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Since hair loss treatments are often aimed at regaining self-confidence, it can come across as counterintuitive for some to place their trust in corrective measures that result in discomfort and trauma. Scalp Micropigmentation Procedure (SMP) is fast becoming the preferred alternative to more invasive treatments like hair transplants as it avoids surgical procedures altogether as well as the extended recovery time often associated with such drastic methods. Already proven successful for addressing male pattern baldness, receding hairlines and hair thinning, SMP is also being used to alleviate the effects of Alopecia, hair transplant scarring and female hair loss. Below are answers to the three major questions that people may have surrounding the Scalp Micropigmentation Procedure.
An innovative mixture of science and art, SMP is a non-surgical procedure that involves the introduction of droplets of pigmentation under the scalp with the aim of giving it a “stippling” effect that matches the growth patterns of hair. The fact that it is, at its heart, a cosmetic tattoo technique may have been problematic ten or twenty years ago, but cultural attitudes have shifted considerably since then and acceptance of body art is now fairly widespread and mainstream. Whilst acknowledging that realism can only be taken so far, SMP professionals are confident that they have the best range of techniques suitable for the widest array of customers and situations.
In the hands of skilled practitioners, SMP has a wide range of uses that are both cosmetic and therapeutic. It has also led to the obsolescence of certain questionable methods and given new hope to those who may have otherwise given up on hair loss treatment altogether. As a result, SMP practitioners are treating a wide spectrum of problems that have their origins in botched procedures and unfulfilled promises. This means that SMP is quickly being seen as both a first and last resort – a situation for which it is eminently suited.
Skin is the largest human organ, but its topography differs, depending on where it is on the body. The skin tissue of the scalp is responsible for support much more hair than elsewhere and is therefore the site of a higher concentration of blood vessels and hair follicles. This delicate balance can be easily damaged which means that the SMP process needs to be done carefully and gradually by a trained professional. SMP technicians are not “miracle workers”, but they are immensely dedicated and proud of what they can achieve.
The initial challenge is to introduce the pigmentation below the epidermis (the outer skin layer) into the upper dermis below it, taking care not to incur any lasting damage. If the pigment is introduced to early, it will stay in the epidermis and leak out. If introduced too late, the pigment will dissolve into the body from this deeper position: in both cases, the process will be unsuccessful. Expert SMP technicians are adept at making visual and tactile calculations when dealing with scalps of differing thicknesses and conditions. Using a variety of pigments, each with differing levels of viscosity, they are able to achieve startingly realistic hair effects with amazing consistency. It’s a fairly lengthy process as both the patient and the practitioner need to take rest breaks, but the process is undertaken in a relaxed and reassuring atmosphere with meticulous attention to detail and under the most stringent hygiene conditions.
SMP applications and approaches can be adapted to many different scenarios. Alopecia sufferers may need to conceal bald spots that have different original hair patterns. Hair transplant scarring may also need specialist consultations. In all cases, the practitioner will consult closely with the patient in order to manage expectations and also to commit to multiple sessions until the desired results are achieved.
The first thing that most hair loss sufferers will notice about SMP is that, because it does not involve surgery, there is a much shorter recovery time involved. This is particularly welcome when the patient needs to resume their work/social life as soon as possible. There is also little or no upkeep involved: no tricky hairpieces with the potential for embarrassment, little risk of scarring and no need for extra medication. Of course, with SMP, you are fairly restricted style wise, but the number one close fade has been a male grooming staple for decades and is surprisingly versatile and always visually appealing.
Scalp Micropigmentation can be used in conjunction with natural hair growth. When hair starts to thin, the pigmentation droplets can be spread out over the whole head to maintain a perfectly natural look. Scar tissue left over from strip hair transplants tend to be lighter in colour than the natural skin and are therefore likely to be quite visible even through overgrowing hair. In this case SMP can act as a darkening agent and cosmetic concealer.
Versatility is therefore a big reason why SMP has achieved such a major breakthrough as a hair loss treatment. People need to feel in control of their bodies and SMP allows patients to be part of the process as it sets clear goals that are realistic and measurable. Even if the patient has to have multiple sessions, there is no stress put on the body or mind as the technician is able to interact, reassure and explain throughout the treatment.
Loss of hair has emotional as well as physical ramifications, but taking proactive steps to recovery are part of any healing process. Considering SMP can be the start of such a journey. Any reputable practice will offer a consultation and will be able to demonstrate their credentials and provide a price list. They will also offer guarantees for any treatment undertaken. The process is much less daunting than anything involving surgery and as SMP is become more popular, there is a growing online knowledge pool about the procedure which include case studies, testimonies and even celebrity endorsement. Combatting hair loss has never been so free of stigma.
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I used SMP Nationwide and had my full head treatment done for only £1495 and am so happy with the results. I was quoted very high prices by other companies.
It went very well very good staff fantastic job made me feel very comfortable through out the hole procedure thumbs up for all of them.
My experience with SMP Nationwide has been a memorable one. The team is highly professional. Everyone in the team are fantastic. Highly recommended.
In my own experience I can say that it is a Great place, these guys have an Excellent professionalism, the whole process is comfortable and step by step.
This is something I wish I would of done a long time ago. They are very professional. I would recommend anybody who is losing hair to go see them.
Getting SMP done from SMP Natiowide was literally the best decision I have ever made! I feel and look 10 years younger. I have my confidence back