Scar Concealment in Orange County with SMP
The use of scalp micropigmentation as a means for concealing scars of the scalp has grown more popular as of late because the results are 100% safe and effective with results that look natural.
Before scalp micropigmentation was more widely embraced as a reliable hair loss solution in the early 2000's, the popular method was follicular unit transplantation (FUT). But the procedure often left clients with a very visible scar along the back of the head indicating where tissue was extracted to source usable hair for transplant. Clients would feel less than fully satisfied by the results.
More recently, a less-invasive method was introduced in follicular unit extraction (FUE) which does not require surgical removal of tissue at the back of the scalp and no large visible scars are readily apparent. But this method does come with drawbacks, especially the appearance of tiny white visible scars at the parts of the scalp where the follicles have been extracted. Too much extraction in the form of overharvesting of the hair in certain locations at the back of the head can also result in the surrounding hair appearing thin and spotty.
So you may have solved a hair loss issue at the hairline or along the sides of the head only for the problem to appear at the back of the scalp due to excessive extraction.
In both instances, the solution to the hair loss problem can end up causing more embarrassment and loss of self-confidence due to obvious linear scars and patchy looking hair.
The Use of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) to Conceal Scars
Scalp micropigmentation can be just as useful for concealing scars due to FUT or FUE transplants by implanting the pigments at the scar site and blending the treatment to match seamlessly with the existing hair around it. But there are some caveats to keep in mind when considering the use of SMP as a way to conceal a scar.
The scar itself plays a major role in the level of efficacy that scalp micropigmentation can have on a full concealment. The size, texture, and depth or height of the scar along the surface of the scalp are factored into the treatment options that are decided upon by the client and practitioner ahead of the initial session. Clients may need to wear their hair at a certain length to achieve the desired results. But in every case, the texture of the scar itself will not be changed. It will only be concealed as best as physically possible.
Candidates for Concealment of Cranial Scarring
Clients with thinning hair or pattern baldness and visible existing cranial scarring may be ideal candidates for SMP treatments. Clients who prefer to wear the hair short or in a buzzcut but feel self-conscious about their cranial scars may also be ideal candidates for the procedure.
The range of pigment colors that are available have opened the possibility for clients with all hair colors to consider SMP as a way to conceal cranial scars for results that look natural. Men and women with blonde or red hair can now rely on scalp micropigmentation to address cranial scars that have had a negative effect on their appearance. The only potential concerns that could prevent SMP from being utilized are clients with skin conditions such as eczema of the scalp and clients with keloidal scarring.
Is SMP Scar Concealment Painful?
Clients don't require a high tolerance for pain in order to receive effective SMP treatments. In fact, most of our clients report slight discomfort instead of pain during a treatment session and, because the pigments are implanted into the dermal layer of the scalp, the pain is often less difficult to endure since the penetration of the microneedling tool is very shallow.
But we always urge our clients to inform the practitioner about their concerns before the session and communicate if and when a break is needed to manage any discomfort they might experience.
Scar concealment typically requires two to three treatments for achieving desired results. The first two sessions are booked one week apart from each other and a third session may be required one to three months after the second treatment has been administered. Not every client will need a third session but the practitioner can advise on the amount necessary at the initial consultation.
Preparing for SMP Treatment
Clients should apply some bio-oil to the scarring that will receive SMP treatment ahead of each session. This works to soften the area that will be treated. Bio-oil is an anti-inflammatory that contains vitamins A and E, offering elasticity through moisturizing the scar. Taking this preparatory step will help the skin better absorb the pigments and promote retention. Once a day applications at bedtime are recommended.