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Scalp Micropigmentation For Alopecia

Alopecia comes like a thief in the night, with no warning; it lays its siege and leaves you at the mercy of science. Let’s look at some numbers: Globally, many men, that is, greater than 60%and 50% of women, suffer androgenetic alopecia and inexorable hair loss. According to Harvard Medical School, about a third of hair loss in women experience hair loss (alopecia) at some point in their lives; for postmenopausal women, as many as two-thirds suffer from thinning hair or bald spots. Almost thirty million in the United States are going through some form of hair loss. Also, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation in the United States states that over six million and 147 million people worldwide have or will develop alopecia areata at some juncture in their lives. The foundation offers information on everything you need to know about alopecia areata. The tattoo industry has undergone a cultural augmentation since 2008, which made scalp micropigmentation an increasingly socially acceptable hair loss solution for tackling apropos scalp and hair challenges. Alopecia will affect 2% of the general population, that is, twenty people out of every thousand people will have had alopecia. The alopecia tattoo aims to conceal hair loss in both men and women and involves using electric microneedles to inject pigmentation into puncture scars in the recipient area to mimic hair follicles. As it stands, the hair tattoo is the only assured and dependable solution for all types of alopecia – be it universalis (total body hair loss), areata (round patches/bald spots), or totalis (complete baldness).

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What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is a non- infectious, autoimmune malady that leads to the loss of hair in individuals, regardless of gender or age. The triggering event is pretty much unknown; nevertheless, on such few occasions, it has been associated with several factors such as genetics or other medical conditions. What do we mean by autoimmune? The body’s immune system lays siege on healthy hair follicles.

Types of Alopecia

There are different types of alopecia, all of which have their particular causes and effects, viz:

  • Androgenic alopecia – It  is the most common type of alopecia in both men and women. It is a genetic condition, and it is irreversible.
  • Alopecia areata – Causes circular patches of lost hair, which can be absolute or partial. It causes hair loss in circular patches, which can be partial or total. There are distinct types of alopecia areata.
  • Alopecia totalis – This is one of the variants of alopecia areata. This subtype refers to a total loss or virtual total loss of hair on an individual’s head. It accounts for as much as 5% of patients who have this autoimmune disorder.
  • Alopecia universalis – Similarly to alopecia areata and alopecia totalis, alopecia universalis refers to the disappearance or near disappearance of all hair in the body. As a rare type of alopecia, it accounts for 1% of all presented cases.
  • Traction alopecia – It occurs when hair regularly strained or pulled, especially among people who braid their hair or use weaves, or preferred hair pieces. If caught early enough, regrowth can take place after some time.

It doesn’t matter whether people experience a partial or complete loss of hair; they will experience substantial anxiety and self-esteem issues. Consequently, many people with alopecia look for various options to counter this phenomenon. Americans are among the baldest of countries in the world, and as such, they are on the constant lookout for treatments like SMP for alopecia.

Causes of Alopecia

Observably, the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. Androgenic alopecia is a hereditary condition. Experts believe it is precipitated by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has its roots from testosterone, the male hormone. Observably, men and women have differing quantities of this hormone; thus, the former is more likely to produce higher DHT levels, thus increasing the hair loss. And as such, androgenic alopecia leads to male pattern baldness in men, which can cause partial or complete baldness. Women, on the other hand, experience thinning hair on the top and sides of the scalp. Typically, the reasons you are losing hair is due to the following factors:

  • Genetics – if you are going through hair loss at a much faster rate than usual, then alas, my friend, you have your bloodline to growl and shake your fist at, indeed. Your hair filaments have a DNA blueprint, i.e., if your dad (and grandfather, et cetera.) has suffered from hair loss, the math says that you are likely to go through it.
  • Hormones – Men that are susceptible to hair possess hair follicles that are predisposed to DHT hypersensitivity, which tends to shrink the hair follicles. Finally, loss continues, becoming finer until hair growth stops.
  • Age – As we turn revolutions upon this earth, the rate at which our hair in the head grows becomes slower.
  • More factors – these factors are concerned with lifestyle choices, viz: smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, particular medication (in breast cancer patients), may lead to loss of hair.
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Treatments of Alopecia

Presently, there is no known cure for it. However, people can try out different treatments. Treatments can be medical or natural, ranging from the use of Minoxidil, scalp micropigmentation (one of the best, especially when combined with transplantation) to acupuncture. Hair tattooing is your best bet, as described below.

How Is the Head Tattoo Done for People with Alopecia?

Scalp micropigmentation treatment uses microneedles that add a layer of pigment dots on your scalp in a manner similar to getting a tattoo. Micropigmentation on scalp treatments customarily happens over three sessions. That said, there is some variation that is dependent on your hair loss severity, the style you desire, and other elements that come into play.

During the procedure, the skin gets a small wound when each ink dot forms. The formed scab eventually will fall away, which reduces some of the original pigment in your head. And no doubt, your immune system will attack the pigments, causing them to shrink and fade over time. Notably, this gradual disappearing of the inked dots is different for people. Still, it necessitates the need for more micropigmentation scalp treatments to achieve the head’s required shade. Depending on your head, the scalp tattoo will involve different pigmentation shades. Undoubtedly, distinct shades are necessary for your scalp tattoo to make some pigment shades to stand out from other groups. Usually, lighter pigments are the first to be applied, while the follow-up sessions deposit darker shades on your head to create the impression of a full head of hair.

Frequently Asked Questions​

No, tattoos do not kill hair follicles. You can check out someone who has a tattoo and see for yourself.

No, scalp tattoos don’t affect the growth of hair. As an FYI, most people that go on Pinterest find ideas on how scalp tattoos look, especially how it relates to alopecia. If you are a tattoo artist, then this is an Advertisement! Advertisement! Opportunity for you.

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