Scalp micro-pigmentation, known most commonly as SMP, may be a new idea to many.
However, the process and technique was actually conceived as far back as 2002.
For many years, the process quietly transformed the lives of a small but growing number of men, although this revolutionary hair loss remedy remained very much the reserve of those ‘in the know’.
Operating from a single location in Birmingham, pioneers HIS Hair Clinic slowly developed and perfected the technique until it satisfied all the necessary requirements, and the amazing results that were seen could be reliably replicated every time. Finally, in 2008, what was then known as the Micro Hair Technique (MHT) was offered to the world.
Over the following years, HIS Hair Clinic opened 19 clinic locations spread across four continents, and treated more than 30,000 clients. Their clinic portfolio now includes some prestigious locations including Harley Street in London, Broadway in New York City and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Even some of their smaller clinics in cities such as Manchester, Houston and Toronto occupy some of the most exclusive offices available in the area.
The vast majority of HIS clients are men suffering with genetic hair loss, a condition for which there is no cure and previously, there had been no guaranteed solution.
Furthermore, SMP was adapted to offer real solutions to men with hair transplant scars, various forms of alopecia and many other skin conditions and imperfections, including scars from scalp reductions and neurosurgery, chemotherapy-related hair loss, seborrheic dermatitis and lichen planus.
In 2010, HIS Hair Clinic established a fully fledged training academy at their headquarters in Birmingham. However, such was the demand for this new facility that HIS Hair HQ was moved to larger premises on Hagley Road, at the edge of Birmingham city centre. All HIS Hair Clinic practitioners are now trained there, standardising quality and consistency across all HIS locations around the world.
What is scalp micropigmentation?
The name Micro Hair Technique was dropped and rebranded as scalp micropigmentation in 2011. This is now the standard terminology used across the industry around the world.
Derived from a combination of processes including semi-permanent makeup (SPMU), paramedical micropigmentation and artistic tattooing, scalp micropigmentation offers the only guaranteed solution for male hair loss.
The process itself requires the insertion of tiny pigment deposits within the upper dermis of the scalp. Achieved using a sophisticated needle-based treatment machine and applied by a highly skilled practitioner, each deposit is designed to replicate a single shaven hair follicle. When combined with several thousand other deposits, and effectively blended into the client’s remaining real hair, the result is a virtually undetectable illusion of a full head of hair.Each treatment is typically applied over two-four sessions, each lasting one to three hours.
The only option with guaranteed results
While other options like hair transplant surgery often fail to deliver the promised results, and drugs such as finasteride and minoxidil only work for the minority and in many cases, cause unacceptable side effects, SMP offers results that are not only guaranteed, but instantaneous too. The client enters the clinic without hair, and leaves a few hours later with the illusion of a full head of shaven hair. Unlike basic concealer products such as shake-on fibres and powders, or more sophisticated cover-ups like hair systems, a well-maintained SMP treatment is very unlikely to be detected.
The best solution for hair transplant scars
Scarring is an unfortuate consequence of hair transplant surgery. Although modern techniques have come a long way and scars are generally less obvious now, millions of men bear the hallmarks of outdated surgical procedures from times gone by. In general, the older the surgery, the more prevalent the scarring usually is. Even modern FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedures leave scars in both the donor and recipient sites, scars that in years to come, are likely to be more visible as the client continues to shed their hair.
SMP offers a great solution for those with hair transplant scars. Applied over two-four sessions, the scar is pigmented with replicated hair follicles to create the illusion of hair, and reduce the variance between the scar tissue and surrounding healthy hair. Even those who do not wish to shave their heads can achieve a degree of scar camouflage with SMP.
A new option for alopecia sufferers
As yet, we still have a very limited understanding of what causes the various forms of alopecia, and unfortunately there is no known cure. Treatment options do exist and include corticosteriod injections and ultraviolet light therapy, and even standard minoxidil lotions. However results are extremely unreliable, short-lived and in some cases the treatment schedule can be long and gruelling.
Alopecia has many forms, from patchy hair loss, referred to as alopecia areata, to full head hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia totalis. Other variations exist such as scarring alopecia, and also self-inflicted versions like traction alopecia and trichotillomania.
Fortunately with SMP, exactly which strain of alopecia you have is relatively inconsequential. It can be used to cover up all kinds of alopecia, and although it cannot be described as a cure, the symptoms are permanently hidden. In a way the battle is won, as alopecia itself is not a problem from a medical point of view. It is the loss of one’s hair that proves challenging to live with, and it is exactly this symptom that SMP is able to address so effectively.
Maintenance is much more simple than other solutions too – simply shave, moisturise and go. Compare this with temporary concealers, often requiring an hour or more in front of the bathroom mirror each morning, or the laborious upkeep of a modern hair system.
Clients are required to take precautions when in the sun. For most people, this requirement simply sits in line with regular sun protection advice – use a sunscreen when exposed to the sun for long periods, and reapply when necessary. SMP recipients can swim, run, work up a sweat in the gym and do not have to concern themselves with wind and rain, unlike those who use temporary concealers or hair systems.
A modern style for modern men
Years ago, the shaven style came with all manner of negative connotations. This is no longer the case, and the cropped look is as acceptable in the boardroom as it is anywhere else. Many of the world’s most successful businessmen, actors and career high-flyers shave their heads, and it is a look that many women find attractive. Just ask Jason Statham or Vin Diesel!
The ideal solution for balding Asian men
This modern replication of real hair perhaps suits Asian men best of all. The combination of typical skin tones, required pigment selection and the ability to use modern hairline and side profile styles means that SMP works incredibly well for Asian clients.
A number of options are available to suit clients’ individual requirements. For a sharp, modern, just-barbered look, choose a defined chiselled hairline. For a softer appearance, go for a broken and ultra-natural hairline. Want to look slightly thinned or receded? Or ultra-dense and dark? No problem. Literally anything is possible with SMP.
To learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation call HIS Hair Clinic on 0845 604 4618 or visit http://www.His HairClinic.com for details.