Alopecia is a medical term that covers the many types of hair loss. The most common form of hair loss is androgenic hair loss, which runs in families. It is more commonly known as male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss. Androgenic hair loss affects roughly 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women. Men with male-pattern hair loss display a characteristic receding hairline and a balding crown. Women with female-pattern hair loss develop thinning hair on the top of their heads. At DermaNuva Skin and Health Care in Alberta, we offer hair restoration to our patients dealing with hair loss.
How do you treat hair loss?
The first step is to diagnose the hair loss and determine the type.
If the patient does have androgenic hair loss and does not have any other medical conditions, we will use a low-light laser to stimulate the hair follicles. The laser will harmlessly pass through the skin to increase blood flow to the follicles, so they get more oxygen and nutrients. It will also prevent the accumulation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone in the skin that causes androgenic alopecia. The laser treatment will thus both stimulate the growth of new hair and reduce the rate of hair loss. Most patients start to see improvement three to six months after starting hair restoration treatment.
The specialist may use a handheld device to administer the hair restoration treatment in Alberta, or they may have the patient wear a special cap that emits infrared or red light lasers; the latter has wavelengths of 630 to 670 nm. A typical treatment session takes eight to 15 minutes.
Most patients need six months’ worth of treatments, and they generally need two or three treatments per week. We use a LED-emitting laser to treat hair loss. Laser therapy for hair loss has a number of advantages:
- It is painless and clean
- A typical treatment session takes 15 minutes or less
- It is safe with no reported adverse side effects
Who is a good candidate?
The ideal candidate will be a patient with overall good health and realistic expectations. They cannot be using any products or medications that cause photosensitivity (increased sensitivity to light), for that will increase the risk of the patient suffering blisters, rashes or burns. Examples of such products and medications include the following:
- Some perfumes and colognes
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen
- Some antipsychotic medications
The treatment is less effective on patients with dark skin than it is on those with lighter skin. Similarly, the laser treatments work best on patients who have mild to moderate hair loss. Contact DermaNuva Skin and Health Care, located in Olds, Alberta, to schedule an appointment today!