Types of Hair Loss that Cause Scarring

Posted by on Nov 9, 2019 in SMP UK | 0 comments

Types of Hair Loss that Cause Scarring

Many people are familiar with hair loss, but what many people don’t know is that some forms of hair loss can cause scarring. While it can be caused by a variety of underlying health problems, the term for hair loss that is accompanied with scarring is cicatricial alopecia.

Learn more about cicatricial alopecia and what you can do down below.

Symptoms

In order to treat scarring hair loss, it is important to recognize the symptoms, besides scarring of course. You may see the following symptoms with cicatricial alopecia:

  • Severe itching
  • Severe pain
  • Severe burning
  • Redness
  • Pustules
  • Decreased pigmentation

However, it is important to remember that everyone experiences disease differently, and you may not experience any of the above symptoms with your hair loss. 

Who Gets It?

Women and men of every age can experience this disease, however, it is relatively uncommon in children. Cicatricial alopecia is not confined to one geographic area and occurs all over the globe.

While many other forms of alopecia may have a hereditary factor, cicatricial alopecia is different in that most that are affected do not have a family member dealing with the same condition.

Cause
Unfortunately, medical experts have not yet determined the cause of this form of alopecia, or most other forms of the condition. In terms of the cause, all scientists and other experts know is that alopecia, and its variants, are diseases of the autoimmune system.

However, medical experts do understand the mechanisms behind cicatricial alopecia. In this condition, there is inflammation at the upper part of the hair follicle. Stem cells and the sebaceous gland (oil gland) exist here, and the inflammation effectively destroys them. Once both are destroyed, the hair is not able to regenerate, resulting in hair loss.

How is it Diagnosed?
If you believe you are suffering from cicatricial alopecia, or any other form of alopecia for that matter, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist as soon as you possibly can. However tempting it may be, do not attempt to diagnose yourself via the Internet. 

At the dermatologist, you will undergo a scalp biopsy. Don’t worry — you will be numbed during the biopsy and the skin they will remove is extremely small. The biopsy is necessary to identify any inflammation and to see the location and severity of said inflammation.

Your doctor will also examine your scalp for any of the symptoms listed above. 

What to Do
The more traditional therapies to combat cicatricial alopecia include oral medications, specifically anti-inflammatory medications. These medications are designed to stop the inflammation in the hair follicles and protect your hair from falling. However, as is with every medication, there is no guarantee that it will work.

A more unconventional method is scalp micropigmentation, a practice in which pigments are applied to your hairline to fill in any gaps. Pigments can also be used to conceal any scarring. Scalp Micro UK offers scalp micropigmentation services. If you’re interested, visit their website.

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Antidepressants and Hair Loss

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in HLI - San Antonio | 0 comments

Antidepressants and Hair Loss

Most people know that antidepressants are known to have several side effects. Some of these are rather serious, like a worsening of depression or a tendency to suffer from suicidal ideation. Other side effects are more minor, such as nausea or a decreased sex drive. Very few people know, however, that hair loss can be a side effect of antidepressants.

If you’ve taken antidepressants and have noticed your hair falling out, keep reading to find out about why that is happening and what you can do to mitigate the effects.

Why Do Antidepressants Cause Hair Loss?

Hair falls out of your head while taking antidepressants due to a condition called telogen effluvium. This condition makes your hair fall out due to an underlying source of stress, such as illness, surgery, or in this case, medication. The changes happening to your body as a result of the antidepressant forces your hair follicles into the resting stage of hair growth. In this resting stage, the hair strands are more vulnerable to falling out when you’re brushing your hair or taking a shower.

What Can I Do?

If you think that your antidepressants are causing your hair to fall out, the first thing you should do is contact your doctor. Your doctor can discuss all your options with you. They might have you change antidepressants, or try our medications or ointments that can help stimulate hair growth.

If you think that your antidepressants are causing your hair to fall out, the first thing you should do is contact your doctor. Your doctor can discuss all your options with you. They might have you change antidepressants, or try our medications or ointments that can help stimulate hair growth.

You may also want to try out cosmetic procedures to help your head look more full. One such solution is the scalp micropigmentation services offered at a clinic in San Antonio, Hairline Ink. These services utilize pigments to fill in the hairline, giving the appearance that your hair never fell out in the first place!

No matter what solution you choose, stay rest assured that you have options.

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Male Pattern Baldness

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

Male Pattern Baldness

Most of us tend to think of going bald as something that’s not going to happen until we’re much older. However, some people start balding when they’re in their 20s, or even their teenage years! While most people suffering from male pattern baldness aren’t too happy with their condition, here are a few people who are learning to embrace and style their smooth scalps.

  1. Robert Pattinson. The Twilight star was spotted rocking a buzz cut on the streets in Hollywood. Some people speculate he is balding, as he has the appearance of a buzz cut. Either way, Pattinson has nothing to hide as he seems to be enjoying the shorter hairstyle.
  • Ben Affleck. It’s no secret that Affleck is losing his hair. However, he seems to be opting for hair transplants as opposed to how Pattinson shaved his head.
  • John Travolta. Travolta wears a hairpiece on sets and photoshoots as a means of coping with his hair loss.

All three men have chosen different ways to manage their receding hairlines. From shaved heads and plugs to hairpieces and wigs, these actors have shown us that there’s no wrong way to have a smooth head!

If you think Pattinson’s method of dealing with his hair loss sounds like the right fit for you, don’t be afraid to make the jump and go for a buzz cut! If you’ve never buzzed your own head, I recommend going to a salon and having a professional show the ropes. They can recommend a length that’s most flattering for your face shape. On top of a flattering cut, you might want to consider getting any patchy areas or bald spots filled in. According to Scalp Micro NJ, scalp micropigmentation is a long-lasting treatment that can help even out a shaved head and pull the whole look together.

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Best Hair Brushes to Combat Hair Loss

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

Best Hair Brushes to Combat Hair Loss

The medical field has expanded to include many solutions for hair loss — pills, topicals, and even head caps have been used by many to keep their manes full. Services like Team Micro can even tattoo your scalp to make your hair look fuller.

An easy way to prevent hair loss, however, is by selecting a high-quality hair brush. Next time you’re in the market for a new brush, make sure to consider these factors:

Number of Bristles

When it comes to hairbrushes, the more bristles the better. When we brush our hair, we stimulate the scalp and facilitate blood flow to the follicles which promotes hair growth. The more bristles, the more stimulation. Opt for hair brushes that come with at least 100 bristles for best results.

Material of Bristles

Not only is the number of bristles important, but the material the bristles are made out of is important to. Make sure to only select bristles that are natural and not synthetic. These bristles are softer than synthetic bristles and will prevent your hair from falling out.

Size

You’ll want to consider the size of the brush when making your purchase as well. Smaller brushes will allow you to amp up the volume of your hair. More volume will make your hair appear thicker and give you a burst of self-confidence. 

Also incorporate hair thickening shampoos, conditioners, and hair sprays into your hair care for a fuller head of hair. When using heat when styling your hair, make sure to use a heat protectant to minimize hair loss and only use heat when necessary. Combined with a great brush, an amazing hair care routine will have everyone admiring your hair and never believing you could be suffering with hair loss.

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