Many people coping with hair loss have tried restoration products and even hair replacement surgery only to be disappointed again and again. They may be curious about scalp micropigmentation yet wonder if the treatment will work for them. This advanced form of treatment is the only 100 percent effective hair-loss solution, but it’s important to make sure this treatment fits your hair loss goals.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation a Good Choice for Me?
Over 40 percent of men ages 18 to 49 experience moderate to extensive hair loss. Stress and certain medical conditions or medications can cause hair loss, but the most common reason is male pattern baldness. Once you’ve started noticing your hair loss, a professional consultation should always be the first step.
Assuming you are healthy, the next step is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Will you be happy keeping the same look long-term? Remember, SMP is a permanent solution. It looks best when your entire head is kept neatly shaved or buzzed. If you do still have hair on your scalp, you will need to buzz down for a seamless look.
- Are you willing to take proper care of your scalp? Low maintenance does not mean no maintenance. Most guys with scalp micropigmentation buzz their heads 2-3X/week to maintain their blend. Also, with a shaved head, you will need to be extra vigilant about using sunscreen or wearing hats with extended periods in the sun.
- Are you willing to follow aftercare instructions and schedule touchups if needed? Scalp micropigmentation is a permanent procedure, however, some light fading can happen after 4-6 years. To stay looking your best, a brief session to restore any fading may be needed.
- Are you ready to boost your confidence and stop worrying about your hairline? Looking better and feeling better go hand in hand. Clients frequently share how scalp micropigmentation led to making more positive changes in their lives, like eating healthier, working out, or meeting long-held goals.
If the answer to all these questions is yes, then scalp micropigmentation may be the hair-loss solution you’ve been looking for.
What are the Risks?
Most risks associated with scalp micropigmentation (SMP) can be avoided by choosing a well-trained practitioner. While artistry is an important skill, SMP practitioners should be certified. A program that includes a study of industry theory, as well as participation in hands-on training workshops, is recommended. Making sure you work with a highly-skilled treatment provider will help ensure your experience is a positive one. Make sure the practitioner you choose has a wide ranging portfolio of clients, years of experience, and is open and informative about the treatment. Ask to see some clients they personally have worked on before making your decision.
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