Laser Hair Restoration
Non Surgical Laser Therapy For Hair Growth And Replacement
For people seeking a non-surgical means for treating hair loss, laser hair restoration may prove to be one good option. Laser hair restoration works cooperatively with FDA approved hair loss products like Propecia, and seems to be getting really good consumer feedback. Let's take a closer look at this process.
Types of Laser Therapy For Hair
There are actually three types of laser treatments currently available depending on your specific condition and needs. One treatment uses low-energy lasers to stimulate blood flow. That additional nourishment feeds the hair that's still on your head making it healthier. In turn, those hairs may begin growing more rapidly even if they've been in a resting stage. More than one treatment is recommended to see the best overall outcome.
The second type of laser therapy also uses a low level laser that doesn't go through the skin. This therapy is aimed at the scalp to not only support the remaining hair but also to stimulate new growth. The last laser treatment is one that you can do in the comfort of your own home. It's a laser comb that you work through your hair. Note that the laser combs are typically meant to either help with post hair transplant healing or to enhance the results achieved by the other two laser therapies by continuing to encourage blood flow and nutrients through the scalp.
How well Does Laser Therapy Work?
Physicians have varying opinions on the effectiveness of laser hair restoration. The claim of laser therapy is that it will improve hair growth, and promote the overall health of a person's hair. This is a far cry from re-growing hair that's already been lost. Generally the experts tell us that laser therapy is best combined with other forms of hair treatments. It does seem to help the healing process after a hair transplant, for example. Laser therapy also seems beneficial to keeping the healthy air a person still has.
Recently the FDA cleared the laser comb for use (but only from a safety standpoint – they make no claims as to the effectiveness of the treatment). Similarly the FDA also cleared low-level laser treatments for air loss in terms of illustrating no health risks. The FDA has not, however, backed the treatment as effective.
Hair replacement therapies are considered as cosmetic surgery by insurance companies so the cost of treatment will not be covered. Therefore, it's good to know the costs up front. Depending on the amount of hair loss you've experienced, most people require about 25 sessions (one time a week) to see substantive results.
The total cost runs about $2,000.00. If followed up with the laser comb, that runs about $500.00. While that price tag sounds high, remember that laser hair restoration is a non-surgical approach with far less risks than hair transplant surgery that can cost over $10,000.00 ($6 per graft; 1000 to 2000 grafts total). By comparison the price for a good hairpiece is around $1,000.00.
Laser Hair Restoration
Updated June 30, 2011
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