SMP for Hair Transplant Scars… Should I Fraxel First?

Scalp Micropigmentation technicians see the world of hair loss from a unique perspective. When they are not treating classic Norwood scale clients simply seeking a return to a full hairline, they might be camouflaging an old transplant scar, or wound/burn scars, or a congenital condition.

The fact is that SMP is not always the first solution that a client will have tried out. They might have been using caffeine shampoos and foams for years, they may have been wearing a hair system. Indeed, they might have had a whole series of transplants leaving multiple scars.

The Path To SMP For HT Scar Clients


SMP has proven to be an essential tool for hair loss professionals from across the industry for its ability to enhance or even replace alternative strategies. But it is particularly for the clients of transplant surgeons who now find themselves having gone through another stage of hair loss.

The typical route for an ex hair transplant patient to arrive at an SMP provider starts with that next phase of hair loss. So, ten years ago you decided to do something about your hair loss, your profile made you a suitable candidate and you may have been very happy with your transplant for many years. Suddenly, in a short space of time you find yourself travelling from a Norwood 4 to a Norwood 6 or 7. Without enough hair remaining to carry off a style your choices are pretty much reduced to choosing just how short you want your remaining hair to be kept – but those transplant scars have now become extremely visible with your short hair and something is most definitely going to have to be done about them.

Why Fraxel?


SMP is a highly effective technique for scar camouflage, that does not mean it can do magic and a scar with a highly uneven appearance presents a serious challenge. Fraxel has become a popular choice for would-be SMP clients, it was initially used to target blemishes. The process targets small sections of the upper dermis with aim of stimulating the healing process and growing new healthy cells. Its benefits have seen its application in a broad range of cosmetic treatments from acne to wrinkles.

Treatment involves around 30 minutes of your time and there is some mild heat discomfort, so ibuprofen and/or paracetamol is recommended. The benefits to the scar include an evening out of the contours as well as increasingly the uniformity of the colour.

The perfect precursor to an SMP treatment.

Laurie Downing