SMP® versus the alternatives
Here we examine the reasons why SMP® is fast becoming the preferred hair loss solution for a growing number of men around the world
Over the last few years, as SMP® has grown in popularity, the technique has gained the approval and respect of the industry as one of the most viable hair loss treatments for sufferers of all kinds of hair loss related to male pattern baldness and alopecia.
Whereas previously the only real options for the hair loss sufferer were hair transplant surgery, hair systems, temporary concealers or pills such as Propecia, now SMP® offers a safe, non-invasive solution with permanent, guaranteed results. Many of our clients have already tried many traditional solutions and been dissatisfied with the results, and we are regularly informed by our clients that they “wish they had found us first”.
HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY
Of all hair loss treatments available before SMP®, hair transplant surgery was the only guaranteed, ‘permanent’ hair restoration solution and has become an internationally recognised procedure. A multi-million pound business has grown as a result of this recognition, with hair transplant clinics around the world offering services to the general public.
Like all hair loss solutions, hair transplant surgery offers advantages and disadvantages. Hair transplant surgery is an invasive, surgical procedure which usually results in permanent scarring, a legacy to which many “strip method” veterans will testify to. Even with more modern techniques such as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), scarring is still a virtually guaranteed, and unwelcome consequence.
In addition, many hair transplant patients require the ongoing use of temporary concealers if the amount of donor hair available was insufficient. This can be exasperated as the person ages and further hair loss is experienced, resulting in a need for more concealers or further surgery.
A hair system, often referred to as a wig, hair unit or as a hair replacement system, is a temporary hair loss cover-up and a very popular option amongst those who do not wish to undergo surgery. On the plus side, the effect created by a hair system is immediate and relatively easy to achieve. There are however downsides that many wearers of hair systems find difficult to live with.
Systems can be expensive to buy and usually involve significant ongoing costs. Many wearers also complain of poor hygiene, as the adhesives used do not allow the skin to breathe, and can make the skin smell unpleasant. The adhesives themselves can also cause significant skin damage over time.
Hair systems also suffer from social stigma, resulting in secrecy and anxiety amongst many users.
Whilst temporary concealers may seem to be one of the less obvious hair loss treatments, at least a quarter of our clients have tried using one of these products to disguise their hair loss problem. Whilst all temporary concealers claim to be unique in design, ultimately whether they are sprayed on, shaken on or brushed on, all temporary concealers cling to existing hair to make it appear thicker and fuller. Some temporary concealers can work effectively with a remarkably small amount of real hair.
Whilst we understand that temporary concealers such as DermMatch, Nanogen Nanofibres and Toppik may provide a suitable solution for some people, they can be very expensive to use over an extended period of time and only work if the user has sufficient hair remaining. For the person with very little or no hair, temporary concealers cannot be used.
The use of concealers can restrict the users day to day activities, as some products can be washed, rained, blown or rubbed off, often making the user feel more conscious of their hair loss rather than more confident.
On the plus side, temporary concealers provide a safe, immediate solution for many men, with a significant number of hair loss sufferers being able to integrate their use into everyday life fairly easily.
DRUGS AND TOPICAL TREATMENTS
Whilst their effectiveness will always be a subject of much debate, drugs such as Finasteride (found in Propecia) and Minoxidil (found in Rogaine products) are known to produce side-effects. Whilst most hair loss sufferers could cope with an itchy scalp, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction are side effects more likely to discourage a user from taking these drugs.
There are other drugs and topical lotions available including Nanogen Nanogaine and Procerin, the results of which are highly varied, depending on the individual. Certainly there has been a huge growth in the sale of topical shampoos and lotions in recent years. Products such as Revivogen, Alpecin and Nioxin are all marketed as solutions for hair loss, and some have even found their way onto the shelves of major supermarkets.
There are a significant number of people who claim to have experienced benefits using one of, or a combination of these treatments. Reports include a slowing of hair loss, a complete cessation, or even the thickening and increasing density of remaining hair. These solutions do not work for everyone however, and remember that once an area of your scalp is completely bald, no drug or lotion can make your hair grow back.
Drugs and topical lotions can be expensive if used for extended periods of time, and any benefits are usually quickly reversed if their use is discontinued. For the person who finds that these solutions do provide benefits, they must be prepared to continue using them over the long term.
IS SMP® THE BEST SOLUTION?
As with all hair loss solutions, the most suitable treatment is the one which works best for the individual. No two people are the same, and the right solution for one may not necessarily be the right one for another.
It is up to the individual to compare each hair loss solution, considering the advantages and disadvantages, and make the decision that it right for them.
Of course, we are always on hand to offer guidance and support. Although HIS Hair Clinic pioneered SMP® as a hair loss solution, our general hair loss advice remains 100% unbiased, honest and free.
SMP® is a non-invasive procedure requiring no anaesthetic, incisions or adhesives, involves nothing more than mild discomfort, leaves no scars and is perfectly adaptable should you experience further hair loss later on, or if your style preferences change.
It is also relatively easy for most people to fit their new style into everyday life. As the solution is permanent, ongoing maintenance is generally not required, unless the client chooses to return to the clinic to adapt their treatment.