Scalp Tattooing Toronto

Scalp Tattooing Toronto

The Future of Hair Transplant

Scalp tattooing, otherwise known as scalp micropigmentation (SMP), is a semi-permanent hair tattooing procedure that works to give the illusion of having hair in areas of the scalp that are bald. It is a great option for giving men a shaved head look instead of looking completely bald. Scalp tattooing can also add the appearance of density to thinning areas where a follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant may not be the best or most viable choice.

Scalp Tattooing Toronto

Scalp Tattooing Procedure

The Future of Hair Transplant

The scalp tattooing procedure is done by placing a hair-matched pigment less than 1 mm apart and using microdots that are smaller than 1 mm in size to give the illusion of hair follicles on the scalp. This gives the same appearance as a cleanly shaved head. This non-surgical scalp tattooing treatment is a great option for treating any level of hair loss and is also used in conjunction with any hair restoration procedure. It is important to look for a semi-permanent solution for your scalp tattooing, because the ink can fade or even change colour over time. We use a charcoal-based ink at the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic to alleviate this issue. This hair tattooing technique needs to be touched up only every couple of years, and it is also relatively inexpensive when compared to other possible treatments such as an FUE hair transplant. The inks used for a scalp-tattooing procedure are specifically designed for scalp tattooing and will not have the migration or colour change that you would typically see in a body art tattoo, because they are not placed at the same sub-dermal level of the skin. They will, however, need to be touched up every couple of years to hold the best appearance.

The scalp tattooing procedure works by tattooing into the epidermal and upper dermis of the scalp in a specific way so that it gives the appearance of a natural-looking hair follicle when it has been freshly shaven. It helps remove the colour contrast between the colour of the hair and the bald scalp and, therefore, creates an illusion of having hair in areas where there is none. This is the perfect treatment for patients who are at the most advanced stages of balding and therefore will not have the total amount of grafts necessary available in the donor area to be able to properly cover the entire area that has been affected by hair loss. This hair restoration treatment works well for male and female patients of every ethnicity as well. The colour used, the type of ink, and the angles and degrees that it is placed at will all need to be adapted so that they match the areas of hair that are being duplicated.

Scalp Tattooing

Advantages of Scalp Tattooing

Scalp tattooing is also used to camouflage scars on the scalp and areas of hair. Patients who have had the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method, or strip method, of hair transplant are great candidates for using this hair tattooing method to cover up the linear scar on the back of the head where the strip of scalp was removed to perform the hair transplant procedure. Some of these linear scars from this procedure can be very unsightly and can restrict patients from being able to wear their hair short. Scalp tattooing, on the other hand, will allow a patient the freedom to be able to wear a short hairstyle again.

The average human head will need roughly 2,000 microdots per square inch. Therefore, the process can take a few hours, and to make sure that it is done properly, it will take some time. The average scalp tattooing treatment will take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours per session. Most cases will require multiple sessions. The treatment itself is comparable to the pain level of any tattoo, but medication can in most cases be given to patients to help moderate the pain and ensure an enjoyable experience instead of a painful day.

Hair loss affects roughly 85% of the men and over 60% of the women across the world. Hair loss can be the cause of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and even severe depression. Having the best hair restoration options available is essential.

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How much will it cost?

The average cost of this scalp tattooing procedure will be determined by the level of hair loss that you have and how much work will be necessary to achieve an end result that not only you will be proud of, but that we too will be proud of. Most cases start at a base price of $3,500 + HST. This is the typical cost of doing a specific area of the scalp such as the entire back of the head or the entire top of the head. If a patient is looking to get an entire SMP procedure done, the cost will be closer to $7,000 + HST.

Some things to keep in mind before having this scalp tattooing procedure

  • Wash your head with a non-abrasive, gentle shampoo before your procedure. DON’T apply any gel, hairspray, powders, or fibres to your scalp before your treatment.
  • After washing your head, moisturize the skin with some form of skin moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Doing this will help the ink be absorbed properly.
  • Avoid sun tanning, sunburns, and peeling of the skin.
  • You can bring your phone or iPod to listen to music during the treatment. Phone calls are not allowed during the procedure. There will be breaks every hour so of the procedure.
  • Scalp preparation: Please do not shave your head with a razor during the 24 hours before the treatment. We advise that you shave the day before. It is very important that we see all native hair to be able to properly blend the hair follicles. Any redness, breakouts, or infection on the scalp will lead to your appointment being cancelled and rescheduled. (Hair tattooing procedure ONLY).

If you are suffering with any form of hair loss and are looking for answers as well as some great hair restoration options, please contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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