Understanding Alopecia Areata and its causes

Hair loss, medically termed alopecia, can result from a number of factors, such as genetics, age, stress, pregnancy, and hormonal imbalances. Changes in the body’s chemistry from these causes can lead to a series of reactions that reduce blood flow and nutrients supplied to hair follicles and scalp tissue, resulting in cell damage and underperforming follicular hair growth.

Over time, the biological pathway that nurtures follicles and healthy hair growth shuts down. Malnourished hair follicles cause hair growth degeneration, a process called hair miniaturization. Over time, hair becomes thinner, shorter and more brittle. The hair growth life cycle becomes shorter and shorter, causing hair to fall out more frequently. Eventually, only vellus, or “peach fuzz” hair grows. In many cases, hair completely stops growing.

Using Theradome with sebaceous cysts

As long as your physician has determined your SC’s are benign masses, you can use it as the Theradome does not effect sebaceous cysts. Since SC’s are deeper structures and our lasers are specifically tuned to penetrate hair follicles.

Looking for the best product for black hair growth? African American and Black Hair Growth Results

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Many of our customers are looking for the best product for black hair growth. Thereadome has many videos and pictures of people with amazing results. We do not currently have documented clinical trials for the darkest skin tone shades on the Fitzpatrick scale, or skin tones in ranges 5 & 6. The reason is simply because we lacked the necessary subjects in our last clinical study. We only had 13 participants with darker skin tone. The FDA would not allow us to include the higher end of the pigment chart without a minimum number of 22 people. This clinical study was conducted in an area that had a low demographic of darker skinned people. Additionally, the physician who conducted the study had very few patients of this demographic.

The good news is that subjects with darker pigmentation have experienced better results with Theradome for black hair growth. This is due to the fact darker tones absorb laser light more readily. In fact, our CEO and inventor of the Theradome helmet has a medium to dark complexion. Additionally, many of our testimonials come from darker-skinned customers. This artificial limit, set by the FDA, was based on previous laser systems that relied on heat. Our laser helmet does NOT heat up the skin/scalp. The Fitzpatrick scale is really unnecessary from our viewpoint. But we have to state on our documentation that Fitzpatrick above scale of 4 has been undocumented for the sake of being transparent to our customers looking for the best product for black hair growth.

You may find this our article useful: www.theradome.com/dark-skin-laser-hair-growth/.

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Understanding Hair Loss, Theradome and dihydrotesterone (DHT)

The Theradome creates a new pathway, (the photonic pathway), to stimulate the cell into working again. There has been a lot of talk about prescription medications which reduce the production of DHT but these can also have troubling side effects. Low-Level Light Therapy, on the other hand, repairs cell function through the photonic pathway. Hair quality can improve while avoiding unnecessary and troublesome complications.

Using topical medication such as Minoxidil, Finasteride or Vasodilator with Theradome

Minoxidil is a vasodilator medication that allows more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the hair follicle. It is an over-the-counter medication applied topically or ingested orally. Minoxidil may be used by men or women. It must be used indefinitely to support existing hair follicles and maintain any regrowth.

Finasteride is a prescription medication. It reduces the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is one of the causes of hair loss. Finasteride is only prescribed for men. Laser phototherapy targets hair follicles at a cellular level. This provides light energy to kick start cells into working again after DHT has shut them down.

You can use other hair treatments and products in conjunction with your Theradome treatments, such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) or Finasteride (Propecia). It’s preferable to use Theradome prior to using Minoxidil.

If the scalp contains dirt and oil, the dirt will block light absorption and the oil will reflect the laser light away. Do not use any leave-in products on the scalp while doing a Theradome treatment.

We recommend you put any other hair products on after the completion of your Theradome treatment.

It is very important to slowly reduce your dosage over about 6 months (each) to 1 year (preferred). We recommend you don’t immediately stop using Minoxidil. Stopping all of a sudden will cause massive shedding. You can start by reducing the concentration of Minoxidil from 5% to 2.5% for example, then decreasing the number of times per day, then use it every other day, and then two times a week to once a week, and then finally after 6 months to 1 year, stop altogether. Laser phototherapy does not cause shedding, but Minoxidil has clearly labelled side effects of shedding. So it is important to maintain laser phototherapy sessions at all times.

Taking antibiotics while undergoing Theradome treatment

It is safe to use any broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as doxycycline, in conjunction with Theradome laser hair therapy. Unlike the sun, the Theradome does not emit any UV radiation. Our lasers emit visible light only. Patients who have been on antibiotics and are experiencing photosensitivity will not be impacted negatively from laser phototherapy.

What are the underlying medical conditions that can cause hair loss?

The top 6 medical conditions that can cause hair loss are:

1) Cancer – treated with a chemotherapy agent based on the location of a tumour.
2) Obstetric and gynaecological conditions that can cause post-partum and post-menopausal states.
3) Anaemia – deficiency of iron.
4) Thyroid disease.
5) Connective tissue diseases, such as Lupus.
6) Poor nutrition, such as the result of crash diets, often resulting in a deficiency of protein, calcium, essential fatty acid and zinc.

Hair loss and thyroid problems

The thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in our body. If the gland has medical issues, hair loss may result. Please note that we are scientists, as opposed to physicians. Remember that you should NOT treat our response as medical advice. You should consult your physician for any type of medical advice. Hypothyroidism causes a person’s metabolic rate to slow down, which can result in hair loss. It’s important to visit a physician to properly evaluate your options when it comes to treating your condition.

One of Theradome’s blog entries covers thyroid problems and hair loss in depth, which you can read by clicking the following link: https://www.theradome.com/thyroid-causing-hair-loss.  Please keep in mind that laser hair therapy is a 100% natural solution for hair loss. It does not have any side effects. Because of this, some clients with thyroid problems choose to undergo treatment with  Theradome but provided your physician does not have any objections.

Irritation, sensitivity and tightness

Some people may experience scalp tightness due to scalp sensitivity since laser phototherapy (LPT) stimulates the cellular activity of hair follicles, which includes the arrector pili muscle thus tightness ensues.

Can I use topical scalp products while undergoing Theradome treatment?

You can use topical scalp treatments and products in conjunction with your Theradome treatments, such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) or Finasteride (Propecia).

If you are currently using Minoxidil or Finasteride please continue using them while you start your laser phototherapy treatments. Also, be sure not to have these products in your hair while undergoing a Theradome treatment. You can add them after your 20-minute session.

It is recommended that a Theradome treatment be administered with a clean scalp, preferably right after taking a shower.
If the scalp contains dirt and oil, the dirt will block light absorption and the oil will reflect the laser light away. Do not use any leave-in products on the scalp while doing a Theradome treatment.

We recommend you put any other hair products on after the completion of a Theradome treatment.