Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)
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Scalp micropigmentation is a generic term that refers to a minimally invasive treatment option for those who experience hair loss. It is a medical tattoo procedure that mimics the appearance of your natural hair. It is most often used in patients who want to create a shaved look, desire the appearance of a fuller, more dense look, or wish to decrease the visibility of existing scars from a previous strip-harvesting or follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure.
What is Tricopigmentation?
Tricopigmentation is the specific type of scalp micropigmentation that Arocha Hair Restoration offers. It is the most unique form of scalp micropigmentation in the industry and, in the opinion of Dr. Arocha, offers the safest and most realistic option for hair loss sufferers considering scalp micropigmentation of any kind. Tricopigmentation was invented in Milan, Italy by Milena Lardi of Beauty Medical S.R.I. She has over 20 years of permanent and semi-permanent makeup experienced and is considered to be a master instructor in the field. She developed tricopigmentation in order to offer a safer alternative to permanent scalp micropigmentation options that were available at the time. To date, tricopigmenation is the fastest growing scalp micropigmentation option in the world as it is currently being offered by over 65 hair restoration clinics worldwide. One of the trademarks of quality with the tricopigmenation procedure is that Milena Lardi insists that each and every practioner in the world is personally trained by her in order to preserve and maintain consistency. Dr. Arocha and his tricopigmentation technician personally traveled to Milan, Italy in order for them both to train with Milena. Now, they’ve brought tricopigmentation back to Texas and Arocha Hair Restoration is currently the only clinic in Texas that offers this fantastic hair loss option.
The pigments used in tricopigmentation are not typical tattoo inks but rather they are specialized semi-permanent makeup pigments that are manufactured to such high standards that they greatly surpass any requirements mandated by the FDA. They are manufactured in Europe which means they have to pass the much more stringent European guidelines for pigment manufacturing. They are hypoallergenic and contain no carcinogenic materials. Combined with the specialized tricopigmentation system which includes custom needles, machinery, as well as technique, the pigments will slowly fade over time. This means that you won’t have a blue or green scalp that is the result of some of the permanent forms of scalp micropigmentation. Results last for approximately two years or more depending on your characteristics and how consistent you are with the after care.
The most common procedures that can be carried out with tricopigmentation are the “stubble effect”, sometimes referred to as the “shaved effect” and the “density effect”. The stubble effect is ideal for those patients that may not have enough donor hair to achieve their goals and wish to have an option that still gives them the appearance of a full head of hair. Sufferers of extreme hair loss benefit greatly from this option. The density effect is for those paitents that may not have enough donor hair for additional density through surgical means or they just want to have a boost to their existing density so they don’t have to resort to hair loss concealers every day. Both options are very effective for the right candidate. In many cases, scar camouflage can also be performed in order to help scar tissue from previous hair restoration procedures to blend better into the scalp or to help allow for shorter hair cuts that would otherwise reveal the scar tissue.
Recovery time is minimal, with some patients returning to work the day following the procedure. Redness and moderate swelling typically last around one to two days. If you have tricopigmentation to treat a scar, the redness may persist for three or four days.
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About Dr. Bernardino A. Arocha
Bernardino A. Arocha, M.D. is the founder and president of Arocha Hair Restoration. He is a board certified hair restoration surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, with offices in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and New Orleans. He treats patients from across the globe. A Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and a member of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Arocha has performed more than 4,000 hair transplant procedures in his career.
To learn more about the tricopigmentation procedure, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Arocha, please contact us today.