Tricopigmentation is a technique aimed at mimicking hair in hair-deficient areas. Tricopigmentation involves the placement of tiny amounts of colored pigment to simulate the appearance of newly grown stubble on the head. It requires the use of specialized equipment and pigment to simulate the most natural appearance of hair.
The most highly demanded use for tricopigmentation is to help individuals suffering from pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) restore the appearance of fullness on their scalp.
Tricopigmentation can be performed to create the following two types of effects:
- Shaved effect
- Look of improved density
In other words, the procedure may be done to simply render the appearance of having some hair growth on the scalp through a diffused placement of the pigment. Alternatively, tricopigmentation may be performed in thinning areas to help produce the look of fuller density. This would be achieved by creating a greater concentration of pigment points.
These three photographs illustrate the before (above) and after (below) results of tricopigmentation for a shaved effect.
The technique of tricopigmentation is applicable to almost any degree of hair thinning or loss, and will appear as tiny hair stubble, although a person may have a completely bald head.
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical solution for male and female patients of tattooing the scalp with tiny dots to replicate the natural appearance of the hair shaft or stubble. Using specialized microneedles, tiny deposits of pigment are placed in the dermis layer of the skin to give the appearance of shaven skin.
Scalp micropigmentation is utilized in several circumstances: in patients who desire a shaved, full appearance, this technique can be performed over the entire scalp. In patients who have had prior scalp surgery, scalp micropigmentation is an excellent method to help camouflage the scars. Lastly, in patients who have thinning hair, scalp micropigmentation can be used to “thicken” their appearance instead of using powders to cover the scalp.
Scalp micropigmentation usually requires several sessions to complete, depending upon the amount that needs to be performed. Prior to starting the procedure, the exact area will be marked out and approved by the patient and Dr. Gabel. An ointment is applied to the area to alleviate any pain associated with the tattoo. Using specialized pigments matched to the patient’s own hair color, Dr. Gabel will use microneedles to tattoo the scalp or scar in a random pattern that mimics the patient’s own hair. This process may last only a few minutes for a very small area, or several days for the entire scalp. Once the procedure is finished, Dr. Gabel and his staff will provide a detailed instruction sheet for patients to follow.
These two photographs illustrate the immediate results of scalp micropigmentation into scars in the back of the scalp.