Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune condition that causes cells to attack the hair follicles, resulting in sudden unexpected hair loss on the scalp and body. Alopecia can be inherited but isn’t always, around 20% of people with alopecia have it due to genetics.
There are a few different types of alopecia
- Alopecia Areata this is where the hair falls out in circle or oval coin sized patches (you can see an example of alopecia areata here). It usually starts with only one or two patches, but can quickly change. The patches can join together making the areas of hair loss much bigger, or the patches can grow the hair back. Sometimes when the patches grow back on the head, hair loss may occur elsewhere on the scalp.
- Alopecia Totalis is totally hair loss of the scalp. Alopecia totalis usually starts as alopecia areata and progresses as patches gradually connect. Sometimes it progresses so quickly that people end up with almost full hair loss before they even noticed the patches were there.
- Alopecia Universalis is when all hair is lost across the entire scalp, face and body.
There are also other forms of alopecia but these are the main three that can be treated with scalp micropigmentation and Visible Hairline Ink understands how stressful and difficult it can be to handle and deal with alopecia on a daily basis so SMP gives the client their confidence back making them feel whole again.
Scalp micropigmentation is the world leading hair loss solution and can work well for clients with alopecia. Pigment is implanted into the scalp to create the look of hair follicles and camouflages hair loss making it practically unnoticeable. Although it is not a cure and can’t help your hair grow back, it can still conceal the fact that your hair is not there. Scalp micropigmentation can be used in one of two ways for alopecia
- It can be used to replicate the hair follicles in just the patched areas. By doing this you camouflage the patches by blending pigment follicles in with the natural hair and follicles so the patches become unnoticeable. This obviously can’t be used for all forms of alopecia.
- Secondly, scalp micropigmentation can be used to treat the whole scalp. This works for any alopecia of the scalp, even alopecia areata. By treating the whole scalp you do not have to worry about hair loss from anywhere else on the head, as you will already have it covered. If you suffer with full scalp hair loss then treating the full scalp will make you look like you have a full head of cropped hair.