The Innovative Supplement to Hair Restoration Surgery
In recent years, technicians and artists have developed sophisticated scalp tattooing techniques that augment the appearance of thinning hair on the scalp. Originally developed to camouflage scalp scars and sparse hair areas for women female pattern hair loss, scalp micropigmentation has positive cosmetic benefits when combined with the treatment of both inherited hair loss and active scarring diseases of the scalp as well.
Micropigmentation is a tattooing technique that applies very small dots of permanent ink to the skin between hairs, over scar or completely bald skin. These small dots create the illusion of either more densely packed hair in the area or a shaved head with stubble. At Physicians' Hair Restoration Center in Houston, Dr. Puig is the best in the business, as well as an early adaptor of the technique.
Should You Consider Micropigmentation?
Micropigmentation has proven to be an effective tool for our Houston patients who have extreme hair loss and undesirable scarring from hair restoration surgery or scalp trauma. To date little has been published about the use of micro-pigmentation in patients with chronic Alopecia Areata (AA) or Active Scarring Scalp Diseases. Currently physicians have little to offer a patient with scarring inflammatory disease of the scalp for cosmesis during the active phase of their disease. Micropigmentation is proving to be helpful for these patients, who are severely affected by their hair loss.
Benefits of Micropigmentation
Micropigmentation comes with very little risks, but it has many benefits to offer, including:
- No downtime
- Safe pigments are used during scalp micropigmentation
- Skin recovers quickly
- Discomfort avoided with local and/or topical anesthesia
Houston Micropigmentation Doctor
Dr. Puig conducted a small pilot study, that reports on the quantitative changes in inflammatory reaction seen in scalp biopsies taken pre and post scalp micro-pigmentation in women with active scarring scalp diseases and chronic Alopecia Areata. Although the number of cases in the study is small, the micro-pigmentation does not appear to increase the inflammation or affect the medical therapies.
To date little has been published about the early integration of scalp micro-pigmentation into the long term medical and surgical treatment planning for male patients with extreme hair loss, Norwood class 6 and 7 and patients with Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA). Here again Dr. Puig presented the first paper to demonstrate the benefits of the early integration of scalp micro-pigmentation into the long term treatment planning for these patients. Treatment plans that integrate micro-pigmentation early offer the opportunity to redistribute transplant the limited number of follicles into a more functional position on the scalp, and still create the illusion of density in the margins of the back and mid-scalp.