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Hairline Tattoos – Everything You Need to Know

So, you’re noticing that your hair is getting a little thinner, or your hairline is a bit farther back than it used to be, and you’re wondering the best way to correct the issue. With so many different methods from surgery to medication, it’s hard to know the treatment that would best suit you.

With around two-thirds of men seeing their hair thinner by age 35, around 85% by age 50, you are certainly not alone. One treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is Hairline Tattoos, also known as Scalp Micropigmentation.

This technique creates the illusion of fuller hair through the use of tattoos on the scalp. It also works to cover scars or hair loss due to alopecia and is also an option for women experiencing thinning of the hair.

Hairline Tattoos for a Clean Hairline

If you currently have a receding hairline and are used to wearing the shaved head, a hairline tattoo will blend in perfectly with the stubble that naturally grows on your head. How? A trained technician uses a microneedle, which is much smaller than a regular tattoo needle, to recreate the look of hair follicles by injecting pigment into the scalp.

When creating the hairline tattoo, the technician only goes down two levels of skin as opposed to a regular tattoo which goes through five layers. It is done this way to keep it looking more natural by preventing the ink from spreading and losing its shape.

The color will be matched carefully to your natural hair color with some strands a shade darker to create the illusion of a shadow and make the appearance more three-dimensional.

Most patients need to go for two to three sessions depending on the severity of the hair loss.

What is the process of Scalp Micropigmentation?

If you are thinking that Scalp Micropigmentation may be the solution you have been hoping for, you, of course, are going to want to make sure you have the best in the field to do the procedure. It is very important to do your research and find a fully certified Scalp Micropigmentation expert who has had plenty of training and experience. Here is what you can expect once you have found an experienced practitioner.

  • First session: You will meet with the practitioner for an initial consultation to go over your options and figure out the style that will work best for you. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
  • First treatment: This usually takes around 3-4 hours and creates the foundation for your new look. The technician uses an advanced computer-controlled system to guarantee that the ink is applied consistently across the scalp.
  • Second treatment: Done at least six days later to be sure that the first treatment of ink has settled. This treatment is when the technician will fill in all the minor details and usually does not take as much time as the first treatment.
  • Third treatment: Normally a third treatment is not needed unless you are wanting to go darker.

What to Expect after a Hairline Tattoo

There are very little side effects from having Scalp Micropigmentation done. Most just experience some redness and scabbing and do not need to take time from work.

You should not wash or touch your scalp and avoid activities which may cause sweating for four days after treatment.

The redness is normally gone in two to three days and the entire healing process within about seven days. The pigments usually take about a month to settle in.

We hope this will be helpful for making your decision on how to conquer your hair loss. If you’d like to find out more about the process, reach out to one of our team members today.

Hair Loss Causes and Treatments in New Jersey
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Hair Loss Causes and Treatments

Let’s face it, hair loss is a sore subject for those who suffer from it. It can change the way we feel about ourselves.

Treating hair loss is similar to solving any sort of problem. It is important to understand the problem before trying out a solution.

Hair Loss Causes and Misconceptions

There are many types of hair loss as well as many misconceptions when it comes to what causes them.

In this video, Debunked puts together an extensive list of hair loss types and puts to rest some popular misconceptions to why this hair loss happens.

Receding hairlines, bald spots on the top of the head, and thinning hair all fall under the name Androgenetic Alopecia or pattern hair loss.

As Debunked reports, having sex and high levels of testosterone DO NOT cause pattern hair loss.

The culprit in this scenario is actually a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is converted from testosterone, which is essential for growing body hair, developing muscle mass, and forming a deep voice.

Adversely, DHT is responsible for causing the shrinking of the hair follicles in the scalp which also causes this pattern hair loss.

This condition is generally hereditary and can come from mothers and fathers alike.

Another general misconception states that applying styling products to hair, washing hair often and even drying hair with a towel will cause a person to be susceptible to balding. These misconceptions are untrue.

While applying large amounts of product to hair without washing it out can cause damage to the hair shaft itself, the product is not making its way to the follicle. Even if the product was applied to the scalp and massaged in, it would not cause balding; however, applying the product to the scalp in this fashion could cause the scalp to be irritated and dry.

Washing hair every day does not cause balding either. The worst-case scenario is that you will damage the actual hair shaft itself by constantly, aggressively drying the hair with a towel. You could also cause the scalp to become dry and flaky. These conditions are easily treatable by switching to a milder shampoo, applying conditioner to the hair, and blow-drying hair in a continuous manner versus towel drying.

Stress and trauma also do not have an effect on pattern hair loss but could trigger an auto-immune disease called Alopecia Areata.

This form of Alopecia is responsible for hair loss in seemingly random circular patches on the scalp, face, and body. Little clinical evidence shows a connection to stress and Alopecia Areata hair loss. Some other factors to collectively consider include:

• Hormones
• Viruses
• Allergies
• Toxins

When these factors combine, they could trigger the disease. Thankfully, four out of five patients recover from Alopecia Areata with no signs of ever losing the hair in the first place.

It’s not to say stress doesn’t cause hair loss at all. In fact, stress and trauma can send our bodies into survival mode where the body shuts down non-essential processes for life which includes hair growth. Since hair growth is cyclical, if that cycle is disrupted, a large amount of shedding can occur which would give the appearance of hair loss.

What can be done about Hair Loss?

Now that we know what does and doesn’t cause hair loss, we can effectively treat the problem.

At Contemporary Hair Transplant, we don’t just care about our patients, we care about everyone who suffers from hair loss.

We treat hair loss in NJ with the latest equipment and technology as well as with the most qualified staff.

Our Board-certified plastic surgeon, Jaime Bastidas MD is well prepared to restore your hair. His team of hair technicians has over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation procedures.

We are experts at a number of hair loss treatments including surgical FUE and Strip Harvesting hair transplantation as well as non-surgical PRP hair loss treatment and Scalp Micropigmentation.

There is also our Hair Growth Power Pack that features a combination of low-level Laser light cap treatment, PRP, and topical Minoxidil.

Find out what your hair restoration options are.
Call 201-261-1772
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