Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that affects millions of men and women worldwide. In this blog, we explain what causes the condition and how an innovative “hair tattoo” technique is helping sufferers to get their hair back.
What is alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder. It can start at any age and can affect people from all ethnic groups. The condition is partly caused by genetics, however, hair loss specialists say that other factors also play a role. It causes the body’s own immune system to attack the hair follicles, which affects the hair growth cycle and shrinks the follicles. This results in circular patches of hair loss on the scalp. Another form of this condition is alopecia totalis, which causes complete baldness, while the most severe variation is alopecia universalis which causes hair loss on the face and body as well as the scalp. Though people with this alopecia areata often find that their hair grows back by itself, others experience permanent hair loss. Naturally, those experiencing this condition often find it very distressing and detrimental to their self-esteem.
Treatments for alopecia areata
There are no known cures for alopecia areata and a limited range of treatments. Their efficacy varies between individuals depending on their age and the stage of their hair loss. The main medical options are corticosteroid injections or creams, anthralin cream and topical minoxidil. The downside of these treatments is that, although they are safe, none of them are FDA-approved for this specific purpose and some sufferers find that the problem returns if they stop using them.
Micro Scalp Pigmentation for alopecia areata
Vinci Hair Clinic have developed an innovative solution that can help people with alopecia areata to disguise their hair loss and rebuild their confidence. Micro Scalp Pigmentation (MSP) is a non-surgical technique, similar to a tattoo, which simulates the appearance of short hair growth. Vinci’s highly-trained MSP technicians apply specialist pigments to blend bald patches into existing hair growth or to create the look of a full head of shaved hair. The treatment is always tailored to each client’s individual hair and skin tone providing a result that looks perfectly natural.