Are you experiencing hair loss in Vancouver? Well you’re not alone.
Currently, 1 in 5 people experience some form of hair loss within their lives. As an experienced and in demand Scalp Micro Pigmentation artist in Vancouver BC, I consult with hundreds of young men every year, who are at various stages of hairloss. I have come to realize that hairloss is not an unusual thing, rather the normal thing.
However many who are looking for solutions regarding their hair loss, come to me to discuss and explore the miriad of treatments out there. The criteria usually surrounds solutions which are minimally invasive, effective, safe and has consistent results.
SMP when done correctly can look seamless
Scalp micro pigmentation is a treatment plan that always checks off all the boxes of what they’re looking for. But of course, knowing all of your options before commiting is crucial. Just as I recommend clients to conduct their own research about SMP and the SMP styles that speak to them, I also encourage clients to have an understanding of all hair loss solutions before making a final decision.
What Solutions are there for men experiencing hair loss?
To make things a bit easier in your research, I have compiled a plethora of treatments available. I will be highlighting the positives and negatives of every option in the hope of adding some clarity to what options are available in Vancouver for those experiencing hair loss.
In case you’re new to my blog, let me reintroduce myself. My name is Rob James. I am a skilled micropigmentation artist and owner of the Vancouver based clinic, Advanced Scalp. I complete hundreds of SMP procedures on a yearly basis with a proud list of satisfied clients. My SMP artistic style is ultra natural and subtle. I take pride in my work which starts with building an open conversation with my clients to ensure satisfaction. This is one of many blog posts in a series aiming to ease newcomers within the world of SMP.
Now that we’re acquainted, let’s jump into the different hair loss solutions available in Vancouver.
Topix and Hair Fibres
Many clients experiencing hair loss often opt for thickening topix and hair fibres. These are tiny, sticky fibres that you can apply to your scalp for the appearance of thicker hair.
Benefits of this hair loss solution include an easy application process and an aesthetically pleasing look. If your hair is thinning but you don’t want to go through an extensive treatment process, then hair fibres can be a solution that works for you.
With this being said, topix and hair fibres have some serious drawbacks that you should be aware of. One major drawback is that hair fibres are not a permanent solution. The hair fibres work great and look good on thinning hair up until your hair has simply become too thin to sport the fibres.
Another major inconvenience of hair fibres occurs when they get wet. When your fibres make contact with water, they become sticky and can drip onto your clothing. Not only does this compromise the aesthetics of your hair, but your clothing as well. This also means you need to be continuously conscious of weather and your overall environment. Rain, swimming and profuse sweating can all interfere with the practicality of the product.
Many of the clients I interact with often use hair topicals and drugs such as Finastride and Monoxidile. These can be used either in a topical treatment such as a foam, liquid or in the form of an oral medication. The benefits of topical treatments are supposed to include the promotion of new hair growth and prevention of continued hair loss.
How do these treatments work? Well, Finasteride (brand name Propecia) prevents hair loss by stopping your body from converting testosterone into DHT. Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) is a vasodilator. When applied to your scalp, it widens the blood vessels, facilitating the flow of blood to hair follicles. These products are often the most common among topical treatments as they produce the best results.
This being said, this hair solution can come with afair share of side effects.
Topical treatments are often expensive, and are not a one time use solution. You will need to continue to purchase topical treatments once you start in order to maintain any potential hair growth that may occur. If you do decide to pause your treatment for any reason, the results gained may quickly disappear.
Modern day hair systems, such as wigs have a very realistic look and are highly customizable. And can be a great alternative to not only have luscious hair once more, but to express yourself like never before with your appearance.
However, there are a few downsides that come along with using hair systems as your long term hair loss solution. Hair systems need to be replaced frequently. This makes the process time consuming, inconvenient and increasingly costly in the long run. To add to this, the glues used for the hair systems may also irritate the skin, making the process as a whole an uncomfortable experience.
The look of wigs also entails frequent maintenance and limited practicality. Your surrounding hair may grow out and your artificial hair will eventually fall out and begin to look tired.
Hair transplants are a surgical solution to hair loss, where hair is removed usually from the back of the head and surgically placed into other areas of the scalp.
Successful Hair Transplant
There are two main methods of follicle extraction. There is FUT harvesting, where a donor area of hair is extracted. This usually occurs in a linear strip. The donor area is then stitched often leaving a linear scar.
FUE harvesting on the other hand is a relatively newer method of extraction, where individual hairs are extracted from a wider ranging donor area and placed into the desired transplant area. Generally, this method is more costly and is said to leave less scaring than FUT harvesting.
However, from my professional experience as an SMP artist, FUE does leave scarring in the form of multiple hairless dimples or patches at the back of the scalp. I find that many people do end up satisfied with their hair transplants; but there is still a large number of individuals whose procedure did not produce the desired results.
Oftentimes, the transplanted hair just didn’t grow thick or abundant enough to keep it. Sometimes, the hair can grow at an unusual angle if not placed correctly, resulting in an unusual texture.
Other downsides to keep in mind of a hair transplant is the cost some transplants will be in excess of $20k. After the transplant itself, there is also a significantly long healing period.
Scalp micropigmentation is a safe, reliable and detailed cosmetic tattoo for your scalp. The goal of SMP is to perfectly mimic the appearance of hair follicles, helping you restore the look of a full head of shaved hair.
When done correctly, SMP assists in creating a number of realistic aesthetics. These include the illusion of shaved hair, reducing the contrast between hair and scalp in thinning hair, and scar concealment.
Yes that’s right, SMP actually helps to conceal the scars I mention often appear from FUE or FUT hair transplant. A highly skilled and experienced SMP artist can help to mask strip and plug scarring by blending the scar tissue with the surrounding healthy hair. Concealing scars left from hair transplants using SMP can help you further enhance the overall look you desire.
Compared to other mentioned hair loss solutions, SMP is 100% safe and effective, low maintenance and cost effective. Unlike solutions such as hair transplants, there is no downtime between your SMP appointment and recovery. SMP is highly customizable, making you feel more a part of the process towards a better solution.
There are few downsides to SMP treatment, but you should be aware of what is out there. If SMP is performed incorrectly the results can be less than desirable. SMP will fade over time. There is a minimal set of aftercare instructions to follow in order to maintain the optimal quality of your SMP.
No matter which solution you feed works best for you, I do hope this has helped highlight the options available to those seeking a solution to thinning or balding hair. If you have any further questions, donèt be shy to reach out! I’ve got your back.
As one of Canada’s most experienced and requested SMP artists, I would love to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Vancouver Scalp micropigmentation artist Rob James @ Advanced Scalp
Call 778-917-7772 or email: email@example.com