What is Alopecia?

Alopecia comes in two forms: Alopecia Areata and Alopecia Universalis. Alopecia Areata is sometimes called spot baldness, a somewhat self-explanatory term. Essentially, it’s when your hair falls out in small and scattered or connected patches. Scattered spots of hair loss may be quite discreet, but when those patches connect, the hair loss can be quite noticeable. Alopecia Universalis is when someone loses all their hair. Sometimes the hair cannot grow back; if hair can be regrown, it may fall out again.

Alopecia Areata affects men and women of every age and race, but most commonly commences during childhood; it can strike with little or no warning.

Research suggests that Alopecia is caused by an immune system abnormality that causes damage to the person’s hair follicles. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, roughly 6,800,000 Americans will experience Alopecia Areata in their lifetime and as many as 147,000,000 people worldwide.

What can be done about Alopecia?

There is no cure for Alopecia Areata. What do people who experience this condition do? People experiencing Alopecia can try medications. Rogaine, Dritho-Scalp, and corticosteroid creams, steroid injections, cortisone tablets, and oral immunosuppressants can be used. Light therapy and alternative therapies, ranging from onion juice, massage, and acupuncture to aromatherapy and anti-inflammatory diets, have also been considered. Two more common “remedies” for Alopecia are hats and wigs.

SMP can help with Alopecia

Men and women experiencing Alopecia deserve more options than onion juice, aromatherapy, hats, and wigs. We understand just how startling and deflating it can be to experience hair loss, especially unexpectedly and at a young age. Unexpected and premature hair loss can cause crises of confidence and undermine your self-esteem.

Treatment options for Alopecia often prove to be unreliable, temporary, or, in the case of hair transplants, extremely expensive, invasive, and potentially unsatisfactory. Scalp micropigmentation offers a safe, nearly instantaneous, guaranteed, painless, and much more affordable option for people experiencing Alopecia.

Scalp micropigmentation is similar to tattooing. Micropigmentation specialists inject tiny dots of pigment, over 1,000 per square inch of the affected area, into your scalp to create the appearance of hair regrowing where once it was shaved. The pigments are selected specifically to match your skin tone and the color of your remaining natural hair to appear as natural as possible. One of the most significant benefits of scalp micropigmentation is its flexibility; it can be applied across and around the entire scalp if you’re experiencing Alopecia Universalis or in specific areas easily and quickly if your condition is Alopecia Areata.

If you’ve been diagnosed with or are experiencing the sudden and disconcerting effects of Alopecia, you’ve got a lot to consider in what might be stressful and emotional times. While sorting through all the information coming in from every direction, we hope you’ll take the time to consider scalp micropigmentation. In a quick and convenient initial consultation, we’ll talk about your needs and propose a plan on which you can rely.