We at Ageless Forever are thrilled to be able to announce another new treatment at The Clinic COMING SOON! We will soon be offering Medical Scalp Micropigmentation (MSM), thanks to Specialist Simon Howser from the Medical Micropigmentation Group.
Simon will be based at the Clinic one to two days day per week, and we will be working together to offer a range of treatments for hair loss, whatever your individual needs. Read on to find out more and for details on how to book in for an initial consultation.
What is Medical Scalp Micropigmentation?
Medical Scalp Micropigmentation (MSM) is a form of Medical tattooing using a sophisticated permanent cosmetic machine, ultra-fine needles and Organic Pigments. By placing tiny pigmented dots into the epidermis of the scalp, it replicates follicles to add density to thinning hair, helping to camouflage the bare scalp or to give a shaved head appearance.
What can it help to treat?
SMP can be used to treat both male and female pattern hair loss. It is also very effective in trauma scar camouflage and surgical scar camouflage, as well as scarring Alopecia. It can also be used to camouflage areas of Alopecia Areata, and receding and thinning hair lines, including frontal hair diffusion in women.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation suitable for everybody?
SMP is suitable for both men and women and can be used in combination with other hair loss treatments, or as a stand-alone treatment.
It is also a good alternative when the patient either isn’t suitable for hair transplant surgery (FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction) due to lack of donor area, or doesn’t wish to have surgery.
SMP can also be used to cover the scars from hair transplants, and to add density to hair after PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy or Mesotherapy treatment.
Treatments tailored to your needs
As every person is unique, Simon listens to and creates a bespoke treatment plan for each of his clients, helping them to achieve the look they want.
I will also work with Simon to combine Micropigmentation with other hair loss treatments, including PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma), Professional hair growth supplements, and other nutritional advice. Where appropriate, I can also arrange patient referrals.
We are planning to run a monthly Hair Advice Clinic here at The Clinic to talk all things hair loss, and discuss all the treatment options available – watch this space!
Is SMP painful?
SMP usually does not require any anesthetic, (although there are options for both topical anesthetic creams and an injectable “block” from me if absolutely necessary). Previous patients have described it as a tickling feeling, with some slight ‘mosquito like’ stinging sensations. Many patients sit happily for a few hours if they have having full scalp coverage, and a quick break for a drink and a snack is all that is needed!
How long does treatment take?
This will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated. A full scalp treatment will usually require three or four treatments for example, each spaced around 7-14 days apart.
Is there any downtime?
You can go back to normal immediately after treatment. However, you should not wash your scalp for 3-4 days after treatment and for the rest of the following week you should only use a gentle shampoo (e.g. baby shampoo or Aveeno shampoo). This will help the pigment to set. We also advise against heavy sweating as would occur with Cardio, working out etc.
Any other side effects?
Very rarely some people report a slight headache following treatment, particularly if they are dehydrated or have had a lot of work around the temple area. Tylenol or Advil can be taken in such cases, although it is not usually necessary.
The scalp can feel itchy for the first few days post-treatment, as it heals, but it is important that you do NOT scratch, as this can impair the treatment and the ink may come away. Patting or applying a gentle thumb or finger pressure to relieve the itch is fine and usually relieves any itchy sensation.