Scalp Micropigmentation Specialist

Pax Emmanuel, MD

Internist & Pain Management Specialist located in Malibu, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

More than 1 in 5 Americans experience hair loss every year. Unfortunately, the abundance of hair loss treatments available makes it difficult to know which one is best suited for you. At the Malibu, California, concierge practice of Pax Emmanuel, MD, the experienced medical team offers innovative scalp micropigmentation treatments that create the impression of more hair. Get in touch with the office today by phone or online to take control of your hair loss.

Scalp Micropigmentation Q & A

What are hair loss treatments?

Treatments for hair loss involve a mix of surgical and nonsurgical options that regrow lost hair, surgically replace it, or cosmetically compensate for it.

What is scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) refers to a cosmetic treatment that uses pigments directly on the scalp, similar to a tattoo, to give the appearance of hair.

Dr. Emmanuel uses microfine needles to create thousands of little impressions on the scalp, injecting pigment with each one. Think about it like the artistic process of stippling. The thousands of tiny dots of pigment create the illusion of hair or make spots of thinning hair appear denser.

Scalp micropigmentation can be used as a complement to hair restoration or to provide an alternative, nonsurgical solution.

Scalp micropigmentation can work on any of the following issues:

  • Spot baldness (or alopecia)
  • Density loss
  • Scar treatment
  • Hair transplant supplementation
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Women’s hair loss

Dr. Emmanuel starts by identifying the issue that scalp micropigmentation will address and then determines whether you’re a good candidate for the treatment.

Am I a candidate for scalp micropigmentation?

Dr. Emmanuel recommends that you consider scalp micropigmentation if you’ve recently or previously experienced hair loss. There are many hair loss treatments out there, but very few offer long-lasting and safe results.

You might be a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation if you have:

  • Receding hairline
  • Balding around the crown
  • Medicine or disease-related hair loss

Dr. Emmanuel recommends scalp micropigmentation if you’ve gone through cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, that have resulted in hair loss.

In other cases, scalp micropigmentation is useful in getting rid of transplant-related scalp scars or if you’ve experienced hair loss in a horseshoe-shaped Norwood 6 pattern.

How does scalp micropigmentation work?

Dr. Emmanuel first starts by determining your type of hair loss and whether scalp micropigmentation can deliver the results you want. Once you’ve been cleared for the treatment, you’ll discuss the style and color of hair you want him to create.  

From there, he’ll get you in for your first SMP session, where he’ll start to add pigment to the scalp. Dr. Emmanuel uses needles of different sizes, angles, penetration depths, pigment colors, and speeds to treat the area.

Most SMP treatments last anywhere from 6-10 hours, and need to be broken down into multiple sessions to allow your scalp to heal and to achieve your targeted density and darkness.

You should keep your scalp dry for five days after each session. After your scalp has had time to absorb the new pigment, you can schedule another appointment with Dr. Emmanuel to continue.

Learn more about how scalp micropigmentation can give you the look of brand new hair. Schedule an appointment with the office today by phone or by using the online booking tool.

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