There are many kinds of alopecia that affect men today. The most common kind is androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It is a genetic condition that manifests itself through a receding hairline. This usually starts out at the temples and moves steadily through the scalp making the hairline form an M-shaped pattern. The hair in the frontal central region above the forehead will also start to recede. Hair in the vertex area of the scalp also experiences a hair loss pattern that will radiate in a circular fashion. All these areas will continue to influence hair loss as they progress and will finally converge at the top central portion of the scalp. What would be left is a thin strip of hair found on the lower sides and back of the head.
Another instance of alopecia is alopecia areata or balding in round, sporadic patches on the scalp usually resulting in coin-sized bald areas. Next is alopecia universalis or the loss of hair over the entire body. Then there is what is known as traction alopecia or gradual hair loss at the area of the scalp where there is prolonged pulling or unnatural styling of the hair. Examples of these hairstyles are cornrows, pigtails and ponytails. Finally there is the topic of our discussion, alopecia areata totalis or the loss of hair over the entire scalp.
The conditions of alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis are all said to be autoimmune disorders. It is the body itself that is actually attacking its own cells and in this case, it would be its hair follicles. More research still needs to be completed however, on the reason behind this attack. These conditions may be considered as genetic autoimmune diseases though the cause that triggers this event is yet to be discovered. There have been cases where hair has been known to regrow and leads to complete recovery. These cases are rare however and most occurrences lead to prolonged hair loss. The ways to remedy these conditions are pretty much like how one would treat male pattern baldness. Some treatments like the scalp micropigmentation (SMP) procedure might be more ideal than others.
Pigments are applied directly unto the scalp to resemble “just-shaven” hair. SMP is an illusion of a hairline that makes an onlooker believe that the bearer has a full head of hair, only shaven. There are different sizes, densities and patterns that the specialist meticulously considers when arranging the pigmentation for a completed look. As such, any deviation from this pattern may give away the fact that what the onlooker is seeing is not actual hair but an SMP treatment. Patients are advised to maintain their look by regularly shaving their scalp to prevent telling signs from showing.
This is precisely why the condition of alopecia totalis is ideally treated using scalp micropigmentation. Most forms of alopecia leave hair on the scalp. These are the cases of androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata and traction alopecia where the loss of hair is not total. Alopecia totalis as well as universalis leaves no hair on the scalp whatsoever. It dispenses with the need of a patient to constantly shave his scalp because of the absence of hair. What is left a smooth, clean scalp that is the preferred canvass of an SMP specialist. This would make it a prime candidate for an SMP treatment.