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What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation is considered one of the most effective non-surgical procedures available to patients who have experienced hair loss or thinning hair. This particular procedure is especially effective in addressing hair loss or thinning hair inpatients who prefer to keep their head shaved or their hair cut to a very short length. This is because the procedure is designed to mimic or replicate the closely shorn hair follicles that are often colloquially known as a “five o’clock shadow.”

This non-surgical procedure is viewed as a long-term solution for addressing hair loss or thinning hair, as the results of the process will last for several years. Patients who choose to undergo the scalp micropigmentation procedure often find that the replicated follicles maintain their color strength for up to eight years, at which point any fading of the follicles can be easily addressed through a touch-up procedure. It is necessary to clarify that the natural fading that occurs does not result in any kind of discoloration; the color only becomes lighter, and this process does not typically begin until four years after the original procedure.

Patients who wish to cover up a visible scar on their scalp can do so through a Scalp Micropigmentation procedure, and it is sometimes the case that a patient who has previously undergone a Follicular Unit Transplant will opt for a Scalp Micropigmentationprocedure so they have the ability to keep their hair cut short. The procedure itself involves depositing a pigment at a shallow depth within the scalp, which is done with a digitally controlled device specifically designed to replicate the patient’s individual hair follicles. The result is a natural-looking, long-term, and non-surgical solution to a patient’s thinning hair or hair loss.

What Is MicroPoint Hair Restoration?

A MicroPoint hair restoration is one of the many non-surgical hair restoration procedures available to patients who have experienced thinning hair or hair loss. The MicroPoint procedure is similar to many other weaving procedures in which synthetic hair is attached to the patient’s existing hair follicles, thereby achieving greater volume and coverage. The artificial follicles are secured to the patient’s existing hair follicles via a knot, which is why there are several notable limitations associated with this specific procedure.

Although MicroPoint procedures might hold some appeal with patients seeking a non-surgical option that does not require the use of an adhesive, MicroPoint procedures do require a fairly rigorous upkeep schedule in which the process is repeated once every four to six weeks or so. This is because the artificial hair follicles fall out when the patient’s existing hair follicles fall out, a process that occurs naturally in all areas of the scalp and not just the areas in which the thinning hair or hair loss has occurred.

As a result, the MicroPoint procedure, like many of the other weaving procedures available, is considered a temporary solution to the issues associated with thinning hair and hair loss. As a non-surgical procedure that delivers immediate results, there are many patients who find the MicroPoint procedure to be appealing. Others prefer to select a procedure that represents a long-term solution to hair loss or thinning hair, which is why it is always worthwhile for patients to consult a hair restoration expert in order to explore the full range of options that may be available to them.

Which Hair Restoration Products Work?

There are quite a few hair restoration products available on the market today, and many of these products make fairly extraordinary claims regarding the extent to which an individual’s hair loss or thinning hair can be addressed through the use of one of these hair restoration products. Consumers who view these products with a healthy dose of skepticism certainly have reason for doing so, as few products are capable of producing the kinds of results promised in the marketing materials. The predisposition to skepticism is not always beneficial, however, as there are indeed products capable of living up to the promises made to the set of consumers affected by hair loss or thinning hair.

There are only two products clinically proven to have an effect on hair loss or thinning hair: Propecia and Rogaine. In both cases, the use of these products does not stimulate the growth of new hair; instead, Propecia and Rogaine are effective in combating the loss or thinning of hair the patient already possesses. These products are effective when used on an individual basis, but it is worth noting that there is ample evidence that the simultaneous use of both Rogaine and Propecia has a synergistic effect that yields even greater results for patients experiencing hair loss or thinning hair.

Propecia is an oral medication available via prescription, and it is able to the loss of hair by blocking DHT, also known as dihydrotestosterone, which is the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness. In essence, Propecia protects the follicles most vulnerable to DHT, thereby preventing any further loss of hair. Rogaine is a topical solution available over the counter, and it protects hair follicles from the miniaturization process that occurs due to the effects of DHT. This is why the combined use of these two products delivers improved results when compared to either one being used on its own.

While Propecia and Rogaine are the only products capable of having a positive effect that contributes to the prevention of hair loss or thinning hair, there is a multitude of other surgical and non-surgical hair restoration procedures available to those currently experiencing some form of hair loss. Among the most effective non-surgical options available, patients may opt for a Scalp Micropigmentation procedure, a MicroPoint hair restoration procedure, a laser hair therapy session, along with several other options designed to address hair loss or thinning hair.

What Is Hair Weaving?

Weaving is a non-surgical hair restoration procedure in which real or synthetic hair fibers are attached to existing hair follicles or to the areas of the scalp affected by hair loss or thinning hair. Weaving procedures attach the synthetic or real hair fibers to the scalp or existing hair follicles through a variety of methods, and which method is ultimately utilized often depends on the hairstyle the patient is trying to achieve through the hair restoration process.

It is most often the case that weaving procedures can be completed without the use of adhesives, and a skilled specialist can indeed produce a natural-looking result with a weave. This requires that the weave is completed using synthetic hair fibers matching the specific characteristics of the patient’s natural hair, otherwise the presence of the weave will be almost painfully obvious to even the most casual of observers. The weaving method — as well as the manner in which the synthetic hair fibers are arranged and blended — will play an important role in whether or not the weave is indistinguishable from the patient’s naturally occurring hair.

Patients who ultimately opt for a weave as a solution to the hair loss or thinning hair they have thus far experienced typically prefer a non-surgical solution to a surgical one, or they may simply be looking for a temporary solution that delivers immediate results. While weaving procedures do result in an immediate solution, a weave is not a permanent solution and will require the patient to abide by several ongoing care procedures that are sometimes viewed as an inconvenience. It is therefore the case that patients must carefully weigh the potential benefits of a weaving procedure against the drawbacks and inherent limitations associated with a weave.

Limitations Of Hair Weaving

Weaving procedures are known for delivering an immediate — albeit temporary — solution intended to address the issues associated with hair loss or thinning hair. Weaving procedures are typically performed without any need for an adhesive, and there are a wide range of synthetic or real hair fiber options available to those who choose to address their hair loss or thinning hair in this way.

Since weaving is a non-surgical procedure, patients who wish to avoid even a minimally invasive surgical procedure might consider a weave when selecting a hair restoration option. When one considers the limitations associated with weaving procedures, however, even those who express a serious aversion to any kind of surgery might consider a course of action that actually involves a minimally invasive surgical procedure.

It is important to note that the aforementioned advantages associated with weaving procedures are often mitigated to a substantial degree by the limitations of these procedures. While many patients like the idea of an immediate solution, a weave requires quite a bit of regular upkeep and care, not to mention the need to undergo future weaving procedures. The impermanence of a weave is also worth noting, as individuals seeking a solution to hair loss or thinning hair overwhelmingly prefer a permanent solution as opposed to a temporary one.

Finally, weaving procedures are inherently limited by the type of hair fibers available. No matter how many different fibers might be available for patients to choose from, it is undeniably difficult to match synthetic hair fibers to naturally occurring fibers. Even the most skilled weaving specialists will find it difficult to blend synthetic fibers with the patient’s naturally growing hair follicles, which in turn limits the likelihood that a weave will be indistinguishable from the patient’s remaining natural hair.

What Is Better: Hair Transplant Or Weaving?

Men and women dealing with issues stemming from thinning hair or hair loss have a wide variety of options from which to choose, including several surgical and non-surgical options. Hair transplant procedures fall into the category of surgical options, while weaving procedures fall into the category of non-surgical options. It is quite common for patients to wonder which procedure is best for addressing their hair loss or thinning hair before deciding to undergo a surgical or non-surgical hair restoration procedure.

From an objective, results-oriented perspective, hair transplants are the better option between the two, particularly since a hair transplant delivers a permanent solution to hair loss or thinning hair in such way that the transplanted hair is indistinguishable from the patient’s naturally growing hair. Many weaving procedures also rely on the patient’s own hair, but it is often the case that synthetic hair materials must be utilized to ensure adequate coverage of the areas of the scalp affected by hair loss of thinning hair.

Patients seeking a natural-looking hairline through a hair restoration procedure are far more likely to achieve a positive outcome through the use of a surgical hair transplant procedure such as a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), also known as the Strip hair transplant procedure or a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), also known as the No Stitch, No Linear Scar Technique. Among the best surgical options, patients can select a minimally invasive procedure or a procedure requiring very little downtime, but it is always a sound idea to discuss the different choices available to a patient during the initial consultation process.

Of course, some patients may simply view a surgical procedure as a non-starter and will only select from the non-surgical options available to them. It is only in this circumstance that one can logically conclude that a weaving procedure is better than a surgical hair transplant procedure, but that does not necessarily mean that weaving procedures are the best option among the different non-surgical hair restoration procedures that are currently performed by hair restoration surgery specialists. Other non-surgical hair restoration procedures include Scalp Micropigmentation, and Laser Hair Therapy, among quite a few others.