Does Scalp Micropigmentation Work on Scars?

Every day, we shed between 50 and 100 hairs.

If you shed significantly more than that, you may have hair loss. Individuals affected by hair loss often experience self-consciousness around their hair. That may lead them to consider hair loss solutions like transplants and other invasive procedures to restore their hair.

While many people who try hair transplant procedures experience re-growth, just as many are left with a noticeable scar on their heads. The good news is, there's a scar camouflage treatment that can help cover up that scar.

Keep reading to learn more about scalp micropigmentation and how it works as a form of scar tattooing.

Scalp Micropigmentation as a Hair Loss Solution

Scalp micropigmentation is also called SMP. It's a relatively non-invasive hair loss solution for men and women.

In an SMP procedure, small needles are used to place pigment into the epidermis on the scalp, somewhat similar to the process of tattooing. These dots of pigment are permanent in nature although there are procedures for removing the pigmentation.

From as little as six inches away, the dots look exactly like hair follicles. The purpose is to create the appearance of a recently shaved head, though it can also be used as scar camouflage. 

SMP for Scar Camouflage

When individuals have hair loss or thinning hair, they may try surgical procedures like hair transplants. The two most common types of hair transplant procedures are strip excision harvesting and follicular unit extraction.

In both of these methods, hair follicles are removed from a place on the scalp where hair is still growing onto a part of the scalp that is bald or thinning. And, in both of these methods, the potential for noticeable scarring is very high. Indeed, minor to severe scarring is a known risk and a completely normal consequence of hair transplants.

Although scarring is normal, it's not well received by most individuals. Scarring can take away from the natural look that a hair transplant intends to convey. Fortunately, SMP works as a sort of scar camouflage.

SMP injects pigment to the areas above, below, and to either side of the scar. Most professionals use a precise system to help them create a natural look as well as match the pigment perfectly to skin tone for a flawless finish. This allows the scar to blend in naturally with your hair growth and pattern.  

How Many Scar Tattooing Sessions Are Required?

Scars are a lot thicker than the skin on your scalp. That's because they're made up of thick layers of tissue. 

As such, individuals undergoing SMP as a scar camouflage procedure generally need a few sessions. In most cases, you'll need between 2 and 5 treatments, which last about 1 to 4 hours each. This ensures that the pigment is at the right depth to create a natural-looking aeshtetic. 

Book Your SMP Consult Today

If you're looking for hair loss solutions, SMP is a great non-invasive option for creating the look of a recently shaved head. But if you've already undergone a hair transplant and you're just looking for scar camouflage, SMP is among the most affordable and simple solutions. By injecting pigment in and around the scar over the course of a few treatments, your scar will slowly blend into your hair re-growth.

If you're ready to get rid of that scar and complete the look of a natural hairline, contact us today for a consultation.