Hair loss is a problem world over and is known for being notoriously difficult to treat. Until recently your only viable options were foams, medications, hopes, prayers and unreliable transplants. Until now, that is. Scalp micropigmentation and FUE procedures combined are slowly but surely becoming the household way to effectively combat the devastation hair loss brings.
It’s pretty realistic to say that combining these two treatments isn’t for the faint-hearted amongst you. Yes, it takes time, and it’s also pretty expensive. But if you’re looking for the ultimate in hair restoration, this is the procedure for you.
If you’ve read any of our previous ramblings you’ll be aware that scalp micropigmentation, which is also known as SMP, is an innovative and contemporary treatment that conceals the problems hair loss creates. It works by a technician methodically implanting natural pigments in the form of tiny dots across the scalp. This is done using a handheld machine that’s been fitted with a microneedle and generally speaking, requires two to four SMP sessions to deem the procedure complete. But combined with FUE? What’s that all about?
So what exactly is FUE?
FUE is also known as a Follicular Unit Extraction. In essence, this is a hair transplant. However, it differs considerably from the traditional transplant in the sense that it isn’t taken from donor sites in strips for regrafting. Instead, independent groups of follicles are punched out of the scalp to be implanted onto the needy zones. The benefits of this form of transplant are that it won’t leave the recipient with linear scarring across the scalp and that it is also extremely quick and efficient. Generally speaking, FUE treatments are outpatient procedures and can be done under a local anesthetic. As a general rule of thumb, a benchmark for new hair growth is around the four to five-month period, post-procedure.
SMP and FUE – How are the Two Treatments Combined?
For anyone considering a combination of these two avant-garde treatments, your first course of action is the follicular unit extraction procedure. Once new hair growth begins, your SMP practitioner can make assessments for your scalp micropigmentation.
Generally speaking, treatment sessions for SMP will take anything from two to four hours and anything from as little as two sessions will be required. Aftercare guidelines must be adhered to to ensure the longevity of your SMP treatment but once completed, you’ll be sporting your maintenance-free look for years to come.
As mentioned above, combining the two treatments really isn’t for the faint-hearted. However, if you are after the cream of all hair restorations plus the cherry on the top of the cake, this is the ultimate way forward. It’s not quick, and it certainly isn’t the cheapest of options. But it is really worth it.
If you are interested in chatting further about your options or you’ve had a transplant and you’re looking to combine a scalp micropigmentation and FUE treatment then don’t hesitate to connect with us here at Scalp Season.