Are You Losing Hair?
You may have noticed an increase of hair shedding in your shower drain, pillow, or brush. You may also have noticed your part noticeably wider, or, for women… smaller circumference of pony tail. Perhaps, your hair band wraps around your pony tail more times than previously. In many cases, men don’t even realize that they are losing hair because they cannot see bald spot in mirror and friends or family may not want to hurt their feelings. Many people even change their hair style to cover up thinning before coming to terms with the fact that they might be experiencing hair loss.
Millions of men and women around the world suffer from hair loss. In fact, half of men and one quarter of women experience hair loss. Hair loss can be devastating at any age and can have severe psychological effects on a man or woman.
If You’ve Seen the Signs of Hair Thinning, See a Doctor Right Away.
Once someone first notices hair loss, they have already lost a huge amount of hair according to according to industry expert and hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Robert Leonard. Hair restoration surgeons estimate that the majority of patients don’t come in for an evaluation until they’ve lost half their hair volume. It is a medical fact that there is no way to bring a dead hair follicle back to life. Once a hair follicle is gone, it is forever; however, if you catch the progression in its earlier stages, there are ways to stop further progression and regrow thinning hair. This is why it is important to act quickly when you first notice thinning hair and consult with a medical professional so that they can provide you with diagnosis and treatments options, such as Capillus laser therapy.
There are a number of different factors that are known to cause hair loss, including: genetics, thyroid issues, medications, stress, and trauma. Some of these issues are temporary and will resolve themselves on their own; however, some are progressive conditions which worsen with time. The trick to treating your hair loss is to identify it early on and do something about it before it is irreversible.
Some dermatologists and plastic surgeons see patients with hair issues, and there are physicians that specialize solely in hair restoration. If you think that you may be losing hair, you should consult with your primary doctor, dermatologist or a physician that specializes in hair (click here or check industry websites, such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons). A physician will likely discuss family history, run tests to diagnose the cause of the hair loss and rule out any underlying medical conditions such as thyroid problems which can cause hair loss. If the cause of your hair loss is due to genetics, you have many non-surgical options for treatment, including Capillus laser therapy which is preferred by physicians because of its ease of use, lack of side-effects and success rate.
Understanding Causes of Hair Loss
There are many different types of hair loss. The most common type of hair loss is a result of your genes: androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness). It is a progressive condition is which means it worsens over time and constitutes 98% of hair loss*. There is nothing that can be done without surgery to regrow hair from dead follicles. (Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure which transplants healthy hair follicles to areas of thinning and is an option for some patients with healthy donor areas.)There are, however, some non-surgical treatments that can slow and reverse the process of miniaturization, which is the process through which hair thins with each cycle of growth, until it eventually dies. Capillus laser caps – are believed to increase cellular respiration and capillary blood flow to the dermis of the skin – which helps slow down progression of androgenetic alopecia as well as potentially regrowth of miniaturizing hair.
Pattern baldness is easily identifiable in men with the male pattern beginning with a receding hair line, followed by more recession and sequential areas of baldness towards the back of the scalp. In women, pattern hair loss is slightly different with less effect on the hair line and more visible thinning on the crown. The area of hair loss is more dispersed on a woman than the concentrated areas of hair loss on a man.
Non-Surgical Solutions for Hair Loss
The good news is that once you detect your hair loss, there are solutions for treatment. If underlying causes have been ruled out, there are a handful of non-surgical, non-invasive options that are proven to work. These include laser therapy, oral prescription medications, and topical solutions. You need to weigh the pros and cons of each treatment and decide which is best for you.
Laser therapy is a wonderful option to treat hair loss because it has no known side-effects. Capillus laser therapy caps make laser treatment very easy to use because it does not require any user effort and is simple to use at home or on the go – 30 minutes, 3-4 x per day while you go about your everyday activities. Physicians recommend it to patients because it is easy to comply with instructions for use. It does not require combing, nor applying messy solutions to scalp. It can be used in combination with other therapies if desired. Whether used in conjunction with hair transplant procedures or prescription hair loss medications, laser hair therapy has the potential to significantly improve the health of the hair follicle, leading to a fuller and more natural looking head of hair.
Finasteride, commonly marketed under brand name Propecia, is an oral medication that has been proven to restore hair. This medication is only approved by FDA for use by men because of the risk of birth defects to childbearing mothers. Finasteride has been reported to cause a variety of side-effects, from sexual to swelling, dizziness, and may cause decrease in blood prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels that can affect PSA blood test results used to detect prostate cancer. The sexual side effects of finasteride (decreased libido, trouble having an erection, ejaculation problems) may continue after you stop taking this medication. If you have concerns about these side effects, finasteride may not be right for you.
There are also topical foams such as Minoxidil which have shown success in restoring hairs. This drug is commonly marketed under brand Rogaine. Side-effects of minoxidil include scalp irritation, dizziness, and unwanted hair growth on face. This solution does require a certain level of commitment as it needs to be done on daily basis, twice per day on clean, dry hair and cannot wash hair for 4 hours after. It can also stain hats and bedding if not fully dry.
About Low-Level Laser Therapy for Treatment of Hair Loss
Low level light treatment is an option that has been used for those who are suffering from male & female pattern hair loss. Laser red light has been shown to be effective in stimulating and energizing the cells within the hair follicle.
In 1966, Hungarian physician Endre Mester first published an experiment in which he observed accelerated hair growth in rats treated with laser therapy, making alopecia the first legitimate therapeutic indication for laser therapy. Recently LLLT (low-level laser treatment) has gained acceptance in treating hair loss as evidence from clinical trials and successful patient cases have validated the therapy.
Though it has been used for over a decade… in the last few years, low-level light therapy has finally gained mass acceptance by the foremost physicians in the field of hair restoration, including world-renowned physicians who are both leaders and members of prestigious industry organizations such as the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Low-level light therapy (LLLT) has been used since the 1960s to treat various medical conditions such as alopecia, chronic ulcers, and chronic pain, headaches, musculoskeletal, and neuropathic pain without major adverse side effects. Each of these applications is based on the biological effects of photobiomodulation in living organisms.
Low-level light therapy was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2007 for the treatment of mild to moderate male pattern hair loss for a laser comb device designed to re-grow hair. The problem with a laser comb device is that it is not practical in application, which leads to improper adherence of instructions for use and thus less than optimal results in non-clinical use. The emergence of the Capillus laser therapy cap revolutionized the use of laser – making patient compliance and application easy.
LLLT for hair loss using red light lasers has been reported to:
- Increase cell metabolism and the health of blood vessels in the scalp for thicker, supple and more durable hair shafts
- Stimulate the sebaceous glands for silkier-looking hair
- Increase melanin production in the hair follicles, darkening gray hairs.
What Physicians Say about Capillus
"Laser therapy is a wonderful product for both men and women alike. I do find that some women are not good candidates for a transplantation because the donor density is insufficient. [Laser therapy] is a wonderful option, for women especially to use, because it can stabilize further progression of the thinning hair. Thinning hair is women is devastating. Anything we can do that is medically sound, scientifically proven to treat them is what I want to offer to them. Laser therapy is a wonderful option,"Dr. Robert LeonardNew England
Why Capillus is Preferred over Laser Combs and Domes
There are other laser options on the market that range from handheld combs that you have to use regular to actively brush hair for the specified treatment time to astronaut-looking domes. They can range in number lasers from 7 to 82. The reason why customers and physicians prefer Capillus is because it is so easy to use and does not cause shame while using. It is a discreet dome that fits underneath a hat so you can wear at home, driving to work, or doing daily chores around the house. It does not disrupt your schedule because you can wear it while you carry out other activities. It is not messy nor does it require any active application by the user. You can compare it to other devices on the market below.
Compare to HairMax™, Theradome™, and iGrow
HairMax™ Laser Bands & Combs. A wearable laser cap has several advantages over traditional laser combs and Cinderella-type headbands for hair loss. HairMax manufactures several hair loss laser combs and a headband, none of which are capable of covering the entire scalp at once. Patients who use HairMax lasercombs for hair loss must actively comb their hair one section at a time, receiving only a small fraction of laser energy compared to a full-fitting laser cap. Patients often discontinue use long before a laser comb can make a difference, ultimately rendering this type of laser therapy ineffective.
Theradome™ Laser Helmet. Compared to the Theradome laser helmet, Capillus82 offers a sleeker design that provides better coverage through an ergonomic “laser cap” construction. By concealing hair loss laser technology on the inside of an ordinary baseball cap, Capillus82 gives patients the freedom to enjoy shame-free hair loss treatment both at home and in public. And with 82 laser diodes for just $799, Capillus82 delivers a better cost per laser compared to the 80-diode Theradome laser helmet retailing for nearly $100 more.
iGrow Hair Growth System. The bulky construction of the iGrow Hair Growth System lacks mobility, coverage, and aesthetics compared to the discrete design of the 82. With just 21 lasers & 30 LEDs, the iGrow laser helmet falls short of providing the coverage and power output many adults require when preventing the progression of hair loss.