Can Scalp Micropigmentation Cover Scars?

Hair Loss

Hair Transplantation

Hair loss – such as alopecia or pattern baldness – is an entirely common occurrence that can cause many people to lose confidence and feel self-conscious. There are many reasons why people experience hair loss. These can range from medical reasons, such as autoimmune disorders, to side effects from medications or treatments. Most typically, however, the cause of hair loss is a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Due to the decrease in self-esteem that is often closely associated with hair loss, people who experience it will often seek treatments and procedures like scalp micropigmentation (SMP) that either camouflage the appearance of thinning hair or regrow lost hair.


In such instances, people experiencing hair loss may enlist the help of professionals to perform a hair transplant. Hair transplants have improved over many years, using new technologies developed to achieve better, more natural-looking results. One procedure – follicular unit extraction, or FUE – requires removing a full hair follicle from a healthy “donor” area and relocating it to an area where follicles are dead or dormant. This helps stimulate growth.

Scalp Micropigmentation Cover Scars


Follicular Unit Transplant

With another medical technique – follicular unit transplant, or FUT – parts of the scalp where hair follicles are still active are removed before the follicles can be harvested. These strips are then placed in areas where the hair has stopped growing. Both techniques can give clients the look they are longing for.

Although many patients have achieved the results they desired in terms of hair density and coverage, some individuals can experience scarring from these invasive procedures. Most often, this scarring is a result of the FUT procedure and is located in the donor area where strips were taken from. However, even with FUE procedures, scarring can occur. Though it’s not as obvious, it may still be a concern for patients. A skilled physician will undoubtedly do their best to ensure that scars can be well hidden by remaining hair at the donor site, but there is always the risk of noticeable scarring. Thankfully, for patients who are unsatisfied with their results due to scarring, there are solutions available.

Individuals may opt to have scalp micro pigmentation to help cover up or reduce the look of the scar. SMP is a process comparable to tattooing, in which pigments are injected underneath the scalp in the shape of tiny dots resembling hair follicles. These large deposits of pigment are deposited in a way to achieve the most natural look for the client. Many clients even choose to go through with this procedure before doing the more invasive hair transplant procedures. Another benefit to SMP is that it will give the look of thicker, fuller hair. When done correctly, this procedure can have the finished look of a buzz cut.

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Scalp Micropigmentation Cover Scars

Factors To Consider

Camouflage Scars

When it comes to using the SMP process to camouflage scars, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. The process used to cover a scar may differ from the methods used to cover areas of hair loss caused by alopecia or pattern baldness. This is because of the differences in skin types. In terms of scars, the skin is generally thicker due to various layers of tissue. Compared to skin that is not scarred, scars will take to the pigmentation differently. Clients may have to do multiple sessions to ensure that the scar is covered and looks as natural as possible. The pigments will not only be added to the scar itself, but also to the surrounding area. In doing this, the scar is blended in with the rest of the scalp as well as the client’s natural hair pattern.

Cover Scarring

Scalp micropigmentation is a great option for clients to help cover scars and to add to the overall look of their new hair. Should you be looking to enhance the results of your hair transplant, to cover scarring following your hair restoration surgery, or to get answers to questions about SMP, contact Dr. Torgerson at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic: 647-351-0061.

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