Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hair Topical Treatments and Laser Hair Therapy for Baldness by Anagen Hair Clinic

According to studies, there are 3 types of baldness or hair loss. The most common type of hair loss is the Androgenetic Alopecia or the so-called Male Pattern Baldness (M.P.B.) or Female Pattern Baldness (F.P.B.). Hair loss can be seen on most top parts of the scalp. For men, receding hair line is the most visible sign of androgentic alopecia.

The second type of hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium (TE). This type of alopecia is commonly related to severe or sudden stress that causes the hair to shed. Although it happens to men and women, the latter are more generally affected by it due to certain events that only they can experience such as childbirth, discontinued intake of oral contraceptives, and miscarriage. In most cases, TE is a temporary phase of hair loss and hair will soon grow back when the person has already recovered from stress.

The last type is Alopecia Areata. This type of hair loss can be first encountered during childhood. Like the two mentioned types of alopecia, it also affects both men and women. The first sign of Alopecia Areata is the patchy hair loss usually happens on the scalp. Alopecia Areata sufferers may also undergo severe baldness causing all of the scalp hair to shed. There are also some cases of Alopecia Areata where one does not only experience scalp hair loss but loss of all body hair.

The physical and emotional effects of baldness are something to be taken seriously. Women who have experienced severe cases of hair loss do undergo emotional struggles related to self-esteem and self-perception. Fortunately, there are now numerous hair loss treatments for men and women dealing with baldness.

Hair topical treatment is the most common and least invasive type of hair restoration therapy in the market. There are two popular hair topical treatment drugs today. Propecia (finasteride) is the treatment of choice for many because of its high success rate. It is a powerful drug that inhibits the formation of DHT in the system, eventually to a level that is sufficiently low to encourage a normal growth cycle. The second hair topical treatment drug is Rogaine (minoxidil). It acts differently by stimulating hair growth for both men and women by overriding the prevailing hair loss symptoms. These drugs can be used either on their own or in combination. However, women should seek professional medical advice before using Propecia.

Research on another hair treatment for baldness is slowly gaining more popularity—laser hair therapy (LHT). The LHT procedure makes use of therapeutic soft low-light level lasers (LLLL). These laser lights were primarily invented in Europe for the purpose of promoting healing in skin wounds. However, recent developments showed that such light lasers can also be used in treating hair loss and other skin diseases that usually occurs on the scalp. When a person undergoes a cold laser hair therapy, the dermatologist will use multiple laser devices that are attached to a rotating head. This rotating head is attached to a hood that is positioned just above the patient’s balding section. During the process, the hood is lowered so the laser light can be directed to the bald spot on the patient’s head. Usually, the hood is placed just 2cm away from the scalp.

Experts note that LHT is quite effective in treating people who have hair loss conditions, specifically androgenetic alopecia and TE. Based on recent statistics, eighty percent of androgenetic alopecia patients that are treated with this hair therapy experienced “increased hair density” just after the few months of the treatment. As for those who had TE, complete cessation of shedding has been observed.

There are also temporary hair loss treatments like weaves and wigs. But if you’re looking for something more permanent, you might want to try the abovementioned hair therapy options.

Anagen Hair Clinic
3601 W Kennedy Blvd, Ste H
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (800) 262-4366