Surgical hair restoration has come a long way in the last decade; the techniques have technically, medically and artistically improved to a standard that natural hair groups are moved to create a result that can be undetectable from natural growing hair.
Although a hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure scarring will still occur, regardless of the technique used, be it with follicular unit extraction or follicular unit transplant. The variant between the techniques is the method the hair is removed and the type of scarring that will remain.
A linear scar is formed from the FUT procedure, whereas cylindrical scars are formed with FUE, under normal circumstances each can be easily hidden by the surrounding hair with a little hair length. Poor healing or mismanaged donor management can result in more obvious scarring, a wide or raised linear scar, and obvious white dot scarring with FUE, making it harder to hide, and causing the individual distress.
Obvious scarring will impact on the quality of the donor area, making future hair transplant procedures more demanding and potentially reducing the amount of hair that can be removed in the future.
As the donor resource is finite, every hair counts, especially as hair loss progresses and there becomes a greater demand to restore lost hair over the top of the scalp. A good option can be to camouflage any scarring; allowing for more styling options and take away the distress caused by the look scarring leaves.
Scalp MicroPigmentation has been used as a non-surgical option to hair restoration, using a medical grade pigment the tone can blend with any surrounding hair to give the illusion of a full coverage of shaved hair, mimicking hair stubble. Even on a candidate in the higher stages of hair loss can returned to the look of a full head of hair.
SMP, also known as MSP can be placed into the scarred areas to build up the look of stubble, be it a linear or cylindrical scar results, even at close inspection can be undetectable. Placing pigment into scar tissue carries its own demands, due to the nature of the skin, therefore this highly skilled procedure needs to be performed by an expert, having years of training and worked with similar cases in the past; as poor application of the pigment can result in the tone spreading or colour change.
Always research thoroughly before making any decision, SMP can provide excellent results in the right hands, always ensure you see multiple examples of a Clinic’s work to back up any claims that are made; the right decision can make visible scarring a thing of the past.