I am 23 and have been advised that I’m too young to have a hair transplant as it is likely I will experience further hair loss. I would like to have scalp micropigmentation to address my receding hairline, but will this mean I can’t have a hair transplant later on? Hair loss is big business as it affects so many men and women – it’s thought that 50% of men are displaying varying degrees of androgenetic alopecia, known as male pattern baldness, by the time they are 50. As there are so many potential clients, often prepared to spend large sums of money, to reverse hair loss, there have been many advances in the field of hair restoration over the years. Scalp micropigmentation or SMP is an increasingly popular treatment option. Highly skilled SMP practitioners insert specially designed pigments to just under the skin of the scalp to replicate the appearance of hair follicles just pushing through the dermis. A highly realistic result is created by combining experience and artistry to mimic the natural patterns of your remaining hair, by subtly varying depth, angle and pigment. Many men – and women – are increasingly opting for SMP because it represents instant results with little pain and downtime. However, SMP will not restore your hair, but can only camouflage hair loss. Hair transplant surgery, on the other hand, is invasive surgery that takes many hours to perform, can cost many thousands and may require repeat procedures to achieve the results you are hoping for. Yet it also represents the only permanent hair restoration solution. Increasingly, these two treatments are being combined together so you get the best of both worlds.