Hair loss is a disturbing concern for all sufferers. However, it is clear that baldness has a tendency to be less common with women than men. Yet there is a condition, alopecia areata, which, unfortunately, can take hold of men, women and children alike. It occurs in patches and can disappear as quickly as it started. Nevertheless, in some cases, it can go a stage further and cause total hair loss. In such cases, the condition is referred to as alopecia totalis.
What causes alopecia?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, whereby your immune system which is designed for protecting your body from bacteria and viruses, erroneously attacks your hair follicles instead. This attack will cause your hair follicles to diminish in size and slow down the hair production itself. The result, sadly, is the loss of hair on either the scalp, the body, or both. These can be small circular patches, often not extending any further. However, it can also attack to the extent that it is all over, from head to toe. On the plus side, the stem cells will carry on supplying the actual follicles with new cells. This gives the follicle the constant potential for regrowing new hair – but it may not be a quick process.
ABOVE: Scalp micropigmentation used to great effect to hide alopecia totalis
Regrettably, albeit that researchers and scientists are beginning to understand alopecia, there is no cure. It’s widely believed that genetics play a key role in the condition and additionally, it’s certainly possible that a sudden virus or change in environment can bring on attacks.
How does scalp micropigmentation help?
Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is a process of concealment. It is, in effect, similar to tattooing whereby tiny small dots are applied to the scalp using a digitally controlled needle that uses hypoallergenic pigments. These pigments are administered at epidermal level, making scalp micropigmentation unlike the process of regular tattooing. Courtesy of the combination of natural pigments and how they are applied, the colour is not susceptible to change over the course of time and will instantly recreate the appearance of a full head of hair.
ABOVE: Many women suffer with alopecia. At Skalptec we use scalp micropigmentation to increase density within longer hair, or like the client above, to create a shaved style.
Exacting requirements depend on each and every clients needs. However, there are, ultimately, two options for a patient to consider. These are to treat the patches that alopecia has created to camouflage the discrepancies, or to treat the scalp in its entirety.
Who is eligible for scalp micropigmentation?
To know if you are a potential candidate for scalp micropigmentation, you would initially need to consult with your Skalptec technician. However, most alopecia sufferers are eligible for the process, including both men and women suffering with alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, scarring alopecia, telogen effluvium or traction alopecia.
Will your hair ever grow back?
There is every chance that at some point, the hair will regrow,without requiring any additional treatment. Yet it also may fall out again. It’s an unpredictable condition and the course of alopecia varies for each person. It’s not unheard of for people to experience this condition and then experience regrowth, only for it to never reoccur again in their lives. Yet others will suffer from hair loss on the scalp, body and also the face.
Even if a person experiences alopecia universalis, or total hair loss, it’s not beyond question that the hair will return at some point. Yet it’s also common for initial hair to grow back white and in a different texture, yet, generally, this will gradually return to normal as time passes.