A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure providing the right candidate with perfectly natural results of hair growth. But what of the area the hair is moved from? With any surgical procedure scarring will occur, with medical skill and good healing any scarring can be visually minor, but on occasions scarring can be visible and cause the individual stress, even taking away from the quality of their result.
Undergoing a further hair transplant can be an option, placing hair grafts back into the existing scarring or revising the scar; a problem with these options is using hair that could be required to treat future hair loss and revising there is no guarantee the scar will be minimised, leaving the individual possibly with the same visible scarring or maybe worse.
Scalp MicroPigmentation, also known as SMP or MSP has become a viable option to camouflage old hair transplant scars. The use of pigment to mimic shaved hair or stubble blends in with the surrounding native hair, camouflages the scarring to the point even under close inspection it cannot be seen.
Scar tissue has different skin properties to “virgin” skin, the scarring can be deep, or raised making the application of the SMP pigment more demanding on the technician performing this sophisticated technique. The application of the pigment should only be undertaken by experienced technicians as there are many more complications compared to virgin skin, pigment bleeding or spreading, and lack of tonal definition to name two.
Building the pigment tone up gradually provides the best possible result; before performing further sessions the skin and pigment needs to be allowed to settle. Tone can then be added, building the definition to correctly blend with the surrounding hair.
Scalp MicroPigmentation is suitable to treat either FUT, follicular unit transplant strip scars or FUE, follicular unit extraction cylindrical scarring; both have their own demands but can perfectly be treated to camouflage scarring and allow the person not only to have more flexibility with hair styling but also giving back their confidence that visible scarring can take away.