Hair loss can be difficult to stop once it starts, but that doesn’t mean you should hit pause. Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) treatments can be combined for a very natural look that doesn’t cost as much as a full hair replacement.
SMP and FUE combined treatments are now trending for men who want the most natural hair after hair restoration transplants.
Hair restoration methods like hair transplants offer to give you a full head of hair, but so many grafts can be very expensive, which is why scalp micropigmentation is used to add density. The combination of SMP and FUE procedures makes it easier to get your thickness back without a longer hair transplant procedure.
What is the SMP and FUE Combined Treatment?
SMP and FUE treatments combine the power of pigmentation (or tattooed follicles) with follicular unit extraction (FUE) transplant for additional thickness and appearance of natural hair growth. This latest treatment was developed by doctors who wanted to add even more detail after an FUE transplant.
Scalp micropigmentation uses the same technology as a tattoo needle to implant pigments on your scalp using a microneedle lightly.
The pigments look like small hair follicles or tiny dots under your skin, so it appears as though you have a buzz cut or aids in the appearance of thicker, natural hair.
Here’s what scalp micropigmentation looks like without FUE or FUT surgery.
FUE transplant implants healthy hair follicles into areas on your scalp that are thinning or completely bald. These hair follicles are grafted on through a rapid implantation process performed under local anesthetic.
FUE is more popular than its counterpart follicular unit transplant (FUT) because it doesn’t have the same scar at the back of the head. However, scalp micropigmentation can be used to drastically reduce the appearance of an hair transplant (FUT) scar.
SMP and FUE Combined Process
Doctors will first go through with the FUE process first, transplanting hair follicles to regrow your hair. After your scalp has healed, doctors will then access if you need additional scalp micropigmentation to fill in the gaps.
FUE typically takes 1 to 2 hours, and scalp micropigmentation can be performed 2 to 3 weeks following your FUE. The SMP process takes between 2 and 4 hours depending on how many pigments you need to fill in thinning areas.
Risks of SMP and FUE Combined
Before getting any procedure, you should check the doctor’s credentials and look at their before/after gallery first. What do reviews say on Google? It’s best to really analyze the doctor’s work before even going in for the consultation.
If you suspect that a doctor doesn’t have the right experience, then don’t move forward. Botched FUE transplants can be very horrendous and lead to permanent damage.
Overall, FUE is less risky than FUT because it doesn’t involve an invasive cutting of the scalp or an elongated scar.
There are also multiple transplant methods, including the Choi implanter pen that makes it very quick to implant follicles in an almost painless application.
There will be some pain after both the FUE and scalp micropigmentation procedure. Both require the use of needles, so there are some aftercare guidelines to follow to avoid infection and other problems.
Scalp Micropigmentation and FUE Pictures
When SMP and FUE combined treatments are done correctly, thicker, fuller hair is easy and natural to achieve. Here’s a look at the results from SMP and FUE combination treatments.