HPT® is an acronym for Hair micro-Pigmentation Treatment. HPT® is a revolutionary semi-permanent micro-pigmenting technique that offers an alternative option for both men and women suffering from hair loss who are not appropriate candidates for hair transplant surgery or who do not want it. HPT® involves the use of a digitally controlled needle which applies medical grade hypoallergenic colour pigment into the scalp. As well as male pattern hair loss, HPT® can create the illusion of hair for patients suffering from a host of scalp conditions including scarring alopecia’s, alopecia areata, totalis and universalis, as well as hair loss due to injuries and burns or disguising surgery scars.
Yes. HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation will create the illusion of a shaven head or 5 o’clock shadow, but it is not actual hair. On very close inspection or touch, you will not feel the stubble as you would with real hair. Some patients choose to have some FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) surgery to create the feel of stubble if the donor hair is available.
HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation is designed to last a number of years and typically we would expect this treatment to last between 1-3 years with some minor touch ups. However, it is impossible to predict the exact length of time it will last, as each patient is different, and lifestyle choice and other variables can effect the treatment in individual cases. However, some patients may have the remnants of this treatment for a longer period.
No. Unlike a traditional tattoo that would use ‘ink’, HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation is performed using specially designed pigments that will not have the colour change or migration (blurring) that is commonly seen with a body art tattoo. Although it may appear to be a similar technique, the needles and treatment depth into the skin are very different. Both use needles to implant colour, but that is where the similarity ends. This treatment will need a small amount of maintenance or ‘touch up’ treatments to keep it looking even and fresh over the years to come.
Yes. We use sterile one-time use needles and all other materials used are disposed of immediately after treatment.
The treatment is not painful as the depth the pigment is implanted is only in the dermis and not deep like a body art tattoo. We advise not working in longer than 4 hour sessions, as it is a residual build up of ‘irritation’ that can eventually make the scalp feel sore. We would also advise bringing some music to listen to, to help pass the time.
We don’t think you need to, but you can take paracetamol, ibuprofen or co-codamol. Do not take anything containing asprin as this will thin the blood and increase bleeding during treatment. Additionally, it is advisable not to drink alcohol 48 hours prior to treatment.
No. In fact there is evidence to show that HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation can be beneficial for patients suffering with alopecia as this treatment creates hyperaemia, bringing blood flow to the surface as a by-product of micro trauma to the area. In some cases this means that natural hair re-growth can occur in the areas treated, but this is not something we can guarantee in all cases.
At the consultation we will discuss in depth all the possible outcomes. We work in such a way that if there is more hair loss we can blend in the work and increase the treatment area.
No. HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation is totally safe and will not induce ‘shock loss’. However, we would recommend waiting 3 months after surgery if you require additional density from scalp micro-pigmentation.
HPT® scalp micro-pigmentation will enhance any transplant surgery, either FUT or FUE, by creating the illusion of thicker ‘hair’ at a root level. This treatment works very well with hair transplant surgery and many clients use HPT® as a way to create coverage whilst waiting for surgery as the result is instant and a financially effective option.