Scar Tissue And Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) Explained
People have tried for many years to hide scars with tattoo. We have done laser corrective work on men who sought scar coverage from traditional tattoo artists as far back as the 80’s and 90’s–long before the birth of advanced Scalp MicroPigmentation:
At BRAVI, we did not invent the concept of using pigment to hide scars–but we are the first and only SMP clinic to elevate scar camouflage results with medical innovation. No other provider can match our scar coverage!
BRAVI’s Founder, prior to her recruitment into the SMP industry had the unique advantage of having worked extensively with scar tissue for many years.
Her prior career as a highly-specialized sports massage therapist focused on injury rehabilitation. Her diverse clientele included weekend warriors and triathletes as well as professional athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the Professional Golf Association. Her life’s work has been spent in the direct study, palpitation, and treatment of various forms of scar tissue, which is why she was able to develop superior techniques for using SMP to hide it.
If you have hair transplant scars, you’ve been through trauma. Expertly-implemented SMP scar treatment by BRAVI can allow you to forget this trauma and forget your hair loss altogether.
Why are scars so difficult to conceal?
Whether on a scalp, or in a torn rotator cuff, scar tissue is a PATCH. The body’s ability to form scars is a miraculous survival technique.
From an evolutionary perspective, consider this scenario: A dinosaur attacks a caveman and nearly takes his arm off. The caveman’s body must act quickly to lay down a tough patch to avoid the loss of that arm, or worse, death.
In the process of scar formation, fibrous tissue is laid down in a haphazard arrangement—much like the darning of a sock. This quick survival response interrupts the normally existing spongy collagen structure of the healthy tissue in favor of a patch of “steel”. The resulting scar is tough, thick, dense, discolored, and poorly vascularized. Each of these characteristics bodes poorly for successful pigmentation.
Scar tissue is amazing, but limiting. The caveman, upon forming a thick scar, is likely to stay alive and keep the arm. However, he will always have a highly visible scar (and is unlikely to win any cave-man tennis tournaments because of the adhesions and restrictions caused by this tissue).
Scars And SMP
Performing Scalp MicroPigmentation to camouflage scars requires highly specialized skill and experience; it is not instinctive to even experienced practitioners who lack the specific expertise required. Failure to properly understand and accommodate the unique challenges of scar tissue can result in total pigmentation rejection or worse, an accentuation and “highlighting” of the scar with unnatural pigmentation. Either way—the client is left exposed with no actual camouflage. And another trauma.
We have written previously on the subject of how many Scalp MicroPigmentation treatments are required. In the case of hair transplant scar camouflage SMP, one treatment will never be enough, and claims otherwise are an indicator of a faulty treatment plan. Please schedule a consultation with a BRAVI expert for more information on this subject.
And, consider this: while a long and linear scar left on the back of the scalp is obviously scar tissue, what is less obvious is the scar tissue caused by the thousands of micro-incisions on the transplanted area. The donor site forms scar tissue—but so does the recipient site, an oft-overlooked factor that adds complexity to the scar concealment procedure:
This photo shows how BRAVI conceals scar tissue in the recipient area–the FRONT of the scalp–and adds the illusion of full density not achieved from three transplant surgeries.
Men and women who have had hair transplant surgery can easily fall prey to incompetent providers of SMP. Inexperienced practitioners who have not seen how their scar camouflage SMP technique plays out over several years often improperly make claims or promises about the effectiveness of their results. A major segment of our SMP Correction clients have had their scars improperly treated by these types of providers.
It has taken YEARS of performing scar-specific SMP on countless clients to be able to claim that we have mastered scar camouflage. At BRAVI, we bring to bear not only hands-on experience in pigmentation, but also scar re-texturing protocols, prescription pharmaceuticals, and proprietary processes exclusive to BRAVI.
Our scar treatment approach is completely different from all other providers, and our results are superior. Please connect with us to find out how and why.
The anxiety caused by scars on the scalp can be significant.
If you have hair transplant scars, you’ve been through trauma. Expertly-implemented SMP scar treatment, by BRAVI can allow you to forget this trauma and forget your hair loss altogether.
Be a discerning consumer. Rather than adding another trauma, make sure you are making an informed choice when choosing a provider.
Please also refer to our blog post on Hair System Scarring.