What Can I Do About My Hair Loss?
There are many solutions available for hair loss. For some types of hair loss, the hair may fully grow back over time without aid. For more permanent hair loss, there are also several options that can help promote growth or camouflage the hair loss you have incurred, as well as surgical procedures. The key is finding the right treatment for you…
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
What Is It? Laser light hair therapy is a therapeutic, non-invasive and non-chemical way to treat and control hair loss using a “cold” low-level, laser device. The laser is a “hooded” model under which the client or patient sits for a period of 20 to 30 minutes while 40 to 80 laser diodes distribute “soft” laser light to the tissues of the scalp. Unlike some topicals and other pills, the low level laser diodes have no thermal component and are side-effect free. The process is one of “bio-stimulation,” and is absolutely safe; to put it simply, laser therapy is a “trigger” for the rearrangement of cellular metabolism.
How Does It Work? Clinical trials conducted in the United States have confirmed that low level laser energy has the ability to stimulate hair growth and stop the progression of hair loss. These studies have been approved by the FDA. Studies also show this to be a solution to treat damaged hair by restoring the state of health back to what it originally was prior to hair loss. Patients will see an increase in thickness and fullness of their hair as well. Once treatment is completed, minimal maintenance may be required.
Because laser therapy involves follicle stimulation, it is recommended for the patient to meet with an experienced laser therapy specialist who will determine whether an individual is a viable candidate for laser treatment. Treatment programs for candidates are typically from six to 12 months. Patients visit their hair loss center two-three times a week.
For those who are unable to make weekly visits to a specific location, there are now portable, in-home laser therapy devices that have also been approved by the FDA – removing inconvenience and lack of time as an obstacle to stopping hair loss. Remember, it’s still important to see a hair loss specialist and be screened for candidacy and potential for regrowth. The two portable devices on the market that have received their 510K FDA Clearance are the HairMax LaserComb® and the iGrow™ Hair Rejuvenation System – both are available at my clinic.
Non-Surgical Hair Systems and Procedures
What Is It? The most popular method of hair replacement – a hair graft or hair system can re-create the look and feel of your own natural hair. The hair system is customized per individual client prescription (male or female); so any hair color, texture, density and style can be matched. Continued technological advancements have culminated into modern hair systems that supersede hair pieces or wigs of the past. These solutions can be completely natural and undetectable. If done correctly, the hair systems are designed to become a part of you and your everyday lifestyle.
How Does It Work? Once the prescription has been made, the hair systems are created by injecting strands of human hair into a thin layer of polyurethane or mesh material – a membrane which acts as a contact lens, or second layer of skin. Unlike a synthetic or machine-made wig, the material is light weight, breathable and comfortable and provides an undetectable hair line that is life-like in appearance.
Benefits of Human Hair Systems: Human hair allows for custom characteristics in hair systems, but it also allows the client to treat the hair like they would normally treat hair growing from their scalp. Clients wash and style the system on a regular basis. Styling options are unlimited – you can blow-dry, curl, flat-iron the hair and use hair spray, gels or any other styling products to achieve the look you want. Human hair looks the most natural but it also requires maintenance and will need to be replaced over time.
Topical Products and Prescriptions
Rogaine/Minoxidil: Minoxidil is a topical, over the counter treatment used to stimulate hair growth in adult men and women with a certain type of baldness. Available in two different dosages, 5% for men and 2% for women, both forms have been approved by the FDA for topical treatment of pattern baldness. Some side effects can occur. Experts say that the biggest drawback is that treatment must be continued for as long as results are desired. Once treatment stops, any re-growth that occurred will most likely be lost.
Propecia/Finasteride: Propecia is an oral, prescription medication with an active ingredient of finasteride that contains DHT blockers. Propecia was approved by the FDA for treatment of male-pattern baldness in 1997. Research shows finasteride is successful at preventing hair loss and keeping what you have, but re-growth may be minimal. Some side effects can occur. Like minoxidil, Propecia use must be continued for as long as results are desired.
Other Topical Treatments: There are other products available like shampoos, creams and lotions with DHT inhibitors or stimulating agents that are used for hair loss, as well as concealers and powders that are applied to the scalp to help camouflage or hide the skin that shows from thinning hair. Typically, these have no side effects.
Surgical Solutions- COMING SOON!
Over the past 4 decades of being in the hair restoration industry, I have seen much improvement in the technology, products, and treatments that are becoming available for hair loss; including surgical solutions. I am excited to announce we will soon offer ALL SOLUTIONS for hair loss – surgical and non-surgical. No matter what type of hair loss you are experiencing – we will have a solution that will fit your needs best.
More information will be coming soon!