Micropigmentation or Hair Transplant Surgery?

Once upon a time if you were losing your hair and wanted to do something about it, you basically had one option: get a wig, or, even less natural-looking, a toupee. Happily, hair technology has moved on since then and two treatments have become the trusted choice for those facing baldness or alopecia: surgical hair transplants and the non-surgical approach of micropigmentation. But which one is best for solving your hair loss issues? In this latest Skalptec blog we’ll look at the pros and cons of both treatments to help you to make a choice.

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Micropigmentation: The Pros

Micropigmentation is having minuscule deposits of ink placed into the upper layers of skin on the scalp to give the appearance of a sleek, modern hairstyle. It has become hugely popular in recent years. This non-surgical approach to combating a receding hairline, alopecia camouflaging or baldness has become the trusted cure for thousands of men and women in the UK who are looking for an affordable solution to the confidence crushing issue of hair loss. But what are the advantages of this process? The main ones are;

  • It’s non-surgical – many people have a phobia of going under the knife and micropigmentation doesn’t require invasive surgical procedures, just a few sessions with a qualified technician. Micropigmentation will help to camouflage scarring from left after a hair transplant.
  • It’s largely pain-free – when carried our properly by an expert, the micropigmentation procedure is almost pain-free. Some may experience slight discomfort and there may be some irritation to the scalp while the implanted ink heals over but this soon fades
  • It’s affordable – hair transplants can be extremely expensive. The NHS website states that a hair transplant can cost up to £30,000. Micropigmentation treatments from Skalptec start at around just £500 – a hugely significant difference
  • It looks natural – many men and women when they start losing their hair take the decision to simply shave it all off and go for a sleek, tightly cropped look. This is just the look that micropigmentation gives you
  • It’s long-lasting – a treatment typically looks good for around four years
  • It’s flexible – it can cover a range of disorders such as scar camouflaging and a receding hairline and it can also treat problems that hair transplants cannot address, such as alopecia areata

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Micropigmentation: The Cons

Very few things in life are without their downsides or restrictions and this approach to combating hair loss is no different. The main drawbacks are;

  • Hair styles are limited – and if you are looking for Rapunzel-style flowing flocks, then this isn’t the way forward for you. That said a skilled technician can work the procedure to create a surprising array of looks
  • It isn’t permanent – it can fade and, ideally, needs to be re-done about once every four years for it to look its best. Permanence though is something a double-edged sword and is certainly something that people who have had surgical hair transplants complain about. You don’t necessarily want the same look for life and having the option of going natural can actually be seen as an advantage

Hair Transplants: The Pros

So, what about surgical hair transplants? What advantages do they offer the follically-challenged? Hair transplants have long been viewed as a radical solution – after all they do involve invasive surgery – though they do have advantages too, including:

  • A wide choice of hairstyles – within reason you can have what you like and hair length, again, within reason, isn’t too much of an issue
  • It ages with you – as you get older and go grey so will your grafted hair, it will lose its colour and fade to grey

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Hair Transplants: The Cons

There are, alas, quite a number of issues surrounding hair transplants; indeed, some of the main advantages, as we shall see, have significant downsides attached to them;

  • Cost – as we said above, a hair transplant can cost up to £30,000 depending on the clinic you use and the complexity of the procedure. This is obviously a prohibitive sum for many and while cheaper ones can be had, given this is a permanent solution, do you really want to take the risk of a botch job in order to save money?
  • Does it really look natural? A transplant will take you from bald to having a full head of hair almost overnight. The reactions to when the likes of Elton John and Wayne Rooney had theirs done was decidedly mixed, and the fact that their hair wasn’t natural was clear for all to see…
  • Its permanent – there’s no going back from this, well, there is but it’s expensive and painful, so you need to be 100% sure that it’s right for you
  • It’s a surgical procedure – you will have to be anaesthetised and you will have to undergo surgery. This can be a daunting thought for many and, as with any operation. There are risks associated with it such as excessive bleeding, infection and an allergic reaction to the hair being transplanted.  Unsightly hair transplant scars can remain after a bad hair transplant.
  • Potential side-effects – it’s common for hair transplantees to experience a tight, itchy scalp, scabbing and large hair transplant scars which can be hard to conceal
  • It’s not suitable for all – aside the cost and the idea of having surgery, this type of procedure isn’t suited to treating specific problems such as alopecia areata

Scalp Micropigmentation – Stylish, Popular, Non-Surgical, Safer & Easier

While both options have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s clear from the above that micropigmentation is safer, less complex, cheaper and far less of an undertaking than a hair transplant. If you are looking for a full head of long, flowing hair then a hair transplant is the way to go – it’s more affordable. But if you simply want to achieve a stylish, modern, clean look that will effectively mask your hair loss issues, then micropigmentation stands head (and shoulders) above a hair transplant.

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Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution when it comes to men and women who have to deal with losing their hair. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for men and women:

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If you need help take your first step and talk to us. We have achieved recognition and awards for SMP over the years and we can provide the best possible experience. You can find Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

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We hope we’ve given you a little more insight into how a micropigmentation procedure from Skalptec can help you. If you would like to know more, or you’d like to arrange a preliminary consultation with one of our expert scalp technicians, then please get in touch. You can call us on 0845 625 0025, email us by clicking here or simply complete the short contact form here and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.