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Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Microblading

How to get the best cosmetic treatment for your hair loss

For the right hair-loss conditions, scalp micropigmentation and microblading can produce excellent cosmetic results, without surgery. The two procedures are similar, but the effects they create and the best ways to use them are very different.

Which procedure is right for you? How do you choose the right technician to perform the work? We talked to Bosley Medical Director Dr. Ken Washenik, M.D., Ph.D., and Bosley’s lead Scalp Micropigmentation Technician, Clint Ruth, to find out.

What exactly are microblading and micropigmentation?


“Micropigmentation and microblading are ways to introduce pigment into the skin — like a tattoo but less deep — in a way that mimics natural hair,” says Dr. Washenik.

Both procedures create the appearance of hair without surgery. During micropigmentation, a technician uses a device with multiple 0.30-millimeter needles to embed microscopic dots of ink in the scalp and create the look of realistic hair follicles.

“Micropigmentation looks like a shaved or closely cut shaft of hair,” explains Dr. Washenik.

With microblading, on the other hand, the technician uses a single blade or stylus to cut a fine line of ink into the skin. “Microblading gives you a stroke of pigment, like a strand of hair with gel on it,” says Dr. Washenik.

What are the best applications for microblading and micropigmentation?


In general, microblading works best where single strands of hair are highly visible and create the greatest impact, like the individual hairs in eyebrows and along the hairline framing the face.

“The blading mimics the manicured, groomed look of eyebrows,” says Dr. Washenik. “It also has a very targeted benefit along the hairline. But it has to be done with great care and skill for it to look natural.”

Micropigmentation has a much broader range of applications.

“A person who shaves their head is a good candidate for micropigmentation,” says lead technician Ruth. “For men who wear their hair shaved or buzzed — but who want to look like they have a fuller head of hair — micropigmentation creates that five-o’clock-shadow look on the scalp.”

“If you have see-through areas with thinning hair, we can use microdots to help conceal the difference between skin and hair,” says Dr. Washenik. Micropigmentation can also obscure scars and skin conditions like alopecia or create a fuller look after a hair transplant.

Micropigmentation can even help people who aren’t candidates for hair transplants, like women with diffuse hair loss. “When people have diffuse thinning, transplants can’t help,” says Dr. Washenik. “But micropigmentation might give less see-through to the scalp.”

Cosmetic hair procedure results can vary wildly


“Both microblading and micropigmentation can be wonderful or come out poorly in the wrong hands,” says Dr. Washenik. “It’s like hair restoration. You have to be very technically skilled to create a natural-looking appearance.”

According to Ruth, there are many ways for either procedure to go wrong. “Pigment that doesn’t match natural hair colors. Too much pigment or pigment at the wrong depth. Too much hand pressure.”

Whether it’s microblading or micropigmentation, it takes a delicate combination of technical skill and artistry. “The work has to be gentle, consistent, and properly spaced, with a natural color to match the person’s hair and skin tone,” says Ruth.

So how do you choose the best technician for your procedure? According to Ruth, it’s pretty simple: “Does their work look natural?”

“Ask for before and after photos,” recommends Ruth. “Look for blurring and blown-out dots. Look at the color of the pigment. Any time you notice an odd trait, your eyes are drawn to it.”

If your eye spots a problem, no matter how small, move on to another provider.

How do you decide whether microblading or micropigmentation is right for you?


The best way to evaluate any restorative hair treatment is to meet with a skilled specialist who can assess your condition and talk to you about your goals.

“Nothing we do is cookie cutter,” says Dr. Washenik. “We have to take in all of the specifics — hair quality, color, density, diameter — and what the patient wants to accomplish.”

During your free consultation at Bosley, a physician who specializes in hair restoration will explain every option that’s right for your condition, including some options we don’t offer — like microblading.

“For scalp applications, scalp micropigmentation is more appropriate. For eyebrows, and the way they look cosmetically, we‘ll refer you out to have microblading,” says Dr. Washenik. “Both are viable techniques. It all depends on the results you want.”

Scalp MicropigmentationMicroblading
What is it?Nonsurgical, precision tattooing that simulates the appearance of natural hair folliclesNonsurgical, precision tattooing that simulates strands of hair
What does it look like?Like a shaved or closely cut shaft of hairLike single strands of hair
How is it applied?A technician uses a device with multiple needles (each about 0.30 mm in diameter) to apply follicle-sized dots of pigmentA technician uses a fine blade or stylus to apply ink in single strokes
What is its best use?
  • Filling in areas of thinning hair for men and women
  • Disguising scar tissue and skin conditions like alopecia
  • Recreating a shaved-head look for men with male-pattern hair loss
Restoring eyebrows and some limited applications on the scalp along the hairline
How long does it take?Usually two to three sessions over several weeks; each session takes about three to five hoursA two-to-three-hour session followed by a one-to-two-hour touch-up session four to six weeks later
How long does it last?Eight to ten years, with touch-ups every three to five years12 to 18 months

Do Intellectual People Have More Hair Loss?

Most myths start innocently enough. People notice a certain phenomenon more in a certain group of people and jump to the conclusion that one has to do with the other. If you’ve been around a lot of intellectual people who also happen to be balding, it’s only natural to wonder if there’s a connection between the two.

So are intellectual people more likely to have hair loss?

The reality is that your intelligence level has nothing to do with your propensity for hair loss. Just because your brain is in close proximity to your hair doesn’t mean they affect one another.

Bosley Chief Medical Director Dr. Ken Washenik answers the question of whether or not intellectual people are more likely to have hair loss.

 

Other Misconceptions about Hair Loss

The link between balding and a person’s IQ is just one of the many myths surrounding hair loss. We address other common misconceptions in the following articles:

The Real Causes of Hair Loss

The primary cause of hair loss in both men and women (regardless of IQ) is a hereditary condition known as androgenetic alopecia. While there are a number of conditions that can cause temporary hair loss, such as stress, hormonal changes, and certain medications, progressive hair loss is much more common. If you’re suffering from hair loss, a hair restoration procedure by Bosley can provide a safe, permanent, natural-looking solution.

To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

And don’t worry — you can keep reading War and Peace without worrying about your hair loss.

Hair Cloning and Regeneration

The science of hair restoration is always evolving, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of emerging research and technologies designed to help hair loss sufferers protect and regrow their hair.

One of the most promising areas of research over the past few years has been in the area of hair cloning, multiplication, and regeneration. While this technology isn’t ready for consumer use just yet (since results so far have been limited), the possibility of generating new hair follicles from existing ones is still very real.

The Benefits of Hair Cloning

Hair transplantation is currently the only permanent solution to hair loss. This involves taking healthy donor hair follicles from the back of your head (either individually or as a strip) and transplanting them into the thinning areas of your scalp. The challenge comes when a patient doesn’t have enough donor hair available to achieve the results he or she desires.

In theory, hair cloning and multiplication would help solve this problem by providing an unlimited supply of hair for transplantation. Instead of a one-to-one transplantation of hair follicles from one area of the scalp to another, hair follicles would be multiplied outside the body and then transplanted.

Hair Cloning vs. Hair Multiplication

While these terms are often used interchangeably, it’s important to understand the difference between true hair cloning and the process of hair multiplication.

Actual cloning involves removing a hair follicle and cloning it in vitro using some sort of growth media to encourage multiplication. Hair multiplication, on the other hand, is when a hair follicle is removed and cut into multiple pieces, which are then transplanted into the patient’s thinning areas. The hope is that the germinative stem cells at the base of the hair that are still attached when the hair is removed will help generate a new follicle.

Challenges with Hair Cloning and Multiplication

Researchers have faced a number of different challenges in bringing hair cloning and multiplication technology to market so far. Most of these have to do with the complexity and fragility of the hair follicles.

For traditional cloning, the challenge has been to find the proper environment in which cells can grow while still remaining in a hair-like state. For hair multiplication, researchers have found that only a small number of germinative cells are extracted with each hair, and that even fewer survive re-implantation into the scalp. This makes it less likely that they will eventually generate a new hair follicle.

Bosley and Aderans Hair Cloning Research

Bosley and our parent company, Aderans, have been at the forefront of this pioneering research. The Aderans Research Institute, led by Bosley Chief Medical Director Dr. Ken Washenik, has invested over $100 million to perfect these techniques. And while research has been discontinued for now, early trials showed promising results.

“Interim data from the early stage of Phase II shows that about 50% to 70% of trial subjects are responding at a level that’s at least as good as anything that’s out there for growing hair, and we expect the later stage to get even better.” – Ken Washenik, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Director

What’s Next?

While hair cloning and multiplication technology may not be available to consumers for some time, hair loss researchers, including those at Bosley, continue working on solving the challenges posed by this promising new field of study. As the world’s most trusted hair restoration expert, with more than 40 years of experience in the art and science of hair restoration, we’re always investigating new ways to help hair loss sufferers address their hair loss.

Bosley offers both surgical and non-surgical hair loss solutions, including hair transplantation, TriGen+® with Power Matrix PRP™, low-level laser therapy caps, topicals, and scalp micropigmentation. To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

Top 10 Reasons for Hair Loss

Hair loss affects millions of men and women. As many as 70% of the population will experience hair thinning at some point in their lives. And while some people may not pay much attention to their hair loss, for those who do, identifying the reason is the first step to finding a solution.

Before starting any kind of treatment regimen, it’s important to meet with your general physician or dermatologist to find out the real cause of your hair loss. If you’re wondering why you’re losing your hair, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 common reasons

1. Genetics

People most often experience hair loss due to genetic factors. Hair follicles can be sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which affects both men and women, although in different ways. Genetic hair loss is progressive, which means it’s a permanent condition that will continue until you start to address it. This type of hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. The only permanent solution for this type of hair loss is hair transplantation.

2. Stress

Some people notice their hair starting to fall out when they’re under stress. Stress-induced hair loss happens when too many of your hair follicles enter the resting phase, which is a condition known as telogen effluvium. Fortunately, hair loss caused by stress can typically be reversed by reducing or eliminating the cause of the stress. That’s easier said than done, of course.

3. Medical Reasons

There are a number of potential medical reasons for hair loss, including reactions to certain medications, severe trauma as a result of an accident, or other health issues. This type of hair loss is often reversible.

4. Use of Chemical Products

Overuse or unregulated use of chemical products on your scalp can damage your hair follicle and shaft. This includes the frequent use of perm chemical solutions, hair dyes, and bleaches. Cutting back on your use of these types of products can help reverse some of the damage done to your hair.

5. Hormonal Changes

Changes in your hormone levels can also negatively affect your hair. Hypothyroidism, menopause, and pregnancy can throw off your hormonal balance, resulting in hair loss. The good news is that once your hormone levels are back to normal, your hair will usually regrow.

6. Hair Styling

Any hair style that requires pulling your hair tightly on a continual basis can result in traction alopecia, which can cause individual strands of your hair to become weak and break off, reducing overall hair volume. Blow-drying and excessive heat from any device can also damage your hair, but not in a permanent way.

7. Excessive/Deficient Nutrients

Your hair needs a carefully balanced amount of certain nutrients in order to stay strong. Excessive Vitamin A, protein deficiency, anemia (iron deficiency), and Vitamin B deficiency can all lead to hair loss.

8. Steroid Use

Certain steroids can cause increased levels of DHT in the body, which can lead to a higher likelihood of hair loss in those who are genetically predisposed.

9. Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy treatments pump chemicals into the bloodstream, and hair loss is usually one of the earliest noticeable side effects. Once chemotherapy ends, your hair should slowly start to regrow.

10. Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases like lupus, where the immune system attacks the hair follicle, can also cause hair loss. With this type of hair loss, some people may lose clumps of their hair at a time, while others may experience more gradual thinning.

Progressive Hair Loss

If it turns out that your hair loss is progressive, there are a number of different solutions available to slow down the progression and even restore the hair you’ve lost. Bosley offers both surgical and non-surgical hair loss solutions, including hair transplantation, TriGen+®with Power Matrix PRP™, low-level laser therapy caps, topicals, and scalp micropigmentation. To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

What is a Normal Amount of Hair Loss in Women?

It’s a common experience. You look down at the drain after a shower and see a big clump of your hair staring back at you. You start to wonder: Is this normal, or am I starting to lose my hair? Before you start worrying too much, it’s important to understand that some level of hair loss is completely natural.

Normal Hair Loss in Women

The reality is that it’s normal for both men and women to lose a small amount of hair daily. Most people lose anywhere from 100 to 200 strands of hair per day. Shedding like this is a normal part of the hair loss cycle, as old hair is replaced at the same rate it’s lost. In fact, at any one time, 85% to 90% of your scalp follicles are in the growth phase. Where things can get worrisome is when shedding starts to outpace your hair regrowth — which can cause your hair to thin.

While hair loss in men is primarily due to a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness), hair loss in women can be potentially caused by a number of different things, including (but not limited to) changes in hormone levels, stress, drug reactions, and restrictive hair styles, as well as some of the same progressive, hereditary conditions that are found in men.

How to Determine Whether Your Hair Loss Is Normal

One way to get a sense of whether your hair loss is normal is to perform a “hair pull test.” Grab a small amount of your hair (approximately 100 strands) and gently pull it while sliding your fingers across the hair follicles. If you have normal shedding, you should see only one to three hairs in your hand per pull. If you see more than that, there’s a chance you’re experiencing an abnormal amount of hair loss. While this test can be helpful, the only true way to tell if your hair loss is within the normal range is to consult a physician.

Hair Loss Solutions for Women

Some causes of hair loss in women are temporary and can be treated with medications or changes in lifestyle. This type of hair loss often reverses itself once the cause is eliminated. However, if you find that your hair loss is due to a progressive condition such as female pattern baldness, we offer a number of different hair restoration solutions.

Bosley has the latest proven solutions for both surgical and non-surgical options, including TriGen+® with Power Matrix PRP™, low-level laser therapy caps, topicals, and scalp micropigmentation. To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

Bosley Hair Loss Consultation: What to Expect

If you’re at the point where you want to do something about your hair loss, you’ve probably already started researching your hair restoration options. And while there’s a wealth of information available online to help you learn more about the procedure and your possible results, it’s impossible to get a truly personalized solution without meeting with a hair restoration expert in person.

At Bosley, our free, private, no-obligation hair loss consultations are designed to help you learn more about your hair loss, answer any questions you might have, and start developing a customized plan to help you achieve your hair restoration goals. If you’re ready to take that next step, here’s what you can expect.

Your Personal Goals

The first thing you’ll discuss with your counselor is your personal hair restoration goals. While there are some recognizable patterns to hair loss, the way each person feels and thinks about their hair loss can be completely different. This is your opportunity to talk openly about your unique hair loss journey and what you’re hoping to achieve.

Free Personal Hair and Scalp Analysis

During your consultation, you’ll also receive a complimentary microscopic scalp and hair analysis from a trained Bosley physician. The analysis can provide valuable information such as:

  • The true extent of your hair loss
  • How your follicles have miniaturized over time
  • Availability of your healthy donor hair
  • Your potential for future hair loss

This information, along with an understanding of your personal goals, will help your Bosley counselor determine your surgical and non-surgical restoration options.

Hair Transplantation Options

If you’re a candidate for surgical hair restoration, your counselor or physician will discuss the two primary procedures we offer: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). They’ll talk to you about the differences between each procedure and answer any questions you may have about the benefits of each approach. Using the results of your scalp and hair analysis, they’ll also be able to provide an estimate of how many grafts you’ll need to meet your goals.

Discussing Your Other Options

In addition to discovering permanent hair restoration options, your counselor will give you information on our non-surgical hair loss treatments that could be part of your hair restoration plan. This could include our Bosley Professional Strength treatment for men and women (including a 5% Minoxidil solution), TriGen+® with Power Matrix PRP™, and low-level laser therapy devices like the Capillus® laser cap. Also, Bosley offers the Bosley SMP®, which is a non-surgical treatment called scalp micropigmentation that’s suitable for all types of hair loss. By applying a proprietary pigment (ink) to the scalp with a special micro-fine needle, technicians are able to create thousands of tiny impressions that give the appearance of fuller hair — all without the need for surgery.

Cost

Another topic that’s usually covered during your consultation is the potential cost of a permanent hair restoration. While a Bosley counselor can provide a typical range, only a Bosley physician can give you a definitive answer, given your specific goals and the amount of grafts you’ll need. Learn more about how the cost of a hair transplantation is determined. Also, by coming in for a free consultation, you might learn that you do not need hair transplantation and could benefit from one of Bosley’s non-surgical solutions.

Your Personal Hair Restoration Plan

Using everything they’ve learned about your hair and personal goals, your physician will work with you to develop a personal hair restoration plan. Whether that involves a hair restoration procedure, a non-surgical treatment solution, or a combination of the two, we’ll continue providing our expertise, guidance, and support long after you leave our office.

Patients Talk about Their Consultation

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Can a Hair Dryer Cause Hair Loss?

Unless you are examined by a trained physician, identifying the cause of your hair loss can be a guessing game. One of the questions we get asked a lot is whether using a hair dryer or blow-dryer to dry your hair can cause or accelerate hair loss. If you’re noticing an abnormal amount of hair loss while blow-drying your hair, it’s only natural to wonder whether there’s a connection.

The reality is that as long as you’re not burning your skin or irritating your scalp with your hair dryer, it won’t cause hair loss. While using your hair dryer on its low or medium settings can help minimize the amount of heat directed at your scalp, even using it on a higher setting shouldn’t cause a problem as long as it doesn’t get too close to your scalp.

That being said, heat from your blow-dryer can have an adverse effect. Daily hair drying can cause your hair to lose moisture, which can cause your hair to be dry and brittle. But this won’t have an effect on your natural hair growth cycle. Giving your hair a few days’ break from the hair dryer can help bring some of the moisture back.

Watch Bosley Medical Director Dr. Ken Washenik talk about how hair dryers can affect your hair.

If you’re starting to notice your hair thinning, there’s a chance it could be a more serious issue, such as male or female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. Bosley has new non-surgical and surgical hair loss solutions that use the latest proven technology, for both men and women.

To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

Is a Hair Transplant Worth the Cost?

Hair loss affects everyone differently, and the decision whether to have a hair transplant procedure can be a very personal one. While there are many different factors that can affect your decision, the question of whether a hair transplant is worth it shouldn’t be reduced to a simple cost/benefit analysis. Things like confidence, poise, and self-esteem can’t be measured in monetary terms. As Bosley patient Mike K. says:

“I spent 18 years trying to fight my hair loss. Bosley gave me my hair back. I can cut it, wash it, mess it up. There’s not a day that goes by now that I don’t look in the mirror and say, ‘This is the best money I’ve ever spent.’”

Hair transplantation is an investment in yourself. Unlike non-surgical solutions, hair transplantation lasts a lifetime because we use your own real, naturally growing hair. The cost of your hair transplantation procedure will depend on your level of hair loss and how many grafts you’ll need to achieve the results you want.

For a free cost estimate, it is best to come in to Bosley and receive a free personal hair analysis and consultation with a Bosley hair restoration specialist. During your consultation, you can learn how to evaluate your level of hair loss and then discuss both surgical and non-surgical options.

At the end of the day, the answer to whether a hair transplant is worth the cost is going to depend on your personal situation. Bosley uses the latest technology for proven surgical and non-surgical solutions.

To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

Why Do Women Experience Hair Loss after Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is one of the most common sources of temporary hair loss in women. The reason is that during your pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause your hair to stay in the resting phase for a longer period of time instead of shedding as it normally would. This can often result in fuller, thicker hair during pregnancy.

Once your hormone levels return to normal, usually about 12 weeks postpartum, you’ll start noticing more shedding than usual. If you’re noticing more hair loss than normal after giving birth, it’s only natural to wonder whether it’s related to your pregnancy or being caused by something else. Another worry is whether the hair loss is temporary or will eventually grow back.

Typically, when hair loss is caused by the normal hormonal changes during pregnancy, your hair should return to its normal growth cycle after a few months, and you should start to regrow much of your lost hair. If your hair loss continues and you don’t experience any significant hair regrowth after six months, see your physician to determine whether your hair loss is being caused by something else.

Bosley Medical Director Dr. Ken Washenik explains the potential for hair loss in women during pregnancy and related to other hormone changes.

Hormones and Hair Loss

Pregnancy isn’t the only time when hormones can play a role in hair loss. Other times when hormonal fluctuations can affect your hair growth cycle include:

  • Going on/off birth control
  • Menopause
  • Endocrine disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Other Causes of Hair Loss

If you think that your hair loss might be caused by something other than your pregnancy — for instance, a hereditary condition such as female pattern baldness — there are a number of different options available.

For women, Bosley offers both surgical and non-surgical hair loss solutions, including hair transplantation, TriGen+® with Power Matrix PRP™, low-level laser therapy caps, topicals, and scalp micropigmentation. To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look. Or schedule a free consultation with a Bosley specialist today.

Hair Transplant Financing and Payment Options

We understand that the upfront cost of a hair restoration procedure may be more than some candidates can afford at one time. Luckily there are numerous convenient hair transplant financing and payment options available to make hair restoration a reality for everyone.* If price is the only thing keeping you from having the hair you’ve always wanted, you owe it to yourself to explore all of your financing options.

Third-Party Lenders

While we don’t offer financing ourselves, we can help connect you with a number of highly respected credit providers to develop a payment plan that works for your budget. We’re not directly affiliated with any of these lenders, and we don’t make any recommendations for or against them. We also don’t receive any payment when you apply for or receive financing through any of these lenders.

Payment Plans

While your actual monthly payments will vary based on the lender, the amount financed, your credit score, and your individual payment terms, most patients end up paying between $70–$300 per month. Depending on the amount you finance, you may be eligible for 24- 36- 48- or 60-month payment terms.

In order to get a more accurate estimate of your potential monthly payments, you’ll first need to determine the cost of your procedure and how much you want to finance. If you haven’t already, start by scheduling a consultation with a Bosley specialist to determine how many grafts you’ll need, which will inform the cost of your procedure.

Submit Your Application

If you’re ready to apply for hair transplant financing, fill out and submit your application online.

By submitting the online application and/or providing information to Bosley for financing, you consent to our financing rules, regulations and policies, as well as to the rules, regulations and policies of the third-party lenders. You’re also acknowledging that you’ve read and agreed to the terms of usage and the privacy policies.

Hair Transplant Financing Questions

To get a free cost estimate, come in for a free personal hair analysis. Bosley offers both nonsurgical and surgical options. To learn more about our financing options or to have your general questions about financing answered, email us at financing@bosley.com.

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. See provider for details. All figures are estimates. Actual monthly payments will vary from lender to lender based upon the amount financed, the terms for which you apply, and your credit standing. Rates for various lenders’ programs range from 3.99% to 28.99%. Additional terms and conditions may apply, depending on the lender selected. All information subject to change without notice.

Note: At this time, Bosley and its third-party credit agencies only accept credit applications from U.S. residents. For residents of Canada, please contact Medicard and apply directly.