The Micro Hair Technique offers a viable solution for those suffering from Alopecia Hair Loss, be it short or long term, temporary or permanent. Whilst MHT® does not offer a cure for alopecia, it completely relieves the major symptom of hair loss, and provides lasting peace of mind for those who suffer from alopecia on an ongoing or recurring basis.
Kev (pictured above) came to HIS Hair Clinics in March 2010 after suffering from Alopecia Areata for several years. We applied the MHT® technique to the areas of his scalp affected by the condition,cted areas, then blended the remainder of the scalp by treating a wider area for a 100% natural look. The result is almost total coverage of the areas affected by alopecia, enabling Kev to regain his appearance and most importantly, his confidence. Furthermore if Kevs alopecia begins to affect other areas of his scalp, his look will remain unchanged, providing peace of mind for years to come.
What is Alopecia?
Before the treatment of Alopecia Hair Loss, it is important to understand exactly what alopecia is, and to identify which form of alopecia is causing the loss of hair.
Alopecia is a hair loss disease that affects men, women and children. The onset of hair loss can be sudden, random and frequently recurrent. While the disease itself is not damaging to the person’s health, coping with alopecia hair loss can prove challenging. Prior to MHT® there was no permanent alopecia treatment available to sufferers of the condition.
Prevalence figures show that alopecia affects approximately 1.7 percent of the population, with both men and women being equally affected. About 25% of alopecia sufferers have a family history of the disorder.
The most common types of alopecia are detailed below:
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)
Also known as male pattern baldness (MPB), Androgenetic Alopecia is a thinning of the hair to an almost transparent state, and represents the most common form of Alopecia Hair Loss. It is thought to be a hereditary form of hair loss, with a variety of genetic and environmental factors believed to play a role in causing androgenic alopecia. General balding of the scalp, often blamed on general ageing and treated by many as an inevitability, is usually caused by Androgenetic Alopecia.
Alopecia Areata (AA)
First symptoms are small, soft, bald patches which can take just about any shape but are most usually round. It most often affects the scalp and beard but may occur on any hair-bearing part of the body. There may be different skin areas with hair loss and regrowth in the same body at the same time. It may also go into remission for a time, or permanently.
Alopecia Totalis (AT)
Alopecia totalis is the entire loss of all head hair. Its causes are unclear, but it is currently believed to be an autoimmune disorder. Stress is sometimes thought to be a contributor to the hair loss caused by alopecia, however many people leading relatively stress-free lives have experienced symptoms of Alopecia Totalis. therefore this theory is non-conclusive.
When inflamation of the hair folicles occurs due to infection it can sometimes lead to scarring alopecia. It is easy to identify a case of severe scarring alopecia because there will be rough patches on the surface of the scalp made up of small blood vessels and connective tissue. Many clients experience scarring alopecia following injury or surgery to the scalp.
Traction alopecia is usually due to excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts as a result of certain hair styles. Prolonged traction alopecia can stop new hair follicles developing and lead to permanent hair loss. We expect to see a rapid rise in traction alopecia cases over the coming years as a direct result of sporting uber-modern hairstyles and the ever-increasing use of super-strength styling products.
Alopecia Barbae is a unique form of hair loss that affects the facial hair of men; specifically the beard. An important point to note, is that to camouflage alopecia barbae can become a multi-stage process, as further areas can become affected at any time. Conversely alopecia barbae can sometimes correct itself on its own, however in such cases it is common to see it get worse before it gets better.
Why alopecia mucinosa occurs is unknown. What is known is that mucinous material accumulates in hair follicles and sebaceous glands to create an inflammatory condition that subsequently reduces the ability of the affected follicles to produce hair. Signs of the disease are grouped follicular papules (raised spots) that appear in reddened patches.There is currently no treatment for alopecia mucinosa.
Alopecia Universalis (AU)
Alopecia universalis is a medical condition involving rapid loss of all hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Alopecia universalis can occur at any age, may be acute and short-lived or remain permanently. Regrowth of hair is always a possibility, even for those with 100% hair loss suffered over many years, however it is not possible to predict when regrowth will occur.
MHT® is an ideal alopecia treatment
For many thousands of alopecia hair loss sufferers worldwide, an alopecia treatment like MHT® will be greatly welcomed. MHT® hair simulation treatment is a suitable alopecia treatment for all skin types, including white, black, Asian and oriental skin tones, and can help with all types of alopecia related hair loss.
An alternative solution for Alopecia Hair Loss sufferers is to consider a hair system. Unfortunately due to the unpredictability and possibly temporary nature of alopecia, hair transplant surgery should only be considered in extreme cases. Furthermore, unless the spread of hair loss is fairly even, temporary concealers are also likely to be unsuitable.
The above client is showing the symptoms of advanced alopecia areata. His MHT® treatment at HIS Hair Clinics is due to commence shortly, and with his permission, we will post his full story, and the results of his treatment, shortly thereafter.
For further information about alopecia, there are several sites worth visiting that specialise in the subject. You can also read our blog, speak with other alopecia sufferers in our forum, or feel free to contact us directly for impartial advice. For more case studies please see our Gallery.