Is It Painful To Cover Scars With Scalp Micropigmentation?


Covering male pattern baldness or thinning hair by using scalp micropigmentation (the hair tattooing process) is one thing. That seems pretty easy and straightforward. But what if your problem is a little more complex?

If you’re among the thousands of individuals who have an area of non-hair growth on your scalp due to scarring, this information is for you.

Whether your scalp scar is the result of a hair transplant, medical surgery, an unfortunate accident, or a skin condition, you may have asked yourself if scalp micropigmentation is right for your situation. Is it painful? Will the ink hold on scar tissue? Is it a safe and effective way to cover your scalp scar? These are the common questions. We’ve addressed them below.

To answer the pain question first, everyone has a different pain threshold and therefore interprets pain differently. However, feedback from our own clients dictates that the pain is not really an issue and is similar to undergoing SMP on any other part of the scalp.

Pain and Different Types of Head Scars

FUE Surgery and PLUG Scars – Those who have undergone a follicle unit extraction surgery state their is no difference in pain threshold between treating virgin undamaged skin and FUE scars with SMP. This is due to the fact that the scars resulting from the FUE surgery are very small (1-2mm in circumference) and are spread out over a larger area of the scalp.

Strip Scars – Patients who have strip scars are a little bit different. Because the scar is one solid mass it has more density and is more fibrous than undamaged skin. Those who have had these scars pigmented have reported that the pain level is slightly more intense than on normal skin. Even with the slightly more sensitive scar tissue the pigmentation procedure is still fairly low on the pain scale. Therefore the ability to camouflage unsightly scars in a virtually painless manner puts the SMP procedure ahead of other techniques such as scar revisions and laser resurfacing. It is simply the best hair loss treatment out there.

Understanding the Risks and Precautions of Scar Tattooing

There are two types of scarring which cannot be treated by scalp micropigmentation, keloid and hypertrophic scarring.

Keloid Scars will continue to grow beyond the bounds of the original wound and remain raised above normal skin level. Because keloid scars are unpredictable, scalp micropigmentation may not be a solution and a test patch is highly recommended.

Hypertrophic Scars are red and raised above the skin but do not grow larger than the originally damaged area of the skin and eventually will flatten out and turn white. These two types of scarring are not able to be treated because of the risks of more scar tissue forming, infections and complications during the healing process.

Does Scar Tissue Hold Ink?

Getting scar tissue to hold ink is slightly more of a challenge than undamaged skin would be, but it is certainly achievable. The most optimal types of scars for SMP would be those which are flat and even with the surface of your skin. Other types of scars that work well with scalp micro pigmentation are older and smaller scars. The older the scar, the more it will be able to withstand the pigmentation process. The smaller the scar the better it will blend with the rest of your natural hair.

Regardless of the condition of your scalp SMP is the safest and best hair loss treatment available today. Our experts have achieved remarkable results with scarring and are available for private appointments to answer your questions and walk you through the process beforehand.

Thinking about seeking help for hair loss? Curious about the hair loss solution that’s right for you? Our hair loss restoration experts are available to answer your questions. Give us a call today. We’re ready to provide you with lasting solutions.

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Joshua Bakar

SMP Clinic of Australia’s owner and founder, Joshua Bakar had endured seven separate hair transplant procedures before discovering the growth of scalp micropigmentation and the need for a quality service in Australia.
Pulling together a highly trained team, SMP Clinic sets the bar for scalp micropigmentation, employing technicians with experience in the hair transplant industry, providing them with an unparalleled depth of knowledge to offer their clients.
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