Hair Restoration FAQ

Q: How does laser work?

A: To appreciate how it works, you need to understand the basics of how hair grows and replaces itself in its natural cycle. Every hair on one’s head usually grows for several years and then falls out. The root then rests for some weeks before starting to re-grow a new hair. This cycle continues throughout our lives. Unfortunately, as we age, some people replace fewer hairs than are shed (and/or thinner, lighter hair) resulting in thinner hair and gradually baldness occurs. You don’t go bald or thin out because your hair falls out its meant to do so. You go bald or thin out if it does not grow back! Laser used on a regular basis strengthens and regenerates the hair roots. This slows or arrests, and in some cases, reverses the degenerative cycle as previously described. Once the hair roots are dead, nothing can be done to restore them, so the sooner treatment is started, the better your results are. Therapeutic pure red light stimulates blood supply to the hair bulb and scalp, increasing the number of red blood cells that deliver vital oxygen and nutrients. The result is a restorative and reparative chain reaction that clears debris from the hair shafts, swells the cortex and closes the cuticle leading to a healthier scalp and hair that looks and feels softer, thicker and shinier, and is more easily managed. Used in conjunction with Scalp Scripts products and oral treatment, laser light therapy delivers even more benefits, because the laser light closes the cuticle. When Boston Hair Laser is used with quality conditioners, damaged hair, split ends, and even dry, matted hair begin to show improvement. Even the negative effects of chemical perms are reversed with Laser treatments, because each strand of hair is nourished and repaired; making perms look more natural and waves and curls last longer. This is because the laser not only bonds the conditioner to the hair, leaving each strand repaired and shining, it also bonds moisture, invaluable for repairing damaged hair. Mechanisms of Action Laser light uses the scientific principle of photobiotherapy. This process occurs when cells absorb light and repair themselves. Laser light penetrates deep into the tissues of the scalp, stimulating micro-circulation of blood supply, cell metabolism and protein synthesizes. Clinical studies suggest that this cellular and sub-cellular activity breaks down the collection of DHT helping to stop hair loss. Many long-term international clinical research programs have shown that bio-stimulation gives numerous positive effects to the skin and hair. Research suggests that laser works by three mechanisms:

Q: Does laser work for everyone?

A: Laser treatments are good for the hair. It works in varying degrees on everyone, from slowing, arresting or reversing hair loss to increasing the shine, body and elasticity of hair. Nothing is more detrimental to your personal appearance than thin-looking lifeless hair. Laser is recommended for either men or women who are in the early stages of hair loss or who demonstrate sufficient hair follicles capable of being rehabilitated by the laser hair therapy program. To maintain a healthy head of hair, especially if there is a history of baldness in your family, the sooner you start, the better. Usually noticeable improvement is achieved in 4 to 6 months. However, if you have heavy hair fall-out, you may notice a reduced rate of fall-out after only a few treatments. Results vary per individual, and compliance is necessary to achieve the best results. Unlike many treatments, the Boston Lasers energy works on all areas of the scalp: front, top, back, and sides.

Q: What are the benefits?

A: There are several benefits:

Q: Have the benefits been scientifically measured?

A: Yes! A double blind placebo controlled study was conducted to evaluate the effect of laser light therapy by comparing it with a placebo laser. Here are the results: All patients with the exception of one in the laser treated group showed a complete stop of hair loss. All patients, except three, showed a clear re-growth of hair with a reduction of at least one category in the Hamilton Classification. Out of 18 patients, 14 showed an increase in hair thickness and all 18 showed improvement in the general hair shaft quality. The results showed no improvement in the placebo group or any adverse effect of the treatment.

Q: Can I use it with transplants?

A: Yes. In fact, it is used post operatively to promote healing, reduce scarring, and ensure a higher rate of success for transplanted units. It has been proven very helpful when used before and after transplant procedures to help establish new grafts and minimize shedding of transplanted hair. Treatment should cease two weeks prior to surgery and resume two weeks after surgery.

Q: Can I use it with other treatments?

A: Yes. Laser therapy in conjunction with oral and topical therapy, may achieve faster and better results, than these treatments alone. If started early enough, it alone may be all the treatment that is needed to maintain your hair.

Q: How long do Laser Treatments Last and what are the costs?

A: Call for more information today. Local: 859-263-9811

Q: Is it Safe?

A: Yes! Laser Light Hair Therapy is a non-surgical therapeutic laser. It is the most powerful laser this is safe for cosmetic purposes. It fully complies with the European standard EN60825, for laser safety and have been evaluated by UL, CSA, IMQ, TUV, NEMCO, International Laser Research Group Association, and the National Institute of Radiation. The FDA states that the Boston Laser complies with the USA FDA CDRH safety regulations Section 21 for cosmetic use in the United States as a Certified Class 11A cosmetic laser. The Boston Hair Laser has many years of research behind it, both experimental and clinical.

One should not stare at the laser light source directly, to do so, one would have to intentionally stare upward. Safety glasses are provided, which fit regular eyeglasses should you care to read while undergoing treatment. There are also safety features incorporated into the machine, which turns the laser off if movement is detected.

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