Hey Dr Rassman. i hope your day is treating you well. As i am a frequent reader of this ever informative blog of yours a few questions have sparked my interest over the last week. It is in regard to the new micro pigmentation service NHI is offering. Now in the past i have noticed you were quite the skeptic about this type of procedure. I recall reading a few comments made by yourself which made me think they were: wouldn’t the scalp still shine? The lack of a ”sandpaper feel due to there being no actual stubble on the scalp and hair is 3 dimensional a tattoo is not.
However I was doing some thinking and this came to mind. If a patient were to come and request to have as many grafts that their doner supply would allow then have the tattooing procedure done in between those grafts and also had the scar camouflaged in the back of the scalp wouldn’t it be nearly impossible to tell the persons head of hair from a non balding person ? It would eliminate all of those issues i previously mentioned. Like for those individuals with high donor densities if someone had 10,000 grafts placed on their scalp then had the micro pigmentation procedure done i would think they would be able to get close to their juvenile hairline back and they would also be able to grow their hair out to probably a number 1 clipper with out it looking to odd. What are your thoughts on this ?
as I presently support the shaved head look but my hairloss is progressing i like the look i would just like more coverage. I have been on finasteride for 3 years when i first started it i was 20 and an early norwood three now my hair is really thin through out the top half of my scalp. I totally anticipate being completely bald by the time im 25 whether im on the medication or not.
Your scalp can shine with the oil that your scalp produces, so scalp micropigmentation (SMP) patients often use matting products available at cosmetic stores. There’s various brands of shine control lotions for the scalp, including HeadLube.
SMP has a use with some negatives and some positives. There is a natural symbiosis between hair transplants and SMP in some individuals. SMP is far less expensive than hair transplants, but you can not have it both ways (SMP in part with a limited hair transplant) unless the Master Plan takes into account what is happening to you now and later. There is a balance between SMP and hair transplants, but I can not give you an opinion over the internet.
It sounds like you need a Master Plan (I know I talk about that a lot), because you are changing with regard to your hair loss. Whatever you do, it should fit into the life plan; if you do go really bald, you’ll want to have a plan for what you’ll look like in the future if you make decisions about today’s problem. Come see me.