Hair loss is relatively common for both men and women in Australia, but there are many solutions to treat hair loss and balding that may or may not be effective. One method of treatment that is 100% guaranteed is scalp micropigmentation (SMP), although it should be noted that SMP does not directly treat hair loss by regrowing hair and instead camouflages balding or hair loss either partially or completely.
How does SMP work and why should you consider it as an alternative to alternative forms of hair loss treatment?
How Common is Hair Loss in Australia?
It’s estimated that nearly 50% of men will experience some form of hair loss by age 50, and nearly 50% of women will likely lose some hair as they age (but are less likely to go completely bald). Generally, as men and women age, hair loss becomes more common, although hair loss can occur at any age for a wide variety of reasons.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a method of hair loss treatment that seeks to aesthetically ‘mask over’ hair loss, hair thinning, or balding by injecting micro pigment dots along the scalp which replicate the appearance of hair follicles either in areas of balding or completely over the scalp.
This non-invasive treatment method provides results that appear natural and thus can complement individuals’ scalps whether or not there is any real hair remaining. For partial SMP, the clinician will inject pigment in areas such as bald spots, sections of thinning hair, or over and around scars on the scalp to give the impression of a full head of hair. For full SMP, the pigment is injected over the entirety of the scalp to give the impression of a ‘buzz cut’.
SMP is therefore very different from most other hair loss treatment methods, which traditionally seek to repair or restore hair follicles either through the use of topical creams such as minoxidil (Regaine) or via surgical operations (hair transplant). What makes SMP very different is that these alternative treatment methods are never guaranteed; some may work wonderfully for some patients, others may not work at all, potentially costing thousands of dollars and many months of lost time in the process. SMP does not seek to medically treat the hair follicles in the first place, instead masking over partially or fully balding or thinning scalps.
Who Can Benefit from SMP?
While SMP tends to be somewhat more popular for men, as popularised by famous celebrities such as Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, it is perfectly viable for women as well. Moreover, SMP tends to be more popular for middle-aged men and women or older, and rightfully so since hair thinning and balding are much less common in adolescents and young adults.
Nevertheless, these general patterns are only representative; SMP may be just as preferable for a 40-year old man as it might be for a 20-year old young woman. Again, hair loss and balding can occur at any age for any gender. Moreover, SMP can also be applied to individuals of any skin tone or with any natural hair colour, since the pigments can be highly customised to mimic the appearance of your natural hair follicles and thus create a seamless appearance.
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