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article imageScalp Micropigmentation on the rise as hair loss solution

By Alyssa Sellors     Jun 29, 2014 in Health
Hair loss is a major problem, causing many men in particular to feel badly about their appearances, but a permanent solution may give hope to many.
Statistically, the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is heredity, at 95 percent of all cases. According to the American Hair Loss Association, Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) accounts for over 95 percent of the cases in men with two-thirds of men experiencing some type of hair loss by the age of 35, and 85 percent of men experiencing significant hair thinning by the age of 50. And it’s not just men who suffer: 40 percent of all hair loss suffers are actually women.
While multiple treatment options exist, one particular method is becoming more and more popular among younger men: scalp Micropigmentation, formerly referred to as a hair tattoo or Micro Hair Tattoo (MHT). Scalp Micropigmentation is a permanent cosmetic tattoo that mimics the very short hairs of a closely shaven scalp, but this procedure is not performed in a traditional tattoo parlor and there are major differences from a traditional tattoo and Scalp Micropigmentation. While both terms refer to the same thing essentially, major differences exist in the skillset and background of the person performing the procedure, as it is a highly specialized process. Beyond the expertise of the provider, it is also very important that providers have the appropriate equipment and ability to replicate the illusion of hair on a scalp. Scalp Micropigmentation needles are typically triple clustered, very fine, and administered into the scalp at a more shallow depth than a traditional tattoo needle. A traditional tattoo artist may not be able to replicate this same illusion if they are skilled in this specific technique, so it is best to find a specialist provider specializing specifically in hair loss restoration methods.
So, why the sudden appeal of this relatively newer method? Well this method is the least invasive, comparatively inexpensive, and permanent, with guaranteed results. Scalp Micropigmentation is targeted more toward younger men who wear buzz cuts, but older men can also benefit. Celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel and Pitbull have also been known to use the method.
Depending on the current status of your hair, you can look into other treatment options or preventative methods, both of which have pros and cons of their own. Some of the more common non-invasive treatment and preventative options include Rogaine, a topical solution applied to the scalp to regrow hair and prevent further loss, Propecia, a prescription strength drug known to slow hair loss in men, and laser light therapy, a procedure that encourages protein synthesis needed for growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp to encourage hair growth. Other more invasive and expensive methods of treatment include hair grafting, or hair transplant, scalp reduction surgery, or the scar-less hair transplant. These procedures are for more severe hair loss but do have more lasting results for men who want to wear their hair short or longer.
Finding the right solution or preventative method for you widely depends on your current hair status, age, and genes, but it seems that Scalp Micropigmentation could be an ideal option for younger men who want to maintain the appearance of hair without the use of major invasive surgical procedures.
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