If you have alopecia, statistically the chances are you’re experiencing alopecia areata. Scalp micropigmentation offers a remedy for this problem, although there are a few things you need to consider.

What is alopecia areata?

Alopecia comes in many forms, and in men, the most common one is areata. The condition manifests itself as round bald patches on the scalp, and sometimes the eyebrows. The condition can come and go, but often it will plague the sufferer for a lifetime. More information can be found on WebMD.

The bizarre thing about the condition is that the bald patches can change shape, position and size, and the number of patches can change. It often disappears completely for a while, only to return several years later. There are many sufferers who have felt its effects as children, and experienced it once again as adults.

How bad can it get?

Alopecia does the body no physical harm, although dealing with the symptoms can be challenging from a psychological point of view. Whilst many people learn to accept their condition, many do not and therefore experience prolonged periods of low self-esteem and social exclusion.

Bald patches could be incredibly small, but over time it is common for them to grow or multiply in number, or even take up most of the person’s head. Alopecia can also attack the beard and eyebrows. Some people progress to develop alopecia totalis, the total loss of all head and facial hair.

What are the usual treatments?

Treating alopecia areata is hard, because we still have very limited understanding of why it occurs. Medical treatments are designed to combat the actual symptoms, not the issue itself. The usual recommendations include:

  • Corticosteroid gels and creams
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Finasteride
  • Minoxidil
  • Immunotherapy
  • Ultraviolet light therapy

Of course none of these options work all of the time, in fact success rates remain stubbornly low. As a result many alopecia sufferers resort to wearing hair systems (wigs) to hide their hair loss. Because the condition could recur at any time without any real explanation, hair transplant operations are not usually recommended.

What can scalp micropigmentation do to help?

It is no wonder that SMP is considered a lifeline for so many alopecia victims in the United States and beyond. Scalp micropigmentation is not a ‘cure’, but it offers a camouflage option that is 100% effective in hiding hair loss caused by alopecia, even when the patches move or change size.

Alopecia areata camouflaged with SMP

What are the possible complications?

There are many people who believe that scalp micropigmentation is applied only to the currently affected areas, and there are some technicians who offer this option. If the condition changes however, this may cause some complications, which you did not anticipate.

At Scalp Aesthetics we want you to be completely satisfied with your treatment, therefore we usually recommend a full head treatment, including the back of the neck and the sideburns. This way no matter how your condition changes, you’re always covered. This is important as it means you can stop worrying about alopecia for good, because it simply won’t affect you anymore.