There are many cases of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) being applied to scar areas on the scalp. As a recent phenomenon in the hair loss industry, prior to SMP, hair transplant was a proven method for hair restoration. However due to the infancy of the industry and the lack of expertise from many transplant doctors, many clients who underwent a FUT transplant procedure was left with a nasty scar. Typically known as strip scar (due to leaving a strip behind the head), is what many men are self-conscious about when it comes to cutting their hair short.
Furthermore to this day many doctors from around the world are treating clients with transplants and in turn are overharvesting and leaving clients with gnarly scars. However a more modern technique is becoming more mainstream where the scars are not as aggressive as the strip scar method and that method is called FUE procedure.
The scars on the back of the head are due to harvesting the donor areas and sown up. Due to that many men are limited to how short they can cut their hair too. SMP comes in where we can deposit pigments into the scar region and blend it in to the existing area. However, how much of a concealment we can guarantee is determined by the aggressiveness of the scar. The more aggressive (braised) the scar is, the more likely clients would need to keep their hair at a specific length.
SMP for Scar Concealment
Essentially SMP is concealing the white strip (sometimes pink) on the back of the scalp to blend in with the surrounding areas. SMP isn’t applied just on the strip but typically around the surrounding areas. As for FUE scars we are blending the areas where the follicles were extracted from.
SMP isn’t true tattooing, but the practical effect is much the same. Pigments enter the skin to create an effect, in this case hiding a scar through changing the pigment of the skin on and near the scar.
Concealing Cranial Scars
If you have cranial scars, you may already be a good candidate for scar camouflage tattooing. SMP scar camouflage works best for people with thinning hair or a bald head that may want to hide cranial scars. It’s suitable for most people, so choosing SMP comes down to a matter of personal taste. You may be a good candidate if you’re self-conscious about wearing your hair buzzed or short thanks to cranial scars.
Advances in SMP mean that it’s suitable for a wide range of hair colors. Even those with blond or red hair can now get the full benefit from SMP. The main group who may encounter problems with SMP are those with skin conditions on the scalp or if their scars are keloid. Conditions such as eczema can respond negatively to SMP treatment.
Does Scar Camouflage hurt?
If you have a low pain tolerance, you might be wondering if that excludes you from SMP.
SMP doesn’t demand a high pain tolerance – it’s no more painful than a tattoo, and it may hurt less overall thanks to the lower penetration required.
The feeling of SMP is usually closer to discomfort than actual pain. Customers will usually want to take frequent breaks to manage this discomfort.
For scar concealment we would need clients for two treatments minimum, one week apart, with a possibility of a third session 1-3 months afterwards for the finishing touches.
For preparation for scar concealment treatments we recommend our clients to apply some bio-oil to the scar regions to soften up the areas. Bio-oil is an anti-inflammatory agent with nutrients containing vitamin A and E that improve the appearance of existing stretch marks or scars. The ingredients increase the elasticity of the skin thereby moisturizing the scar region and in turn allowing for SMP to yield stellar retention. Apply the bio-oil once a day before you got to bed to yield improved results.