Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP)
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) replicates the look of real hair follicles and is the fastest growing cosmetic solution for male hair loss.
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MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is the most common hair loss issue affecting men. But Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) can instantly transform the way you look – making you appear, and even feel, younger.
Hair loss can happen on any part of the body for a variety of reasons, and can range from mild to severe. Male (and female) pattern hair loss is the loss of hair specifically from the head. In extreme forms of hair loss it happens all over the head and body.
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What is Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Male pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia), the most common type of hair loss in men, is a progressive thinning of the hair. It usually begins at the forehead, with the hairline gradually receding along the sides to form an ‘M’ shape. The remaining hair may become finer and shorter, with hair at the crown (back) of the head also beginning to thin.
The amount of hair loss is influenced by a man’s genetic make-up. In severe cases, the receding forehead hairline may extend to the crown, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides of the head.
Male pattern hair loss can happen in the following ways:
- Frontal hair loss: hair loss happens from the hairline at the forehead but not at the crown
- Vertex hair loss: hair loss happens at the crown but not the hairline at the forehead
Most men will have a combination of both types of hair loss.
What causes hair loss?
There are many different causes of hair loss including certain illnesses, stress from major surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal problems, fungal infections, side-effect of some medications, and scarring from burns.
Hair loss in patches, sudden hair loss, breaking of hair shafts or hair loss associated with redness, scaling or pain are likely to be caused by specific health conditions.
What causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?
While it is not completely understood why the hair follicles on men’s heads stop producing new hairs, the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is thought to play a part.
Testosterone is the most important androgen (male sex hormone) in men and is needed for normal reproductive and sexual function. Testosterone is important for the physical changes that happen during male puberty, such as development of the penis and testes, and for the features typical of adult men such as facial and body hair.
In the body, testosterone is converted to DHT by an enzyme (5-alpha reductase). DHT acts on different organs in the body including the hair follicles and cells in the prostate. For unknown reasons, hair follicles sometimes become more sensitive to DHT, leading to slower hair growth and weaker, shorter hair or sometimes hair stops growing completely. It is not clear why different hair follicles are affected at different times, making the balding process gradual, or why only hair on the scalp is affected.
How common is Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Most Australian men will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime. For men between the ages of 20 and 45 who start to lose scalp hair, it is most likely male pattern hair loss.
Myths about Male Pattern Hair Loss
Standing on your head lessens hair loss
The ‘blood-flow’ theory led to the myth of standing on your head to treat male pattern hair loss. While minoxidil is suspected to work, in part, by increasing blood flow to hair follicles, there is no evidence that standing on your head will stop hair loss or make hair regrow.
Hair loss comes from your Mother’s side of the family
There is a myth that hair loss is a genetic trait passed down from the mother’s side of the family. Genetics is the cause of male pattern hair loss, but a number of genes are responsible and they probably come from both parents. If there is a close relative with male pattern hair loss there is a higher risk of the condition.
Hair loss happens in men with high testosterone levels
Some men think they are losing their hair because they have higher levels of the male sex hormone testosterone. High levels of testosterone are not linked with hair loss.
Medicine of Cosmetics invites you to attend a free consultation to look at options for hair loss including our SMP technique.
Your initial consultation is the most important step of this procedure – results are always pleasing but getting it right from the start is how we achieve high quality and outstanding results. All our clients are invited to participate in a free consultation session at Medicine of Cosmetics – in most cases these consultations are conducted face to face, however for clients who are based in the country or interstate we are happy to arrange a face-time or Skype consult. This will be to determine the treatment plan for you and schedule your treatment time when suitable to travel to our Payneham Road, Royston Park location only 5 minutes out of Adelaide (45 minutes from the Airport).
During your consultation you have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, and advice will be provided that is specific to your own individual circumstances. It is important to note that your consultation is completely without obligation, and is conducted in a friendly, informal manner at our luxury medi-clinic.
The majority of treatments are completed within 2-3 sessions, however additional sessions may be required depending on your circumstances. All quotations are fixed, therefore if more sessions are needed than originally anticipated, no additional fee is payable.
SMP is a great option to disguise past scalp surgery, hair transplant and alopecia reduction scars and FUE scars.
SCAR TREATMENT & SCALP MICRO-PIGMENTATION
Many of our clients have acquired scars and skin blemishes during their lifetime that they wish to conceal. This includes Hair Transplant Strip method and FUE scars caused by hair restoration surgery, other surgical scars, accident-related scars and other imperfections such as burns or skin conditions. The latest technique of FUE surgery leaves white scar dots across the back donor area site – we can use our scalp micro-pigmentation tattoo to disguise these scars. Old strip method scars or alopecia reduction scars are very unsightly and are a dead give-away of hair transplant surgery – easily treated by us.
As the Scalp MicroPigmentation reputation has grown, we are finding more and more hair transplant patients are coming to us because they’re interested in using SMP – either to enhance their hair transplant results by using SMP to increase their hair density, or for hair transplant scar camouflage and repair to their donor areas.
SMP is a suitable complementary solution for hair transplant clients in two ways: to camouflage strip and FUE (follicular unit extraction) scars left by hair restoration surgery, and to provide an illusion of greater density for those clients with insufficient donor hair.
SMP is proving increasingly popular for such clients because sometimes a hair transplant isn’t always enough.
Many hair transplant patients have enough donor hair for a transplant, but not quite enough to provide a perfect finish. This means that the result can be disappointing, with less density than the patient had hoped for. Any scars caused by hair transplant surgery will also be poorly concealed with just a thin covering of transplanted hair.
SMP can also help conceal past surgical scars. Although hair transplant techniques do now cause less scarring than they used to, partly thanks to the widespread use of less invasive FUE techniques, all transplant clients are still left with some degree of permanent scarring following their procedure.
SMP is now commonly used as a secondary, non-surgical treatment to camouflage these scars, making them far less visible than they previously were.