it needs because the blood vessels have been damaged.  

However, cosmetically concealing the scarred area is where scalp micropigmentation holds its magic, making that scar look virtually like healthy skin. 

Depending on the procedure, clinic and the patient, a hair transplant typically costs between $4,000 and $15,000, and insurance rarely covers the cost. And in addition to treatment costs, there are other potential recovery costs to take into account, such as pain medication during the recovery process, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling at the surgical site, antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. 

Although the individual’s hair follicles are re-used in the procedure, the scalp will remain tender for a very long time, and the transplanted hair follicles may eventually die off if the body is still producing DHT (di-hydro-testosterone) dihydrotestosterone. If hair follicles are transplanted  on scar tissue, there is a good chance that the grafted follicles may not take. However, Scalp Micropigmentation can be used to help increase the appearance of hair density after a hair transplant procedure. 

Scalp micropigmentation is a fraction of this cost for scar concealment and or hair density. Scalp micropigmentation doesn't require all those additional recovery costs and it's a solution with instant results. Results are long lasting and trauma is kept to a minimum. Scars can be camouflaged by reducing the contrast between the scarred area and the surrounding healthy skin.

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