Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) is a cosmetic medical grade tattoo that reduces the contrast between the color of the scalp and the color of the hair so that the scalp can not be easily seen through the hair. We do this by placing thousands of very small dots, (the size of a ball point pen dot), placed in the scalp, interspersed between the existing hairs. This is very effective in: (a) treating thinning hair, (b) balding in a shaved scalp taking on the appearance of a bold look and (c) in the treatment of scalp scars caused by previous surgeries or skin diseases.
Who are we?
Our doctors have pioneered Scalp Micropigmentation and have published this technology in multiple peer reviewed medical journals and text books.
Dr. William Rassman graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1966 where he received his Doctor of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Minnesota and obtained a cardiovascular fellowship with Dr. C.W. Lillehei, the man who invented modern heart surgery. He completed a residency in general surgery at the Cornell Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Major. He served as a war surgeon in the Republic of Vietnam. The American Board of Surgery certified Dr. Rassman in 1976.
In 1991, Dr. Rassman founded the New Hair Institute (NHI), and quickly became a world leader in hair transplant technology. This technology enables surgeons to perform hair transplants with large numbers of grafts in single surgeries that looked totally natural for the first time. His many innovations in techniques and equipment have been presented at medical meetings around the world, and he published these advances in prestigious medical journals as he pioneered these advances. He developed a strong stance on the ethics involved in hair transplantation as he condemned doctors who used sales tactics to take advantage of naïve, panicky balding young men. He attacked the use of scalp reductions as an illogical and often damaging procedure and the procedure has been largely abandoned. Dr. Rassman pioneered the Megasession in 1992-4 (he was the first to perform 2000 grafts, 3000 grafts and 4000 grafts in single sessions when most doctors were performing under 100 unnatural appearing large plugs), dense packing of grafts (1994), the Fast Track® method of hair transplantation whereby a patient’s restoration can be completed in just one or two sessions 1993, The Follicular Unit Transplant (1995) and The Follicular Unit Extraction technology (2002). All of these advances were published in peer-reviewed articles in prestigious medical journals.
He is a professional inventor and holds many U.S. and worldwide patents which defined new ground in the medical field since medical school. His greatest accomplishment was his pioneering work which led to his introduction of the Intra-aortic Balloon pump in 1969 where he presented the technology at a meeting before 800 cardiologists. This device is now used as the standard heart assist pump in every coronary care unit in the world, saving thousands of lives every year. He also developed medical devices for the cardiac field in his fellowship years. In 2001, he formed Maven Biotechnologies (now holding 23 patents) which developed a ‘Lab-on-a-chip’ technology.
Dr Rassman’s other pioneering activities can be found in the business world, such as building large wind farms in Hawaii and California (a business that grew to the tens of millions of dollars) and the development of a company that produced a computerized medical record for large hospitals in the mid-1980s. During and after that period of time, he received two software patents addressing (a) scheduling complex resources in real-time (a precursor for remote tracking and monitoring used in today’s cell phones) and (b) an approach for displaying complex data in a graphical user interface. More recently, his curiosity led him to develop and patent surgical tools for hair transplantation (15 patents) including (with Dr. Pak) the use of a robot for hair transplantation (now marketed). Dr. Rassman has presented scientific papers before national and international societies, such as: the Society of Cardiovascular Surgeons, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Society for Hair and Scalp Surgery, Annual Global Convocation of Hair Restoration Surgery, American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, European Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and the Asian Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. He wrote chapters in text books in the cardiac field in the 1960s and in the hair transplant field since 1991 and continues doing so in multiple pending publications. He published many scientific articles in such journals as: Dermatologic Surgery, International Journal of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery, Hair Transplant Forum International, and Journal of Dermatology, Surgery, and Oncology. In 2009, he published Hair Loss and Replacement for Dummies after some 10 previous books were written on the subject explaining, in layman’s language, what causes baldness, how baldness is diagnosed, the best medical and surgical options available today, the proper use of medication, and how to repair the poor results of older surgical procedures.
He has been recognized for contributions to society, receiving the Governor’s Award from the Vermont Council on World Affairs (1976), a national award for contributions in Energy Innovation, presented by the Secretary of the Interior, Washington, D.C. (1984) and the prestigious Golden Follicle Award presented by International Society for Hair Restoration Surgeons (2004) for his leadership in clinical innovation, the most prestigious award in the field of hair restoration.
Dr. Rassman is interested in finding solutions to problems of any type and continues to pioneer new tools and techniques in both his hair restoration practice and in his biotechnology company. His innovative clinical technology in Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) allows individual follicular units to be extracted directly from the donor area without the traditional linear incision in the back of the scalp. The advantage of FUE is that this technique can be performed on patients with very limited donor hair, limited pain following the procedure, and fast healing, without visible scarring in the donor area. With Dr. Pak he has developed Scalp Micropigmentation and written numerous papers on the subject.
He is motivated to make a difference in whatever he does. He strives to be the best and is never satisfied with the status quo. “There is always a better way to do it” is his motto. He is a visionary and has never allowed his goals to be limited by current thought on any subject, always thinking outside of the box.
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 in 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.
Dr. Pak’s most important and distinguishing attribute 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. Jino Kim received his undergraduate degree from the Yon-Sei University in Seoul, Korea with a major in medicine in 1997. After four years of Plastic Surgery residency at Yon-Sei University Graduate School of Medicine, Dr. Kim practiced that specialty for over 3 years. During that time he performed hundreds of facial, and body repairs including hair transplant restoration.
During his career as a general plastic surgeon in Korea he realized that the hair transplant restoration technique being used in Asia needed improvement. In 2004 Dr. Kim decided to dedicate his practice solely to the field of hair transplants and began looking for ways to contribute to medical advances, better services & better results for patients in Korea and the rest of Asia.
To expand his knowledge on hair transplantation, Dr. Kim took a sabbatical to visit and train with several well respected hair restoration authorities in the United States. Dr. Kim trained extensively with Dr. William Rassman and Dr. Jae Pak of the New Hair Institute to fine tune his hair transplantation technique to apply to the Korea / Asian population back home.
In 2009 Dr Kim opened the New Hair Institute branch in Seoul, Korea adhering to the same quality, technique, and principles of Dr. William Rassman.
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.
At NHI, we started using the term “Scalp MicroPigmentation” and “SMP” around 2010 and started referring to it as “SMP” and purchased the Internet domain names since the terminology was not being used. Since then the term “SMP” and “Scalp MicroPigmentation” caught on all over the world. We did apply for the SMP trademark and the (R) symbol with the U.S. Patent office but were denied trademarking a common merely descriptive term. SMP is merely describing the service offered almost literally (which did not rise to the level of trademark protection).
Thus no one can claim TM or (R) symbols.
– Yes, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) NEW-HAIR, and we can put you in touch with one of our clients. We also have free monthly Open House events at our Los Angeles office where you can see SMP client results firsthand. These events give you the chance to also see results of hair transplant surgery patients, and you can observe an actual surgery and occasionally an SMP procedure as it is being performed! You can find our event schedule here.
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