The benefits of GLI Scar Camouflage in combination with GLI SMP are two-fold:
- The illusion of density is added in areas where hair transplant surgery has failed to provide adequate density.
- Scars on the scalp – evidence of previous hair transplant surgery – are camouflaged and rendered virtually undetectable.
Scar tissue has a vastly different composition than that of healthy skin tissue. As such, it reacts very differently to pigmentation. Two particular components of skin and scar tissue need to be understood when considering SMP for Scar Camouflage: Melanin and Collagen. The understanding of these components is vital to the effectiveness of Scalp Micro Pigmentation in repairing the look of your hair in areas that are affected by scar tissue.
When the body undergoes trauma, it forms a “patch” as quickly as possible. This is one of the survival mechanisms of the body. Scar tissue is a patch. It is tough and hard, laid down quickly, yet indefinitely, and designed to hold the body together for survival. Though this response is incredible, it does not produce either attractive or functional results.
Because of the tough nature of scar tissue, there is a greatly minimized ability for it to receive pigmentation, or to retain it. This is why the Good Look Ink Scar Pre-Treatment procedure has been developed. To see our results, have a look at our galleries for examples of our treatment of clients with hair transplant surgery scars.Learn More About Hair Transplant Scars
Unlike the months of waiting which are required before the results of a hair transplant surgery can be evaluated (as transplanted hairs can take many months to grow), the results of GLI SMP on the transplant site are visible in one day, and are fully cured in 30 days.
Scar tissue has a vastly different composition than that of healthy skin tissue. As such, it reacts very differently to pigmentation. Two particular components of skin and scar tissue need to be understood when considering SMP for Scar Camouflage: Melanin and Collagen
Melanin is the component of skin, found in the lower epidermis which provides natural pigmentation. The interruption in the activity of melanin caused by a wound is typically the cause for the variances in coloration in scars.
Collagen is a fibrous structural protein, and it is the main protein in connective tissue. About one quarter of the human body is collagen. Collagen is a component in tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, skin and teeth. In skin it is present in the dermis, the inner layer of skin. Collagen fibers can have incredible tensile strength in the case of scar tissue. In the case of skin, the amount and quality of collagen present greatly affects the appearance.
Because of the tough nature of scar tissue, there is a greatly minimized ability for it to receive pigmentation, or to retain it. This is why the Good Look Ink Scar Pre-Treatment procedure has been developed. This process, performed on just the scar 6 weeks prior to the full GLI SMP procedure, results in the natural production of a new sheet of collagen, laid down in the area just below the epidermis. This is extremely important in the context of pigmentation, because of the fact that the possibility for the pigment to retain is infinitely higher in the reformed, vascularized (has blood flow), healthy tissue.
In addition to stimulating collagen production, our scar pre-treatment method mechanically breaks down the scar tissue, causes realignment of the collagen fibers, and stimulates melanogenesis. The result is an improvement to the texture and the color of the scar.
GLI technicians also incorporate a camouflage pigment component to the pre-treatment as a measure to start the illusion which will be completed by GLI SMP. Scar tissue rarely matches the color of the surrounding scalp, not only because of the loss of hair, but also because of the discoloration brought on by the disturbance in the melanin caused by the surgical wound. GLI Scar Pre-Treatment begins the process of neutralizing color contrast. The color of the healed, pre-treated scar can be adjusted and further corrected by the technician on procedure day as well.
Following the 6 week healing process, the hair transplant scar will have an improved pigment acceptance, will have improved texture, and will have a color more closely matching the surrounding scalp.
GLI Scar Pre-Treatment compared to Laser Scar Resurfacing
Laser scar resurfacing can cause additional trauma and damage to the epidermis, as well as the upper layers of the dermis, stimulating a post-traumatic inflammatory reaction (the “scar”response). In addition to being less effective, and arguably harmful, laser treatments are extremely expensive.
GLI Scar Pre-Treatment Summary:
This procedure does not damage the skin – it causes it to become thicker and healthier with new collagen.
The client will have a far better camouflage result produced on the day of their procedure.
The healing phase should be largely completed within 5-7 days (though it takes 6 weeks of healing time prior to pigmentation)
Numbing agent is used during the procedure, minimizing the discomfort.
A very small amount of pigment is added to the treated area, which will help to camouflage the scar during healing.
Components used throughout every Good Look Ink procedure, from skin preparation to aftercare, have been deliberately selected because of their effect on collagen production and an understanding of the body’s natural healing responses.
Through the Good Look Ink Scar Camouflage process, hair transplant surgery scars are made virtually undetectable. Through our specialized Scar Pre-Treatment, scar tissue is rendered far more receptive to pigment acceptance and retention.
If you have had hair restoration surgery, Good Look Ink Scar Camouflage will help you to achieve the appearance of full follicular density while camouflaging your scars and reducing the necessary maintenance.
If you had hair transplants, especially if it was decades ago, the consequences are scars typically located on the posterior side of the head. While the appearance of these scars can be quite unattractive, the psychological effects can be even more devastating to the individual who does not want to broadcast to the world the evidence of hair transplant surgery.
“I had four hair transplant surgeries at a cost of over $17,000. I had somewhat full coverage, but my hair was still thin do to the lack of donor hair. I was left with scars in the donor area after the transplants. I didn’t have any more donor hair to give, so Scalp Micro-Pigmentation was the last option I had. Now I know it’s the best option for all people who have had transplant surgery as it completes the look of a fuller head of hair.” – Dan J.
In fact, there are two type of hair restoration surgery that can cause scars:
The first type is the follicular unit strip surgery or “FUSS.” In this surgery, a strip of the scalp is removed from the donor site on the posterior of the head and the hair follicles from it are implanted into the balding or thinning area. The opened wound at the donor site is then sewn back together, resulting in a scar which can be large, thick, and textured.
The second type is known as the follicular unit extraction or “FUE.” In this surgery, hair strands are transplanted in a group of one to four hairs into the balding area. FUE can give a “patchy” or “dotted” appearance on the donor site because of the plucked hairs. Although the scarring from FUE is much less significant than from FUSS, there is a limit to the density that can be provided by this surgical option.
“After years of using Dermatch, I was searching for an answer to having my hair transplant scars removed. When I stumbled across Good Look Ink while watching TV, I knew that could be the answer I have been seeking for over a decade. I met with a consultant who had the Scalp Micro-Pigmentation done to him. I was able to see the end results firsthand. They were honest about the 60% – 90% coverage I would get the first time I had the process done. I ended up with about 85% coverage and at no charge, they completed the look I wanted. I now have shaved my head down to a 1 guard and no one is able to see the scars from my three transplant surgeries.”- Client Jack M.
Most patients have already gone through one or more procedures which makes them reluctant to have any further work done. This is why many clients hide their scars with long hair. In order to maintain short hair, many men will hide the scars on the back of the head with a temporary cover-up such as Derm-Match or Toppik.
Temporary concealers (make-up) are the cheapest way to cover-up a scar. However, since these concealers are temporary, they are not conducive to being touched, nor are the resistant to factors such as sweat or rain.
I would like to thank GLI for giving me the freedom of not wearing a hat any longer. I’ve had two transplant surgeries, and as a result, had a couple pretty noticeable scars. We started by covering the scars and now I will be going back for the thinning area on top. I know I will be very pleased with the finished results.
A very satisfied customer,
-Brad C. – MN