Hey, there are a whole bunch of people who suffer from hair loss. And if anyone asked us if there was a procedure that could restore our hair to its former glory, there are few that wouldn’t jump at the chance of going for it. Pattern baldness is infamously difficult to treat. Pills have some pretty appalling side effects. Topical creams are not known for their success rates. Follicular Unit Transplants can work but you need a decent number of healthy follicles, to begin with. So what does that leave you with? Maybe scalp micropigmentation and FUE together is the answer?
But can they work together, Scalp Micropigmentation and FUE, hand-in-hand, side-by-side, as a solution?
FUE, which is also known as Follicular Unit Extraction is a hair transplant method that takes groups of hair follicles that are healthy and unaffected by pattern baldness. These said healthy hair follicles are then transplanted, or grafted, onto the site where hair loss is occurring. In the ideal world, the graft will take hold and begin growing of its own accord.
The transplant itself isn’t the cheapest way to combat your hair loss, and if you combine FUE and scalp micropigmentation it becomes even more expensive. However, as a hair restoration solution, it’s pretty good, by anyone’s standards. But if you push the cost of FUE and SMP aside for a moment, what are the other reasons for considering this combined effort?
Candidates who opt for follicular unit extraction, generally speaking, are fully aware of the pros and cons. And one of the slight negatives, albeit temporary, of FUE is the hair often falls out immediately after the procedure owing to shock. This shock and hair loss can last for up to six months or more, but will (probably / possibly) regrow from that point onwards. Thereafter, new hair growth begins. Often, patients who are undergoing a transplant will opt for scalp micropigmentation alongside FUE as a stop-gap until regrowth begins.
Another reason for combining FUE and SMP is to add density. As mentioned above, hair transplants are not always guaranteed to give you the desired result. Often the donor site is already lacking so there’s just not that much to share around. FUE can also leave zones where the follicles are completely rejected by the grafts. The addition of scalp micropigmentation can enhance the transplant which results in the illusion of a fuller head of hair.
To move over to another a final subject, whilst Follicular Unit Extraction won’t leave the distinct fencepost type scarring that strip harvesting will, the only downside to FUE is it can leave round, punch mark type scars around the donor site. Scalp micropigmentation can work to conceal the said scars by blending into the skin the offending areas.
The upshot is that in essence, if you have got the budget and you’re willing to give it a try, Scalp Micropigmentation and FUE is a great solution for hair loss. It’s a restoration process that will pretty much be guaranteed to work, even if the transplanted follicles don’t actually take to the scalp as they should. However, it’s a big treatment and let’s be honest, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.