Scalp micropigmentation for alopecia

Various forms of alopecia, an auto-immune hair loss condition, affects millions of men, women and children around the world. There is currently no cure for alopecia, but scalp micropigmentation provides relief through guaranteed results, the only solution to offer any guarantee to those suffering with alopecia.
alopecia areata symptoms shown on a prospective scalp micropigmentation client

What is alopecia?

Alopecia is a hair loss condition that affects both men and women of all ages, skin colors and ethnicities. As described by NAAF (National Alopecia Areata Foundation), alopecia is “a common autoimmune skin disease. If you have an autoimmune disease, your body’s immune system mistakes your healthy tissues as dangerous and begins attacking them.”

Essentially, the body is treating your hair follicles as a foreign object and attacking them, causing inflammation and ultimately resulting in hair loss.

The most common forms of alopecia are alopecia areata (patchy hair loss), alopecia totalis (total loss of all head hair) and traction alopecia, experienced mostly by women who wear tight hairstyles that pull at the hair, and generally seen as hair loss around the frontal hairline. There are many other forms too, although these are the most common.

All forms of alopecia can be treated with scalp micropigmentation, in fact SMP is the only option available that offers guaranteed results.

What causes alopecia?

Not much is understood about what causes alopecia, or why it comes and goes throughout a persons lifetime. Very little research has been conducted and we’re still a long way from fully understanding the condition.

Alopecia can be hereditary, in so far as those with a family history of alopecia are more likely to experience it themselves. However, many alopecia sufferers report no family history of the condition at all. It is possible the condition can lie dormant, leading to the possibility of a lot of unknown family connections to the disease, but we still do not know at this point.

There is a definite link between alopecia and trauma. If a person has endured severe stress for an extended period of time, perhaps through bereavement or something similar, they are more likely to experience alopecia. The same is true for physical trauma, with childbirth and alcoholism being noted triggers for the condition.

Sometimes there is no obvious cause, leaving those living with the condition with more questions than answers. Many people in this situation, without a clear understanding of the underlying cause, turn to scalp micropigmentation to fix the issue.

corticosteroid injections for alopecia

What options are available?

There are many treatment options for alopecia. Unfortunately much like scalp micropigmentation, they address the symptoms not the cause, and there is still no cure for alopecia. The treatments available sometimes work well, but more often than not the sufferer sees very little benefit, if any at all.

Intralesional injections – Corticosteroids are injected into the scalp to reduce inflammation and encourage hair regrowth.

Topical corticosteroids – Lotions, foams, creams and ointments to reduce inflammation and promote hair regrowth. Can be used at home and are ideal for children as no uncomfortable injections are required.

Topical minoxidil – Supplied as a lotion or foam, minoxidil is a general hair loss treatment product and is not developed specifically for alopecia. Often used in combination with intralesional injections, topical minoxidil promotes blood flow around the hair follicle.

Oral minoxidil – Originally developed as a blood pressure medication, minoxidil in tablet form can be mildly effective against alopecia-related hair loss. However, like topical minoxidil, its efficacy is limited and is only really worth trying in conjunction with other treatments.

How can SMP help?

Scalp micropigmentation is the only option available to provide instantaneous, guaranteed results. As there is no cure for alopecia, the next best thing is an effective cover-up and well executed SMP can achieve this brilliantly.

SMP is not a perfect solution. it does not regrow real hair, and any remaining hair will generally need to be shaved, or in the case of a density and/or female treatment, hair needs to be styled around the affected areas to accommodate. However, scalp micropigmentation makes the visible signs of alopecia much less noticeable and has restored the confidence of tens of thousands of people living with alopecia.

Start by getting your SMP Multiquote. Alopecia requires a high level of skill and artistry to properly camouflage. Through SMP Multiquote, you are assured not only of the best deal for your SMP procedure, but also that you only deal with a high caliber, trusted SMP artist.