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Hair Rejuvenation

Sofia Baig is a training Trichologist and renowned Scalp Micropigmentation and Hair Loss Specialist. She offers a discreet, confidential service in hair restoration as well as unparalleled, natural-looking results. Sofia can show people how to look after their hair and maintain scalp health; and treats hair loss (often caused by COVID-19 and stress). Sofia’s innovative, results-driven treatments offer up alternative hair-loss solutions that really work.

FAQs

Hair loss is the loss of hair, either wholly or partly. It is a problem that can affect anyone, and is often a source of embarrassment and anxiety. In the past, hair loss was associated with ageing, but there are other factors that can lead to premature hair loss in people. Therefore, when assessing hair loss in a client, it makes sense first of all to identify and remedy the cause of the hair loss, and then try various methods to manage it (such as scalp PRP, Microneedling or Micropigmentation). At The Clinic Holland Park, we advise an initial Trichotest analysis, which can identity the causes of a client’s hair loss before any restorative treatments begin. Trichotest analysis is available at The Clinic Holland Park.

There are many causes of hair loss – the most commonplace are outlined below.

  • Genetics Premature hair loss in men (‘male pattern baldness’) is the most common cause of baldness and is a genetic condition, passed on by both parents. Typically, male pattern baldness manifests during youth (early-to-mid-twenties) as a receding hairline or the formation of a patch.
  • Ageing Ageing is one of the most common causes of natural hair loss. Research shows that from the age of 30 upwards, the rate of growth and volume of hair gradually decreases; and women suffer from this problem too.
  • Stress Stress can also result in hair loss; particularly if a person experiences prolonged emotional and/or physical stress. Yet rather than a slow recession of the hairline, baldness caused by stress is usually sudden, widespread, and very upsetting for the individual concerned.
  • Too much traction on the scalp Some people have hairstyles that tug on the hair. Examples include tight braids, cornrow, buns, hair extensions and ponytails, as well as harsh treatments like perms and relaxers. When hair is subjected to this traction for a long time, it can result in an increased rate of hair being pulled out from the follicles, resulting in gradual loss of hair and ultimately baldness.
  • Post partum hair loss Some women experience hair loss after childbirth, which will be alleviated after the event, with time. This is due, in large part, to the high levels of female hormones, which result in many follicles being in the anagen phase.
SkinGenuity Hair Restorative Microneedling Solution is an alternative hair-restoration treatment to PRP injections. It is a suitable treatment for those with hair-growth issues who do not want Scalp Micropigmentation. SkinGenuity Microneedling is a 12-week programme, which incorporates in-clinic procedures with home care treatments. The 12-week programme is long enough for hair to begin to regrow, and a maintenance plan is recommended. SkinGenuity products have produced impressive growth results on thinning hair; whatever your gender, it works on all hair types. The treatment is intense, involving Microneedling with SkinGenuity Hair Restorative Solution, needled into the scalp, alongside aftercare to be carried out at home that is easy for the client to administer. The client’s home kit contains a 0.2mm microneedling device, to be used 2-3 times a week on the scalp, in combination with Hair Restorative Solution applied in the morning and at night. Clients are encouraged to use a brush infused with clinically proven botanicals. The SkinGenuity programme is a 12-week home plan, with the patient coming in to see Sofia for a treatment every 2 weeks. In clinic, Sofia will use 0.5mm or 1mm needles for a deeper microneedling treatment. At the end of the 12-week period of SkinGenuity Microneedling is a review consultation, to consider further treatment options. Treatment options would be either to continue Microneedling with SkinGenuity, or to have a combination treatment that incorporates PRP injections.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a clever illusion: the means by which the appearance of hair-thinning, balding or a receding hairline can be reversed. Biological pigments are placed in the upper layer of the dermis of the scalp. The pigments used in Micropigmentation are cruelty-free, and are carefully selected to replicate the client’s natural look as much as possible. Micropigmentation is an effective method of restoring a more youthful look to your hair.

When you choose Scalp Micropigmentation to counter the effects of hair loss, the attention to detail by the practitioner is one of the most important factors in determining the final outcome. For the most natural look, the process has to be done in such a manner as to reproduce the appearance of natural hair follicles. On average, there are more than 2,000 hairs per square inch on the human scalp; with Micropigmentation, the practitioner aims to replicate this look as closely as possible. Further, hair follicles do not grow in a uniform direction, but in a sort of spiral pattern. When doing Micropigmentation, the practitioner has to bear this in mind, ensuring the pigments blend with the natural growth pattern in the hair. This creates a result that is incredibly natural-looking; and in many cases will make you look like you have a full head of hair. Only close inspection would reveal the hair follicles as pigments.

Micropigmentation is not the same as a hair transplant, however. It is important to note that Micropigmentation is not synonymous with hair transplants: no hair shafts will be added to the follicles on your head. When Micropigmentation is done on a completely bald head, for example, the end result is a head that looks like it has been recently shaved. Micropigmentation can also be done on people with a full head of hair who have a bald or thinning patch. In these cases, Micropigmentation will hide the patch and make it less obvious. Compared to hair transplants, Micropigmentation has a much higher success rate, and is considerably less expensive. However, if you have already undergone a hair transplant, you can still use Micropigmentation to boost its visual effect, especially in areas where the transplant has not taken well.

The Clinic Holland Park offers a variety of the most advanced treatments in hair restoration, including Trichotest analysis, Scalp Microneedling, and PRP injections. State-of-the art Scalp Micropigmentation gives a 3-dimensional appearance.  It has the potential to address a whole range of hair-loss issues; and could help you regain your confidence and improve your appearance in ways you might not have thought possible. No matter your gender, age or ethnicity, we have a Micropigmentation procedure that will be right for you; and the results are life-changing.

  • Scalp Micropigmentation for men Whether you have a receding hairline, thinning hair, or any other type of hair loss issue, we have a solution. We can provide you with the natural, full look you want using the most advanced techniques available.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation for women Most people associate hair loss with men, but it affects a surprisingly large number of women too. Whether you have experienced hair loss due to surgery, stress, illness or something else, we can help. We use a specialised technique that creates a seamless transition between the hairline and scalp.
  • Alopecia Alopecia can affect anybody, young and old. There are many types of alopecia, but they all lead to follicle damage and hair loss. Scalp Micropigmentation is an ideal treatment to give the illusion of thicker hair and camouflage bald patches.
  • Density We can help by adding an illusion of volume to thinning hair. If you have longer hair, Scalp Micropigmentation can fill in areas where hair loss has occurred, such as along your hair parting or at your hairline. After just a few sessions, it will be virtually impossible for anyone to tell that you have had a treatment.
  • Scar camouflage A surprising number of people have scars on their scalps due to unfortunate experiences with past hair transplants. Scalp Micropigmentation can help cover up these issues – any unsightly marks on the scalp can be disguised in a manner that is virtually undetectable.
Scalp Micropigmentation is available for hair transplant clients; but they need to wait a year after their last hair transplant procedure before Micropigmentation can be performed.
Micropigmentation can camouflage scars for transplant patients and accident victims. In addition, Micropigmentation is very effective at camouflaging empty spots or patches on the scalp, which can be caused by a number of factors, including alopecia and the use of hair extensions.
Yes: colours are blended to match your exact hair type and colour. After the procedure, you might notice some redness in the area (depending on your type of skin), but this will subside within 24 hours.
3-D Scalp Micropigmentation produces amazingly authentic results. Until you disclose that you have undergone Scalp Micropigmentation, therefore, nobody will know.
Usually, treatment for Scalp Micropigmentation starts with an initial consultation, where the client’s needs are assessed and the treatment planned. For example, if the client has male pattern baldness, a mock-up of the desired hairline would be created to show the outcome, and the client has the opportunity to tweak these plans to their full satisfaction. After the initial consultation, the following sessions would involve the Scalp Micropigmentation – usually 2 or 3 sessions, depending on the extent of hair loss. The first session usually involves creating the hairline and a minor fill; in subsequent sessions, the fill is completed and texture added. The length of each of these sessions can be between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the degree of work being done.
There is a mild discomfort that accompanies the prickling sensation; but no numbing cream is applied to the scalp prior to treatment – this would get in the way of the precision work. Clients rate the level of pain at 4 out of 10. However, anybody with hair transplants who has developed scars after that procedure may experience a greater level of discomfort due to the sensitivity of their scalp in certain areas.
Although tattooing and Scalp Micropigmentation share some elements, they are not the same. Scalp Micropigmentation is a type of tattoo, but requires a lot more skills, training, and specialised equipment. The practitioner has to replicate the natural way each client’s hair follicles grow, which can vary considerably. The practitioner’s skills are incredibly precise: there are more than 2,000 hair follicles per square inch on the average human scalp. During each treatment, the practitioner works to reproduce this hair density, while also factoring in the orientation of the client’s hair follicles and, simultaneously, ensuring that the pigments are mixed correctly for a natural look. Extensive training is needed in order to practice Scalp Micropigmentation to this high standard.
No. The inks used do not redden or turn green or blue with age; they leave a permanent mark. The pigment is organic, not tested on animals, and specifically designed for the scalp. These high-quality pigments can replicate all hair colours and colour combinations: auburn, blond, grey, brunette, black, to remarkable effect. Therefore, as long as you follow the aftercare instructions properly, and avoid too much sun exposure to your scalp, there is scant risk of the treatment blurring or changing colour. How much the pigmentation fades is entirely dependent on the individual and your immune system. The procedure is severely compromised by sun exposure, which breaks down the ink so that it dissolves within your skin. Therefore, Scalp Micropigmentation will last a lifetime with maintenance along the way.

All new clients are sent a pre-care form prior to their initial consultation, which covers the following:

  • Please consider your hairline and how you want it to look, so that your practitioner is clear about your expectations.
  • Wash your hair the day before treatment because you will not be able to wash it for at least 4 days after treatment.
  • Moisturising is very important and needs to be done at least 3-4 times a day in the final days leading up to your treatment. (This only applies to clients with male pattern baldness.)

In addition, all new clients need to have a pre-appointment patch test at home or at The Clinic 48 hours before their first treatment, to ensure that they are compatible with the pigments to be used; this is a mandatory health and safety precaution.

All Scalp Micropigmentation clients are given a list of important aftercare information, which covers the following:

  • Avoid any interference with the healing process or disturbance of your new pigment deposits.
  • After every session, your scalp will begin a healing process. You must leave your scalp alone for the following week. Scabs will form over each of the needle marks and when they heal, they will take some pigment with them.
  • You may experience some tenderness, redness and/or peeling of skin, but do not scratch the dry skin off because this may remove the pigment.
  • Do not shampoo your hair for 5 days: warm water may be used to rinse your head after 3 days.
  • Do not apply any product containing minoxidil.
  • Do not use any cosmetics or other products that contain high levels of alcohol.
  • Do not apply any styling products for at least 7 days.
  • Do not swim in chlorinated pools or sea water for at least 7 days.
  • Avoid excessive sweating for 7 days.
  • Use proper sun protection every time you are in the sun, in order to preserve the pigmentation.
  • Your treatment will require 3 sessions to achieve the desired results. Fading of the pigment is expected in-between these sessions.
Yes. It is recommended that you wait at least 7 days after a treatment before engaging in any physical activity that causes even mild sweating. After 10 days, sweating should not interfere with your scalp healing properly.
You are advised to wait a minimum of 30 days after completion of the entire procedure. We strongly advise our clients to apply a sunscreen (SPF 30+) or wear a hat/cap whenever they go out in the sun.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation From £720 - £3540

    Over 3 Sessions | 2-3 hours | Subject to Consultation

  • Scalp Microneedling £360

    Per Session | 30-45 mins

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