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Low-Level Laser Hair Therapy:
DID YOU KNOW? You’re not balding because your hair is falling out? You
go bald and hair thins out because it doesn't grow back!
The key to avoiding Hair Loss is not to ignore it, says Dr.
Ryan Ferchoff, hair loss consultant of the Natural Wellness Center & the Hair Loss Control
Clinic in Honolulu, HI, who says there
is much that can be done if hair follicles are still alive. “Once follicles are
dead there is nothing you can do to bring them back to life, so if you notice
changes in hair growth, thinning or fall-out, don’t wait come and see our doctor and a
hair loss specialist!” Using low-level Laser Hair Therapy can give lagging hair
follicles a boost and it can work in conjunction with other treatments like DHT
blockers such as
Propecia and topical shampoos as well as topical
minoxidil you may be considering or already using, for even more positive
results. You will have a consultation with our primary care naturopathic physician to determine why you’re losing your hair, because this
therapy works only for certain hair loss conditions.
Is Laser Hair Therapy for me?
- Have you just recently noticed hair fall-out or changes in hair health?
- Are you experiencing age-related hair loss due to excess DHT?
- Are you using hair care products to remove DHT?
- Are you currently taking Propecia (finesteride) or using Rogaine
- Are you on any medications that could be causing temporary hair loss?
- Can you afford the time and money for weekly treatments?
How does Laser Hair Therapy work?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, low-level Laser Hair Therapy
is a viable way to target hair loss early. It can be administered through a
hand-held unit or a full headed laser you might find at a hair loss clinic or
studio. This hair loss treatment has been approved by the FDA to promote hair
growth in males only with male pattern baldness who have Norwood Hamilton
Classifications of I to V. The unit features diodes and LED lights that
distribute low-level laser light to the scalp.
Because hair is meant to fall out and re-grow from the roots, when follicles
begin to shrink and degenerate, the hair does not grow back and subsequently,
hair loss occurs. Studies showed that the laser light therapy, when used on a
regular basis can strengthen and regenerate shrinking follicles to grow again.
The laser light increases blood flow to the scalp and jump-starts hair follicles
This slows down hair loss and in many cases is said to reverse the degenerative
cycle and stimulate a live follicle to produce more, thicker, stronger,
“There is nothing that you can do once the hair follicles die, but there is a lot you can do
to protect and wake up sleeping follicles … don’t wait!” - Dr. Ryan
Ferchoff, Natural Wellness Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
What can I expect?
Experts agree it is key to find a hair loss professional to advise you
in this treatment. Depending upon your reasons
and amount of hair loss, you will most likely visit our office 1-3 times a week
for a treatment. But it does not work instantaneously, cautions Dr. Ferchoff. “Don’t
expect a full head of hair in 8 weeks – the follicle needs time to produce new
hair, exit the scalp, and grow to a measurable length before you will notice
results. Usually you can see results in about three months with significant
results in about 6 months,” explains Dr. Ferchoff. “That’s why we take close-up
photographs of the hair loss area before the treatment and again every three
months so you can see the improvement.”
If your hair loss is severe experts agree that using low-level Laser Hair
Therapy will work best in conjunction with other treatments, like Propecia for
men. Suggests Dr. Ferchoff, “if your hair loss is age-related and you are producing DHT that is attacking follicles, I recommend using haircare products that remove
and inhibit DHT from affecting follicles, so they can better benefit from the
If your hair loss was temporary, a medical side effect or some other
hormonal reason that was resolved, low-level Laser Hair Therapy will re-grow
hair faster and healthier. But, cautions Dr. Ferchoff, if your hair loss is
progressive and you discontinue laser therapy your hair loss will revert to what
it would have been if you had not done any treatments at all.
Also, when utilizing laser therapy devices, “More is NOT better!” cautions
Dr. Ferchoff. Also low-level Laser Hair Therapy will NOT work if you are losing hair
due to chemotherapy or experiencing Alopecia Areata or have had extensive hair
loss for more than five years.
The Bottom Line
The best results are obtained when you work with a hair loss specialist
to devise a plan specific to your type of loss that includes evaluating results
so expectations are realistic.
"For the best results, our program offers in-office sessions with
a powerful "standing" laser machine - partnered with a high quality hand-held
laser with adequate strength for at home use", says Dr. Ferchoff. "We carry a handheld
laser that has 9 diodes and cost approximately $500. "The standing one I
use in my office is much more powerful with 160 diodes."
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