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The Pros and Cons of Microblading for Hair Loss

microbladingOne of the newest trends in the fight against hair loss is microblading. What started as a beauty treatment to help fill and shape eyebrows is now being used on the scalp to conceal thinning and shedding. But what exactly is microblading, and is the procedure worth the time and cost?

To best determine if the hair tattoo is right for you, it’s important to first understand how the process works. The procedure involves a handheld tool that essentially tattoos your scalp to create the illusion of thicker hair. Unlike scalp micropigmentation, where a digital machine is used, microblading is done completely by hand. A small blade deposits ink across your scalp to mimic the appearance of more hair.

Microblading needles are about three times smaller than regular tattoo needs. This allows a hair loss specialist or tattoo artist to draw very fine, hair-like strokes for natural-looking results. And, because the manual process allows for precision, only the areas of the scalp lacking sufficient growth are targeted.

Microblading Pros and Cons

The treatment is available to both men and women – which is good, considering nearly 40 percent of all hair loss patients are female. Consider the following benefits:

  • Tattoo pigment matches natural hair color and skin tone.
  • Results appear immediately and fade gradually over time.
  • Microblading works well across the hairline for patients with progressed traction alopecia, a hair loss condition often caused by tight hairstyles such as braids and extensions.
  • When used beyond the hairlines, results look similar to a buzz cut. This can be suitable for men (or women) who already sport ultra-short hairstyles.
  • Pain is manageable – akin to a small rubber band snap or eyebrow plucking.
  • Results last for approximately 18 months (with intermittent touch-ups), but can vary depending on the patient and their lifestyle.

While this procedure is beneficial for some, not every hair loss patient is a good candidate. Microblading doesn’t counteract diffuse thinning – a common characteristic of female pattern hair loss (FPHL), a form of androgenetic (hereditary) alopecia. In addition, microblading does not work well on patients looking for increased volume. Microblading does not increase hair count or add thickness to thinning hair.

Both scalp micropigmentation and microblading are temporary treatments. These procedures do not prevent progressive hair loss or encourage new hair growth. To the touch, your hair won’t feel any different than it did prior to the treatment. This can be a major drawback for patients concerned about texture.

Finally, microblading does not offset baldness. To generate natural results, the tattoo must be concealed by surrounding hairs. For patients with advanced male pattern baldness or alopecia areata, microblading may not be a practical option.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we work with patients looking for long-lasting, noticeable hair regrowth. We increase hair count and curb future hair loss through a range of procedures, including high-tech hair transplant surgery and low-level laser therapy. To book a consultation and discuss your options for authentic hair restoration, call us at 305-925-0222.


Hair Reconstruction

Hair ReconstructionHair reconstruction generally involves one of two approaches to rebuilding the natural appearance of hair.  The first approach is surgical and involves transplanting individual hairs from a donor area to the restoration area (the area experiencing thinning or balding).  A second type of hair reconstruction is non-surgical.  Non-surgical hair reconstruction may involve utilizing prescription hair loss medications, low level laser therapy devices, or general lifestyle changes to naturally spur the growth of hair.  It is important to note that not all individuals are candidates for surgical hair reconstruction procedures.  This cannot be determined, however, until the individual seeks the professional consultation of a hair transplant surgeon.

Hair Reconstruction: Am I a Candidate?

At this point, you may be wondering if you are a candidate for hair reconstruction.  The simple answer is “yes,” because there are a variety of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options available.  On a more complex level, however, you may find that the unique condition of your hair may limit treatment options in some way.  You may find that you are not a candidate for a surgical hair transplant procedure, for example.  Or, you may prefer to avoid prescription hair loss medications and instead focus on making lifestyle changes that may promote natural hair growth.

Most often, hair loss is unique in the way it affects the individual.  To better understand your hair loss and the treatment options that are available to you, follow the 4 steps below:

Step 1: Discovering Hair Loss

If you found this article online, you are most likely in the Discovering Hair Loss phase.  Perhaps you have noticed visible signs of thinning, balding, or shedding.  Or, maybe your are simply educating yourself so you may take proactive preventative measures to keep your hair looking its absolute best for long into the future.  In either case, we welcome you to our website and invite you to visit the Hair Transplant Blog homepage for additional information on hair loss, hair reconstruction procedures, images from before and after procedures, and much more.

Step 2: Consult a Professional for an Evaluation

Now that you know more about the prevalence of hair loss, you are ready for the Consultation Phase.  At this point, there is no substitute for the professional opinion of a licensed and experienced surgeon.  We welcome you to schedule an appointment for a hair loss evaluation with the Hair Transplant Institute.  Our clinic proudly represents South Florida’s top hair transplant surgeons, and our facility is staffed with caring individuals who provide an unparalleled level of service.

Step 3: Obtain a Hair Loss Diagnosis

During your evaluation, our Institute’s lead surgeons, Dr. Nusbaum and , will work towards providing a full and accurate diagnosis of the cause for your hair loss.  To learn more about the advanced hair loss diagnosis methods performed by the Hair Transplant Institute, please visit our Hair Loss Evaluation page.

Step 4:  Choose a Hair Reconstruction Method

After scheduling an appointment and receiving a diagnosis, Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose will help you choose a safe and effective means of treating your hair loss in a way that will deliver the results you desire.  The Hair Transplant Institute provides a diverse array of leading treatment options ranging from surgical transplants to non-surgical low level laser treatments.  We understand the profound ways in which hair loss may affect both personal and social life, and we are committed to helping you find a hair reconstruction method that will have you looking and feeling great, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For more information, please call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami toll free at 1-877-443-9070.