Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Hair Transplant

Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Hair Transplant

Regardless of age, hair loss can be detrimental to your self-confidence. You try different products but often to no avail. Thanks to all the technological advancements, you can maintain your good looks even when you enter the old age bracket.

When looking for a long-lasting solution to hair loss, you come across two options – hair transplant and scalp micropigmentation.  But which one should you go for?

There has been a long-standing debate about which treatment is better. To settle things once and for all, we are going to weigh all the aspects of both procedures so you can make an informed decision.

The Procedures

Hair transplantation is a surgery that gives life-long results. Hair is weaved surgically in your scalp. As you might have already figured out, this invasive procedure can only be performed by a trained surgeon.

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical, semi-permanent treatment whereby a small amount of pigment is injected in the bald spots. The pigment gives only the illusion of real hair. Unlike a traditional tattoo, SMP is semi-permanent and requires touch-ups.

Duration and Results

Hair transplant typically requires a full day in the hospital. Depending on the size of the graft, the process takes about four to eight hours. However, you are recommended to spend the night in the hospital since the anesthesia takes time to wear off.

Transplanted hair falls out within two to three weeks and grows back after six to nine months. The end-result takes up to a year or so to become apparent. Also, the hair looks a bit synthetic and is difficult to maintain. So, if you are looking for speedy results and low maintenance, hair transplant is not for you.

With SMP, the process is a lot simpler. Each treatment is about one to three hours long, depending on how large area needs to be micropigmented. In about one to four weeks, the pigment sets into the skin giving a natural finish. And with only three appointments, you can see the final results.

The Pain

You don’t feel any pain during a hair transplant surgery because of the effects of local anesthesia. However, the next few days are painful and your doctor may prescribe you painkillers for it. It takes about three to five days for you to get back to your regular life.

SMP is a noninvasive technique. The amount of pain you feel depends on your threshold but it is much less painful than a hair transplant. You don’t need any time for recovery. Today you get SMP done; tomorrow you go back to work.

The Cost

Hair transplant is expensive costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Scalp micropigmentation is only about a hundred dollars. The tools, pigments, and practitioner’s fee are much less than that of a hair transplant.

The Verdict

Scalp micropigmentation is a clear winner. Make sure to book an appointment on time.

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