Tattoos have become very popular in the past 2 decades, and ubiquitous throughout the world of young hipsters and just about everyone else. I don’t know the statistics, but it can be correctly assumed that there are more people undergoing the procedure then 20 years ago. Its not the technology that has changed, but more of the “coolness” and “hip” factor of flaunting their “ink”. Although not exactly for the same reason, Scalp Micropigmentation has become a popular trend for those looking to supplement hair loss and provide the look of having additional hair.
What exactly is Scalp Micropigmentation?
First and foremost, these procedures are not done by your local hair tattoo artist and are provided by clinics who specialize in this procedure as well as other hair loss treatments. If you want to shave your head and get a tattoo on it, then that’s perfectly fine, but if you are going to undergo this process, you will want to use a professional clinic. These clinics use specific tools and special ink, which does not fade like other tattoo inks and does not penetrate deep into the scalp.
The purpose of the procedure is to give the look of very short hair, almost to the scalp, and to fill in the balding areas of the head. A clear majority of the patients have shaved heads and will keep this style as long as they feel comfortable or decide to undergo a different hair loss treatment procedure. If you have “longer” hair, this treatment can be used to fill in some thin areas where the scalp appears. If the hair loss continues, then it is advised that the patient cut their hair shorter to accommodate the procedure and affects.
Situations in which a person might undergo the treatment are:
|Male Pattern Baldness||Alopecia|
|Create Thickness||Cover Scars|
|Hair Loss in Women||In Conjunction with Other Treatments|
The ink used will match the remaining hair on your head to give it uniformity with an even appearance. Because of the special ink used, the color will remain the same for at least 3-5 years or more. Over time the patient can return to the clinic to remedy any fading or discoloration. There are also a range of options and styles which affords the patient a choice of how to proceed with the treatment.
How many sessions are needed and what is the cost?
The sessions are usually spaced between 2 and 3 weeks apart with a required 2-4 sessions for the full process. Because it is not an invasive procedure like a hair transplant, there is no time lost due to rest and recovery. There will of course be some irritation to the scalp, but for the most part there are no post-op issues. If a patient feels a bit uncomfortable with the irritation and redness, they can wear hat to cover the scalp.
The cost for Hair Tattooing or Scalp Micropigmentation is not as cheap as you might imagine. The cost of a standard body tattoo is influenced by length of time, details, colors, expertise, etc. These can range from a small wrist tattoo to a detailed, multicolored back tattoo. Cost can range from anywhere between £50 – £5,000 or more. It is easy to understand the high cost of a professional tattoo and what goes into the creation. In some cases, it is a work of art and the premium paid for the tattoo is justified.
Hair Tattooing on the other hand is pretty simple in its execution, at least that is the perception. Someone with an instrument “draws” dots on the top of the head, requiring not much skill and creativity, while following a basic pattern. While this may seem the case, there is a bit more that goes into it and some of the materials are bit more expensive.
The ink is not your average tattoo ink and does not fade or discolor like regular tattoos. Although it might seem like random dots, the pattern is well planned out with many variations for the individual cases. Skin tone, hair color, pigmentation, and thickness are all factors in the process. Different ethnicities are also a consideration in providing the best treatment as well. Most believe that Scalp Micropigmentation is more difficult than regular tattooing and, in most cases requires training and courses depending on the State or Country in which you live.
The cost of these treatments usually ranges between £800 – £3,500. As with any cosmetic and medical procedure, the cost depends on the length of the procedure as well as the complexity. The low end of the price is usually for those who need a scar on their head covered while the high end reflects a full Scalp Micropigmentation procedure. Of course, these prices differ at the various clinics, so be sure to discuss the cost before to start your procedure.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation a better solution than a Hair Transplant?
The answer to this is determined by what your hair loss issues are and what you want to achieve with the treatment. In other words, there is no “better” solution, as much of it depends on the individual’s situation. I can tell you this, that the cost for Hair Tattooing is only a bit less expensive than a full Hair Transplant, especially in Hungary. Putting the cost aside, why would someone pick Hair Tattooing over a Hair Transplant?
For some individuals, a Hair Transplant is not an option. This could be attributed to a health issue, not enough donor hair, too young, or even being afraid of surgery. If you are someone who likes to have very short hair, then having a transplant would not be your first option. On the other hand, if you want to have long hair and already have healthy donor hair, then a transplant would be the better option. A Hair Transplant requires a lot more time for the effects of the treatment to evolve, which on average is about a year. If you are looking for a quick fix, then a Transplant is not an option.
There is no right way or wrong way to treat your hair loss. There are many options and many factors in what works best for the individual. The advice which we always give is to discuss any issues with your doctor and perform you due diligence on the clinics and searching for your options. It’s a big decision and one which should put your health and well being at the top of your decision process.