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How does laser light hair therapy work?

Low Level Laser Photons irradiate the entire scalp increasing microcirculation of blood supplies to the hair follicles. Pure red ‘Soft laser light stimulates the scalp significantly increasing the number of red corpuscles that deliver life giving oxygen and nutrients to the hair bulb .Hair Follicles, which are dormant but not dead, can often, be rehabilitated.

The result is a restorative reaction that clears the debris from the hair shafts, swells the cortex and closes the cuticles,leading to a healthier scalp which enhances hair that looks and feels softer, thicker, and shinier, and is more easily managed. When laser hair therapy treatments are used with quality conditioners, damaged hair, split ends and even dry hair begin to show improvement. The negative effects of chemical perms are reversed with the laser treatment program, because each strand of hair is nourished and repaired. Laser hair treatment also removes calcification and blockages around the bulb to provide an excellent environment in reducing problems such as excessive oily to dry scalp, dandruff and itchiness.

Laser hair therapy is the long anticipated technology, for the latest refinement in preventative hair care for men and women.

What are the benefits of laser light therapy?

  • Increases blood supply to the scalp by 54% after only one treatment
  • Stops the progression of Hair Loss
  • Stimulates regrowth
  • Repairs and improves hair shaft quality
  • Enhances lasting effects of hair colour and perms by closing the cuticle creates the healthiest environment where hair can grow
  • Salon chemical services are greatly enhanced with Laser Light Therapy
  • Hair looks shinier and split ends show remarkable improvement after only a few treatments.
  • The negative effects of chemical perms are reversed
  • Thickens existing hair and strengthens it.
  • Vellus hair, and very often dormant roots, can be restimulated into healthy growing hair

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Who benefits from laser light therapy?

  • Chemotherapy Patients (directly after treatment)
  • Men and Women experiencing hair loss
  • Male or female pattern hair loss
  • Male or female hair loss due to Stress or Medications
  • Male or female hair loss due to Excessive Chemical Processing
  • Menopausal changes
  • Postpartum changes
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Hormonal Hair Loss
  • Fine, Limp or Thinning Hair
  • Stimulates Hair follicles to stop excessive hair loss
  • Gives fuller thicker healthier hair
  • Colours last longer, less fading and oxidation

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What causes hair loss and what can you do about it?

Alopecia (al-o-pe'sh-ah) is the technical term for any abnormal form of loss of hair.

The natural falling out of the hair should not be confused with alopecia.

When hair has grown to its full length, it comes out by itself and is replaced by a new hair. The natural shedding of hair occurs most frequently in spring and fall. On the other hand, hair lost in alopecia does not come back unless special treatments are given to encourage hair growth.

Certain hairstyles such as ponytail and tight braids may be contributing factors in constant hair loss or baldness.

Alopecia senilis (se-nil'is) is the form of baldness occurring in old age. This loss of hair is permanent.

Alopecia premature (pre-mah-tu'-rah) is the form of baldness beginning any time before middle-age with a slow thinning process. This condition is caused by the first hairs falling out and being replaced by weaker ones.

Alopecia areata (ar-e-a'tah) is the sudden falling out of hair in round patches or baldness in spots, sometimes caused by anemia, scarlet fever, typhoid fever or syphilis. Affected areas are slightly depressed, smooth and very pale, due to a decreased blood supply. Patches may be round or irregular in shape and they may vary in size from one-half inch to 2-3 inches in diameter. In most conditions of alopecia areata, the nervous system has been subjected to some injury. Since the flow of blood is influenced by the nervous system, the affected area is also poorly nourished.

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Hair loss (Alopecia Androgenetica) is hereditary

Levels of testosterone in the body and sensitivity to its side effects are determined by hereditary factors and are related to male and to some extent also female hair loss. Tightness of scalp is also hereditary.

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Tightness of scalp and poor circulation cause hair loss

Tight scalp is the main cause of impaired blood flow, particularly on the top of the head. Microcirculation in the scalp can be almost completely hindered. Contracted blood vessels are prevented from transporting necessary nutrients and trace elements to the hair follicles. Lack of oxygen prevents effective keratinisation. The hair growth cycle is disturbed, in that once hair attains the resting phase it remains there unable to recommence growth. The hair follicle grows into gradual decline and ultimately vanishes, merging with skin tissue. Unless adequate blood flow can be restored, tight sections of the scalp will become bald. Help may be possible through laser treatment, which stimulates the circulation in the scalp, allowing oxygen and necessary nutrients to be transported to the hair follicle. The efficacies of medicinal preparations that prevent hair loss are based on their circulation stimulation properties. Each individual is subject to many factors that can cause hair loss. The effects of each can however vary with age.

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Is laser light therapy safe?

YES , all of our lasers are  non surgical therapeutic lasers. They are the most powerful lasers approved safe for cosmetic purposes, and fully comply with Federal Standards for laser safety.

The energy produced by photons does not have the thermal component necessary to cause thermal injuries to users or operators. Results achieved depend on the type of treatment required and in accordance with the specified times set out for that treatment. The cost of the laser treatment varies in each market. Salon owners set their own prices.

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Is there any scientific evidence?

Various light sources, including lasers, have been used in attempts to grow hair and stop hair loss since the 1950's. The laser was placed 30 centimetres from the alopecia area with dosages ranging from 3-4 joule per No fibres or lenses were used. In the study, microscopic evaluation of the hair shaft structure on the Alopecia Areata irradiated areas showed a clear medulla rich in keratin after treatment. At the 4th Annual Meeting of the Japan Laser Therapy Association in 1992, success was reported with an increase in both hair growth and density of the hair follicles in the laser treated areas of both male and female stress Alopecia and Alopecia Areata. Only one failure out of 40 cases was reported in two papers.

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Demodex Parasite

A Tulane University study established the following about Demodex Folliculorum.

1. Demodex was found on 88% of men and woman with thinning hair.

2. Demodex was not found on 91% of men and woman with normal hair density. This shows there is a significant role for an association of Demodex with thinning hair.

Biotechnical Researchers discovered the presence of Demodex Folliculorum on the scalps of 100% of men and women with thinning hair who were clinically tested. Demodex produces the enzyme lipase which is necessary for Demodex to digest the sebum it feeds on. Lipase can adversely affect the quality, condition and appearance of your hair. Although the scientific world has known about Demodex since the 1800's, the connection between Demodex and thin looking hair was only recently established.

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Hair loss, regrowth

A double-blind comparative study of laser treatment with placebo laser (LED). The duration of hairloss and baldness, according to Hamilton classification, were recorded. A skin biopsy for histological examination was taken before and after treatment. In addition, a photograph was taken of the patients at the same time. Hair shaft thickness was measured with hair stretching equipment where the hairs can be stretched on a graded scale from 0-10. Normal value of hair shaft stretching is set at 5. All patients with the exception of one, in the laser treated group showed a complete stop of hair loss. All patients, except 3 showed a clear regrowth of hair with a reduction of at least one category in the Hamilton classification. The results were confirmed by histological examination.

Pre-treatment typically showed the dermas with large, relatively normal amounts of follicles. Most of them were in the telogen phase and did not show any real hair. Some of the follicles were widened with keratin taps and follicle opening, post treatment showed the dermis with almost the same amount of hair follicles as pre-treatment, although a number of new follicles could be seen with clearly noticeable hair growth. 50% of the follicles are now in the anagen phase. A clearly visible regrowth of hairs were found in most treatment sample comparisons. When comparing the histological findings, transformation into more agnogenic hair follicles could be observed in 83% of the patients on laser treatment but in none of the placebo patients. Out of the 19 patients, 14 showed an increase in hair thickness, and all 18 showed improvement in general hair shaft quality measured with the hair stretcher. The results showed no improvement in the placebo group or any adverse effects of the treatment. The present double-blind study definitely showed that regrowth of new hairs can be achieved in most middle-aged and younger males with typical male baldness when the scalp is irradiated with Laser for 5 weeks, with follow up maintenance treatments. Material for the growth of the hair comes from the papilla. As long as the papilla is not destroyed, the hair will grow. If the hair is pulled out from the roots, it will nevertheless grow again.

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How does new hair replace old hair?

  • The bulb loosens and separates from the papilla.
  • The bulb moves upward in the hair follicle.
  • The hair moves slowly to the surface where it is shed.
  • The new hair is formed by cell division that takes place at the point of the root of the hair and around the papilla.

The exact life span of hair has not been agreed upon. The average life of hair will range from two to four years. Other factors, such as sex, age, type of hair, heredity and health, have a bearing on the duration of hair life. (While the life span of hair may differ with each individual, the figures two to four years indicate a fair estimated period, considering age, health, climate and other personal factors. Some authorities estimate the life span of hair to range up to 7 years. Eyebrow hairs and eyelashes are replaced every four to five months. There is an average of 1000 hairs to a square inch. The number of hairs on the head varies with the colour of hair:

  • Blonde - 140,000
  • Black - 108,000
  • Brown - 110,000
  • Red - 90,000

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The hair shaft growth cycle

First, there is the growth or anagen phase usually lasting 2 to 3 years. This is followed by the resting or catagen phase, spanning 2 to 3 months, where the hair stops growing but doesn't fall out. Finally, there is a short phase of hair loss, thetelogen phase, lasting several days. Laser therapy increases the microcirculation of scalp blood flow by 54%. In just one 20 minute session.

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A new study published in the International Journal Of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology showed a 95% increase in hair and a 78% increase in strength in both men and women using Low Level Laser Hair Therapy.

Further evidence of laser hair therapy efficacy was reported in a Dateline news survey of different hair loss treatments. Dateline Medical Experts: "Laser Hair Therapy had substantial results".

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