Often recommended as an excellent alternative to hair transplants, scalp micropigmentation (SMP), is becoming a popular hair loss treatment. Like hair transplants, it is largely carried out on men, but could it be a good hair loss treatment for women too?
Understanding scalp micropigmentation
SMP delivers specially formulated pigments into the scalp to create realistic looking hair follicles. In men, it is used to provide a freshly-shaved look and is only noticeable when you get extremely up close to the scalp.
Throughout the treatment, tiny pigments of colour are carefully tattooed onto the scalp. Now, while it may be a type of ‘tattoo’, this isn’t a treatment you could have done by your local tattoo artist! The technique and the pigments used in SMP are extremely unique and it actually takes a very skilled technician to perform it correctly.
Pigments can be blended to match your existing hair, so the results of the treatment are very natural and can last for a number of years, only requiring a top-up if it begins to fade over time. Women may be concerned that scalp micropigmentation isn’t for them when they see pictures of male patients with shaved hairstyles, yet SMP can also be used to expertly disguise thinning areas in longer hair.
The benefits of scalp micropigmentation for women
The great thing about SMP for women is that it’s a long-lasting treatment which offers excellent results, yet it is minimally invasive and is not as costly as hair transplant surgery.
It’s especially effective at disguising a thinning hairline or central parting and carefully blended pigments are used to establish the most natural result. This type of treatment is also recommended for women suffering from stress-related sudden hair loss. As it doesn’t damage the follicles, it can be used to temporarily disguise the problem until your hair grows back.
Sometimes SMP is also used after a hair transplant surgery to cover up the resulting scars. It’s one of the most versatile treatments available too, suitable for all skin types, ages and skin colours.
Like any treatment for hair loss however, there are certain considerations you need to be aware of before opting to undergo SMP. It can be more effective on women with darker hair, for example, and it will not be able to halt ongoing hair loss or restore your hair follicles. A female hair loss expert will be able to expertly assess whether scalp micropigmentation is an effective hair solution for you and explain exactly what results you can expect.