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Hair Loss Prevention Plan: Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Capillus Laser CapNot every hair restoration journey or hair loss prevention plan will involve transplant surgery. While hair transplants are indeed a popular, safe, and effective way to restore hair to a fuller, more youthful appearance, it is not the only option for those battling hair loss. In recent posts, we’ve discussed some of the medications which hundreds of thousands of people use every year to prevent further hair loss or even grow new hair. But medication is not the only alternative to surgery. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer patients a safe, effective, non-surgical treatment that involves the use of specialized energy and light to stimulate hair growth.

What is Low-Level Laser Therapy?

Low-level laser therapy, also called LLLT, nourishes hair follicles by sending pulses of energy into inactive follicles. These pulses “spark” those dormant follicles back into a regrowth phase by kickstarting proper circulation and cellular respiration.

The hair-stimulating energy is delivered to the scalp through the use of specialized comb, caps, or domes. All three of these delivery systems are effective and non-invasive, but one of them offers superior ease and convenience.

Laser domes are professional pieces of equipment, so a visit to the doctor is required to receive such treatment. While laser combs can be used at home, the application and use of the comb can be cumbersome and time-consuming.

Laser caps, however, could not be easier to use. They are portable, hands-free, and they work.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers the Capillus272 laser cap, a device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia. Capillus272 caps have 272 professional-strength lasers to make it the most useful at-home device for thinning hair.

The Capillus272 cap can be worn anywhere without disrupting your routine. Better still, it won’t disrupt your appearance: the battery-operated laser insert can fit discreetly inside your favorite hat or baseball cap. While you are living your life, the lasers will be hard at work under your cap, strengthening your follicles and improving the quality of your hair.

Stand-alone Treatment or In Conjunction With Transplant Surgery or Medication

LLLT can be effective by itself, but it is also often used as a complement to transplant surgery or alongside medication such as Rogaine or Propecia. After a hair transplant, LLLT helps bring blood, oxygen, and nutrients to balding areas, enhancing the effects of the surgery. Even in the most successful hair transplants, however, there can still be some stubborn and uncooperative follicles which resist regrowth. LLLT can get those reluctant follicles in gear and stimulate their growth.

Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami Today to Learn More About LLLT and Other Non-Surgical Hair Restoration Options

If you would like to learn more about low-level laser therapy or other non-surgical options for addressing hair loss, please schedule an appointment with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami today by calling 305.925.0222.

Laser Hair Restoration

Laser hair restoration has the potential to alleviate the worry and anxiety that comes with thinning or balding hair. Around the world, millions of men and women report issues with their hair. For some, hair loss takes the form of general and spread out thinning. For others, conditions like androgenetic alopecia create pattern baldness that spreads throughout the scalp over time.

Hair restoration with a laser device is becoming an increasingly popular option for many who want a safe and effective means of restoring their natural head of hair. Laser hair restoration has recently won the praise of physicians, researchers, and patients worldwide as clinical evidence just recently proved the treatment protocol to be effective (more details below). And with both in-office and at-home laser hair restorations to choose from, patients of all ages are sure to find an option with which they are comfortable.

Proven Effective: Laser Hair Restoration via LLLT

Until recently, laser hair restoration technologies were met with skepticism from patients. For men and women who had suffered with hair loss for much of their adult lives, it seemed unrealistic that new hair could be grown simply by shining a cool and gentle laser on the scalp.

This year, skeptics were silenced when a new study showed that more than 300 men and women experienced new hair growth after just 26 weeks of using a popular at-home “laser comb” device. About 146 men and 188 women were examined throughout the study, and researchers found there to be an average of 20 new hairs grown per square centimeter of scalp. Read the study abstract here.

How Does Laser Hair Restoration Work?

The primary mechanism of hair growth during laser hair restoration is thought to be phototherapy. This is the common denominator across all low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatment devices; they all contain lasers designed to stimulate phototherapy at the roots of hair follicles. In turn, researchers believe LLLT devices improve hair follicle function and vitality, eventually “awakening” dormant hair follicles. Once awake, hair follicles can begin to sustain a natural and healthy growth cycle.

Whether receiving treatment at a hair loss clinic or using an at-home device, laser hair restoration occurs as follows:

1. After consulting with a hair transplant surgeon or hair loss specialist, you and your physician decide that laser hair restoration is the best choice to treat your specific condition.

2. Following consultation, you and your physician review different in-office and at-home laser treatment options. The difference between these two main options is outlined below.

3. At regular intervals determined by your hair transplant surgeon/hair loss specialist, you will use an in-office or at-home low level laser therapy (LLLT) device to gently bathe the scalp in cool, FDA-approved laser light.

4. Laser light is absorbed into the scalp, where it is thought to reach the hair follicles and stimulate phototherapy.

5. Treatment is continued under the guidance of your physician.

In-Office vs. At-Home Hair Restoration

There are benefits to choosing both in-office and at-home laser hair restoration. It is important to begin your pursuit of a fuller head of hair with a hair loss consultation to ensure the condition and most effective treatment options are accurately outlined by a licensed and trained professional. Following consultation, you may discuss in-office and at-home laser hair restoration treatment options with your doctor.

Benefits of in-office laser hair restoration:

In-office laser hair restoration is typically conducted using a large “dome” device that resembles the hair dryers you may have seen in hair salons. You sit under the device, and the dome delivers even LLLT exposure to the entire scalp. The biggest benefit of in-office treatment is the attention and care you receive from the hair loss clinic each time you visit. The biggest downside is travel time, and the need to make recurring appointments with your hair loss professional.

Benefits of at-home laser hair restoration:

At home, “laser comb” devices are known to be effective. The first clinical evidence for their effectiveness was released earlier this year, as discussed at the top of this article. The original study has also been cited at the end of this article.

The biggest benefit of at-home laser restoration is convenience. Hair restoration can be done at any time, even while comfortably relaxing in bed. When it comes to recurring treatment, however, patients must follow the guidelines provided by their hair loss professional (in terms of duration, frequency, and other special hair care instructions).

New Laser Cap Offers Best of Both Worlds

New “laser cap” devices offer the best of both worlds, giving men and women the freedom and flexibility to experience hair restoration at home using a device that covers the entire scalp. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we offer the Capillus 272, a device that fits discretely under patients’ favorite hat or baseball cap. With the Capillus, hair restoration can be done at home or on-the-go. We’ve even had patients who use it while golfing.

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Laser Hair Restoration in Miami

To learn more about laser hair restoration at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, schedule a hair loss consultation online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Sources:

John L. Satino and Michael Markou. International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology. August 2003, 5(2): 113-117. doi:10.1089/153082003769591209.

To Cure Baldness, Turn-on Your Hair Follicles

A new study indicates that hair follicles might have turn-ons and turn-offs, just like the men and women. Unlike men and women, the recently discovered on/off switches have nothing to do with preference for the personality, physical features, or proximity of a potential mate. Instead, these turn-ons involve stem cells and a special pathway that delivers a protein referred to as Wnt.

The study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. There, a team of scientists has discovered that “turning on” a special pathway known to regulate adult stem cells can trigger the release of Wnt proteins and cause even dormant (hairless) follicles to grow new strands of hair. On the other hand, scientists believe the pathway can also be “turned off” to prevent Wnt proteins from causing hair to grow.

Stem Cells, Wnt Protein, and Hair Growth

The discovery that hair follicles might be able to be “turned on” or “turned off” via manipulating a specific pathway has become a topic of much discussion this winter. Reporting to the journal Cell Stem Cell, Sarah Millar explains:

While more research is needed to improve our understanding of this pathway, our results suggest that therapeutics capable of decreasing levels of [Wnt action] in the skin could potentially be used to block growth of unwanted hair[…] Conversely, agents that activate Wnt signaling might be used to promote hair growth.

Nourishing the Hair Follicle

Hair follicle health is essential for the growth of full and beautiful hair. Follicles support the growth of each strand, serving as a foundation through which oxygen, protein, and other vital nutrients are delivered. When follicle health suffers, hair can become brittle, fine, and can stop growing altogether.

For these reasons, scientists have become fixated on the study and improvement of hair follicle health. The discoveries made by the research team at the University of Pennsylvania noted above are just one example. Around the globe, other research institutions and scientists are studying additional ways to improve the health of hair follicles. Ultimately, the goal is to find a way to wake dormant follicles and nourish them until they can support a normal hair growth cycle. In doing so, scientists believe a cure for baldness will be achieved.

Low Level Laser Therapy

One way scientists believe hair follicles can be nourished is through Low Level Laser Therapy, or LLLT. This special treatment exposes areas of bald scalp to FDA-approved lasers that are designed to stimulate blood flow to dormant hair follicles. The lasers are cool to the touch and safe to use in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, like hair transplant surgery, Rogaine®, or Propecia®.

Low Level Laser Therapy at Our Institute

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer the Capillus 272, a new and completely portable form of LLLT treatment that fits underneath your favorite baseball cap or hat. Patients who use the Capillus 272 enjoy a comfortable, convenient, and personalized treatment at home, in the office, on a morning run, or even on the golf course.

To learn more about this new and exciting treatment for hair loss, watch the video below.

The Capillus 272 is designed for men and women who want to reenergize their hair with safe, FDA-approved laser therapy. The Capillus may deliver exceptional results when used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, Rogaine®, Propecia®, or stand-alone.

Hair Loss Evaluation. To learn more about hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, call our office directly at 305-925-0222.  

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