Hair restoration options

Hair loss can be a sensitive topic, creating self image problems for many people regardless of whether they have lost their hair over time, as a result of a medical condition or as a side effect of medical treatment such as chemotherapy. About 60% of American men have significant hair loss by the age of 65. Additionally, alopecia areata—which causes hair loss over the entire body—affects more than 4.5 million people in the United States.

There are many solutions being constantly advertised to deal with hair loss: products that are intended to help hair grow, wigs that promise to discreetly cover hair loss, and more. But one process that people might not know to consider is scalp micropigmentation. Here are some answers to questions you might have about this hair loss restoration method:

  1. What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
    Scalp micropigmentation is a process in which a tattoo is used to simulate hair follicles on the scalp. The dye is carefully matched to the patient’s existing hair or selected to give a natural look to those who are completely bald. Micropigmentation is a paramedical process that can also restore the appearance of hair elsewhere on the body, and is recommended for those with burns, scarring or medically caused hair loss.
  2. How Does a Hair Simulation Tattoo Look?
    Micropigmentation can be used either to create the appearance of a short buzz cut, if the patient is completely bald, or to fill in thinning areas under a regular haircut.
  3. How is Scalp Micropigmentation Performed?
    The expert performing the pigmentation process uses a needle 75% smaller than an average tattoo needle to arrange tiny, precise dots on the scalp to mimic the pattern of hair follicles. The process takes between three and five hours in most cases.
  4. What are the Negative Effects of Hair Loss Tattoos?
    Unlike hair transplants, hair simulation tattoos have virtually no side effects. After the process is completed, there are typically two to three hours of redness and swelling.
  5. How Much Does Scalp Pigmentation Cost?
    A hair tattooing process costs an average of $4,000, which is considerably less expensive than hair implantation. The initial tattooing procedure should maintain its condition for between 10 and 15 years before touchups due to fading are required.

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