Wig, toupee, hair rug, hairpiece… no matter what you call it, hair systems have come a long way from their humble beginnings. These days, wearing hair extensions is so commonplace we think nothing of it – however, there’s a whole other level of stigma attached to wearing a hair system to cover up hair loss.

Hair loss can be a very emotional experience, which is why many people seek a solution that’s easier and more permanent than a hairpiece. Improved technology has meant better glues and better fitting – but there is and will always be that fear of losing your hair system… in public.

So, if a hair transplant is not an option, you may be tossing up between a hair system and a scalp micropigmentation procedure. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of these two hair loss solutions.

If you suffer from hair loss, answer these 3 questions to discover the best treatment option for you.

hair system vs scalp micropigmentation

Hair systems – the good, the bad and the ugly

Hair systems can certainly give you the most impressive hair you’ve ever had in your life. A full head of hair without lotions, medications or surgery – sounds pretty good, right? As with any hair loss solution, there are some drawbacks, including:

  • The cost of a good hair system (with a second one for backup) can add up to thousands
  • The maintenance costs of a hair system add up over time
  • You always need to be conscious of its placement, and you may need to stick down the hairline occasionally
  • In the Australian climate, wearing one can get unbearably hot
  • Highly likely to impact the way you live your life and the activities you do
  • Fear of water is to be expected
  • The prospect of it being discovered can cause anxiety or stress

Most people would prefer the freedom of not wearing a hair system – no anxiety of it being discovered, no more routines and maintenance. But what is the alternative? Many people are turning towards scalp micropigmentation as an option.

What is scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is an innovative hair restoration method for both hair loss and sparse hair. It will give the impression that you have just shaved your head but still have a full head of hair.

In the procedure, tiny dots are ingrained on the scalp, creating the illusion that the scalp is densely populated with hair follicles. This is also known as Cosmetic Hair Follicle Replication. It’s not a tattoo, nor a form of cosmetic makeup.

To achieve a thickening effect on your hair, micropigmentation can be used in between existing hair follicles to make the hair appear denser overall. Or, it can be used on a bald area to create a shaven look. It’s a semi-permanent treatment with results lasting 3-5 years.

The results are immediate, and patients are generally able to achieve the full look they want in 2-3 sittings. Micropigmentation is also a painless alternative to cosmetic tattooing for thinning eyebrows.

Micropigmentation expected results

The ink used should be closely matched to your hair colour for unnoticeable results. With a shaved head, micropigmentation will give the appearance of growing stubble. Micro-pigmentation in between existing hair, on the other hand, will give the visual of having more hair follicles.

People dealing with androgenetic alopecia can use the micro-pigmentation technique as a non-invasive and pain-free solution to hair loss.

As with any hair loss treatment, it’s important to choose your treatment provider carefully. Otherwise, you run risks such as the results fading or changing colour.

What about growing back your natural hair?

Both scalp micropigmentation and hair systems come with their limitations – neither will grow back your own, natural hair. The only way to grow back lost hair to areas that have gone bald is with a hair transplant.

At Gro, we offer microsurgery FUE hair transplants that involve no cutting and no scarring. This modern technique uses your own hair follicles from areas resistant to balding to restore hair where it has been lost. If you’re considering hair loss treatment, come and talk to us about your options.

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