This below question was asked by a member of our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums and answered by Nicole, the SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Coalition hair restoration surgeons Dr. Ron Shapiro and Dr. Paul Shapiro.
Hey Nicole, I wanted to ask your opinion on something. Since you have worked for a permanent scalp micropigmentation clinic, and now are the Temporary SMP specialist at Shapiro Medical Group, you probably have a unique perspective in that you are one of the few practitioners and specialists in the industry who has actually done both Temporary and Permanent SMP.
I know that your career now is the Temporary SMP, but do you feel that Permanent SMP is still a good viable option for men if they have it done at a reputable clinic? Or does it just depend on what the client is wanting, like maybe just wanting to see if SMP is for them or not?
I do feel like Permanent SMP can be a viable option if done by a reputable clinic! Temp SMP (tricopigmentation) is a great advancement in the permanent SMP procedure exactly for the reason you stated above – because it offers another option for patients.
I like to stay away from any permanent vs. temporary SMP debates because they both have their own lists of pro’s and con’s. Always, the most important thing first is “Do no harm” followed by “What is best for this patient?” Both are great procedures in the right hands but neither procedure is “the perfect solution” for every patient. It’s nice to be able to offer options.
Many patients are not ready psychologically (for a variety of reasons) to make a decision to do any permanent procedures so this offers another way for them to “test the waters” knowing it will fade and disappear compared to needing laser removal treatments should they want to make changes (or if life hands them changes) in the future.
SMP and Micro-Pigmentation Specialist for Shapiro Medical Group
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