Some conditions of Alopecia are not suitable for surgical hair restoration or medications simply do not work. Scalp MicroPigmentation, although cannot act as a cure it can certainly be an effective treatment to mask the area. Alopecia Areata or the more aggressive Alopecia Universalis can affect small areas/patches of hair or the entire head of hair, even spreading to the body. SMP can blend in small patches with the same tone of your surrounding hair, and even rebuild from no hair back up to a Norwood stage of your choice.
Due to the extensive nature of Universalis more sessions than normal will be required; building up to a Norwood 5 hair loss stage and then over the top of the scalp. Treating this degree of hair loss takes a great deal of skill and understanding of the facial bone structure; also understanding how the pigmentation will take on different areas of the scalp. Results can make a huge transformation, not only cosmetically but psychologically, helping to bring back self-confidence.
What is alopecia?
Alopecia Areata manifests itself in small patches of hair loss and can occur over any area of the scalp; it is believed the cause is the shutting down of the immune system causing the hair to shed. Treatment can sometimes help to regrow the patches but there is no cure, and the problem can reoccur. Surgical hair restoration is not recommended as there is no way to guarantee the transplanted hair will not suffer the same fate.
Depending on where the hair loss patches are it may be possible to hide them, but if the patches spread it can become more problematic; many therefore decide to shave their hair, but this is often not an answer for a woman. SMP can blend into the patches and works well if the person is happy to keep the look of a shaved head of hair and in some cases even if the hair is worn longer SMP can at least reduce visual look of hair loss. SMP does not stop on-going treatment of alopecia areata and would not hinder hair regrowing back.
There are numerous hair loss conditions, traction alopecia, scarring alopecia and Lupus to name a three. In the majority of cases SMP can be a viable answer in helping to conceal unwanted areas of hair loss. It is important to seek the advice of a professional at all times before undergoing any type of treatment programme, and explore all the avenues before deciding on the treatment programme.
The most common types of alopecia are detailed below:
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)
Also known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), Androgenetic Alopecia is a thinning of the hair until an almost transparent state, for both men and women. It’s considered a hereditary form of hair loss, in which several genetic and environmental factors play a role in causing androgenetic alopecia. This type of alopecia is very common among men worldwide.
Alopecia Areata (AA)
The first symptoms are small and soft bald patches that can have any shape, although usually they are round. Typically it affects to the scalp and beard, but it can occur in any area of the body where there is hair. It’s possible that the same person has different areas of the skin with hair loss and regrowth at the same time. It can also stop temporally or permanently.
Alopecia Totalis (AT)
Alopecia Totalis is the loss of all the head hair. Its causes aren’t clear yet, although it’s believed that it may happen due to an autoimmune disorder. Sometimes, it’s believed that stress can be one of the causes that produce the hair loss in this type of alopecia; nevertheless, many people with stress-free lifestyles have also suffered from Alopecia Totalis. Therefore, this theory isn’t conclusive.
The inflammation of the hair follicles due to an infection may cause a scarring alopecia. It is easy to identify a case of severe scarring alopecia because there will be rough patches on the scalp surface, formed by small blood vessels and conjunctive tissue. Many clients experience a scarring alopecia after an injury on the scalp.
Usually, Traction Alopecia is caused due to an excessive tension or traction of the hair shafts as a result of certain hairstyles. Prolonged traction alopecia can stop the development of new hair follicles and produce a permanent hair loss. We believe there will be a quick growth of the traction alopecia cases during the following years due to the new hair styles and the use of products to stretch the hair.
Alopecia Areata Barbae is a special form of hair loss that affects to the men facial hair; especially to the beard. An important fact to keep in mind is that the camouflage of an alopecia barbae can become a process of several phases, since new zones may be affected at any time. Sometimes, the alopecia areata barbae can correct itself; nevertheless, in those cases it’s normal that it gets worse before improving.
The causes of the Alopecia Mucinosa are unknown. What is known is that accumulates mucinous material in the hair follicles and oil glands, producing an inflammatory condition that reduces the ability to produce hair in the hair follicles affected. One of the signs of this illness is the appearance of follicular papules (raised spots) in reddened areas. Currently, there is no treatment for the alopecia mucinosa.
Alopecia Universalis (AU)
Alopecia Universalis is a medical condition involving the quick loss of all the hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Alopecia universalis can occur at any age, may be acute and short or permanent. A regrowth of the hair is always possible, even in those cases where all the hair has been lost long time ago; nevertheless, it’s not possible to predict when the regrowth will take place.
Scalp Pigmentation is a great alopecia treatment.
Micro Hair Tattooing or Scalp pigmentation is an alopecia treatment that is gaining great popularity. This artistic hair simulation technique is a treatment against alopecia that adapts to all skin types, including white, black, Asian and oriental skin tones and can help with all types of alopecia.
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