Hair Loss — Scalp Micropigmentation
HAIR LOSS TREATMENT FOR MEN
Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment is a highly advanced, modern hair loss treatment for men that replicates real shaven hair follicles on the scalp. The illusion is so realistic that you actually believe you have hair, and so does everyone else. Get what style icons and celebrities are calling “The next male grooming must-have”.
The SMT hair loss treatment for men provides a solution for men suffering from general hair loss, various forms of alopecia or with scalp scars, including those as a result of hair transplant surgery. Of the solutions available, few are as immediate, permanent, realistic, hassle-free, non-invasive and cost-effective as this technique.
WHAT IS THE SMT HAIR LOSS TREATMENT FOR MEN?
Pigmentation of the scalp is a highly detailed process that creates an incredibly natural looking simulation of micro hairs. Our sophisticated scalp application is administered, usually over 2-3 sessions spaced about a week apart, to create what many are now calling the ultimate modern solution for hair loss.
For sufferers of regular hair loss or alopecia, scalp pigmentation offers an effective cosmetic hair loss solution. Competent application of the technique results in the appearance of a cropped hairstyle, regardless of your hair loss situation. Even clients who are completely bald can have a natural looking hairstyle again.
The technique involves no surgery, no scarring and no hair pieces. Very little ongoing maintenance is required, although many of our clients do return to our clinic from time to time following treatment to adapt their new style. Our consultations and treatments are backed by our unrivaled knowledge and experience of the Scalp Micropigmentation treatment process, and our client aftercare and support program.
WHAT CAN SCALP PIGMENTATION DO FOR YOU?
Scalp pigmentation has helped thousands of men worldwide to achieve a youthful, modern appearance, whatever the pattern or extent of their hair loss. It can:
- Create the appearance of a fuller, thicker head of hair
- Recreate a natural, more youthful frontal hairline and side profiles
- Permanently camouflage the symptoms of alopecia, however severe or recurrent
- Camouflage hair transplant scars from strip or surgery
- Hide birthmarks and accident-related scars or burns
- Work as a combination solution with a hair transplant to provide additional density
IS SCALP PIGMENTATION THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR YOU?
If you suffer from hair loss and have decided to take action, there is a huge range of solutions available, including hair systems, concealers, lotions, supplements and hair transplant surgery. The majority of our clients have tried a number of these solutions before they contact us, yet remain dissatisfied with the results they achieved.
We believe our scalp pigmentation, offers a solution that should be seriously considered versus other options such as hair transplant surgery, hair systems, concealers, lotions and drugs.
When choosing a solution for your hair loss problem, only you can decide what is the right option to take. Consider any maintenance commitments, how the solution may affect your lifestyle, what degree of intervention you’re willing to tolerate, and of course the cost before deciding one way or another, as your decision is one you will have to live with.
YOUR STYLE OPTIONS
One of the great advantages of scalp pigmentation is that your final appearance is completely flexible. SMT is the smart style for balding men and is as permanent as you want it to be, enabling you to have the clean, modern style you always wanted.
Many different styles are possible. During your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss your preferred style with our team, to ensure we have a thorough understanding of the look you would like to achieve. Of primary importance are the appearance of your recreated hairline and side profiles, the color and shade of your hair ‘follicles’ and how densely your new ‘follicles’ are placed.
Your frontal hairline and side profiles
The hairline is usually the first thing you see when you look at a person’s hair, therefore it is unsurprising that the first question we are often asked is “What will my frontal hairline and side profiles look like?”.
SMT provides total flexibility, enabling your practitioner to match your existing hair color and skin tone and simulate whatever hairline you desire. Choose from soft or defined, slightly receded or further forward, straight or widows peak. Your hairline can be as individual as you are, and will ultimately depend on your style preference, age, skin type and tolerance of change.
Your hair color and shade
All the pigments we use for our Scalp Pigmentation treatments are developed specifically to our own specification. Depending on your requirements, your practitioner will create a different pigment color to exactly match your remaining hair.
Whatever color you require, from medium and dark brown, to jet black and even red hair. We choose your pigments with a great deal of care to ensure a seamless finish from the treated area to your real hair.
Your hair follicle density
Although the ability to finely tune your hair density without the need for transplant donor hair may sound too good to be true, the SMT technique really does enable the client to leave thinning hair behind, and recreate the style you always wanted
How should you choose your new style?
By far the most important consideration when establishing what style to choose is the position, color and density of any ‘real’ hair you still have. If a natural appearance is your primary concern, we will usually recommend that we match your ‘real’ hair as closely as possible, including the position of your original hairline and side profiles. If
you are completely bald, there are many more options available as the treatment is not required to match with any existing hair.
It is important to remember that if your preferences change at a later date, perhaps as you get older and would prefer a slightly receded look, your style can be adapted accordingly.
Ultimately, it is our job to ensure you are satisfied with the outcome of your treatment. We are proud of our excellent client satisfaction record, achieved by providing each person who visits us with a totally personalized experience and treatment. If you want to do something about your thinning hair, but are unsure what hair density you require, please contact us, and we will work with you to tailor the perfect treatment for your individual circumstances.
HAIR TRANSPLANTS AND SCARS
SMT provides two solutions for hair transplant clients, to camouflage strip and scars created by hair restoration surgery, and to provide an illusion of greater density for those clients with insufficient donor hair
As our reputation has grown, we have found that more hair transplant patients would like to enhance their look. As a result, some of the worlds most respected hair restoration clinics now refer clients to us, either prior to, or following a hair transplant procedure.
WHY A HAIR TRANSPLANT ISN’T ALWAYS ENOUGH
Hair transplants usually work because the hair being transplanted is more resilient than the hair that is lost, and is therefore more likely to remain on the scalp for an extended period of time.
One of the main reasons why clients are unable to create the effect they are looking for, is because they have insufficient donor hair to cover the balding area. This is especially common amongst those with more advanced hair loss.
A large proportion of hair transplant patients have enough donor hair for a transplant, but not enough for a perfect finish. The result is often disappointing, with less density than the patient would desire. A thin covering of transplanted hair could also mean that scars caused by hair transplant surgery are poorly concealed.
Although hair transplant techniques have undoubtedly improved in recent years and cause less scarring than they used to. All transplant clients are still left with permanent scarring following their procedure.
Treatment successfully camouflages a hair transplant scar allowing men to be able to cut any remaining hair very short without worrying about their scars being exposed or visually noticeable.
Traditional hair transplant surgery involves the removal of a strip of skin complete with the follicles from the donor area at the back of the head, leaving a hair transplant scar across the back of the scalp.
Although developments in treatments such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) have reduced the extent of scarring in some patients, many people find themselves in a position where their transplant scars cause them more anxiety than their hair loss did in the first place. SMT can be used to effectively camouflage these types of scars.
In addition, not all individuals are suitable for hair transplants as participants require sufficient donor hair from the back of their head. Used in conjunction with SMT, less donor hair is required, meaning more people could potentially become suitable for a hair transplant treatment if they desire. Each micro hair is individually crafted to perfectly replicate a working follicle, providing not only a darker scalp, but the real illusion of thicker, fuller hair.
Every client is different, and so is every hair transplant scar. To discuss your own requirements please feel free to contact us.
While the disease itself is not damaging to the person’s health, coping with alopecia hair loss can prove challenging. Although the symptoms may be temporary for some, for others the condition may last a lifetime
Traditional treatment options for alopecia sufferers do not always work, or work as well as expected, and any benefit is usually temporary. However, a permanent solution to hide the effects of alopecia now exists, and it is helping those affected to regain their confidence.
WHAT IS ALOPECIA?
Alopecia is defined as a hair loss disease that affects men, women and children. The onset of hair loss is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent. Prior to Scalp Pigmentation there was no real alopecia treatment available.
Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack the hair follicles, and is linked to stress and anxiety disorders.
Alopecia in children is not uncommon. It is often a sign they are under some form of stress. The stress could be due to an accident or even being bullied at school. Any sign of hair loss should be seen by a consultant who can look into the causes. Children are quick to react and the onset of alopecia could be sudden.
Prevalence figures show that alopecia affects approximately 1.7 percent of the population, with both men and women being equally affected. About 25% of alopecia sufferers have a family history of the disorder.
SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION CAN BE USED TO TREAT ALOPECIA
For many sufferers, an alopecia treatment like Scalp Micropigmentation will be greatly welcomed. SM is a suitable alopecia treatment for all skin types, including white, black, Asian and oriental skin tones, and can help with all types of alopecia related hair loss. SMT is a highly advanced process, during which tiny deposits of special pigment are placed within the upper dermis of the skin. When applied by a skilled practitioner, these deposits accurately replicate real shaven hair follicles, and together provide an indistinguishable illusion of a real head of hair.
This treatment is safe, effective and permanent, and causes no damage to your hair follicles to ensure that your real hair has every opportunity to grow back in the future.
Our clinic offers all its clients a comprehensive 6 month guarantee for total peace of mind
Deciding whether or not to undergo any type of treatment is a massive decision. We fully support and encourage our clients desire to gather as much information as possible about the technique and our service, before making this decision.
For this reason, we agree that it is important for those considering treatment to understand our guarantee
WHAT DOES YOUR 6 MONTH GUARANTEE COVER?
Fading or lightening of the treated area between sessions is a normal and expected part of the process. A few days after each session your skin will heal itself and start to exfoliate. In some cases, this may result in small scabs containing SMT pigment falling off the scalp. The exfoliation process causes each replicated follicle to appear smaller and lighter. After each session, the resulting illusion will appear darker and denser, until the desired final look is achieved.
Short term fading usually ceases after 6-8 weeks, however in rare cases clients may experience minor fading after this period. Clients may notice minor flaws where (for example) the pigments have settled unevenly, however this is extremely rare.
Your 6 month guarantee covers any additional sessions needed as a result of longer term fading or flaw correction, and will therefore be provided free of charge.
All clients are provided with fixed costs prior to commencing their treatment.
During your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of how many treatment sessions you are likely to require. We use the term ‘estimate’, as different skin types accept our pigments in different ways, therefore it may become apparent during your treatment process that an additional session may be needed.
If additional sessions are required to deliver the style that was agreed, we will provide these sessions free of charge.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
Any adjustments to the style that was agreed upon during your consultation are chargeable, if additional treatment time is required. This includes changes to the frontal hairline, follicle shade and follicle density.
Normally, adjustments to the frontal hairline are made in the first two treatments. If you wish to change something about your new frontal hairline or to make a change to your temples, please do so with your practitioner during the first two sessions. Later sessions are set up to address differential fading and density matching and do not normally involve frontal hairline design. Changes to the hairline after the second session or after all treatments have finished are considered a new treatment and are billable.
WHEN DOES THE GUARANTEE PERIOD START?
The guarantee period of 6 months starts from the date of your first treatment session.
IS THERE A GUARANTEE PERIOD FOR A TOUCH-UP TREATMENT?
No. The touch-up is more of a quick session to address any uneven fading or density outside of the normal 6 month warranty period. It is a paid session that is not covered by the normal treatment guarantee.
WHAT ARE THE LEGALITIES REGARDING A TREATMENT?
Before each treatment, the client will discuss with the practitioner their session for that day, along with all changes that will take place to their scalp as they undergo SMT placement. The practitioner may make suggestions, but the ultimate decision lies with the client. Once the client has decided upon their treatment course, they will sign different documents stating that is indeed what they want. This ensures that the client’s wishes are met and that we provide them with the service they wanted.
SMT VERSUS THE ALTERNATIVES
Here we examine the reasons why scalp pigmentation is fast becoming the preferred hair loss solution for a growing number of men around the world
Over the last few years, as SMT has grown in popularity, the technique has gained the approval and respect of the industry as one of the most viable hair loss treatments for sufferers of all kinds of hair loss related to male pattern baldness and alopecia. Whereas previously the only real options for the hair loss sufferer were hair transplant surgery, hair systems, temporary concealers or pills such as Propecia, now
SMT offers a safe, non-invasive solution with permanent, guaranteed results. Many of our clients have already tried many traditional solutions and been dissatisfied with the results, and we are regularly informed by our clients that they “wish they had found us first”.
HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGERY
Of all hair loss treatments available before SMT, hair transplant surgery was the only guaranteed, ‘permanent’ hair
restoration solution and has become an internationally recognized procedure. A multi- million dollar business has grown as a result of this recognition, with hair transplant clinics around the world offering services to the general public.
Like all hair loss solutions, hair transplant surgery offers advantages and disadvantages. Hair transplant surgery is an invasive, surgical procedure which usually results in permanent scarring, a legacy to which many “strip method” veterans will testify
to. Even with more modern techniques such as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), scarring is still a virtually guaranteed and unwelcome consequence.
In addition, many hair transplant patients require the ongoing use of temporary concealers if the amount of donor hair available was insufficient. This can be exasperated as the person ages and further hair loss is experienced, resulting in a need for more concealers or further surgery.
A hair system, often referred to as a wig, hair unit or as a hair replacement system, is a temporary hair loss cover-up. On the plus
side, the effect created by a hair system is immediate and relatively easy to achieve. There are, however, downsides that many wearers of hair systems find difficult to live with.
Systems can be expensive to buy and usually involve significant ongoing costs. Many wearers also complain of poor hygiene, as the adhesives used do not allow the skin to breathe, and can make the skin smell unpleasant. The adhesives themselves can also cause significant skin irritation over time.
Hair systems also suffer from social stigma, resulting in secrecy and anxiety amongst many users.
While temporary concealers may seem to be one of the less obvious hair loss treatments, at least a quarter of our clients have tried
using one of these products to disguise their hair loss problem. While all temporary concealers claim to be unique in design, ultimately whether they are sprayed on, shaken on or brushed on, all temporary concealers cling to existing hair to make it appear thicker and fuller.
While we understand that temporary concealers may provide a suitable solution for some people, they can be very expensive to use over an extended period of time and only work if the user has sufficient hair remaining.
The use of concealers can restrict the users day to day activities, as some products can be washed, rained or rubbed off, often making the user feel more conscious of their hair loss rather than more confident.
On the plus side, temporary concealers provide a safe, immediate solution for many men, with a significant number of hair loss sufferers being able to integrate their use into everyday life fairly easily.
DRUGS AND TOPICAL TREATMENTS
While their effectiveness will always be a subject of much debate, drugs such as Finasteride (found in Propecia) and Minoxidil (found in Rogaine products) are known to produce side-effects. While most hair loss
sufferers could cope with an itchy scalp, however, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction are side effects more likely to discourage a user from taking these drugs.
There are other drugs and topical lotions available including Nanogen
Nanogaine and Procerin, the results of which are highly varied, depending on the individual. Certainly there has been a huge growth in the sale of topical shampoos and lotions in recent years. Products such as Revivogen, Alpecin and Nioxin are all marketed as solutions for hair loss, and some have even found their way onto the shelves of major supermarkets.
There are a significant number of people who claim to have experienced benefits using one of, or a combination of these treatments. Reports include a slowing of hair loss, a complete cessation, or even the thickening and increasing density of remaining hair. These solutions do not work for everyone however, and remember that once an area of your scalp is completely bald, no drug or lotion can make your hair grow back.
Drugs and topical lotions can be expensive if used for extended periods of time, and any benefits are usually quickly reversed if their use is discontinued. For the person who finds that these solutions do provide benefits, they must be prepared to continue using them over the long term.
IS SMT THE BEST SOLUTION?
As with all hair loss solutions, the most suitable treatment is the one which works best for the individual. No two people are the same, and the right solution for one may not necessarily be the right one for another.
It is up to the individual to compare each hair loss solution, considering the advantages and disadvantages, and make the decision that it right for them.
Of course, we are always on hand to offer guidance and support. Our general hair loss advice remains 100% unbiased, honest and free.
Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-invasive procedure requiring no anaesthetic, incisions or adhesives, involves nothing more than mild discomfort, leaves no scars and is perfectly adaptable should you experience further hair loss later on, or if your style preferences change.
It is also relatively easy for most people to fit their new style into everyday life. As the solution is permanent, ongoing maintenance is generally not required, unless the client chooses to return to the clinic to adapt their treatment.
At some point in the future, it is possible that you will want to adapt your treatment to suit your age or changing preferences. That’s why we developed SMT to be as flexible as you need it to be.
These changing requirements were inevitable when we developed SMT, so we created a treatment from the very beginning with this in mind.
Changing your pigment color
Altering the variety of pigment colors on your scalp to blend with your greying hair is straightforward, and may not necessarily require a removal procedure beforehand. Please ask your practitioner for more information.
A treatment for life
We all change as we get older. As time progresses, you may find that you’d prefer your hairline a little higher, your side profiles slightly receded or your pigment color to lighten. That super-slick style you chose in your 20′s or 30′s might not be so appropriate later on.
As you age, you’ll be able to change the way you look to suit your changing lifestyle.
Softening your hairline
Many of our younger clients request stylish, heavily defined frontal hairlines for a slick, modern look. Over time trends do change, and as the client gets older, they may wish for a more subtle appearance. “Breaking up” a hairline is straightforward and can be performed at any stage during or after the initial treatment, or even many years into the future.
Our hair clinic is the original innovator of SMT, developed as the stylish, permanent solution for male pattern baldness, alopecia, thinning hair and other forms of hair loss, as well as camouflage for all kinds of scalp scars.
SMT stands for Scalp Micropigmentation treatment, a specialized hair loss treatment that simulates the natural look of cropped hair, and effectively camouflages thinning hair and alopecia, and even total baldness and hair transplant scars.
A free consultation is the first stage of the process and is designed to provide you with information and answers to all your questions, prior to commencing treatment. The purpose of the consultation is to help plan your SMT treatment to suit your specific requirements….
No solution is right for everybody. However, for many people SMT provides the perfect solution for their hair loss or thinning hair. For our clients, the decision to leave their hair loss anxieties behind for good is often life changing.
How long will it take for my final SMT appearance to form?
A normal client depending upon balding or hair loss extent, will take two to five treatments to achieve their final appearance. The first treatment often places a very light application on the scalp to assess fading and density levels. The normal reaction from many clients is to assume that the SMT is too light and to be a bit nervous. However, this is a normal part of the treatment and allows the practitioners to better treat the scalp in later sessions. The second treatment adds the majority of the density to your new look. Treatments number three or later are usually for completing the look, addressing darkness matching or to even the density across the scalp.
What will my scalp look like immediately after a treatment?
The area of the scalp that has been treated will have some redness for between 2-5 days after treatment, although this tends to be less visible on those with darker skin tones. In addition, the pigmentation will be darker for up to 7 days after treatment, again depending on your skin tone. Thereafter, the pigmentation will appear to become lighter and softer as the pigment filled scabs begin to flake away.
Do the SMT dots look real?
In a normal healthy client, the SMT dots placed by a practitioner are often 90 to 170 Um (micrometers) in diameter. In comparison, a normal healthy human scalp hair is roughly 67 to 120 Um in diameter depending upon race. Although, there is a small delta between the SMT dots and real scalp hair diameters, the difference is so small that it cannot usually be noticed by the unaided eye. Most clients report that when someone enters their personal space or speaks to them from a very close distance (one foot away) they cannot detect the SMT treatment. Even close family members cannot usually tell where real scalp hair ends and the SMT treatment begins.
Why does the SMT in some photos appear ‘dotty’?
SMT is applied to the scalp by means of a pigmentation machine that carries pigment into the dermis by a rapidly moving needle. In response to having the epidermis and upper dermis punctured, the skin begins the normal healing and clotting processes. Immediately after a treatment, the scalp will be covered in hundreds of small pigment filled scabs, which is what is seen in many after photos. These scabs are often 400 to 800 micrometers across and far larger than the eventual SMT ‘dot’ will be. These scabs flake away in the first three to ten days and the body’s immune system also removes excess pigment caught in the healing wounds during the first three weeks. As this happens, it appears to the observer that the SMT dots are shrinking. When these processes complete, the final dots are often 90 to 170 Um in diameter and blend seamlessly into any natural hair.
Will my friends and family be able to know that I have had a treatment?
If you show your scalp within the first two or three days after a treatment, then the scalp will still often be slightly red and close relatives will notice. After the initial redness dies down and you have shaved your scalp by day four to ten, you will only be noticed if you made a major change from your previous hairline. One beneficial aspect of SMT treatment is the ability to create any hairline desired, including a more youthful and lower frontal hairline. However, the larger the difference between your pre-SMT and post-SMT appearance, the more likelihood that a close relative will notice. This is more true if they see you on a frequent basis obviously.
The vast majority of SMT clients often choose a slightly receding look to account for the future aging process and this allows them to fit right into their social scene often without being noticed. Many clients do receive comments such as, “you should let your hair grow out” or, “why did you always hide your hair under a hat”. Many clients also involve their family, friends or significant other in helping them to decide on their new appearance. Other clients prefer to keep their new more youthful appearance a secret. How long after a treatment will I notice fading?
The majority of fading will take place as the darker pigment filled scabs flake away from the epidermis in the first three to ten days. As excess pigment trapped in the epidermis is sloughed away, slower fading will continue in the first three to four weeks roughly. By about one month after any treatment, the pigments will begin to ‘set’, and thereafter, fading will be almost zero.
Will I need a touch up and if so, when?
Every individual is unique and this is not a question we can answer with any certainty. The microstructure of the dermal collagen network is coded in any individual by cell differentiation during their first sixteen weeks as an embryo, and is DNA and epigenetic specific. This collagen microstructure along with a client’s immune responses are the primary factors driving any pigment fading. A best guess would be that for a normal healthy client who uses the SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen when outside, and with a normal active lifestyle, a touch up could be expected about once every eight to fifteen years. Fortunately, if a touch up is needed, it will be charged at the hourly rate fee which is lower than initial treatment rate.
What is the best way to protect my SMT investment?
In the first ten days after any treatment and up to thirty days upon completion of all treatments, follow the after care instructions carefully. After that period, the best way to take care of SMT pigmentation is to use SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen when outside with the head uncovered. Swimming in a normal pool with chlorine is fine, but only 30 days after all treatments have been completed. Take care also to not subject the skin on your scalp to excessive pressure (from a too tight cap for example) or from any undue pressure that could place long term stress on your SMT pigments.
Will MHT be applied to areas where I may lose hair in the future?
During your consultation you will be asked where you would like your SMT treatments to be applied, obviously including any areas where hair loss may occur in the future. Once your treatments begin, SMT will be applied in a pattern which will also include any future hair loss. This is a very common request.
Are there any guidelines for my frontal hairline or temples?
Some clients prefer a very natural broken hairline at the front while others prefer a very defined and dark hairline. Even if a client wants a defined hairline, we often ask them to
try a more neutral less defined look during the first one or two treatments. This allows them to adjust to their new appearance and have more time to consider if they indeed prefer a really defined look.
Some clients also wish for drastically lowered frontal hairlines or temples. The standard rule here is three fingers above the eyebrows. Any frontal hairline lower than this and a client risks looking odd, especially as they age. One nice benefit of SMT is the ability to recreate almost any hairline desired, but our policy is to frown on any changes which make a client look noticeably fake or unnatural. After all, our reputation is on the line with every client who leaves one of our clinics.
I have done a fair amount of research and occasionally see a person with poorly performed or over done pigmentation. How can I avoid appearing fake or ‘grayed out’?
A few tips are essential to a natural and realistic SMT appearance. One is to not confuse SMT for real hair. Some clients try to go too dark after years of having little hair, but can quickly end up looking unrealistic. The better approach is to only go as dark as is needed for seamless blending into existing hairlines. Another common mistake is to seek a too defined frontal hairline. Because of the manner in which specific neurons in the V1 area of the occipital lobes of the brain fire, human vision is attuned to straight lines. A frontal hairline which is artificially straight will quickly attract an onlooker’s attention and be noticed. Finally, another important tip would be to avoid extreme dot density. A very small percentage of clients seek true perfection but in doing so, continue to have touch-ups during their warranty period when they are not even needed. For this group, it is easy to end up with an artificially dark scalp due to too many treatments. What is Body Dsymorphic Disorder (BDD) and how is it treated?
BDD is a psychiatric disorder and mental illness in which a patient believes they suffer from some physical defect to their appearance which hinders their ability to lead life normally or perform regular daily functions. The risk is greatest in those who suffer from appearance changing conditions (such as cystic acne, eczema, weight gain, etc…) shortly after puberty begins. For some men, the stress acquired from early thinning or balding during their teen or college years can lead them to a BDD outlook. For this particular subset of men, even perfect SMT or beautiful shading and density of the SMT dots on their scalp will often not help to lift their mood. For this reason, we treat clients who may be suffering from BDD quite carefully and it is normal procedure to only treat the scalp with SMT until it returns to the shaved look of a normal and healthy Norwood I or II appearance. Clients who suffer from BDD and who continue to seek touch-ups and treatments beyond this healthy state may be denied further treatment. We reserve the right to deny treatment to any client who appears to be seeking unrealistic or unnatural results.
Are there any other important tips regarding appearance before I seek a consultation or begin my treatments?
One common misconception is the reflectivity of the shaved scalp. Even in men or women who have a very dense Norwood I level of hair growing from the scalp, if they shave their head with a razor blade down to the skin, they will appear bald at certain angles in harsh lighting that is directly overhead. This is a consequence of their scalp skin reflecting light away, and is also very dependent upon the type of matte lotion that
is worn. While SMT can offer an incredibly positive change to most clients, it is also important to begin treatments with a realistic expectation of what is possible.