We have seen a spike in enquiries from women asking what Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) could do for their female pattern baldness. Given the limited options available, at least compared to men, it is an excellent question and one we are happy to answer.
Female Pattern Baldness
Androgenetic alopecia, to give it it’s proper name, in women follows a very different path – in many respects it is more challenging and upsetting than it is for men. While a lot of men can go through an almost graceful retreat of their hairline, starting at the temples (where it can stop for years) and followed by a little thinning at the crown (where once again it might stop for years), before it eventually will reach the standard horseshoe (of various thicknesses). In women the thinning is diffuse and all across the top of the head, straight away it is highly visible anywhere the hair is parted. It’s degree of advance is enhanced by the contrast between the flesh and hair.
Hair systems, formerly known as wigs, remain the most popular solution. As you might expect, the materials and technology behind creating a modern day hair system means the industry had every right, having totally re-invented the product, to give it a new name. There are drawbacks of course, good ones don’t come cheap and require maintenance. Not to mention that they can be uncomfortable and leave the wearer vulnerable to feelings of paranoia lest they be discovered. That said, there is no other solution that can return the wearer to a full head of hair. A great modern hair system is pretty much undetectable.
The absence of adverts aimed at women from the huge hair transplant industry is for a very good reason. It is back to the nature of female pattern baldness and that diffuse thinning. It has the double whammy of first making it difficult to identify a donor area that might not be vulnerable to thinning itself, secondly that the surgeon would face the challenge of where to place any harvested follicles. It is why only 1 woman in 50 is considered suitable for transplant.
Then of course there are all manner of pills and potions… the only FDA approved oral medication is not approved for use by women. There are plenty of options, some with impressive credentials. Do your homework and experiment to see what works for you, bear in mind results are likely to be seen in months rather than weeks.
SMP For Women
For many women it is the sight if their scalp through their hair parting that causes the most distress. Some will use the camouflage powders popular with some men, but these are messy and unreliable requiring regular attention through the day to stay convincing. SMP holds the promise of a permanent fix to that problem and can be used to add density wherever it is required. It sees pigments delivered into the collagen beneath your scalp to recreate healthy follicles. These are matched to blend perfectly with your existing hair and, for many women, make a profound difference to how they feel about their hair.
If you are discovering SMP for the first time, or have been doing your research on the treatment for a while, you will probably be wondering how to find the reputable clinics in the crowd. All of them will offer a free consultation to assess your suitability, discuss your options and answer questions. We are always happy to help find your local option or answer any SMP questions you may have. To get in touch please click here.