I’m considering scalp micropigmentation to correct the appearance of hair loss, but how does it compare to other hair loss treatments?
Scalp micropigmentation is an effective camouflage treatment for hair loss as it replicates the appearance of hair follicles to create the impression of a closely shaved, full head of hair. However, before you make your decision to go ahead with a SMP treatment, it’s important to know how it stacks up against the other hair loss treatments on the market.
SMP vs Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery is the only permanent hair loss solution – as long as it works. During a very lengthy and invasive process, hair loss technicians will remove either a strip of skin containing hair follicles or individual units containing just a couple of hair follicles from what is known as the ‘donor site’. This is typically at the back of the head where your hair transplant surgeon is confident further hair loss will not occur. These hair follicles are then transplanted to the recipient site where hair loss has occurred.
Advantages and disadvantages of hair transplant surgery
Unlike hair transplant surgery, SMP is a relatively pain-free and quick procedure that gives instant results. Hair transplant surgery, on the other hand, can cause scarring, results are not necessarily instantaneous and it is not possible to predict exactly what they’ll be and whether they’ll fulfil the patient’s expectations.
However, SMP can only replicate the appearance of the hair follicles and, generally, your hair style is limited to a closely shaved style. If hair transplant surgery is a success, then you have replaced hair follicles permanently in the areas where you were previously bald.
SMP vs Hair Loss Medication
Hair loss medications such as Rogaine and Propecia aim to both maintain your existing hair and even stimulate new hair growth in the areas where you have witnessed hair loss. Propecia works by reducing the enzyme that turns testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone, known as DHT, that causes hair loss.
Applied topically, the active ingredient in Rogaine, which is called minoxidil, can reactivate your hair’s natural growth cycle, slowing down the process of miniaturisation that occurs when you start to lose your hair.
Advantages and disadvantages of hair loss medication
Results can be mixed with hair loss medication as they do not work for everyone and, for those that it does work for, can just be a temporary slowing down of the process. Certainly, any benefits will stop as soon as you halt taking the medication. Often hair loss sufferers find that any benefits they do receive are not worth the side effects that can include loss of libido and even impotence.
SMP, on the other hand, has no side effects and can provide a permanent solution to hair loss. To see if SMP is right for you, book an appointment with the hair loss experts at HisHair to discuss your needs in full.