Alopecia universalis can now be camouflaged to a great extent through the use of high quality scalp micropigmentation techniques.
Of all forms of alopecia, universalis is the most severe. As a general guide, this condition usually starts as alopecia areata (patchy hair loss on the head) which in rare cases can progress to alopecia totalis, which is symptomised as a total loss of all head hair including eyebrows and eyelashes. In even rarer cases this can spread to include all hair on the body, at which point it becomes known as alopecia universalis.
This is a particularly challenging form of alopecia. Whereas areata can sometimes be treated with corticosteriod injections, the affected area is simply too large with universalis for this to be a feasible remedy. Furthermore due to the severity of this condition, the chances of hair growing back is greatly reduced and even if it does, the possibility of the symptoms returning at a later date is much more likely. For the majority of sufferers, this is unfortunately something they simply have to learn to live with as although some remedies exist, success rates are low and there is no guaranteed cure.
How can scalp micropigmentation help?
SMP is not a cure for alopecia, but it can be a very effective cover-up. More and more people, particularly those who are likely to suffer long term symptoms, are opting for scalp micropigmentation as a way of receiving relief from the symptoms and to reduce unwelcome stares and comments that can have a devastating impact on confidence and self-esteem.
The video above is of Stephen, an alopecia universalis sufferer who recently had scalp micropigmentation at HIS Hair Clinic.
This option cannot currently restore the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes, but it provides a very effective permanent illusion of a full head of hair, and can even be used to replicate beard hair.
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