Ever wonder if there’s a new and less expensive way to deal with hair loss problems? It’s called hair tattoo or Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) and it’s suitable for both men and women.
This latest cosmetic procedure is fast becoming a popular choice especially among male baldness, and may even overtake the more common hair transplant or replacement process.
It is estimated that at least 66 percent of men above the age of 35 years old deal with hair loss issues due to common conditions like male pattern baldness. Other factors include hormones and genetics, lifestyle choices, stress management, personal hygiene to diet.
In the old days, men counteract thinning hair and baldness with a variety of tactics. They either invest in hats, or wear fake hair like wigs and hairpieces, or drink treatments and even use shampoos that promise to make the scalp healthier while inducing hair regrowth in a short amount of time.
Eventually, hair technology has made both male or female hair transplant possible. But while this procedure helped with hair loss, boosted appearance and confidence, a transplant surgery is both expensive and invasive.
Fortunately, there have been plenty of breakthroughs to address hair loss, including bald scalp tattoos, also known as scalp micropigmentation. While this is not a magic solution, it is showing promising results.
What Is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation procedure entails drawing thousands of tiny dot-like pigments on the scalp to resemble hair follicle. It provides balding man with a visible hairline and a simple shaved-head hairstyle.
The clean-looking hair tattoo also helps cover scars, blemishes, imperfections, bald patches and hair problems like alopecia. The results are subtle and natural, but the impact on one’s appearance is huge.
Check out the before and after photo below:
How Does Hair Tattoo Work & Does It Hurt?
A professional scalp micropigmentation requires at least two to three sessions and each session takes about two to five hours, depending on what the person needs.
Technicians use a tattoo machine and microneedle with a natural-based pigment that matches the client’s hair color. The needle works differently than traditional tattoos because it doesn’t poke deeply on the scalp.
Clients at a clinic servicing hair pigmentation procedures in London attest that the process is usually pain-free. In most cases, a person might feel a slight tingling sensation on the scalp during the procedure.
In extreme cases, however, a client could develop allergies to the pigment used. Hence, it’s best to consult with medical professionals and also the clinic, carefully asking and discussing every details, before proceeding with the tattoo.
Hair Tattoo vs. Hair Transplant
Hair tattoo cost can run from $2,000 to $3,500, according to Matt Iulo, a tattoo technician and founder of Scalp Micro USA. Compared, however, to the cost of a hair transplant in New York, which can rake up to $16,000, the price of hair tattoos seems the more practical and cost effective solution for many. Clients can also opt to have their tattoo re-pigmented every five to seven years, should the ink starts fading.
The procedure offers no limitations compared to a hair transplant, which still requires the scraping of hair follicles from the back of the head to be implanted onto the bald spot.
Other Details You NEED To Know!
It’s important to know that undergoing hair tattoo doesn’t necessarily stop hair growth. Some men who are prone to fast regrowth actually have to shave quite regularly to keep their renewed hairstyle clean.
Scalp tattoo is not only limited to men. This procedure also applies to women who are experiencing female hair loss, which commonly occurs on the top of the skull. In fact, at least 50 percent of women who are in the menopausal age could develop thinning hair but hair tattoo can help with this problem.
SMP comes with both permanent and semi-permanent solution. Each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. With temporary pigmentation, clients are able to try out different styles but touch ups are needed often.
With permanent tattoos, costs will be cheaper since you don’t need to repeat the procedure for at least several years. However, these pigments really do last so if there’s any change of heart, then you’ll need to get laser removal treatments to have them removed.
Abdominal Etching: Get 6 Pack Abs Without Workout!
Forget hitting the gym or doing painful situps, there is an easier way to get those perfect looking 6 pack abs without any effort. The plastic surgery procedure, known as abdominal etching, was developed by the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and promises to reshape the most stubborn belly fat.
A recent study published in the PRSJournal (Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) provided a more comprehensive study of this relatively new surgical technique.
The research consisted of 24 females and 26 males, and it involves using targeted liposuction to remove fat from the patient’s abdomen, ultimately revealing their most natural abdominal muscle lines. Generally, men will have 6 ab lines (vertical and horizontal) and women will have 3 vertical ab lines.
The best part about this procedure is that the patient can opt for different sculpting preferences resulting from a soft looking stomach and hip line to a more defined six pack muscular look.
The results from these before and after photos have been very natural looking.
Are there any risks involved?
Like any surgeries, there is always a level of risk. If things do go wrong, the abdominal etching procedure can leave a patient with muscle and nerve damage. There are also cases where some patients have been left with infections.
To minimize these risks and to achieve the best outcomes, the patients are required to wear the sculpted foam dressings for a couple of weeks during the healing. They are also required to visit a doctor regularly to check for complications.
What is the cost?
According to the DocShop, an abdominal etching surgery can cost between US$3,000 to US$10,000 depending on a number of factors such as:
- The country and area taking place
- The amount of fat to be removed
- The liposuction technique – e.g tumescent, ultrasonic, etc
- The surgeon’s expertise
- The cost of anesthesiologist and surgery facility
Is this the right procedure for me?
There is no right or wrong answer and will largely depend on your own needs. If you ask me, natural is always the best way to go, but sometimes life just doesn’t permit it.
For example, a fitness fanatic may have been training 4 hours a day to get the abs he deserves, but for some reasons, the stubborn fat just won’t go away. Then, ab etching may be an option he can look at.
Or you simply don’t have the time or will power to do the exercises required, and would rather pay someone to help you achieve a similar result.
The important thing to remember is while this surgery may offer a shortcut to help you achieve the beach body you’ve always wanted, you will eventually need to work out if you want to maintain the physique.
Ozzy Osbourne Revealed When Sharon First Got Her Breast Implants
The Prince of Darkness has seen it all.
So it wouldn’t surprise him if his wife Sharon wanted to get a new pair of bosom.
This was back in 2005 and the hard rocker was pretty cool about it.
“She’s great. She just had some new t*ts. They’ve only just been done. I’ve gotta wait to see what happens. I hope they’ve only put two there because there’s not enough room (in the house) with the dogs already.”
I think this husband has been pretty supportive given the number of procedures Sharon has undergone. Or maybe it’s just a no-go zone.
Remember, Sharon is a tough cookie too.
Sure, you may be thinking; who wouldn’t want a prettier wife?
The truth is, a lot of men don’t like fake boobs (At least my man don’t).
But then, when I read about the stress, pain and suffering Ozzy and his family has been under during the era of his reality TV show, something began to click.
“At first when I started doing ‘The Osbournes’, it was a lot of fun. And then things started to happen, like my kids couldn’t handle it, I couldn’t handle it, my wife got sick with cancer.”
Of course, this is old news.
But perhaps some men can learn a thing or two from Ozzy about appreciating, being supportive, and just being there for your wife no matter what.
Now, this is the kind of love to be envy about.
Bebe Rexha FAT Shamed By Designers, But NOT All Fans Are Convinced
The Grammy is just a few weeks away and with 2 nominations up her sleeve, Bebe Rexha was dying to find the best outfit for the event.
So, she got her team to reach out to some of the top designers hoping for a custom made gown that’ll allow her to shine in the evening. Unfortunately, most didn’t want to dress her because she was too big.
Bebe took it up to Instagram and her response had many clapping.
If size 6/8 is too big, then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses coz that’s crazy.
Without naming any names, she then said…
All you’re saying is that all the women in the world who are size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses.
We can obviously see where this was going and she did not disappoint.
So to all the people who said I’m thick and I can’t wear your dresses. F**k You! I don’t want to wear your F**king dresses!
In the caption, she wrote:
Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then by their size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY
As expected, the singer’s account was flooded with support messages from fans.
But a couple really caught our attention.
Let’s just say they weren’t totally convinced suggesting this could be a publicity stunt or something to do with Bebe’s status as an artist.
“Love her for this but what I don’t get is how other artists thicker do get those fashions. Artists like Nicki, Adele, Etc… not sure if it’s fully just about the weight. Either way, still wrong.”
“I find this weird since artist like nicki, cardi, Beyoncé, and Rihanna that are actually bigger (in size) than her, and designers won’t dress her🤔. Pick more inclusive designers I guess, stop supporting brands that are not diverse!”
“That f**kin bullshittt smfh when will it end!! You are beautiful just the way you are! My question is….they cant design a dress for your ass but they can dress Kim’s big o’ fat ass?? Come on man!! I smell bull 💩💩💩”
“Size 8 ass? Are you kidding? 😂 Listen: If you feel good about yourself, just relax. I can tell you one thing though: There will be a time when you are going to have health issues and you are going to regret that you didn’t take better care of your body. If you are happy with yourself, what does it matter what designers think? The truth is: Your feelings were hurt for a reason and deep down there, you know why you’re upset.”
“Any proofs? Sorry I don’t believe you. They dress even bigger women than you(Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Rihanna). It looks like you just look for attention 😉 @beberexha”
One particular user even suggested that her butt was fake.
“love your body? You didn’t love your original butt. Besides, it’s your track record that isn’t big enough for the big designers, not your shape. Just find a designer who is as semi-known as you are”
Of course, our team has covered that already since Bebe is someone who we considered to be totally gorgeous.
We just couldn’t let her go.
Not like these stupid designers.