SMP for Alopecia
While there are many varieties of alopecia, with the term itself referring simply to hair loss or baldness, there are two varieties that, while rare, can cause stress. They are not always permanent. Hair can grow back, generally in patches, at any time; however, the condition can return.
Alopecia Totalis is the term for full hair loss on the head. Alopecia Universalis is the term for hair loss all over the body. It is not completely understood but medical professionals are leaning toward both varieties being an auto-immune disorder in which the follicles are attacked. It can occur at any time but in 60 percent of cases, it begins before age 20.
Scalp Micropigmentation has the miraculous ability to create what looks like a head of hair that has been intentionally shaved either down to the scalp, or “buzzed” short enough to leave a small amount of stubble. Microscopic hair follicles are meticulously and precisely tattooed all over the scalp within a pre-drawn hairline, using old photos and the client’s scalp and facial contours to determine the most complementary look. Two to three sessions are required for density to be gradually built. This protects the skin of the scalp, always our top priority, and is more comfortable for the client.
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Another type of alopecia, known as alopecia areata, often begins with random bald patches roughly the size of a large coin. These patches are often found on random areas of the scalp and not necessarily at the hairline or crown. Often these patches lead on to full pattern baldness, but unless and until they do, the hollow areas on the scalp can be addressed with SMP!
In cases of bald patches, the SMP artist seeks to build density in the areas to disguise the visibility of the scalp. If the client’s hair is long, careful styling can make the micropigmented patches invisible amid the rest of the hair. Frequently the best approach for the client is to shorten their hair for the pigmented areas to blend in.
A detailed consultation and plan always precede each treatment protocol. We work with the issue as it exists today. We discuss the possibility of advancement of hair loss in future and create a plan for that possibility or eventuality in order to make sure that whatever stages the client’s hair loss is at. We can help!