Going to visit the HIS Hair Clinic in New York this next Wednesday the 17th for my first scalp micropigmentation.
Alopecia World references this here:
I had scheduled my appointment for the Seattle office, since I live in Portland, Oregon, but then got a phone call from the company asking if I'd be willing to come to New York and let them do the treatment there so Fox News could film it for a segment given in conjunction with Alopecia Month. I didn't realize that September is indeed alopecia month.
Pretty excited at the prospect of looking healthy again, and now excited at this opportunity to get the word out to other guys - especially those in my age bracket (I'm 61) - to let them know that scalp micropigmentation isn't something just for younger men. I enjoy staying in top physical condition, but alopecia universalis means I don't look as healthy as I feel. It's not shaving my head that's the problem. I like the shaven hairstyle. It's those left-over clusters of hair too stubborn to die that make me look like I had some disease, or had lost a hair-pulling contest. Shaving doesn't hide these.
If I was a woman, I'd probably wear a wig. The lack of eyebrows and eyelashes that accompanies universalis could be compensated with makeup, false brows, even false lashes to compliment the hair.
Being a guy, I prefer not to wear makeup, thank you, so wearing a wig would just make me look even more odd due to the extreme contrast with the appearance of thick "hair" on top, and zero eyebrows, eyelashes, or beard down below. (Anyone remember ET wearing that wig?)
Fortunately, beginning in the mid 90's, the shaved head began to be accepted as a desirable fashion choice among men. If only I could fill in the bare spots with tattooed hair follicles indistinguishable from the remaining hair I have; or even better, what if I could have the entire area tattooed in such a manner that, should the remaining patches disappear, I'd still look normal?
That's exactly what scalp micropigmentation does and what I'm going to have done this Wednesday. The process, developed by Ian Watson and Ranbir Rai-Watson of HIS Hair Clinic, works so well that the tattoo'd follicles are indistinguishable from real hair follicles, even up close. As I have studied the many pictures, and video after video, I noted that there are very few men my age on the HIS Hair Clinic site giving testimonials. Several have alopecia, but almost all are relatively young. Having made this observation by email, I received a phone call today asking if I'd be willing to fly to New York to have the treatment there and do an interview! The answer is "of course!"
Will post a followup upon my return.