Alopecia areata is a type of autoimmune disease that can affect anyone at any age. Alopecia areata causes your immune system to attack your body’s own hair follicles, leading to varying levels of hair loss. Alopecia areata can cause small bald patches, large bald patches, or complete hair loss.
While there’s currently no way to stop alopecia areata, Scalp Micropigmentation can be used to camouflage the effects of this autoimmune issue. SMP can be used to “fill in” bald patches to make them less noticeable, to restore a hairline affected by alopecia, or to create the impression of a full head of shaven hair.
Scalp Micropigmentation can also be used to camouflage non-autoimmune forms of alopecia, including traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is hair loss that’s caused by repeatedly pulling on the hair. Some common causes of traction alopecia include frequently wearing one’s hair in a tight ponytail, bun, or braids. Traction alopecia most often occurs along the hairline and the part line. In some cases, traction alopecia is temporary. However, traction alopecia can be permanent. For those with long term or permanent traction alopecia, SMP can offer a simple way to restore the look of one’s hairline or part line.