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Hello to all.

 

This is my first post and I am gonna abuse it for a short introduction. If u don't want to read it, just start at the outlined part.

 

I am 21 years old, hair loss sufferer myself since the age of 16, started directly with Minoxidil and added Finasteride with the age of 17.5, which only slowed down my loss. Took Finasteride for 18 months, and then got rid of it due to sides, which I am unfortunately still suffering. Finasteride gave me strong penile fibrosis and aptopsis of the smooth muscle in my penis, and therefore I am on HRT now with Testosteron and DHT to stimulate the androgen receptors in my penis and to help them bild back the smooth muscles.

 

Therefore I have a severe sort of hair loss, although I just turned 21 I am a NW 4 with Vertex thinning. And the direction is clear - to a NW 7 as my dad is. So I am thinking about possible solutions, a hair transplant is not possible due to the bad donor, at least on my had, but I have some decent body hair, which may could help.

At the moment I buzz my hair down every 7 days to 0.8 mm. I am fine with that, with that buzz look, I realized and accpeted that I will never get back my full head of hair. But I'd like to rock that buzz cut look with a decent hair line - so here SMP jumps in.

 

After finishing my bachelors degree in about 14 months this would be the perfect time to do the procedure - and let's assume money does not play a role. ( I already saved some and could earn some more till then) So here you guys have to help me out - what could I do ?

 

I think the best possibility would be to set a very, very low density hair line like a NW 2.5 and to do the SMP in this area as well, so I get some sort of 3d effect through the hair transplant if someone touches my head, and the illiusional effect through the SMP. Does this make sense ?

 

I am open-minded for other solutions.

 

Thanks for your patience while reading this text.

 

Greets

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Hello to all.

 

This is my first post and I am gonna abuse it for a short introduction. If u don't want to read it, just start at the outlined part.

 

I am 21 years old, hair loss sufferer myself since the age of 16, started directly with Minoxidil and added Finasteride with the age of 17.5, which only slowed down my loss. Took Finasteride for 18 months, and then got rid of it due to sides, which I am unfortunately still suffering. Finasteride gave me strong penile fibrosis and aptopsis of the smooth muscle in my penis, and therefore I am on HRT now with Testosteron and DHT to stimulate the androgen receptors in my penis and to help them bild back the smooth muscles.

 

Therefore I have a severe sort of hair loss, although I just turned 21 I am a NW 4 with Vertex thinning. And the direction is clear - to a NW 7 as my dad is. So I am thinking about possible solutions, a hair transplant is not possible due to the bad donor, at least on my had, but I have some decent body hair, which may could help.

At the moment I buzz my hair down every 7 days to 0.8 mm. I am fine with that, with that buzz look, I realized and accpeted that I will never get back my full head of hair. But I'd like to rock that buzz cut look with a decent hair line - so here SMP jumps in.

 

After finishing my bachelors degree in about 14 months this would be the perfect time to do the procedure - and let's assume money does not play a role. ( I already saved some and could earn some more till then) So here you guys have to help me out - what could I do ?

 

I think the best possibility would be to set a very, very low density hair line like a NW 2.5 and to do the SMP in this area as well, so I get some sort of 3d effect through the hair transplant if someone touches my head, and the illiusional effect through the SMP. Does this make sense ?

 

I am open-minded for other solutions.

 

Thanks for your patience while reading this text.

 

Greets

 

I think you are ready to start a phone consult process and have a sit down with a rep. so they can answer all your questions for you more in depth. Have you checked out any virtual tools on a few different SMP sights that you can photo shop yourself with an SMP to see how you like it? Some of the sights let you play with hairlines, etc.! Best of luck!

I am the SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Shapiro Medical Group. Always feel free to message me privately with any additional questions you might have. I am trained in both the permanent and temporary pigmentation methods and am happy to be here to offer support as a neutral resource.

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Hey KRX

 

SMP can be a great solution for young guys starting to thin and lose their hair. I actually had my procedure when i was 22 (now 27). I had more hair at 22 so the smp acted as a thickener and added density, i was able to get away with a short buzzed "3d" look. As i lost more hair, it was an easy transition because i was able to fall back on the SMP that was already pigmented, meaning the only change was having to cut my hair a bit more frequently.

 

If you are to do SMP, i'd recommend staying close to your existing hair line (you can modify it a bit) and then using the pigmentation to add density throughout the rest of the scalp. For now youll be able to get away with a bit more growth than say a NW7 would, and if mother nature decided to take more hair, well youll have that SMP as a security and itll be an easy transition.

 

Photos will help, if you dont mind, share one of the front and top of head and ill be happy to take a look.

 

-Matt

I'm an SMP Practitioner and Educator with 5+ years in the industry. I wear the treatment proudly!

 

The Co-Founder and Lead Specialist at HeadStrong NY - a boutique SMP Clinic in NYC

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Thanks a lot for the nice words Home, much appreciated.

 

I think between Nicole and I, and the numerous SMP clients on here, there are some knowledgable voices that can help people thinking about SMP make an informed and educated decision!

 

-Matt

I'm an SMP Practitioner and Educator with 5+ years in the industry. I wear the treatment proudly!

 

The Co-Founder and Lead Specialist at HeadStrong NY - a boutique SMP Clinic in NYC

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hi I'm Daniel and I'm the owner of scalp aesthetics in Bethesda Maryland I've been doing scalp micro pigmentation for over 5 years now I do about 20 people a month full heads to top heads to scar camouflage if SMP is done properly the results can be amazing all of my clients are amazed the way their life is changed after the procedure which takes about three separate appointments to get the density you desire

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When you are doing research, think about color.

 

The color(s) of your skin. Your skin tone can make a huge difference even to most expertly applied SMP. When the providers say something like,...

 

"Don't worry, we can perfectly match our ink tone to your skin tone"

 

..be suspicious.

 

There are four kinds of SMP.

 

a) Black shade temp (?)

b) Color temp (Milena Versions, Nicole)

c) Black shade permanent* (HIS, NHI, etc. Matt? etc.)

d) Color permanent* (whole bunch)

 

* nothing stays the same forever

 

Operators and proprietors seem very sure of themselves but they are notorious for being vague about specifics such as color, ink ingredients and techniques they use.

They know ways to wiggle out of pesky questions like this so you must establish the color situation.

 

Black tones can look bad of pinky-white faces, especially if you have a rounded puffy face. The sharp contours of SMP can stand out, as does the tone mismatch.

Yet black can be erased with laser without complications if it is of a certain kind. Some colors do not take kindly to laser. See what I'm saying here - not to get you unnecessarily worried, but there are traps and these guys know how to spin it. They only have to once to get you in, and they do it for a living - bless their souls.

 

Sometimes they tell you they will match the color but they mean they will choose a shade of grey, because they have no colors.

 

On the other hand, color can be very tricky as some colors fade faster than others.

Black fades too.

 

Your skin tone could make of break the deal.

 

Your hair color is also important, not only to match the ink, but more importantly, if you have a low color contrast between skin and hair, you might be better off just shaving it (that is not to say you wouldn't be better shaving even if you didn't)

 

Think carefully about color

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i saw a guy with smp the other day on a bus, i bet he felt embarrassed he looked like a joke.

 

Perhaps he would be, but I'd be willing to bet he wouldn't always be. There would be hopeful moments mixed with vague uncertainty and downright self-disgust. It's a horrible place to be, and many of us have dwelt there for too long. Poor bugger.

 

So I'd love to know, what was the giveaway?? Can you tell us how you knew, the more detail, the better.

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sure, well the thing was. The hairline was to sharp even though he was of oriental appearance. He still had a "shine" to the top of his head, something i thought would diminish with SMP but it didnt. And it was much darker than his original hair, so tbh it stood out like a saw thumb, if he was just naturally bald with a shaved head, i mightn't of looked twice. Just my opinion.

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