Having a permanent semblance of hair is a welcome remedy to any balding condition. A scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment that is properly maintained can easily appear consistent. It only requires to be cleansed and moisturised daily. Trimming any existing hairs might be required every couple of days to keep the integrity of a “just-shaved” style. Other treatments that require surgery however can be more taxing during the procedure as well as its aftercare.

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Receiving scalp micropigmentation is simpler than getting a hair transplant. It takes only two to three hours of sitting while patiently waiting for the specialist to finish applying the pigments. The needles shallowly puncture the surface of the scalp to deposit the inks, mimicking the appearance of hair follicles. Hair transplants such as a follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method necessitates a more invasive procedure. It actually makes an incision at the back of the head about twenty centimeters long and one centimeter thick to extract a strip of skin containing healthy hair follicles. This is divided into smaller grafts requiring additional surgery to actually implant them unto the balding areas of the scalp.

FUT takes time to heal. Any physical activity should be avoided for about thirty days after the surgery. Recovery would probably take six months to allow the wound to fully close, leaving a linear scar in the process. Transplanted hair will begin to grow at around three months. This could be long enough to groom after another ninety days. It would take a year before hair could grow to its full length.

The recovery period of SMP compared with FUT is certainly shorter. It would only require two to three days for the redness to go away and about a month for the pigments to settle in and fade. The entire healing process only takes about seven days though there will be slight variations depending on the patient.

Expect some noticeable inflammation upon the scalp right after a session is completed. This is but a natural reaction to the slight trauma it received from the micro perforations required to deposit the pigments. The redness is sometimes accompanied by sensitivity of the skin when touched. There are certain creams that may be applied to soothe the tenderness and may be used throughout the recovery period. Covering the treated area with headgear to protect it from any untoward incidents is advisable though it should be removed every so often to let the pigments air out.

The middle of the seven day healing process will reveal the formation of scabs upon the treated area. Some of the pigments will appear darker and larger than they actually are mainly due to the crusting at its perimeter. This is quite normal because of the dried blood that resulted from the mini puncture wounds necessary to insert ink under the skin. Some of these scabs would heal faster than others, causing the surface to appear uneven as they shed. Care has to be made to avoid accidently peeling them off by hand.

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