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What is Alopecia?

What is Alopecia?

What is Alopecia?

     Any type of hair loss can be devastating for any individual. There are various factors that can cause it, but oftentimes alopecia is the culprit. If you haven’t heard about this medical condition, we’ll go over the different types there are so you can easily identify them. 

For someone who suffers from alopecia, managing hair loss is an everyday battle.  

Alopecia areata can cause different types of hair loss. Each has a different name: 

* Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches). 
* Alopecia totalis (lose all hair on the scalp). 
* Alopecia universalis (lose all hair on the body). 

Most people suffer from alopecia areata, which leaves patches of bald areas on the body; this includes eyebrows. Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body. In fact, it affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S. with a lifetime risk of 2.1%.   

 The good news is even if the eyebrows are partially or completely gone, the person can rely on micropigmentation to remedy the problem. As you might know, micropigmentation is the act of depositing hypoallergenic mineral pigments into the dermal layer of the skin. With an ultra-thin needle and pigment, the shape of the eyebrows, eyes or lips is enhanced. 

Symptoms of alopecia areata may include: 

* Small, round (or oval) patches of hair loss on the scalp, beard area of the face or other areas of the body with hair. 
* Hair loss and regrowth at the same time in different areas of the body. 
* Significant hair loss in a very short period. 
* Hair loss that’s mostly on one side of the scalp, instead of both sides. 
* “Exclamation point” hairs that are narrow at the base/next to the scalp. 
* “Stippling” or “Pitting” (rows of tiny dents) on the fingernails. 

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