Hair transplants are very much a mainstream hair restoration treatment these days. Down through the years, actors, rock musicians, MMA fighters and reality tv stars have all been instrumental in promoting the treatment simply by being open and honest about their own treatments. That has removed the stigma from the whole business of hair transplants and made it easier for Joe (and Josephine) Public to follow in their footsteps. Now, something similar appears to be happening with another hair restoration procedure.
Have you heard about Micro Scalp Pigmentation (MSP) treatment? If you haven’t yet, you will soon. Actors Jamie Foxx, Vin Diesel and British footballer Andros Townsend are just three names on a growing list of celebrities who have had MSP treatment. What is it, and why are they having it done? Read on to find out!
What is MSP?
MSP is a safe, non-invasive treatment that creates the illusion of tiny hairs on the scalp. Medical grade pigment is injected into the scalp with micro needles in a process that resembles tattooing. Using a style known as pointillism, the MSP technician fills in thin spots and creates the illusion of hair density or a closely shaved head with an even hairline.
Sensitive readers may have inhaled sharply and raised an eyebrow at the mention of needles. If that describes your reaction, then breathe out and lower the eyebrow; this is not a painful procedure. That statement comes with the rider that everyone’s pain threshold is different, but knowing that a topical numbing agent is applied to the scalp before the procedure starts should provide some reassurance.
MSP procedures are usually completed in two or three sessions. That adds up to about eight hours of treatment in total.
What is MSP Used For?
MSP is an effective treatment for different hair loss problems. It can soften the impact of alopecia areata, for example, particularly in cases of patchy alopecia. MSP can camouflage the thin areas by reducing the contrast between your scalp and your hair.
Damage caused by traction and scarring alopecia can be addressed in the same way. In these cases, hair loss is spread over a wider area of the scalp. The problem is more a general thinning rather than a coin-shaped bald spot. Again, pigments carefully placed between the thinning hairs can be enough to blend the scalp with the strands and create the effect of a fuller head of hair.
MSP is also effective in covering up unsightly scars on the scalp. These may be present because of injury or surgery. Hair transplant surgery that has been carried out by poorly trained or unqualified practitioners may have left scarring in both the donor and recipient areas. MSP can hide these scars and allow the individual to wear their hair in a shorter style.
MSP is a good supplementary treatment to Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery. It can be used to cover parts of the recipient area that would otherwise be left looking a little thin. MSP and FUE together provide the appearance of dense, natural hair across a larger part of the scalp.
Those are some of the benefits that MSP provides, but other hair restoration treatments also offer effective results. Why is MSP gaining traction with so many people? The answer to that question may be that it covers so many bases. First and foremost, it is a fast, convenient procedure. A full treatment can be done in two or three sessions with just a few weeks between each. You can be back at work soon after each session. Results are visible almost immediately.
MSP also scores highly on safety. If you use a suitably qualified, reputable practitioner, the procedure is safe, long-lasting and has no side effects. Do your research and choose your provider with care. Don’t get hung up on cost. Remember that, as in many cases, cheaper doesn’t always mean better. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on MSP. It’s an affordable treatment when compared with some of the other options.
MSP provides a quick and effective hair restoration treatment for many people. If you don’t like the prospect of a surgical procedure or are reluctant to embark on a course of medication, MSP may be the treatment for you. It may not be a suitable option for everyone, but your chosen provider should be able to advise on this.
MSP is just one of a range of effective hair loss treatments provided by Vinci Hair Clinic. If you have concerns about your hair, discussing it with one of our experts could help you determine the best way forward. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to all our new clients, and we have clinics all over the world. Get in touch and book your appointment today!