The thought of losing your hair is enough reason to give anyone an uncomfortable feeling in their gut. The thinning of your hair can be a daunting transition for many of us guys, but it doesn’t need to bring your confidence, character and life to a grinding halt. There are multiple cutting-edge procedures available to us (and women too) to allow us to dispel and reverse the effects. It is normal to feel you are suffering alone, but it shouldn’t be the normal. You’d be surprised at how many people are affected with some form of hair loss and we should be educating each other and using these social platforms to make it an easier topic to talk about. Why are we suffering in silence?

The term Tricopigmentation has been floating around these past few years. I know what you are thinking right, a mouthful. But how is this different to Micropigmentation. Let me break it down for you. Tricopigmentation is a method created from its parent procedure SMP (Scalp Micropigmentation). It was developed in Milan, Italy by Milena Lardi from the Beauty Medical Clinic. Both procedures are very similar in terms of goals and treatment but are slightly different overall.

Micropigmentation, where tiny dots are microscopically tattooed onto the head to mimic and give the illusion of hair follicles. Micropigmentation is a onetime procedure with permanent results. Much like a tattoo on the body, over a long period of time it can begin to fade, so short touch-ups can keep it looking neater, again this depends on each specific case. Tricopigmentation however is the temporary option and depending on everyone’s procedure, can last between 6-18 months and will require touch-ups because it will fade over time.

When done correctly each procedure can give you a completely new look. There are always risks for each treatment, much like any cosmetic or surgical procedure in general. It is important to thoroughly do your research and really be certain about what it is exactly you are after, something long-term or temporary. The two procedures use different pigments to provide you with the necessary results and no-one really is seen as the better option. Each one offers a certain demographic the ability to restore your hairline and so on.

‘There are of course both wonderful Tricopigmentation and Micropigmentation technicians out there, as well as less educated and less skilled ones too. You always carry a risk, so it’s important to always research the skill and experience of the technician, as this will highly determine the outcome of your procedure’ world-renowned Tricopigmentation expert Peter Joannou explains. Peter runs a three-man strong male grooming clinic in Brighton specialising in Tricopigmentation and has noticed a huge increase in the number of men exploring this alternative hair-loss treatment, particularly over the past eighteen months.

Now Tricopigmentation to some has been seen as the ‘safer’ option due to the fact the pigment fades naturally. Unlike Micropigmentation which needs laser removal surgery to remove the pigment deposits from your head. Now Tricopigmentation top-ups can potentially leave you with the ‘Helmet Look’ (a forum created term). This is when a pigmentation top-up upon a deposit merges with the neighbouring and individual dots around it, causing a loss in dot definition. And you are left with an unnatural density of pigmented dots upon your head which ruins the original illusion of a hairline. To put it bluntly you run the risk or having Lego hair. This type of mistake again comes down to the skillset and level of education from the practitioner. Another potential mistake with regular top-ups is the use of wrong pigment, causing discoloration to your treated area. This leaves you with a visible marking. The ‘Helmet Look’ term again will be used.

Saying this shouldn’t put you off either of the two procedures. As we have said above each one has good and bad points. It all comes down to what exactly it is you are after and the level of skills your clinics practitioners hold. Each procedure should ultimately give you the appearance of a hair full of follicles. This is wonderful for those experiencing, thinning of the hair, patchiness and even those diagnosed with alopecia. Both procedures have given many men and women the opportunity to rebuild their confidence and conceal any areas which had become noticeably visible to them. For cost effective purposes, on average the cheaper option would be the Micropigmentation. Initially it is more upfront as one payment as one procedure. Whereas Tricopigmentation begins cheaper for the treatment, but with regular top-ups over time can often cost a fraction more. The same principle applies to buying something in one fell swoop at one price rate or choosing to pay monthly at a smaller fee. Overtime the most cost-effective way would be the onetime permanent pigmentation procedure Micropigmentation. This however might not be achievable for some clients. So being able to top-up regularly at a fraction of the price is an easier option for them. This would be the decision of the customer and their personal choice.

I think overall having the option to permanently or temporarily rebuild the illusion of hair follicles is the most wonderful thing about the two procedures. Whether you choose to use Tricopigmentation, or Micropigmentation to conceal an area with hair loss is down to your personal preference and the experience of your practitioner performing the procedure.

If you’re looking for a good place to start, we recommend that you e-mail Peter directly, who will be able to provide you with a free consultation, or direct you to a fully qualified and reputable specialist in your area. He can be contacted at: pjoannou@yahoo.co.uk