What is Advanced Tricho Pigmentation (ATP)?
As we continue to get a taste of the Riviera right here in Britain. And if you’re like many of the male species out there. I’m guessing you’ll want to get out and about and display your glossy ‘peacock feathers’ in all their flowing glory. Indeed, for many of us men, the presence of a full head of hair up top is an essential part of feeling good. Both physically and emotionally. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about another treatment that’s got the tongues of hair aficionados wagging, from Harley Street, all the way to Hollywood. This treatment will give you a lush, full looking barnet. Got it? No, I thought not! Gentlemen (and ladies) I am referring to Advanced Tricho Pigmentation (ATP). So, what exactly is ATP? Now, I’m by no means a crazy German professor named Hans, but if I was, I’d describe ATP as something like this:
“An advanced pigmentation delivery system that replicates the appearance of naturally growing hair follicles for people with little to no hair”.
How does ATP it work?
Clear as mud? I thought so. Joking aside, Advanced Tricho Pigmentation is essentially like having a tattoo inked on your head. Natural pigments are applied to your scalp. When done correctly the procedure will replicate the appearance of hair follicles on the scalp, while natural strokes on the brow area will replicate each individual brow hair. The end result is incredibly realistic and often life-changing. One of the biggest benefits I see in ATP is its flexibility and the diverse range of patients and scenarios it can be used in. Here are just a few:
- Thinning Hair: creating the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.
- Receding Hair: building upon a recessive hairline.
- Around the Scalp: creating the look of a realistic fully shaven head.
- Cover Over Scars: hiding disfigurement or unsightly markings.
- For Eyebrows: achieving a natural, full-some look.
Getting my ATP on
Spencer ‘Spex’ Stevenson of spexhair.com about to take the plunge with ATP
Under the expertise of the brilliant team at The Harley St Hair Clinic in the UK, I recently took the ATP plunge as I wanted to cover my old FUT scars and also add ‘volume’ to my crown region.
Now, as a side note, I was actually the first person to have the (similar) SMP (Scalp Micro Pigmentation) procedure broadcast LIVE on The Bald Truth radio show, so I was eager to compare apples with apples and see what all the fuss was about with ATP. My goal was threefold. I wanted to be able to:
- Wear my hair shorter.
- Increase the overall density of the donor region.
- Thicken up the appearance of my crown greatly.
Is ATP Permanent of Semi-Permanent?
In the past, I have seen hesitancy amongst many blokes when it comes to similar treatments such as SMP. Understandably patients are concerned with the level of permanency, with many wanting the treatment to be temporary, with the option of it fading over time. Because if it’s not what they want, then it won’t be there forever.
Spex’s hair pre-session
The real difference for me with Advanced Tricho Pigmentation is that, when done correctly by an experienced technician, who has an artistic interruption. Superior ink quality. And a focus on an individual’s unique characteristics, the end result really can look absolutely natural.
On a personal level my brief to the team at The Harley Street Hair Clinic was to combine density with my own hair to provide a natural shadow effect. Because, let’s face it, you can never have too much of the good stuff! I was reassured by the that ATP was the perfect treatment to help create the illusion of density and shadowing and provide coverage of my scar, but would also enable my hair transplant to look superb.
I can honestly say I’m incredibly happy with the outcome. Not only does my Advanced Tricho Pigmentation look natural, but it took just a couple of hours and I felt no pain or discomfort. Even better, the recovery was almost instant.
Immediately after the ATP session
I’ve been around the world and had SMP treatments in Italy, UK and USA. All of them were positive experiences, however after experiencing ATP, it’s great to have even more options in terms of how short I can wear my hair in the donor region and also increasing the density in the crown region too. An added bonus is that not I no longer have to worry about returning for further SMP treatments.
6 months after ATP, shaved down
Is ATP right for you?
I can personally vouch for The Harley Street Hair Clinic and the Advanced Tricho Pigmentation treatment that they offer. My experience was that it created realistic, natural looking hair. If you are thinking of getting this procedure done then you should talk to one of their specialists about the look you want to achieve and your individual needs. They will do everything they can to accomplish this. They use advanced technology and products to create the most natural looking and realistic results. Alongside custom needles and machines that produce the most accurate reproduction of scalp stubble. And custom pigments that are manufactured to meet EU standards, and meet the world’s most stringent pigment standards. Not to mention a team of highly skilled, caring technicians who treat every patient as an individual, not as a number.