Can scalp micropigmentation help camouflage hair transplant scars?

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Treatment for a balding condition is quite possible through the use of any of the proven methods available. There are of course different types of hair loss that require a more appropriate remedy. Some might not work as well as others. It is highly recommended to seek professional assistance before proceeding with treatment. Symptoms might obviously point toward a particular kind of alopecia however it would be more prudent to have it first confirmed by an expert in the field.
Hair transplant surgery for example, is more appropriately used for androgenic alopecia. This is because it requires an established area where healthy hair follicles may be extracted. These “donor” units of hair should come from the lower sides and back of the scalp because it is the location that would most likely remain intact after the male pattern baldness has run its full course. Taking hair follicles from this area whether through the use of follicular unit extraction or follicular unit transplantation would most likely cause scarring. It might not be obvious when hair is worn long however it can be extremely noticeable when it is cut short.
Scalp micropigmentation can be considered as one of the most dynamic treatments available to address hair loss. It can be implemented on almost any balding condition. Consulting with a qualified physician before treatment is still recommended if only to determine the kind of hair loss being exhibited by the patient. The diagnosis however will not significantly influence its use. Scalp micropigmentation does not try to slow down or reverse hair loss. It is only meant to conceal it. This is where the true strength of the procedure lies.
Combining scalp micropigmentation with post hair transplant surgery is nothing new. Patients of the latter usually seek the use of the former to camouflage their scars. Pigments are layered over this area to help it blend in with existing hair. The coverage however must not be limited to the scar. It should extend a few inches beyond it to create a smoother appearance. Note that scars despite treatment could easily be detected against a certain amount of hair growth around it as opposed to a cropped hairstyle for example. Pigments are two-dimensional while actual hair is three-dimensional. Any exposed areas can still be noticeable despite being treated with scalp micropigmentation when the disparity between the two is obvious.
The scar itself should not appear to be raised or have a reddish color. These characteristics would make its appearance obvious. Employing the use of Fraxel laser technology might be a better move before subjecting the scar to scalp micropigmentation. Fraxel allows the scar to be smoothened out to a more manageable degree. Having it covered with longer hair can of course, instantly camouflages a hair transplant scar. The challenge comes when the patient wants to wear his hair short. This is where the scar needs to be worked on in order that it appears as flat and colorless as possible.
Camouflaging hair transplant scars is just one among the many uses of scalp micropigmentation. Demand is actually quite high for a “just-shaven” hair pattern. It is the most manageable type only requiring that the patient maintain his existing hair quite short. This creates uniformity with the hair design allowing the two-dimensional pigments to remain anonymous. The other type of scalp micropigmentation is used to increase the hair density of actual hair. There are two prerequisites however before this may be implemented. The first is that the hairline should not have receded. Another condition is that the balding condition being exhibited is limited to diffuse thinning.


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