There are several terms that are synonymous with micro-pigmentation: derma-pigmentation, (the permanent pigmentation of the dermis) cosmetic tattooing and permanent tattooing. They all mean the same thing. Micro-pigmentation is the process by which permanent make-up, (iron-oxide pigment) is tattooed onto a desired area of skin. Of course, scalp micro-pigmentation is applied to the scalp.
Looking for an ideal solution to thinning hair, pattern baldness, alopecia, and irregular hair loss? Then you might want to consider scalp micropigmentation, which is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide as an affordable alternative to hair transplants.
Micropigmentation is a non-invasive hair loss procedure that uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp, replicating hair follicles and restoring thinning hair to resemble its previous density.
Micropigmentation offers numerous benefits, including:
- It doesn’t require surgery. No surgical incisions are necessary, which means there’s no scarring and no risk of infection.
- It’s safe. Microneedling is performed under strict sterile conditions by specially-trained and certified hair restoration experts at MAXiM.
- It’s painless. A local anesthetic is used to numb the scalp during the procedure, so you won’t feel a thing.
- It’s a faster procedure. The whole process is completed in just a couple of sessions. That amounts to only a few hours. Also, because micropigmentation is non-invasive, healing time is limited to only a few days. In fact, most people who choose this procedure are back to work within two days. There are no dressings to change, or stitches to be concerned with. All that is needed is thorough cleaning in the following weeks.
- It’s affordable and cost-effective. Scalp micropigmentation is only a fraction of the cost when compared to hair transplants. And because it’s a permanent solution to hair loss, there is no need to waste money on ineffective tonics or shampoos. Neither do you need to spend a penny on post-procedural medications or care products.
- It looks more natural. Unlike scalp tattooing, which uses regular ink, scalp micropigmentation uses advanced medical grade pigment for a more natural look. The pigments are matched to both existing hair color, as well as skin tone, for the most realistic look achievable.
- It requires minimal maintenance. Right after the procedure, you can return to your daily activities. Plus, because there is no real hair, there is no need for expensive hair products, nor is there extra time wasted on styling.
- It’s longer lasting. Scalp micropigmentation provides a long-term solution for hair loss. The results – including color and strength – should last four to eight years at which point, you can undergo an enhancement procedure to restore any fading.
- It hides imperfections. If you have scars from a past injury or hair transplant, micropigmentation creates a bit of camouflage for these imperfections. It can also help to mask a receding hairline, making hair appear fuller.
At MAXiM, scalp micropigmentation can be fully customized to your individual needs, and your scalp and hair color. You can get the desired density and look, giving you the appearance of a full hair line. Plus, you’ll recognize immediate results following the first of two treatments.
Whatever is causing your hair loss, MAXiM Hair Restoration has hair transplant and plastic surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline for our clients every day. We have convenient locations throughout the United States in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area, as well as several international locations. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.
Whether you lose hair from your head, eyebrows, face, or otherwise, the results can be devastating, and even a little traumatic. Many individuals report feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem as a result of hair loss.
Fortunately, there are a variety of procedures available to help us return our hair to its prime state. While all of these procedures have their perks, they all have their downsides as well. Let’s compare the different types of hair restoration methods in Wilmette, Illinois. [Read more…]
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association eliminated the term “Gender Identity Disorder,” from its diagnostic manual, and reintroduced the more accepted term “Gender Dysphoria.” To clarify, people who have gender dysphoria are called transgender, and these people are defined as feeling discomfort that their gender identity doesn’t match their physical anatomy.
According to The New York Times, it is estimated that there are about 1.4 million transgender people living in the United States. Being transgender is more prevalent than ever, especially in children and adolescents. Awareness of transgender issues continues to grow, thanks in part to high-profile celebrities who’ve spoken out, like activist Jazz Jennings, Caitlyn Jenner, and Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox.
Gender dysphoria (GD), with the suffix phoria meaning a condition or state, is a condition in which there is a conflict between a person’s physical gender and the gender he or she identifies with. The mismatch between someone’s sex and gender identity can lead to distressing and uncomfortable feelings called “dysphoria.” When a child, adolescent, or even an adult experiences gender dysphoria, they often have feelings of dissatisfaction and anxiety, because they feel that they are essentially “stuck in the wrong body.”
However, not all transgender people suffer from feelings of gender dysphoria. These patients are identified as gender non-conforming. To better understand those with gender non-conformity/gender dysphoria, these individuals do not wish to be the opposite gender, they believe and insist, that they are in fact, that gender.
Being transgender means that a person’s gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex at birth. As transgender activist Jazz Jennings describes it, she is a girl trapped in a boy’s body. When these sex hormones are blocked, the body does not undergo the changes associated with the gender assigned at birth, which is the ultimate goal for those who are transgender.
What may surprise you, is that women produce testosterone as well. Women produce increased amounts of testosterone during puberty, in the ovaries and adrenal glands, while men produce testosterone in the testes. Research has shown, however, that testosterone production is substantially lower in women than it is in men, as women produce just a fraction of the amount of testosterone each day that men do. Levels of testosterone peak for women in their early 20s, and by the time a woman has reached menopause, she will have only about half (50 percent) of the testosterone she once had.
Testosterone is responsible for traits such as body hair, muscle mass, and strength. Men with low levels of testosterone might notice a reduction in these traits, while too much testosterone in women can cause these traits to be more pronounced. However, testosterone in women has many functions. It is important for bone strength and development of lean muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also contributes to overall sense of well-being and energy level. It is best known for its crucial role in a woman’s sex drive, or libido.
For male to female transition, they want to avoid growing facial hair for example, and vice versa, for female to male transition, they want to stop the growth of breasts.
Due to transitioning and hormones, trans people tend to be prone to hair loss. It is commonly believed that Male Pattern Baldness is caused by testosterone. In fact, hair loss for males, is actually caused by dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that is built out of testosterone by the actions of an enzyme called the 5-alpha reductase enzyme.
Among women, this enzyme is present only in very low levels (Low-T), which is why women don’t suffer from baldness as often as men do.
If you are transitioning from male to female, your 5-alpha enzyme levels will fall, so any hair loss thinning caused by dihydrotestosterone will immediately slow down. It is important to note, that however, other conditions or factors such as stress and genetics, can often be the cause of hair loss.
If you are transitioning from female to male, your risk of hair loss will increase. This is because your body will go through the equivalent of menopause, the amount of 5-alpha enzyme will increase in the body, along with testosterone, the reason also why some women’s hair starts to thin out. If males in your family your family are bald or starting balding at any early age, the chances are that you will experience the same susceptibility.
Hair transplantation can play a very important role, aesthetically and psychologically, for trans people. At Maxim Hair Restoration, we offer hair transplant procedures. We perform the following:
The Strip technique: We take a strip of hair from the back and sides of the head, called the donor area. This strip of hair, is then divided into little grafts or units of hair, specifically, one to three hair follicles on each. This is called the strip technique. Each follicular unit or graft is then implanted in the thinning and balding areas, known as recipient sites. Following the procedure, the donor area will have a scar, but it is covered by hair and not visible.
The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This procedure is a new and advanced technique that takes individual grafts or follicular units from the donor areas of the patient’s head, and transfers each graft individually to the needed sites. This technique does not leave any scars in the donor areas.
If you are unsure as to what is causing your hair loss, we recommend you consult a hair loss specialist for a personal assessment. Contact Maxim today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.
Thousands of people with hair loss problems have regained their self-esteem using scalpmicropigmentation. In fact, severalcelebrities like Quinton Fortune and Joey Lawrence have been rumored to have had scalp micropigmentation. But because of confidentiality, clinics do not discuss their clients’ cases. Scalp micropigmentation is a permanent and affordable solution to hair loss and balding. What is great about it is that it does not require any harsh medicines or complicated maintenance. The public only needs to have relevant and factual information about this exciting hair loss solution.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is also known as medical hairline tattoo. It is a non-surgical, transformative hair loss treatment using natural pigments which are applied to the scalp’s epidermis. The result imitates the natural appearance of hair follicles.
What Does Scalp Micropigmentation Do?
Imitate the look of a full head of hair.
Gives you a youthful appearance with natural-looking front and side hairline.
Conceals the signs of alopecia.
Conceals ugly scars from hair transplant.
Gives a fuller look to hair transplant.
When Should I Get Scalp Micropigmentation?
Are you feeling unattractive and old because of your thinning hair? Are you going bald and it is making you feel depressed and less confident? Have you spent a lot of money on hair regrow medications, wigs, and hair transplants? If you said “Yes!” to any or all of the above questions, scalp micropigmentation is right for you.
Scalp Micropigmentation is suitable for men and women and all types of hair loss. Whether you are Asian or American, student or professional, this treatment can give you a shaved hairstyle for a youthful, more attractive appearance.
How is Scalp Micropigmentation Done?
Scalp micropigmentation is a gradual process, usually 2-3 sessions that are spaced about a week apart. This makes the building up of color and density subtle and unnoticeable. Each session lasts for about 3-4 hours. The treatment uses various needle sizes, angles, penetration, and distribution. State-of- the-art pigment solutions are used to exactly match your natural hair color.
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Whatever stage of hair loss you are in, Maxim makes sure your expectations about your desired look is achieved. Our practitioners are experienced and have been praised internationally for their technique. It would be our honor to help restore your confidence and youthful look. Call us today for free estimates!
Scalp micropigmentation is an innovative way to solve baldness. It is the process of having tiny dots resembling a stubble tattooed on your scalp. It gives you a natural-looking buzz-cut hairstyle. It is preferred by many sufferers of hair loss because it is immediate and does not involve invasive measures and scarring.
Why Choose Scalp Pigmentation Over Other Solutions?
There are various ways to solve hair loss both in men and women like Regaine and Third Generation Follicular Unit Extraction transplants. But once you go totally bald, your choices are lesser. This is where scalp micropigmentation comes in. It gives you the appearance of some hair and the resemblance of a hairline. It also conceals hair transplant scars and make thinning hair look thicker.
How is it Done?
Scalp pigmentation is like normal tattooing but it does not penetrate the skin as deeply. It also keeps its color unlike tattoo ink. The hairline is chosen based on your face shape, but Hollywood Reporter divulged that the most requested scalps are that of Vin Diesel and Jamie Foxx.
After choosing the hairline shape, the practitioner adds tiny dots to your scalp. The procedure takes about 2-3 sessions with each session lasting 3 hours or more. It is a permanent treatment, but it can be reversed or adjusted once the rest of your hair turns grey.
Does Scalp Micropigmentation Hurt?
The treatment hurts less than the regular tattoo or a hair transplant since the needle does not penetrate as deeply. It is done using a digitally controlled machined with tinier needles than those used in typical tattoo procedures. Also, anesthetics can be applied, but most men can manage without.
Does it Work for Women?
It is a common misconception that only men suffer from thinning hair. But the truth is 5% of women also experience the same thing. Scalp micropigmentation can also be done on women. Micropigmentation makes balding areas less noticeable.
Where Should I Go for Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is currently offered in MAXiM Hair Restoration offices in New York City, Connecticut, Manila, and Dubai. We make sure that you achieve the most natural-looking hairline using custom-fit scalp micropigmentation treatment uniquely designed for you.
When most people first experience hair loss which could occur as early as one’s twenties, the routine reaction is to try over-the-counter solutions such as shampoos, gels, lotions, potions and other topical and oral solutions. As hair loss progresses, some people, particularly men, opt for hair pieces, wigs and hair systems which is now a declining trend and shrinking market. Men in the present generation simply do not prefer an artificial solution that looks like a toupee and one that requires ongoing maintenance and visits.
Recently, non-surgical solutions have emerged including, but not limited to, Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) which involves filling the thinning and balding areas with a pigment that matches your hair color. It requires two or three treatments and lasts about five years following which a re-touching procedure is necessary. This procedure is ideal for those who like to shave their hair thin. It enables them to disguise the bald and thinning spots.
Another solution is called MicroPoint which involves attaching strands of artificial hair to existing hair using a knot and locking them into place. However, since these strands fall off with hair due to natural attrition, the individual comes in every four to six weeks for additional strands much like getting a periodic hair cut. The positive element of this procedure is that there is no glue, no wigs, no hair pieces hair systems to purchase or maintain.
Over-the-counter and prescription topical and oral solutions such as Rogaine, Propecia and Minoxidil may help preserve existing hair but are not proven to consistently re-grow a meaningful amount of hair. These can be best utilized in tandem with hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation is generally the final step in the pursuit of a hair loss solution or treatment. A hair transplant procedure involves taking existing hair from the back and sides of the head (donor site) and transplanting this hair to the thinning and balding areas (recipient site). The hair in the donor site is genetically different from the hair in the recipient site and is resistant to DHT, the hormone that produces testosterone. On the other hand, the hair in the recipient sites is sensitive to DHT which is why it falls off. Among men who suffer from male pattern baldness, DHT levels tend to be higher than normal.
A hair transplant procedure is generally performed by a physician or surgeon with a surgical background and training. The conventional strip procedure, known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), entails taking a strip of hair from the donor site and dissecting the strip into individual grafts (micro grafts) containing one to three hair follicles and mini grafts which contain three to five hair follicles. These grafts are then implanted into the recipient site. There is a linear scar at the donor site that is only visible if one looks underneath the hair that covers it.
The more contemporary and increasing popular procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves taking micro grafts and mini grafts from the donor site and implanting them directly into the recipient site. There is no linear scar in the donor site but there is some scarring and thinning in the donor area.
While some people are fearful of surgery, hair transplantation is the only permanent and natural solution to hair loss. Apart from a follow-up visit or two, there is NO ongoing maintenance and no long-term visits. For those who want to preserve their existing, non-transplanted hair, the hair transplant surgeon can prescribe Rogaine or Propecia to preserve existing hair.
Recent advances in hair transplant technology have resulted in newer and more advanced options for hair restoration surgery including, stem cell hair restoration and combination procedures that combine FUE with SMP or other combinations including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), laser hair therapy and others.
Ultimately, the choice between a surgical solution for hair restoration and non-surgical treatments is yours. A consultation with a hair transplant surgeon could help tremendously. The decision depends upon your desire for a one-time, natural, permanent solution which is a hair transplant or a non-surgical, non-invasive solution that requires repeat visits and follow-up. A hair transplant may cost more on a one-time basis but may be more cost-effective long-term.
Robotic hair transplant technology represents the latest and greatest in hair transplant techniques and procedures available today.
This advanced technology uses robotic technology to harvest tissue from the donor area using very precise and accurate sensing technology to perform the procedure.
This robotic technology selects the most optimal donor hair and preserves the quality of the donor site. Unlike conventional hair transplant techniques, the donor area does not have a linear scar.
Furthermore, the latest upgrade in this technology, developed by Restoration Robotics, San Jose, California, is that the robot can now make recipient sites to receive the grafts and hair from the donor area. The robot’s advanced sensing technology makes these recipients sites at the same angle as surrounding hair follicles.
Robotic hair technology minimizes human error and fatigue during a hair transplant procedure which typically takes about eight hours. It enables the surgeon and technicians to focus on the quality of the procedure rather than speed. A medical team can get tired but a robot does not.
A robotic hair transplant is priced slightly higher than conventional hair restoration procedures such as follicular unit transplant (FUT), follicular unit extraction (FUE) and Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) as it requires the deployment of the robot, surgeon and hair technicians to perform the procedure.
Robotic hair transplantation is good for you if you care about precision, accuracy and no scar.
MAXIM is introducing robotic hair transplant procedures in New York City and Connecticut in the first quarter of 2015.
Visit MAXIM Hair Restoration to learn more about robotic hair transplant technology and schedule your FREE Consultation at our center or via Skype.
MAXIM Hair Restoration is a leading hair transplant company with locations in New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. and Manila, Philippines.
MAXIM specializes in performing MEGA sessions up to 4,000 grafts (up to 10K hair) in just one session. The vast majority of our doctors are certified plastic surgeons who have performed thousands of hair restoration and cosmetic surgery procedures on people from all over the world.
MAXIM is also in the process of introducing Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) in the first quarter of 2015 in New York City, Connecticut and Dubai followed by Abu Dhabi and Manila. Scalp Micropigmentation is ideal for those who shave their head and for those who wish to revise their hair transplant scars.
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