Hair Transplant Alternatives
HAIR LOSS LASER COMB
Though hair transplantation is the only permanent method of restoring hair and is one of the most effective solution to hair loss, not every person may feel this method is right for them. There are several alternatives to hair transplantation.
While lasers are best known as high-energy beams of coherent light that can cut through a variety of materials including human tissue, low-energy laser light has been found to be capable of modulating beneficial biologic effects in human, animal and plant cells. The biomodulating effects of low-level laser light on human cells has been adapted to medical uses such as enhanced wound healing and treatment of some types of pain, and to cosmetic uses associated with effects on human skin. Low-level laser light has also been found to have biomodulating effects on human hair and hair follicles.
The mechanism of action of low-level laser light on human cells is not completely understood. The interaction of laser light with cells has the basic feature of modulating cell behavior without causing significant temperature increase inside the cells; higher-energy lasers used to treat some types of cancer destroy cancer cells by heating them from the inside. A resulting photochemical reaction inside cells treated with low-level laser light may alter physical and chemical properties of molecules important to cellular activities.
In the most recently conducted FDA clinical trials of the device, patients studied were men and women with thinning hair in the scalp area. The patients received two low-level laser light treatments per week over a six-month period. Results have shown:
- * 100% of men had stabilization of hair loss in frontal and vertex (top of the head) areas;
- * 84.6% of men had hair regrowth (11% of more from baseline) in the frontal area;
- * 82.8% of men had hair regrowth (11% or more from baseline) in the vertex area;
- * 87.5% of women had stabilization of hair loss in the frontal area;
- * 100% of women had stabilization of hair loss in the vertex area;
- * 75% of women had hair regrowth (11% or more from baseline) in the frontal area;
- * 96.4% of women had hair regrowth (11% or more from baseline) in the vertex area.
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Often referred to as hair pieces, hair systems are synthetic or real hair that have been made into a system that can be worn for all types of hair loss. With such an alternative, it is less invasive, but also less permanent. Hair pieces can look unnatural and must be taken care of with regular, expensive maintenance and must be attached by binding, weaving, or clipping, which in some cases can damage and even cause baldness in the clipping area.
Hair camouflages cover up thin or balding areas. These products may improve the appearance of thinning hair, but do not provide a lasting solution, as most people who are thinning will continue to lose more hair, reducing the surfaces that the camouflage can cling to. This product works best for people who are just starting to lose their hair or need a temporary camouflage for healing hair transplants. Such hair products are available at IHSG or click on the Hair Products link to the left.
Rogaine® (Minoxidil) - The first product to be approved by the FDA for hair loss, Rogaine® is an over-the-counter topical solution that is applied to the scalp daily. The lotion is available in 5% and 2% for men and 2% for women. Minoxidil has been proven to slow down and in some cases halt hair loss. Though it has been found to regrow hair on the vertex of the head in a small percentage of cases, it has demonstrated little effect on frontal baldness, the area of greatest concern to most balding and thinning men and women.
Propecia® (Finasteride) - Approved in 1997 by the FDA, Propecia® is the first oral prescription medication to stimulate hair growth on the top and crown area of the head. Originally marketed at a higher dosage to treat enlarged prostates; it has been available for the treatment of hair loss since 1998.The drug is an androgen hormone inhibitor, which lowers the production of dihdrotestosterone, also referred to as DHT. Researchers have found that DHT hormone levels play a key role in the development of male pattern baldness.
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