I recently moved to NC and decided to inquire about fraxel for my scars as a pre-SMP treatment. I went to a clinic in Raleigh and spoke with a very friendly lady named Lisa. I explained about my HT, scarring, and plans on getting the SMP at Hishair. I told her many are saying that treating the scars first has been beneficial.
Lisa told me about a treatment that she does called micro-needling. After reading more about it I think it is also the same as using a derma-roller, or at least it is similar. She said that the fraxel and the needling both accomplish the same thing, in that they damage the skin (scar) and cause the body to produce collagen to heal and help restore a more natural appearance. It is just a matter of how each type of treatment is applied.
She showed me her appliance, and explained in detail how it works. She says she can work on more specific areas with her needling "pen" and can control the depth and the intensity better than with the fraxel. Plus needling is cheaper.
I told her that in this forum I have read other's accounts of noticing some improvement in scars just from the SMP needle being used. Some have even mentioned wanting to find someone who would dry needle their scars without using any pigment. I guess this micro needling is basically just that.
So I think I will go for a few sessions with Lisa and have her work on the cobble scarring on the top/front of my head for now. If I can see improvement in that area I might continue with the scarring in the back, although I have both a linear scar and old plug donor scars. Not sure how that might work.
But if I can get the top scarring to look better it would help for when I decide to get the SMP treatment. My goal is to deal with the scarring at first. I doubt I will do the entire head.
One thing Lisa mentioned is not being sure if her procedure might cause the hair on top to not grow back. I told her if things work as planned I wouldn't care if it did or not as that area would be treated with the pigment anyway. But just out of curiosity, does anyone have any knowledge of personal experience concerning this?
I will post more details after I have a couple of sessions. Lisa said the treatment should also help minimize the redness on my scalp. I never understood why, after all these years, there is still so much redness in the recipient area on top of my head. Seems as if it should have gone away by now. When I had more hair it was covered better, but now that much of my hair is gone, both my own and the transplanted hair, the redness shows up more, especially in certain lighting conditions.
That's all for now...