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Biography

I am a successful freelance writer and blogger with several years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. I understand the importance of quality content that entertains, informs, and leads the reader to action. When you hire me, you are gaining my expertise and determination. I will work with you to deliver what you need to succeed. Although my expertise lies in the medical field, I also enjoy writing about parenting, lifestyle, science, and general health topics. When I am not at the desk, I enjoy hiking with my family or bing reading at the library.

EDUCATION:  BS Biology from Excelsior College BLOG:  Melainie Duckworth
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Innovations in the Treatment of Alopecia:

How Laser Phototherapy has Revolutionized Hair Regrowth

Abstract

When we review our understanding of alopecia and the current treatment methods available to patients, we can make an informed decision. According to statistical analysis, laser phototherapy outperforms other home-based hair loss treatment methods. While there are several low-level laser therapy devices on the market, they are all based on the same proven principles. Of the two laser types currently available, Theradome is the sole proprietor of 678nm laser phototherapy device. Along with this distinction, Theradome has developed this device for optimal output and dosage without any gimmicks. After understanding the details of laser phototherapy, patients can make an informed decision to guide their hair loss treatment.

Introduction

Alopecia is a common problem, especially in an aging population. We understand that, for many patients, hair loss decreases the quality of life and must be treated. We could prescribe topical medication, depending on contraindications and unwanted side effects, or recommend surgery if the patient feels so inclined. If we imagined a scenario with a patient who feels distraught over their gradual hair loss and concern for topical ointments, we might recommend low-level laser (light) therapy because it has no side effects or contraindications. This treatment option is cheaper and safer than surgery and has proven results. We always do our research before we recommend a product to our patients. We want to understand how and why laser phototherapy works. We need to know which product will give our patients the best result. This is why patients trust us, and that trust is important to keep.

Alopecia and the Need for Alternative Treatments

We know that hair goes through stages of growth based on the rise and fall of hormones and environmental factors. Certain treatment options use this knowledge to forcefully stimulate hair growth through the application of external chemicals or synthetic hormones. Hair follicles cycle from anagen to catagen and then telogen before resting for another cycle. The goal of a topical ointment is to stimulate the hair follicles into anagen phase of the hair growth cycle and convert vellus hairs into terminal hairs. In theory, these have been acceptable solutions to hair loss treatment. Unfortunately, patients experienced unwanted side effects, frustrating contraindications, and less than optimal results.

Laser Phototherapy (LPT) as a Promising Alternative

As most good scientific discoveries occur, researchers accidentally noticed the role low-level laser treatments had in stimulating hair growth. As laser hair removal became popular, researchers named this interesting side effect paradoxical hypertrichosis. This discovery revolutionized hair loss treatment and spurred numerous scientific studies. Hair follicles that received a low level of laser light grew thicker in volume. The laser caused a paradoxical hypertrichosis of nearby vellus hairs, terminalizing them.

We now understand that certain wavelengths stimulate hair growth while others prevent it. Low-level laser light therapy is a proven technique for treatment of skin and hair disorders. The question to ask is exactly why and how it works. We already realize the applications of certain wavelengths promote hair growth, while other wavelengths debilitate hair growth. As a proven technique, LPT technology has withstood years of scrutiny and clinical trials.

Optimal Wavelength and Energy Output

The important question to ask is how new improvements to the technology impact its usefulness. Is there a way to further improve patient outcome without sacrificing convenience and safety? While hair regrowth serums are a potential answer along with surgical hair transplantation, we now have another option to consider. LPT can give patients control over their therapy with a much higher rate of success than other at-home treatments and less risk than surgical options.

LPT stimulates cytochrome C oxidase, inducing follicular angiogenesis and promoting anagen phase of the hair cycle. Devices either provide wavelengths at 650 nm or 678 nm, with the latter stimulating this cycle twice as much. Along with the optimal wavelength, laser hair treatments require a specific energy output of 5 mW. By combining this knowledge, we can provide the best device possible for patients.

 

Theradome Versus Other Hair Regrowth Lasers

There are two distinct lasers available for the purpose of hair loss treatment. Theradome is the only company using 678 nm wavelength lasers and class-leading power output for a full twenty-minute treatment session. Theradome lasers are designed for optimal results without gimmicks or deceptive ploys. Instead divergent light, a compact beam improves penetration of laser light. Along with these unique difference, clinicians can modify energy output to provide ideal treatments for patients. Integrity and patient satisfaction set Theradome apart from other LPT companies.

References

Avci, P., Gupta, G. K., Clark, J., Wikonkal, N., & Hamblin, M. R. (2014). Low‐level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) for treatment of hair loss. Lasers in surgery and medicine, 46(2), 144-151.

 

Chung, H., Dai, T., Sharma, S. K., Huang, Y. Y., Carroll, J. D., & Hamblin, M. R. (2012). The nuts and bolts of low-level laser (light) therapy. Annals of biomedical engineering, 40(2), 516-533.

 

Dodd, E. M., Winter, M. A., Hordinsky, M. K., Sadick, N. S., & Farah, R. S. (2017). Photobiomodulation therapy for androgenetic alopecia: a clinician’s guide to home-use devices cleared by the Federal Drug Administration. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 1-9.

Leavitt, M., Charles, G., Heyman, E., & Michaels, D. (2009). HairMax LaserComb® laser phototherapy device in the treatment of male androgenetic alopecia. Clinical drug investigation, 29(5), 283-292.