Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) is a permanent cosmetic tattoo that mimics the very short hairs of a closely shaved scalp.
SMP is a new and innovative technique that offers an alternative styling option for men and women who do not want or are not candidates for hair transplant surgery.
SMP adds to the look of fullness by reducing the contrast between your scalp and your hair color. It can also camouflage scars found on the scalp, including those from strip harvesting.
SMP can be used for a variety of scalp conditions, including genetic male pattern baldness (MPB), scarring alopecias (alopecia areata, alopecia totalis), and scarring from neurosurgical procedures or burns.
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Dr. Jae Pak graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He then took a brief detour with the U.S. Marine Corp Officer Candidate School in Quantico Virginia to pursue his love for aviation. He currently holds an FAA private pilot license and you may see him off the coast of Southern California looping and spinning in an aerobatic plane. As an engineer, he designed fiber optic illuminators, and lighting systems that are used all over the world. Some of his (engineering) work can be seen on the skyline of Las Vegas and stealth ships operated by the U.S. Navy. If you have a pool in your backyard that is equipped with a fiber optic lighting system, chances are Dr. Pak designed that very lighting system. Eventually Dr. Pak went on to complete his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia. He is also a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and works 2 to 3 times a month at a trauma center in Downtown Los Angeles.
His interest in medicine crossed paths with Dr. William Rassman’s interest in engineering in 1997. Since then, the two have been pioneering hair transplant methods, automation, and instrumentation from the initial FUE techniques and tools to Hair Implanting Pen devices which are routinely used at NHI. He has collaborated on U.S. Patents with Dr. Rassman and has been intimately involved with innovative hair transplant surgical techniques incorporating new technology.
Dr. Pak’s training in hair transplant surgery stems from the apprenticeship with Dr. Rassman since 1997 perfecting the art of hair transplantation. Dr. Pak brings his engineering and artistic skills to the clinical practice at New Hair Institute. Dr. Pak continues to develop new surgical techniques and invent surgical instrumentation to further advance the field of hair transplant surgery.
Equipped with the technical and surgical skills, Dr. Pak’s most important and distinguishing skill is his inherent artistic abilities to create the most natural and balanced hair line. After all, in cosmetic surgery, you would want your surgeon to be an artist!
Dr. Pak coauthors the daily hair loss Q&A site BaldingBlog.com, and is also a coauthor of ‘Hair Loss and Replacement for Dummies’.
Dr. William Rassman is a surgeon, entrepreneur, innovator, and inventor. His innovations include a medical device known as the Intra-Aortic balloon pump, which is used to treat heart failure and is in virtually every coronary care unit in the world today. He holds many US and worldwide patents, including a robotic system for use in hair transplant surgery, computer software (unique GUI interface in 1980s) and multiple medical devices. His business ventures have included a 600 acre dairy farm in Vermont, various surgical practices, commercial wind farms in Hawaii and California, computer systems for creating a hospital medical record, and a medical biotechnology company (Maven) coming to market with a nanotechnology-based medical diagnostic instrument that can diagnose hundreds of diseases simultaneously using less than one drop of biological fluid. This system is less expensive, simpler, faster, and of equivalent accuracy to most of today’s tests.
Hair Transplantation 1990-present: Dr. Rassman founded the New Hair Institute in 1992. Since that time, the New Hair Institute (NHI) has been a world leader in innovative hair restoration techniques, including Follicular Unit Transplantation (today’s hair transplant standard of care), Follicular Unit Extraction (a virtually scar-less technique invented by Dr. Rassman), and most recently (with Dr. Jae Pak) introduced scalp micro-pigmentation for men who are willing to clip their hair very short.
His mission has been to educate doctors and patients about the options for hair loss through publications in medical journals, presentations before medical meetings, various lay seminars, the popular daily hair loss Q&A siteBaldingBlog.com, and through his recent book ‘Hair Loss and Replacement for Dummies’.
Real photos from past SMP patients and their results.
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