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Menopause and Hair Loss

Is there a connection between menopause and hair loss? Well, your hair is your best asset as a woman, but the sight of hair loss is never a pleasing one. In fact, hair shedding is quite common for menopausal women. Does that mean you have to live with hair thinning during menopause? Is there any solution to hair shedding? Can SMP for hair thinning work?

Menopause and Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss during menopause is often the result of hormonal imbalance or a reduction in estrogen and progesterone. Since these hormones are necessary for faster hair growth, any disturbance in their cycle can cause hair problems for women. When estrogen and progesterone are in full swing, a woman experiences the best hair growth. But as soon as the levels of these hormones fall during menopause, hair growth slows down. The result is hair shedding and hair thinning as follicles continue to shrink.

Physical and emotional stress is often blamed for pushing follicles into the resting phase. As a result, there could be a huge amount of hair loss. Many consider SMP for hair thinning as a permanent solution while some focus on medications that may or may not work. But before that let’s explore the reason for hair loss in menopause.

Hormonal Disturbance

Yes, there is a connection between menopause and hair loss. With a drop in the levels of estrogen and progesterone during menopause, male hormonal levels rise. This results in slower growth of hair. As follicles shrink, they result in weaker roots and loss of hair.  Hormonal imbalance also results in mood swings, hot flashes, sweating, among other symptoms. A doctor may prescribe medications that might rein in hair loss. But there is no guarantee of it.

Menopausal hair loss might also result from a genetic predisposition, nutritional deficiencies, and high levels of stress. Women should focus on living a healthy life with clean eating habits and an active lifestyle to reduce the risk of postmenopausal effects, weight gain, and mood swings, an active lifestyle is essential to maintaining hormonal balance.

While these healthy habits can help reduce the effects of menopause, they take a consistent approach. You ought to follow a healthy lifestyle religiously to derive maximum benefits and prevent hair loss.

The SMP for Hair Thinning Solution

Hair thinning in menopause is a common occurrence and a majority of women undergo the pain of hair loss. True, the sight of hair shedding affects women physically and disturbs them emotionally too.

While you can focus on a healthy dietary and activity regime, try looking for alternatives that could offer a permanent solution to the problem.

Scalp micropigmentation is surely one. SMP for hair thinning can not prevent hair loss, but it can hide those patches of lost hair or baldness. Women with thinning hair problems during menopause should trust the #1 scalp artist for the treatment. The most skilled SMP practitioner is aware of the emotional disturbance a woman undergoes during menopause and can help her restore her looks and self-esteem.

Connect with the top scalp artists in Phoenix today at DermiMatch and get set to change your life for the better. Are you ready?

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SMP Needles: Do Tattoo Needles Work?

Inexperienced scalp artists often wonder if they can reuse tattoo needles for scalp micropigmentation or it is a good idea to go only with SMP needles. But there is a world of difference between tattoo needles and SMP needles. Microblading or tattoo needles are big enough than SMP needles and cannot create the right impression of follicles. If a scalp artist uses tattoo needles, it can cause all sorts of problems, from giving fake results to looking unnatural. What’s more, micropigmentation needles are smaller than a tattoo needle and do not have to go deeper into the scalp to create a natural shaved look. Only a trained and experienced SMP artist uses the best needles for scalp micropigmentation.

SMP Needles Vs Tattoo Needles

Skin is made up of three layers – outer or Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis. When a scalp artist injects pigment into the skin, the purpose is to make an indelible marking that gets trapped underneath the Epidermis. There is a risk of the ink washing away if it is not implanted below the outer layer of the scalp.

SMP pigment is implanted into the Dermis layer whereas tattoo ink goes beyond the Dermis. Since SMP ink stays just below the upper layer, it is less likely to fade or lose shape as compared with tattoo ink that goes deeper into the skin and is likely to lose shape.  Top scalp artists understand the need for controlling the shape and size. Their focus is to create the look of follicles that replicate their size and shape.

SMP uses pigments that are organic and plant-based and won’t risk turning blue or get discolored. On the other hand, a tattoo artist is least concerned about the type of ink. They prefer non-organic ink.

Additionally, SMP uses specialized micro-needles. While tattoo needles are too thick, SMP needles are way too thin and are used to create the look of tiny follicles. There’s a lot of difference between the two types of ink and pigments.

Scalp micropigmentation ink may require touch-up after a few years. On the other hand, tattoo ink is permanent. SMP can go wrong if the pigment goes deeper than the dermis layer.

SMP cannot use tattoo or microblading needles, which are quite big and create the optical illusion of follicles.

Since SMP needles are smaller in size, they are apt for creating the look of naturally shaved hair.

SMP works in the following ways:

  • Creates underlying shading for areas with diffuse thinning
  • Hides patch baldness or alopecia
  • Conceals scars after surgery

The Most Common SMP Needle Size

Single needles come in 0.20, 0.25, and 0.35mm. These are less commonly used today. Triple needles come in all sizes, including 0.20mm, 0.25mm, 0.30mm, and 0.35mm. The smaller diameter of the needles allows them to penetrate the skin easily.

Scalp Tattoo Is Different

Both techniques use specialized ink to improve the appearance of a body part. A tattoo can cover scars or decorate a part of the body. Scalp micropigmentation is more than a cosmetic procedure. It can cover scars from injuries or hair transplant and is ideal for hair thinning, alopecia, and other hair loss problems.

DermiMatch scalp experts the best needles for scalp micropigmentation.

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SMP Correction 

Not everyone has had a brilliant scalp micropigmentation experience, and then they seek SMP correction. Laser treatments are the first choice for correcting a bad procedure. But does laser work for everyone? Well, sometimes folks who have sustained bad SMP are not wanting to go through laser treatments. At DermiMatch, we always advocate that laser is the best and cleanest way to rid yourself of bad SMP; but not every client is willing or has the resource available to them. 

What is SMP Correction

Clients unhappy about various scalp and hair issues look for a corrective procedure. Correction Complexion is designed keeping such clients in mind. Some of the major scalp issues include SMP dots that look too big. The reason for dots appearing big is that the client did not choose the right scalp artist for the job in the first instance.

When clients do not do good research to find the right scalp artist, they end up in the hands of inexperienced tattoo artists or SMP practitioners who have not undergone training or have experience in the industry.

Unfortunately, this can result in a bad SMP procedure, which produces unsatisfactory results. Undoubtedly, the client is never happy about a wrong SMP either, which ruins their looks and self-esteem.

Luckily, the best SMP artists can correct these issues using Complexion Correction, which covers the top layer of the skin. That is the site where tattoo ink is injected. Scalp micropigmentation experts have the experience and knowledge along with the best tools and training to correct the client’s problem. Here, their goal is to save the client’s scalp and give them a new hairline that wows them instantly.

The DermiMatch Experience

DermiMatch has scalp experts like Garrett and Von, who have the experience to correct a bad SMP procedure. With access to the best resources and tools, including Correction Complexion, Garrett works tirelessly on clients who seek SMP correction. The best scalp artist in Arizona brings years of experience to the table to fix a bad SMP job. Although DermiMatch experts prefer laser treatments as a better option to fix a bad SMP, they are equally happy with Correction Complexion. This is true for clients who are not too keen to go under the knife or use laser treatment. 

So if you are not too happy with a previous scalp micropigmentation procedure, choose DermiMatch for SMP correction.

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SMP Training

Is it worth taking SMP training? Well, SMP is becoming a popular career option for those inspired by SMP results and hoping to get into the industry.  With more and more clients realizing the benefits of scalp micropigmentation for hair loss, thinning hair, a receding hairline, and baldness, there are plenty of training options available.

Where To Get SMP Training

Many providers are offering training, which, in theory, is a great move forward for the industry. With that said, this is also another reason consumers need to do their research to find a scalp artist with a good track record and reviews to back up their experience. After all, you cannot trust your scalp procedure to inexperienced hands, right? In fact, the market is flooded with scalp artists. So the need to choose the right hands becomes crucial. That is why you need to make a mark in the industry with the right SMP training to gain experience.

SMP Then ‘n Now

Traditional tattoo apprenticeships take years to complete. On the other hand, SMP training courses are short. You can complete a course in 2-3 days. Additionally, there is the freedom to take training online. But this is far from sufficient to open up shop and start working on clients. Students should work on clients from start to finish so they are able to see the progress and understand the nuances better. This gives them a better insight into the working of scalp micropigmentation.

Why Choose DermiMatch

Garrett Duall, the SMP expert in Scottsdale Arizona at DermiMatch, is widely popular for his expertise in scalp micropigmentation. He has a proven track record of doing the best scalp jobs in Arizona. The clinic will soon start SMP training for interested students. This will be followed by a more traditional apprenticeship period, which is crucial for obtaining a certificate to complete SMP training.    

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SMP for Scar Tissue

Can you trust SMP for scar repair? Well, scalp micropigmentation can be a great way to camouflage scars, thinning hair or create the shaved head look. 

Unfortunately, as great as SMP is, it cannot cover up skin texture. In some cases, unhealthy skin can hinder the overall pigment impressions. 

If you’re considering SMP as a solution for hair loss or scar camouflage, it’s important to take all necessary steps to address scar tissue before having your SMP treatments. 

Does SMP for Scar Help?

There are different procedures in scalp micropigmentation to help with scar healing or camouflage.

Some examples include FUT scar revision, microneedling, laser skin resurfacing and fibroblast. All these options are great for scar tissue and will give you the best overall SMP results. 

If you had a hair transplant, you may not realize your scalp consists of scar tissue where the grafts were placed. Utilizing microneedling is a great way to prep the scalp for healthy tissue. The procedure helps improve scars. It is a technique that involves directing tiny needles into the skin or the site of scar tissue.

The goal is to break up the old scar tissue that has left its imprint on your scalp. These micro injuries are known to start a healing response. As a result, the body produces collagen to repair the scar tissue.

The DermiMatch Experience

If you are disturbed with the look of hair transplant scar on your scalp, it’s time to camouflage it with scalp micropigmentation. The reason is that SMP for scar camouflage is one of the best ways to heal an old scar tissue. But you need the best hands for the procedure to produce the most desired results. DermiMatch can come to your rescue. Garrett Duell is a scalp expert with decades of experience under his belt.

For more information or to see what your options may be, please feel free to reach out to us at www.dermimatch.com in Scottsdale Arizona. 

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Best SMP Scar Result Preparation

Unfortunately SMP is not a miracle fix for scar camouflage as many providers would want you to believe. It is always important to consider scar revisions, microneedling, fraxel laser resurfacing of fibroblast before SMP treatment to obtain the best results. SMP cannot fix scar texture so this is an important element to consider. 

Trichophytic closure is a surgical incision closing technique that is designed to allow hair to grow through the incision. This is a great technique for scars from surgery on the scalp where you would want to minimize the appearance of a scar. 

Trichophytic closure is something you may want to ask your hair transplant doctor about. Some doctors do not feel comfortable performing this closure or feel it does not yield the best results. 

I had to request my doctor to perform this closure which he attempted to talk me out of; I insisted. I will tell you the results were 90% better than closing the scar without. That being said, I did make sure of my doctor’s resume in which he was a plastic surgeon before moving into hair transplants. If a doctor does not have the experience or feels uncomfortable with this closure, you should find another doctor. 

Best hair transplant closures in my opinion are done by doctors that understand tension and reduce scar tissue. To reduce the tension on the outer skin layer your surgeon should utilize dissolving stitches and close internally to allow the internal stitches to hold the tension. The outer stitches should close the outer layer using very little tension. (Almost just resting the two portions of skin together). 

https://www.chicagohairinstitute.com/trichophytic-closure

SMP is a great way to enhance this closure and camouflage your hair transplant scar. www.Dermimatch.com in Scottsdale Arizona. 

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SMP Evolution

SMP has come a long way over the last decade. Artists have gained further experience and found better pigments, needles and techniques. 

Unfortunately as great as SMP is as a hair loss solution, we are still utilizing a 2D solution for a 3D problem. There are limitations to how natural this solution can look and it must be performed in such a manner as to obtain the most natural look. 

Is SMP natural up close in person? This all depends, however, when creating 1000’s of impressions, it would be a lie to say every single impression remains small and precise. Each portion of the scalp is a different texture and can yield a different result from one inch to the next. It takes a skilled artist and lots of patients to achieve the best results possible. Your artist should also be utilizing a complexion correction or saline solution to target any impressions that are not satisfactory as a standard part of the treatment. 

Natural hairlines are a must to obtain a natural result. It has become a trend in the SMP world to create the edged up barber look. If we are creating a shaved head look with SMP, how might one obtain an edge up look if they have a shaved head? You must have some length to achieve this with real hair right? So why would this be a great idea with a 2D impression? Although you can create a feathered edge up this is still a risky hairline to choose for the most natural result.  

The idea is to give a shaved look of a full head of hair, not to try and create hair. As an SMP artist I can typically spot SMP in the real world from a mile away. Even if the SMP work is excellent, I can still tell. It has almost become a “look” that is acceptable. The “SMP look”. 

I find this acceptable “SMP look” to defeat the purpose. So how do we avoid this look? SMP must be Subtle. Subtle with a natural feathered hairline. Do not get caught in the “more is better” trap. 

Another point I should touch on is pigments. The SMP world tends to utilize diluted straight black carbon ink. Luckily some artists have adopted the idea that the carbon black needs to be warmed up to help avoid the “shoe polish SMP look” and to help avoid blue hughes in lighter skinned clients. 

Do your research and go to an artist that promotes a natural feathered hairline, subtleness and warm pigments. 

Take a look at Dermimatch.com to see natural before and after results in scottsdale, arizona. 

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Reduce Finasteride Side Effects

The idea of topical Finasteride has become more popular as big companies like “Hims” are utilizing and advertising this as an option to the traditional oral delivery method. 

Finasteride taken orally is one of the few FDA approved treatments to combat hair loss.  Subsequently, topical Finasteride is not FDA approved to treat hair loss at this time. So why would you want to take Finasteride topically if this is not an FDA approved method. The answer is very simple; side effects of taking Finasteride orally can override the benefits for many. 

Finasteride works by blocking the hormone DHT in the body. As with any medication that is altering hormones in the body, there will be side effects associated. 

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Ejaculation disorder
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • Increase in breast size and tenderness
  • Gynecomastia

Although Finasteride is typically well tolerated, many can be affected by these side effects or maybe just want to avoid taking the medication due to possible side effects. 

Alternatively; “Topical finasteride primarily lowers the levels of DHT in the scalp and has a substantially lower impact on serum DHT in the body, which makes it less likely to cause side effects than oral finasteride.” https://www.usarx.com/drug/finasteride/does-topical-finasteride-work

To learn more or by topical Finasteride. Hims might be a good place to start. 

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If medications are not for you, look into Scalp Micropigmentation www.dermimatch.com Scottsdale, AZ

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Scalp Micropigmentation Process

We all see Instagram posts of before and after or 1st,2nd and 3rd session progression as it relates to Scalp Micropigmentation. Marketing and photos can be misleading and set false expectations of what is realistic throughout the process. Understanding the process and expectations is very important and should be relayed to potential clients during the consultation. 

I’d like to touch on the process and expectation for each session in general terms. SMP is typically done throughout 3-5 sessions realistically. For demonstration purposes, I will go through session progression as if we are talking about 3 sessions. 

First session – This is the time to create the overall foundation. Depending on your artist, this may be low density or a time to create density and get a “wow” factor for a client. Whatever path your artist chooses, this is the time to get a base down and fill in the balding area. Directly after a 1st session, the results may look amazing but as the treatment heals and the redness dies down, you will likely see sections that have faded or disappeared all together and other sections that have remained. This can leave a patchy appearance but do not be alarmed, this is normal. 

Second session – This is the time that your artist learns about your skin, how you heal, the technique used and any changes your artist must make in their technique. Each client’s skin is different and requires adjustments to be made to achieve the best results. During this session, your artist will be filling in any sessions that faded and blend the work from the first session. This is also the time to create the desired density the client is hoping to achieve or even make any changes to hairline design. 

Third session – This may be your last session for a while or it may not. This session is typically used to blend and create final detailed touches. Some artists may use a different shade of pigment to create a dusted 3D look on this session. 

As mentioned, each client is different so your artist should be working with you based on how the results are healing. A client’s scalp skin is different from inch to inch so if some sections impressions stay and others do not, you will need extra sessions. As a client, it can be a scary process when the results are not healing perfectly after every session; again this is common and each session is used to fill faded portions. 

Marketing might make one believe that each session looks perfect. This is not the case and requires many sessions to make the final results you see advertised. 

You can book a consultation with your local SMP provider or feel free to contact Dermimatch in Scottsdale, AZ at https://www.dermimatch.com and schedule a consultation. 

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Joey lawrence Hair Loss

From what I can tell, Joey Lawrence has done just about everything under the sun to hide his hair loss. 

Joey is seen on a talk show stating that he doesn’t have any hair loss but that he just chooses to shave his head. For whatever personal reasons he is still not open about balding and what he’s done to combat it. 

Here are the things I think Joey has done to hide his hair loss. If you look over the years, Joey has shaved his head and also grown his hair back years later. With his head shaved down you can still see it looks as though he has a full head of shaved down hair. It’s apparent to me that Joey has had Scalp Micropigmentation done. The artist that did the work did a great job however, this is what I think Joey’s answer to his hair loss consisted of until he obtained hair transplants. I Think Joey has had multiple FUE transplants and I would bet he has also used body hair to obtain more grafts by looking at the texture of his hair. 

SMP in combination with hair transplants can be a great combination and I think Joey is a good example of combining these two options. 

For any SMP questions, take a look at www.dermimatch.com located in Scottsdale, AZ.