THE LASER HAIR THERAPY OPTION
Lois W. Stern *
* Much of the material for this article was excerpted from Vern Cole's chapter:
"No More Bad Hair Days",
appearing in Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour
Laser Hair Treatments: Another Hair Loss Solution For Those Who Qualify
Let There Be Light!
A microscopic analysis of the hair shaft shows the different diameters of the hair. Hair diameter becomes important if a person is considering Laser Hair Therapy™, as it can show how effectively this treatment might be able to increase the diameter of the hair shaft. It can also determine if there is still living hair that the naked eye cannot detect.
What light is to a growing plant, vegetable or grass, Laser Therapy represents the equivalent to regrowing hair.
Transform Technologies' 'cold-beam' laser is a Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) that works by increasing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, encouraging hair volume and healthier hair. The unique laser light penetrates into the scalp tissue where it stimulates its microcirculation, improving cellular metabolism and protein synthesis. You may have heard the phrase, "Life is in the blood". When blood flow is being inhibited by the production of too much DHT or due to blockage caused by debris on the scalp, the hair can become weaker, thinner and finer, until it eventually falls out. Once the follicle is dead, it's dead. What FDA approved lasers can do if the follicle still exists, is encourage new hair growth from dormant follicles. An individual receiving laser therapy will notice a substantial decrease in the fall out of hair, and an over all better condition of their scalp and hair.
Low Level and High Power Lasers
There are two types of lasers: low power and high power. Low level lasers do not give off heat, but rather utilize photo energy. Low level laser light is compressed light of a wavelength from the cold, red part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. It is different from natural light in that it is one precise color; it is coherent (travels in a straight line), monochromatic (a single wavelength) and concentrates its beam in a defined location or spot. These properties allow laser light to penetrate with no heating, damage or known side effects. In contrast, high power lasers, the type used for hair removal, cut through tissue and give off heat.
The Benefit of Low Level Laser Treatment
- Increases the blood supply to the scalp by fifty-four percent after only one treatment.
- Stimulates hair follicles.
- Stops the progression of hair loss in eighty-five percent of patients.
- Increases hair strength and elasticity.
- Creates fuller, shinier, softer, thicker hair.
- Helps newly transplanted hair thrive.
- Accelerates the healing process following transplant surgery.
- Repairs damage normally caused by chemical services.
- Delivers light energy directly from different positions without loss of light properties to insure appropriate dosage.
The Best Candidates For Laser Hair Therapy
Anyone experiencing hair loss is a good candidate for laser therapy.
Low level laser hair therapy is the long anticipated answer for the hair restoration specialist challenged by the client ineligible for transplant procedures, primarily due to the following scenarios:
- Patients with early stages of hair loss (i.e. one to seven years). When too much growing, existing hair is on the top of the head, transplanting hair from the back of the head (the donor area) would cause "hair shock" or "hair trauma" to the existing growing hair, accelerating loss of existing hairs.
- Women who experience general thinning throughout including the sides and back area where a transplant specialist would typically harvest the donor site.
Is It Safe?
Absolutely! Low level laser hair therapy meets all international safety standards and legislative specifications of a "non-significant risk" product. Yes! The Laser Hair Therapytm devise is safe and is classified as a Class IIIA cosmetic laser.
The energy produced by the photons does not have the thermal component to cause thermal injuries to users or operators. Laser light energy does not change or alter molecular structures.
No side effects have been reported from this treatment method. During the eleven years treatment centers in Finland have been offering laser hair therapy, they have done over twenty thousand laser procedures, with absolutely no adverse side effects.
Laser Therapy Results
Reduction of hair loss usually occurs after five to six treatments, but some patients don’t experience hair growth until they have received ten to twelve treatments. Over time, all users - men and women - usually notice progressively increasing benefits from their laser treatments. LHT is such a popular option because it is a totally painless, non-surgical procedure. The treatments last for twenty minutes and you can resume normal activities immediately after a treatment.
I present laser therapy as a viable option although I cannot guarantee that your hair will grow back. A good candidate for this program is one who enters it with the idea that if they can keep the hair they have and improve the overall quality of the hair, they will be happy. I'd rather under sell and over deliver. In other words, I'd rather you be delighted if you did grow some new hair, and not be devastated if you did not.
I believe that lasers are the "New Light of the World"
To read what Vern Cole has to say about the pros and cons of wigs,
To read what Vern Cole has to say about surgical hair transplants,
To read what Vern Cole has to say about hair restoration treatments for baldness,
© 2011, revised 2013 by Lois W. Stern
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Lois W. Stern is the published author of two award winning books:
Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on
Your Lunch Hour as well as numerous magazine articles. Her Professional Edition DVD is a popular aid to office staff while interacting with their patients.
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