Alopecia Hair Loss Treatment
Scalp Micropigmentation provides an incredible solution to Alopecia. SMP does not cure Alopecia, as there is no cure for this condition, but it does completely conceal the symptoms. There are two approaches depending on your individual requirements and their preferred strategy.
The first approach is a localized treatment to camouflage the symptoms in one particular area. This is often the method chosen when you have a small number of patches associated with Alopecia Areata. This is also an option if you are working with a tight budget.
The second more preferred approach for both generalized thinning and Alopecia Areata is to treat the entire head. This is because Alopecia can be aggressive and frequently recurrent, so if the affected areas change size, shape or position, your entire scalp is pre-treated and you can just get on with your life without worrying about multiple treatments each time a new patch emerges or an existing patch expands.
Types of Alopecia
Alopecia Areata (AA): Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition and causes patchy hair loss. It can result in a single bald patch or extensive patchy hair loss.
Alopecia Totalis (AT): Alopecia Totalis is a more advanced form of Alopecia Areata and results in total loss of all hair on the scalp.
Traction Alopecia: Traction Alopecia is usually due to excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts as a result of certain hairstyles. It is seen more often in women, particularly African-American origin. Hair loss depends on the way the hair is being pulled. Prolonged Traction Alopecia can stop new hair follicles developing and lead to permanent hair loss.
Alopecia Universalis (AU): Alopecia Universalis is the most advanced form of Alopecia Areata and results in total loss of all hair on the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
Alopecia Barbae: Alopecia Barbae is Alopecia Areata that is localized to the beard area. It can be a single bald patch or more extensive hair loss across the whole of the beard area.
The Most Common Alopecia Causes
Genetics: Androgenetic Alopecia, otherwise known as pattern baldness, is caused by genes. There are many solutions designed to slow, prevent or conceal Androgenetic Alopecia such as hair transplant surgery, Minoxidil and Finasteride, and of course, Scalp Micropigmentation.
Physical Trauma: Sometimes referred to as Telogen Effluvium, Alopecia can sometimes be caused by a trauma to the body such as a serious accident or major surgery. In this case, the symptom is usually a generalized thinning of the hair across the entire scalp. Women who have recently given birth commonly suffer from postpartum hair loss, a form of Telogen Effluvium.
Stress: One of the most common causes of Alopecia, stress often manifests itself as Telogen Effluvium described above, or Alopecia Areata, the loss of hair in round patches in random areas of the scalp.
Illness or Medication: Serious conditions can bring about Alopecia, in a similar way to physical trauma can. In addition, some medications can cause hair loss, the most common being chemotherapy drugs.
Over-Styled Hair: All forms of tighter hairstyling can cause Traction Alopecia. Tightly pulled styles such as cornrows and ponytails can dislodge hair at the root and cause trauma to the follicle. This form of hair loss is generally noticed at the frontal hairline initially but can occur anywhere. In most circumstances Traction Alopecia is halted when the cause is eliminated and the style is changed. Despite this, the healing and reversal process cannot be guaranteed and can take up to twelve months or more during which time SMP can be used to mask the damage.
Often, the real challenge is identifying the underlying cause of your Alopecia symptoms. Whereas regular genetic pattern hair loss is ultimately caused by build up of DHT, Alopecia has a different set of triggers that are often harder to pinpoint. Further complicating this matter is the fact that Alopecia is not entirely understood. Although we have a general awareness of the triggers that cause Alopecia to manifest itself, we still don’t understand what causes the body to attack its own hair follicles, the process that results in Alopecia-related hair loss.
There are a number of remedies available, usually administered by a physician. There is no cure for Alopecia, but these solutions aim to soften the symptoms and vary from simple Minoxidil lotion to Corticosteriod injections and low level laser therapy (LLLT). Unfortunately, none of these solutions are particularly effective and often only produce minimal and temporary results. Most Alopecia sufferers simply have to learn to live with the symptoms which in many cases, can last a lifetime.
Whatever the causes of Alopecia in your particular case, Scalp Micropigmentation is a solid and reliable visual remedy that can have you walking out the door with a smile on your face and absolute confidence. However, it is recommended you wait a while if the symptoms are less than 6 months old. As always, you should seek professional medical advice before seeking SMP.