Theradome is specifically designed for treating Androgenetic Alopecia and we are not FDA cleared or have tested it for the following conditions:
Alopecia areata totalis
Frontal fibrosing alopecia
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia
Hair shaft abnormalities
Loose anagen syndrome
Trichotillomania (regrowing only)
Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp
Discoid lupus erythematosus
Chemo Induced Alopecia
We have had many customers use our device to help with some of these conditions. We have had had reports of success with Alopecia Areata, Chemo Induced Alopecia and Frontal fibrosing Alopecia. These reports were from from individual customers and not from any clinical studies that Theradome had conducted. Therefore we suggest working with your physician to discuss treatments for conditions outside of Androgenetic Alopecia.
Our Theradome does not interfere with any light sensitive medications including Salicylic Acids/Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Ahas) and other light sensitive medications since the Theradome operates in the near infrared spectrum. Whereas light sensitive medications are sensitive to Ultraviolet wavelengths.
Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a form of lichen planopilaris. The Theradome has not been tested or FDA cleared for Lichen Planopilarus (LP) but we have had many professional trichologists and dermatologists prescribe the Theradome to their LP patients. Since LP is inflammatory scalp condition, and we believe that laser phototherapy (LPT) (e.g. Theradome) are beneficial since LPT has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation and prevent further damage from the devasting effect of LP if used regularly. We always suggest that you consult with your physician or trichologists if the Theradome is right for you. Please note that the Theradome is a very new modality and many physicians and trichologists are not familiar with our device therefore, please have them contact us if they require additional clinical information that might assist them.
The fact is red light therapy does not affect any implants, plates or meshes which are placed in the cranium. Since red light does not have any heat associated with the delivery of the light dosage into the human tissue, there is no possibility of the red light negatively reacting with the mesh in this case. The Theradome lasers are only designed to focus on hair follicles.
The Theradome has not been tested on scalps with scalp cancer which are usually in the form of lesions, masses, lumps and tumors.
Over exposure to the sun can cause Actinic Keratosis and is very different in appearance than bonafide scalp cancer. They rarely turn into fully fledged skin cancer but some physicians do take extreme precautions by removing them.
Since Theradome has not been tested on patients with Actinic Keratosis. We would err on the side of caution and suggest that you consult with your physician. Please note that all Actinic Keratosis lesions are caused by UV Ultraviolet waves. Theradome does not emit any UV waves.
The Theradome only emits near infrared waves which have absolutely no negative side effects to the human skin. We have not submitted for FDA for clearance to assist patients with Actinic Keratosis or scalp cancers.
Seborrheic Keratosis is a non-cancerous skin growth and are more common as people age. Since this is a non-cancerous anomaly, then there will be no issues using the Theradome.
The only contraindication related to skin lesions and using the Theradome is if someone has verified cancerous lesion or melanoma. We have never tested or seeked FDA clearance for known cancerous/melanoma lesions and usage of the Theradome and therefore we cannot recommend it either way. Even though there are new laser based products (non Theradome) specifically designed to treat cancerous lesions with red laser light with great success. But since we have not tested it ourselves we cannot endorse using it if you have a verified melanoma or cancerous growth. But again, Seborrheic keratosis is a non-cancerous lesion and not a melanoma and you are free to use the Theradome with no issues.
Theradome is FDA cleared for Androgenetic Alopecia. However we have reported from physicians and cancer patients who have used the Theradome for Chemotherapy Induced Cancer Alopecia (CIA). Often CIA is due to various classes of medicine including taxanes, docetaxel, anthracyclines, palbociclib (ibrance), letrozole and more.
These medications are designed to target all rapidly dividing cells such as hair and thereby the side effect is hair loss. Some women do not recover from Cancer Induced Alopecia loss due to the dosage or intensity of the chemotherapy treatments. Theradome has been reported to grow back the hair much faster and healthier. The Theradome has zero side effects. We are not cleared by the FDA to market this device for Cancer Induced Alopecia. We encourage you to consult with your oncologist or physician on your options. Theradome is a new modality. We would be happy to provide your physician any clinical data and support should they ask any questions.
Androgenetic Alopecia called Male and Female Pattern Baldness (MPB and FPB) effects many people. Androgenetic Alopecia is primarily a genetic disorder involving abnormal levels of hormones. These include DHT and those produced by the Thyroid gland. If you have concerts about any underlying medical issues, it’s best to rule them out before starting Androgenetic Alopecia Treatment. The positive results from using the Theradome device can then progress as expected. However we recommend seeking medical advice if you are concerned there may be another issue causing your hair loss.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, the most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary hormonal condition called androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. The conversion of the male hormone testosterone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) actually shrinks your hair follicles. While it is more common in men, it is also present at lower levels in women.
Ovarian cysts, pregnancy, menopause, and birth control pills dosed with a high androgen index, can trigger androgenetic alopecia in women. The symptoms of the disease can appear as diffuse thinning of the hair. You can also experience distinct bald spots.
Is there such a thing as hair loss shampoos for Androgenetic Alopecia?
‘Shampoos will not treat a hair loss issue, such as androgenetic alopecia. This is because you wash them off immediately and they are not on the scalp or hair follicles long enough. “Hair growth shampoos” mislead a lot of people with good marketing.
‘However, volumising shampoos can be very beneficial for people with fine or thinning hair as they add immediate volume. This can be a very important psychological boost. Look for ingredients such as thickening proteins, which will add immediate bulk to strands.
That said, frequent shampooing is important to hair growth. This is because it helps to keep the scalp environment clean and in good condition. A healthy scalp encourages the growth of healthy strands. A flaky scalp can cause hair loss, so it is important to keep your scalp clear. If you have a scaly scalp, look for a shampoo that is specifically geared towards clearing flaking and itching.