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Alopecia Treatment Questions and Answers

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Alopecia Treatment Questions and Answers
Alopecia Treatment Questions and Answers

What is Alopecia?

Generally, alopecia refers to hair loss, in both men and women. Alopecia can vary in cause and severity. The formal name for the condition is alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease, meaning that your immune system mistakenly attacks a part of your body, resulting in various issues. With alopecia areata, cells in your immune system surround and attack your hair follicles, which is the part of your body that produces hair. This can then cause the attached hair to fall out. Overall, the more hair follicles your immune system attacks, the more hair loss you will end up with.

It’s important to know that while this attack of the immune system causes hair loss, the attack rarely destroys the hair follicles themselves, which means that your hair can regrow. And the less hair loss you have, the more likely it is that your hair will regrow on its own. However, regardless of the extent of your hair loss, at Jaudon Sunde, we have permanent makeup solutions for alopecia and its resulting issues.

What are the main causes of Alopecia?

Alopecia areata (or general hair loss or baldness) can be caused by an autoimmune disorder, as mentioned above. It can also be related to other health issues, such as thyroid disease, allergies, atopic dermatitis (general skin irritation), vitiligo, or other skin and scalp issues. Taking certain medications, such as those used to treat cancer, can also result in temporary or permanent alopecia. Stress and environmental changes can also be related to hair loss and alopecia.

What are the signs and symptoms of Alopecia?

The most obvious sign and symptom of alopecia areata will be the hair loss itself. This may not always be severe enough that you notice it right away, though. Different people will lose their hair differently, sometimes in clumps, in an overall thinning or, as is more common in women, a widening of the part in their hair.

Hair loss may be gradual, and you may begin to notice things like an increase of hair left in the shower drain, or coming out as you wash or brush your hair. Alopecia does not only affect hair on the scalp, but can impact body hair as well, in particular the eyebrows and eyelashes. You may notice a thinning or loss of the eyelashes and eyebrows in addition to hair loss or thinning on the scalp.

Can your hair grow back if you have Alopecia?

In some cases, yes. Some people with Alopecia may find that their hair grows back with little to no intervention, either as life or environmental circumstances change. If the alopecia is related to a medication or underlying medical issue, such as an autoimmune disorder, many people may notice an improvement or total regrowth of their hair after they receive treatment for the underlying cause.

However, some people will not see a complete regrowth of their hair, or their alopecia will not resolve completely. This is where Jaudon Sunde can help, with things like microblading for the eyebrows, a procedure that replicates thick and nicely shaped eyebrows via permanent makeup tattooing. It’s important to keep in mind that not every client with hair loss will be a good candidate for microblading. We are always happy to provide a consultation to determine if this is right for you.

Who is affected by Alopecia?

Both men and women are impacted by Alopecia, although it tends to be more common in men, as well as in general, people over the age of 30. Regardless of the extent or cause of your alopecia, we can provide further information about options and solutions at Jaudon Sunde.