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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Discuss the increasingly popular Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) procedure here, including the advantages, disadvantages and possible long term effects.

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:50 PM
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The kind of patient that has too much hair would be one that might have less than original density but not enough loss to risk surgery. Diffused thinners generally can have surgery but I'm talking about diffused thinning that isn't really noticeable to anyone but the patient. It is difficult to explain but hopefully you get the idea.

I disagree about older guys shaving looking like old bald guys. If they are lazy and out of shape then even young guys will look old. If an older guy is in great shape then they can and do look good with a shaved head. You may disagree but I know old bald guys that are fit that look far better than fat lazy young guys with full heads of hair. In my opinion 80% of one's appearance relies on how one carries oneself, how they dress and how they behave.
I do not mean to say that a slick bald guy can't look good, and some women even like it. Hell, if I didn't have cvg I would wear a shaved head, but alas, I hate the wrinkled head look and feel that my loss throughout life will not be so significant that I couldn't keep up with HTs.

And when I say old, I'm not talking about 50, in talking about sixty and over. And yeah, it's better to be bald than a slob. But not everyone walking around is Bruce Willis. If I were a very high nw level with a normal head, I would skip the ht and go for the shaved look.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:46 AM
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Spanker and Joe,

I am buzzing my head with the lowest clipper for 3 years now , approximately from the time I started to notice that im balding. I always tell my cousins ( all of them nw5-6) to buzz their sides because it would look definately much younger and better look, so i agree with both of you.

However, I look at SMP as a good alternative for bald guys. Dont get get me wrong , im still not convinced to it , there are many unanswered things but besides from going to have a helmet head and high density , can one go for a more subtle and low density look , just to frame his face? Every one of us know that how important is to have a hairline. Could that be achieved?
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:21 AM
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One alternative for people can also be something like Hair Club For Men.

Not so much for azazelgs because he wants a buzz cut.

But if we are talking "worse case" scenarios,
personally I would try the Hair Club route again before I would shave it all off.

I tried Hair Club over a decade ago.
It looked great, but it just bothered me knowing it wasn't real.

But for me personally, the way my face & bone structure is I would do just about anything before I went with the "shave it all off" look.

So if a transplant was not possible....I'd probably be at Hair Club again.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:57 PM
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As bad as my hair looks I will not wear a hair system (or whatever you want to call it) again. I tried that years ago and felt even worse knowing I had fake hair.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:40 PM
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I agree it sucks knowing it's not real, but for me personally it would suck worse being completely bald. For me Hair Club would be the "lesser of two evils" because with the "all shaved off" look I would have the "cancer patient" look bigtime. Some guys can pull it off, but not me. Hopefully transplants will make those choices mute.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:47 AM
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Let me tell ya about my strategy with SMP , where I went wrong with it, and then why.

Here is the set up.

1) I've got an hairline like The Rock (except imagine it thinned and needy) the HT part of it unnatural and pointy, and then the sides, gentle and natural fades into faint side burns.

2) I looked and looked at SMP clinic pics. I hated SMP hairlines pure and simple.

3) but because I wasn't bald, but pluggy and empty areas hindered my attempt to buzz so I decided to combine my weedy hair and SMP

4) so I set out strict rules. NO TRESPASSING beyond the hairline!

5) I asked for the ink to be graduated so that it couldn't be seen as it approached the hairline.

"OK - I got it" is how I interpreted the answer to be.
But I was wrong, - the ink cannot be faded towards the front (or I was wrong twice, maybe it can, but my guy wouldn't or couldn't)

So, I am not a disaster, BUT, my hairline looks more pronounced, more ugly than ever, why? because, following my instructions , my guy, stopped just short of my hair line, and the ink, even if it is light, easily makes a stronger stamp than the hair. So even if one cannot tell it is fake, and I am an ink man, they will see a hairline even further back and more pronounced. I mean, I liked the ambiguity before. now I am marked, as it were! Of course pics would help, and I can't do that right now, but, I'm just saying.

Then there is the slight color blue, but I can deal with that, I think!!!

On the good side, At the right length, my crown and bald areas behind my temples, and some scarring has improved due to SMP,.cross-fingers (Perceptions do change!!)

Why i went wrong, a) I simply said, 'can you do x?' and believed. Again!!
b) fighting desperately for a last chance with da hair thing
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:58 AM
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ive contacted a few of those smp clinics, and they all seem shady to me....Jotronic is correct when saying they dont have the patients best intrest in mind...they are relying on people wanting deperately a fix for the problem.. How outrageous is almost 4000 dollars for a 6 hour tattoo procedure of dots??
I think the good part of SMP is covering the linear scar, reducing the contrast of hair and scalp...not the best solution but at least its not noticable..
im sure its hard for some to shave the head, but if your going to keep it short at a young age wait for HM....doctors NEVER say its not if its when so at least theres a light at the end of the tunnel....i woudnt trust those companies for a second
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:03 PM
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Scar,

I never knew you had done it. Have you done it recently ?? Where did you get it done?

If you don't want to discuss this on the forum , please pm me!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:17 PM
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azazelgs I've wondered if scalp tats could help "finish off" a hair transplant?

I notice some guys still use concealer on the crown after a transplant.

If a crown is still a bit thin even after a transplant, could a scalp tat after the transplant is fully grown in help give a better illusion of density....instead of having to use concealers?
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:48 AM
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I think alot of people might agree that smp works great in areas where hair is grown in and to camaflauge the scalp for the illusion of density...
you can see a difference by taking a frontal area with mildly thick hair which you can see some scalp, take an eyebrow pencil and just poke in some col;our...looking in the mirror you now appear thicker, because you cant see light coloured scalp in contrast with hair...as another option for some is dye the hair lighter to more match the scalp colour..not the ulitate solution but a good option.
in the crown it would prob work really well
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