Using SMP to Cover Hair Transplant Scars

What Is the Most Common Scarring?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is used as a general treatment for baldness as well as for treating specific skin conditions. But most commonly, SMP is used to cover any visible scarring from previous hair transplant procedures.

Even though hair transplant surgery has advanced a lot over the past few years, there can still be visible scarring associated with hair transplant procedures. There are ways to minimize this scarring effect, however.

Obviously, the type and severity of the scarring will vary based on the competency and type of hair transplant surgery. The most common types of hair transplant surgeries are FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (strip method).


What Are Some Alternatives for Treating Scars?

When the FUT procedure is used, it is most commonly called the strip method, because it will leave a visible linear scar in the donor area, usually located on the back of the head. In contrast, FUE scars are rarely visible because they are smaller than a millimetre. However, occasionally FUE scars are visible and do need to be treated using SMP.

Other types of scarring related to hair transplants are from previous hair transplant procedures such as hair plugs. Although these types of hair transplants are no longer being used, we still see patients who have scarring from when they had hair plug procedures to treat their hair loss decades ago.

There are some common treatments, which involve surgically altering the scars or using hair transplantation to fill in the scars. If the scar is indented, it is possible to use dermal fillers to fill in the area. Dermabrasion and fraxel laser treatments are also effective in repairing scars.

However, we feel that the most effective way to treat any scarring that is left from previous hair transplant methods is to use SMP treatments. There are a few ways that scalp micro pigmentation can be effective in treating scarring.

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What Should You Keep in Mind?

If you intend to cover your entire scalp and therefore camouflage the scars as part of that treatment, there are a few things to keep in mind. These include the experience of the technician and the size and shape of the scars on your head. If the scar tissue is flat, you do not need to worry about treating the scar with any of the other treatments that are intended more for the resurfacing of the scar.

You should also be aware that the pigmentation of the scar tissue is difficult to predict because the scar tissue itself is different and more irregular when compared to the regular skin. You will typically need to have several sessions, because the fading of the pigmentation will vary from person to person and commonly from scar to scar.

Most importantly, you need to have realistic expectations before you move forward with your full SMP camouflage treatment. Each scar is completely unique, as each person is different from the other. Therefore, it is important for you to choose the right SMP specialist.

So contact the Toronto Hair Transplant today to book your SMP procedure.

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