How to Camouflage Alopecia with Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation and alopecia

Alopecia in all its forms has a negative effect on an individual’s self-esteem. Those who suffer from genetic conditions that cause hair loss often find themselves desperately looking for ways to mask the effects of this condition. Unfortunately, far too many of these options come with significant drawbacks. Wigs and hairpieces can create significant anxiety over the possibility of the hair piece falling off or moving unexpectedly. And hair transplants can be painful, expensive and cause significant scarring. SMP is a permanent solution to resolve alopecia forever.

Before and After SMP for Alopecia Universalis client

Using scalp micropigmentation to treat alopecia

Unlike other treatment options such as corticosteroid injections or anthralin creams that can prove to be expensive, unreliable, or temporary, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) provides a permanent, safe and affordable solution for people with alopecia to camouflage the effects of their condition and create the look of a freshly shaved head of full hair.

Scalp micropigmentation is the process of injecting hundreds of dots of grey ink (which is matched to both your skin and hair color) to create the illusion of hair that has recently been shaved and is beginning to grow back. This is perfect for those who suffer from alopecia as it can be applied to the entire scalp, or in smaller sections to mask patches of hair loss.

What are the different types of alopecia?

  • Androgenetic alopecia is also known as male and female pattern baldness. It usually starts with a receding hairline or thinning.  Sometimes it is hereditary but not always.  It affects most as they age, but sometimes it starts early in young men and women. Androgenetic alopecia is what you get when someone with a genetic predisposition toward male pattern baldness experiences the reaction that occurs when dihydrotestosterone (DHT) triggers the hair loss. 
  • Alopecia areata is when you have one or more round coin-sized spots of hair loss on your head or other parts of your body. This may turn into complete hair loss on your head or all over your body. When it just stays patchy, which it usually does, this form of alopecia is called persistent patchy alopecia areata.
  • Alopecia totalis: This is the name for complete baldness of the scalp.
  • Alopecia universalis: When you lose all the hair on your body it’s known as alopecia universalis. That means no hair on your head, face, and body, sometimes even including nose hair!
  • Diffuse alopecia areata: Does stress cause hair loss? Yes! That’s what diffuse alopecia areata, sudden and acute thinning of all the hair on your head, hard to diagnose. It looks like other forms of hair loss!
  • Ophiasis alopecia: this is when you lose hair on the sides and lower back of your head in the shape of a band.

What causes alopecia 

The disease is caused by your immune system attacking your hair follicles by mistake. Your hair follicles are alive even if you have alopecia, so it’s not uncommon for it to go away or for it to come and go. Scalp micropigmentation can help with any type of alopecia

Is alopecia contagious?

Alopecia is not contagious. Many get glares or stares from other people or even comments and questions. Others don’t realize the individual is perfectly healthy and some even assume the individual has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. Additionally, many children and adults become very stressed and depressed during the outbreaks. It is very important that they have continuous support of their family and friends.

Alopecia as a response to stress

Many believe that alopecia is also a response to stress and doctors recommend reducing stress during the outbreaks.

  • Eat a proper balanced diet with supplements of vitamins and minerals.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Exercise daily for better blood circulation and oxygen intake which is crucial for a proper, healthy hair growth.

Scalp micropigmentation can help people with alopecia

Most traditional treatments for alopecia are varied and don’t prevent future balding. Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) provides consistent results because your head tattoo will always make it look like you have fresh buzzcut! You don’t even have to alter your lifestyle because getting a scalp tattoo takes only two to three sessions. After that, you’re good to go, even if you’re hair keeps dissapearing too! Speak to an expert scalp micropigmentation practitioner today to learn more.

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