There comes a time when you’ve exhausted your options for preserving your thinning hair, or replacing lost hair, and you just have to shave off what’s left. For some men, it’s no big deal, and a smooth, shiny scalp is just the next phase of their evolving look. But for other men, you may want to give the impression that you still have a hairline and stubble on your head. This is where scalp micropigmentation (SMP) comes in.
If you’re looking into scalp micropigmentation, you may have come across the term ‘tricopigmentation’. When deciding which treatment to go for in scalp micropigmentation vs tricopigmentation, it’s about durability and removal. But first, what are these treatments?
Scalp Micropigmentation Vs Tricopigmentation: Durability
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a permanent treatment for hair loss. The pigments are classed as permanent and the treatment is intended to be kept for the long-term with ‘touch up’ treatments only being required every 5 to 6 years or so. These touch-ups only take a couple of hours to perform, like a regular tattoo. Scalp Micropigmentation can also be removed if needed by one or two laser treatments, provided by a medical professional.
Scalp Tricopigmentation (STP) is a temporary option for those who maybe not ready to say “yes” to a permanent solution or who may be thinking about a surgical intervention later-on down the line. The inks used fade naturally after around 12 to 18 months.
Scalp Micropigmentation Vs Tricopigmentation:
Removal of STP pigments can be problematic than removing SMP pigments. STP inks cannot usually be removed with a laser, as they can get very hot and can burn the skin. Therefore, in most cases of STP you would need to be patient and let the inks fade over time. It’s can also be trickier to layer more STP pigment on top of fading STP ink as this can cause a solid, helmet-like appearance on the head; this can result if not performed by a leading surgeon such as Dr. Niteen Dhepe at the right time. Dr. Dhepe, however, has performed many SMP and STP procedures in his time as a hair loss expert, and you will be in the best hands.
As SMP is permanent, layering of pigments is not necessary and therefore the possibilities of this issue arising are cancelled out altogether. Therefore, if treating larger areas of the scalp for a full, shaved head look, SMP may be the wiser option.
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Results And Recovery
Although the results of tricopigmentation are considered permanent, the pigments will slowly fade over time, and you may need to come in for a touch up every two to five years. However, because of the unique pigments used in the process, your pigmentation won’t blur or turn green or blue as the ink fades.
Recovery time is minimal, with some patients returning to their regular activities the day after their procedure. You may experience redness and mild swelling, but this should only last one or two days.
At Skin City, we treat thousands of hair loss patients and have a deep understanding of each procedure, the pros and cons and who may be suitable for any given treatment. Dr. Dhepe and his team will consult with you at length to create a bespoke treatment plan for your individual and unique concern and only then will you both make the decision to proceed.
For more information about the costs and benefits of scalp micropigmentation and tricopigmentation, contact us today on +91-9890225577
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