Thinking about embarking on hair restoration quest with laser hair therapy? Great. Does your scalp have any shiny blotches, spots, or scars? Regardless of whether there’s only one, glossy, sparkling area or a buffered appearance is gradually invading your entire head, it’s bad news. Your hair follicles have become buried underneath a layer of skin due to an increased production of epidermal growth factor (EGF). Fear not: as in with all things in life, problems can often be overcome with the right approach.
So first– why will individuals with shiny, smooth areas or scars on their scalps have more obstacles to climb over while growing back the thick hair of which they’ve been robbed? Since the goals of laser hair therapy involve surmounting all obstacles (quite literally), as coherent laser beams zip through your scalp to re-energize malnourished hair follicles, any layer of skin that stands in the way will be problematic. The good news is, you can still grow back a full head of thick hair with the help of an optimum laser hair therapy device, but provided you first undergo hair restoration surgery.
Women usually don’t have any “scalp shine” to worry about, but may still benefit from surgery if their hair loss degree is considered advanced. And in the case of individuals who just want to accelerate the results of their hair restoration journey, undergoing a hair transplant is still an excellent option, provided a few precautionary measures are taken. Read on…!
Hair restoration surgery involves harvesting hair follicles from other parts of the body and transplanting them to other areas of concern– i.e.: scalp areas in need of help, which usually depend on your gender. For men, it’s most commonly the front of the scalp– the first stages of hair loss in men usually involve a receding hairline. Yes, you know what we’re talking about. If you’re reading this, then you may have even started undergoing your dreaded, weekly mirror check: pulling your frontal hair back to see if, like a plague, your very existence (and hair) are being stolen from you as your temples and frontal areas gradually lose their lavish coverage. Are you gasping? We are! What’s next? The crown area of course, eventually leaving you with an awful decrepit-looking sort of “fringe” that circles your head, referred to by medical professionals as a “horseshoe pattern”. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with luck: the pattern transforms you from being a hardworking, charismatic and successful professional sitting at his desk to sweet old Grandpa sitting in his rocking chair.
For women, hair loss typically appears as diffuse overall thinning. You might one day notice that you need three twists of an elastic band instead of two as you throw your hair back into a ponytail. Or perhaps you’ve already frowned at your reflection in the mirror, trying to gauge whether the central parting of your hairline has gotten a tad wider. Or are you simply being paranoid? Maybe not… What’s next– the inevitable progression of the parting that slowly stretches out and invades your scalp, eventually even perhaps settling in a circular shape that vaguely resembles a destroyed crop circle.
But wait, why are we even discussing this? Isn’t there something you can do– as in right now? Yes there is! Let’s carry on with our hair transplant discussion.
According to professional surgeons and hair restoration specialists (as in, the guys that know everything), some hair transplants, if not performed adequately, can initially traumatize the scalp and can result in a significant loss of hair during the following year; some patients can even experience scarring and poor wound healing. Sometimes, surrounding hair gives up and commits mass suicide (this is known as shock loss) and transplanted donor follicles can also experience difficulties in adapting to their “new environment”– meaning whatever scalp areas you’ve classified as needing immediate rescue.
But don’t despair! Clinical studies have examined the use of laser hair therapy in conjunction with hair transplants. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cold lasers, the benefits of laser hair therapy in combination with hair transplants include, with an optimal device:
- Minimized shedding, which reduces the amount of hair graphs needed for a complete surgery
- A strengthened, fortified scalp in preparation for the traumatic upcoming operation
- Hair cells restored to a healthy state (i.e.– before hair loss took its toll and stuck your follicles into a weakened state), prepping the scalp for surgery
- Stronger hair follicles before and after surgery with a much higher probability of surviving the operation
- A faster reduction rate of swelling, redness and inflammation post-surgery
- A prolonged recovery period for hair grafts to survive the surgery and grow
So, why is this exactly? Laser hair therapy has been shown to fortify the scalp and everything associated with it. But why does laser hair therapy work so effectively well with hair restoration surgery?
In the case of pre-surgical patients, laser hair therapy promotes better cell health and strengthens weakened hair follicles by stimulating their mitochondria with powerful laser light in preparation for the upcoming operation. (Wait, mito-what? No need to dig up your high school biology notes. The mitochondria of cells acts just like your car engine– it generates energy for hair cells to use and grow into follicles).
Furthermore, laser hair therapy increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which induces the release of nitric oxide (not to be confused with nitrous oxide , the laughing gas that you inhale at the dentist). As a result, the reduction rate of swelling, redness and inflammation after a procedure is accelerated. With quick healing and minimized inflammation, the scalp of patients (such as yours perhaps) will have the ability to repair surgical lesions at an accelerated pace, while giving energy to transplanted hairs. Energy is good, especially when dealing with weakened, traumatized hair pondering the meaning (or lack thereof) of their existence.
Just be sure to use a laser hair therapy device recommended by industry leaders (such as Bosley and HairClub) and thousands of hair restoration clinics around the world. Some handheld contraptions are made with cheap Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which are worthless when it comes to energizing the base of hair follicles, while others claim to administer clinical strength treatments in less than 90 seconds. Don’t bother with these and do your diligent research. Always remember that twenty minutes of treatment is essential for reviving the mitochondria of hair cells with an optimal dosage of energy .
As mentioned earlier, “scalp shine” is a lot less likely to occur for women so you may be able to forego any type of surgery and reverse your hair loss at home with an optimal laser hair therapy device. Remember that the earlier you start, the better the outcome; prevention goes a long way, and laser hair therapy is the best measure you can take to correct and prevent damage to your hair while maintaining optimum scalp health.
Thankfully the world’s most technologically-advanced device is now available to all for a fraction of the cost of clinical hair loss clinics. Undergoing laser hair therapy with the FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO– before and after a hair transplant– can result in stronger hair follicles with a higher probability of surviving the operation. Your extra amounts of “survivor” hair grafts will grow into healthy, terminal hairs, so that you can combat that nightmarish horseshoe pattern or desecrated crop circle until you triumph over hair loss with glory.