FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS HAIR FOLLICLE REPLICATION LIKE A TATTOO?
Yes…and no. By definition, a tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of ingraining an indelible pigment into the Dermis. Similarly, Hair Follicle Replication involves the application of pigments; however the process and the results are significantly different. The imprint of a single hair follicle isn’t applied as deeply as a tattoo. Unlike traditional tattooing which consists of lines and colour shading, the Hair Follicle Replication process is performed one impression at a time with specialised needles and pigments designed to replicate thousands of tiny hair follicles, with upwards of 50,000 required for full scalp coverage.
WHAT GUARANTEE IS THERE THAT I WILL GET THE RESULTS IM WANTING?
We consult with every client prior to booking the treatment so we understand the outcome you desire. Everybody’s skin and body react differently to Pigment Implantation thus affecting the final colour and results. To ensure the best possible outcome a small test patch is performed in a discreet location, generally at the edge of and within the existing hair line towards the back of the head. This test patch will be done prior to your treatment using pigment colour-matched to your existing hair so you are able to see the results that will be achieved. Adjustments can be made if deemed necessary and following your approval, the procedure completed. Should you decide to not proceed with the treatment the test patch will not be visible to the uninformed onlooker, saving any embarrassment. We also provide a free touch up within the first 12 months should you experience any fading.
WILL HAIR FOLLICLE REPLICATION CAUSE MY OWN REAL HAIR TO GROW BACK?
No it won’t, however it has been reported that the blood flow to the scalp has seemed improved in certain individuals due to the effect of the needle penetrating the skin. This may have a positive effect on your own hair growth but there are no guarantees.
CAN THIS BE USED TO HELP MY ALOPECIA?
When we say we can treat Alopecia, we mean we can disguise it. The treatment of Alopecia is a science unto itself and we cannot provide treatment to prevent or cure this problem. What we can provide is masking of the balding areas. As the skin is no different to any other area of the scalp the procedure can be used, and is being used, with great success.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
The initial process will take anywhere from 1 to 8 hours dependant on your coverage requirement. The follow-up process may take between 1 and 3 hours and again depends on your individual requirements, and is generally sufficient to complete your new look.
HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?
The cost of your treatment will depend on the total area to be covered and the density that you will require to match your existing natural growth pattern. As everyone has varying requirements, we will provide you with a quotation following your consultation, which can be as simple as emailing photos for assessment. Skype consultations are also a simple way of assessing your requirements. Whichever method you choose, you will know the cost prior to your treatment. The cost of Hair Follicle Replication is far less than transplant surgery and does not come with the continual financial commitments associated with medication programs or hair piece maintenance.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY HAIR GOES GREY OR REDUCES MORE?
Whatever colour your hair, when it is cut close to the scalp it will generally appear to be a shade of grey, ranging from light silver grey to almost black. As the Melanocytes produce less melanin with age the hair colour becomes lighter. In order to duplicate your natural hair colour we blend pigments to achieve an almost exact match. The process of Hair Follicle Replication begins at the boundary of your existing hairline and we work slightly within this boundary to achieve a subtle blending by placing pigment amongst your own hair follicles. The process then continues onto the scalp to create a seamless transition. Should your hair lighten or recede further we simply infill the areas requiring colour matching.
MY HAIR IS ALREADY GREY AND BARELY VISIBLE WHEN I CUT MY HAIR SHORT, HOW CAN THIS WORK FOR ME?
Clients with very little natural colour to their hair can choose to have their complete scalp treated in a colour that suits their particular requirements. In order to achieve a natural and more youthful look, we provide complete coverage and the natural growth of your hair provides more realism to the touch. The Hair Follicle Replication process provides complete flexibility, enabling you to choose a look that suits your personal taste. You can choose a soft hairline or one that is more defined, dark or light coverage or simply just have your receding hairline recreated.
I'VE SEEN A LOT OF TREATMENTS OVERSEAS WHERE PATIENTS HAVE REALLY STARK STRAIGHT LINES, WILL MINE LOOK LIKE THIS?
Your new hairline will be designed to suit your personal requirements prior to starting the procedure. The options for your frontal hairline range from soft and staggered to crisp and straight, the choice is entirely yours.
WILL I NEED TO KEEP MY HAIR SHORT?
Yes and no. If you have had the treatment to cover bald areas of the scalp you will need to keep your hair short to reduce the contrast between your own follicles and the replicated follicles. If you have had the treatment in between your existing hair to create the illusion of greater thickness, no, as the replicated follicles are there purely to reduce the contrast between your hair and scalp much like a concealer or thickener spray, only permanent.
WHAT IS THE MAINTENANCE LONG TERM?
The only ongoing maintenance will be to have your naturally growing hair cropped according to your individual growth rate and the look is complete and maintenance free. We do suggest that you wear a good quality high factor sun block whenever you are outdoors as over exposure to UV light will cause the pigment to fade over time.
WHAT PIGMENT IS USED? IS IT SAFE?
We use only a natural mineral based pigment created specifically for Scalp Micro-pigmentation only, that has been formulated to set in the skin of the scalp once implanted, resulting in very fine, crisp, and clear follicle replications. This is not a commercially available product and is produced exclusively for Hairline Solutions. We do not use regular tattoo inks or permanent make-up pigments as the quality is not conducive to Hair Follicle Replication.