Laser Hair Therapy Puts The Brakes On Hair Loss

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Laser Hair Therapy has been around for a while, but to Americans it is relatively a new concept. If you polled a roomful of men about it, chances are they wouldn’t know what Laser Hair Loss Therapy was, much less what it could do for them. In that same room full of men, it would be a good guess that at least 60% of them could benefit from Laser Hair Therapy.

What is it? Laser Hair Therapy is a hair loss treatment method used mostly in hair restoration clinics and by dermatologists that utilizes low light laser energy to dramatically thicken, and in many cases, re-grows lost hair. Many men who suffer from hair loss use products such as Propecia or other topical products to re-grow their hair; the problem is that these products, while they are somewhat effective, can have side effects. Medical procedures such as transplanting hair carry with them their own problems; mostly the serious expense and the iffy results. So what’s a guy to do who’s noticing a drain-full of his hair every time he showers? The answer? Laser Hair Therapy for Men.

First, let’s explore what causes Hair Loss in the first place. It hardly seems fair but men in particular seem to be doomed to experience significant hair loss at some point in their lives. Most men resignedly believe baldness is their destiny. If you look at your parent’s hair, you may have a good idea of when your own hair may go. But what causes it? Scientists have been exploring this dilemma for decades. They fought it with snake oil and creams, then wigs and hairpieces when all else failed. But today, scientists understand more about what causes men to lose their hair.

Most often, there is a genetic component to male pattern hair loss. Hair follicles in the scalp have their own little time clocks. At a certain point in a man’s life, the regular cycle of hair growth, resting phase, shedding and regrowth responds to some kind of trigger within the hair follicle itself. This response is instigated by lowering levels of hormones; testosterone, specifically and the resulting over-production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT prohibits the absorption of essential proteins and calcium into the root of the hair follicle. When this happens, the root weakens. It may grow back for a few cycles, but you’ll notice your hair getting thinner and weaker. Soon, that follicle cannot support the growth of another hair and gives up. When your scalp should be replacing everything you just shed into the drain, it fails to do so. Scientists who study hair loss have discovered that this whole process can be dramatically altered by the use of low light laser therapy.

Low light Laser Hair Therapy is effective for increasing the blood circulation around the hair follicles and clearing the way for nutrients to reach the root again. Refreshed blood flow can also remedy problems like itchy or flaky scalp or over-active sebaceous glands that can interfere with re-growth. Laser Hair Therapy, applied for 20 to 30 minute intervals, several times a week, routinely produces a significant change in hair quality of close to 90% of those who tried it. With Laser Hair Loss Therapy, men find that their hair grows in thicker and stronger. The thin, scalp-showing wafts of hair fill in and regain their old bounce and character. Not only that, but also many men have seen those areas that seemed to have given up the fight begin to re-grow, too. Though many see results within a few weeks, for others, full results from Laser Hair Therapy will take between six months to a year.

Robert Lassup, a Los Angeles contractor, was doubtful anything could turn his hair loss around. He was only thirty, but he’d been losing hair since he turned twenty-six. The worst part for him was the stigma of losing his hair so young. It made him feel older than his years. Looking the way he did, he felt that he couldn’t compete in the dating market and even job interviewers looked doubtful when he told them his age. He tried medications, but they didn’t do much. He worried about what else they might be doing to him. So he quit using them. Hair systems definitely weren’t for him. But when he heard about Laser Hair Therapy, and that men in Europe had been using it successfully for years, he decided he had nothing to lose in trying it.

The Laser Hair Therapy Clinic he went to assured him that the lasers they would use were “cool lasers”. There would be no pain involved. In fact, they told him that standing in front of a microwave for two minutes would pose more of a danger than thirty minutes under low light Laser Hair Loss Therapy. Robert felt hopeful for the first time in years as he noticed his hair begin to respond right away. His hair loss stopped and his hair grew noticeably thicker and began to fill in around his hairline. He did, in fact re-grow some of the hair that he thought was gone forever. But even more important, he regained his self-confidence. “Even I didn’t understand how much my hair loss was affecting me,” Robert says now. “I realized as my hair circled that drain, I had stopped showing up for my own life. Getting my hair back with Laser Hair Therapy made me feel like myself again. I intend to make the most of it.”

By: Ray Treadwell

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