Hair loss happens the world over. And it is known for being a condition that’s notoriously difficult to treat – until now. Scalp micropigmentation and FUE procedures combined are now considered one of the most effective ways to combat the devastating effects hair loss brings.
Combining these two contemporary treatments isn’t for the faint-hearted. It is expensive and takes time. However, if you are looking for the very best in hair restoration, this is most certainly it.
If you’ve read any of our previous articles, or even just browsed through our website, you should be fully versed on how scalp micropigmentation functions. But to offer a brief recap, SMP is an avant-garde aesthetics procedure which masks the devastation hair loss causes. It works by a technician implanting natural pigments underneath your skin’s outer layer in a series of tiny dots. Once healed, the implanted dots resemble hair follicles that work seamlessly with your complexion to provide a look resembling a closely shaved buzz-cut.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE?
A follicular unit extraction is another word for a hair transplant. Yet it is crucial to note that FUE transplants are not the same as the traditional strip harvesting follicular unit transplant (also known as FUT) procedure. Instead of strips of hair being taken and implanted onto the needy sites, small groups of follicles are extracted and implanted onto the donor site. And again, to use a comparison between the close counterpart, wherewith FUT the scars left can resemble the traditional hedgerow type of marking, with FUE it leaves nigh-on unnoticeable pockmarks where the follicles have been punched out.
Anyone who receives follicular unit extraction treatment can expect a rapid out-patient procedure which is generally performed under a local anesthetic. New hair growth happens post-treatment at around the four or five-month mark as a general rule of thumb.
FUE is becoming increasingly popular amongst the hair-loss community and is slowly taking over from the alternative FUT procedure. It is significantly less invasive and recovery is much quicker. But the real positive of this cutting-edge treatment has to be the diminished blemish damage it leaves should hair loss continue post-procedure.
Combining FUE & SMP – What are the Guidelines?
If you are considering combining these two treatments, the first procedure is the follicular unit extraction. Once new growth is established then assessments can be made to estimate your SMP requirements.
A single session of scalp micropigmentation usually lasts between two to four hours and anything from two to four SMP sessions is a good benchmark to work from. Thereafter, there are aftercare routines to respect and once these have been adhered to, you will be maintenance-free until top-ups are required. This will be roughly three to five years post-procedure.
If you are curious to know more about combining scalp micropigmentation and FUE treatments for a hair loss solution then don’t hesitate to reach out to us right here and see how we can help you.