It may look like something from a science fiction film, but this week the FDA (the US’s medical regulatory body, and the equivalent of the UK’s MHRA) gave the green light for the iGrow Hair Growth System to be used as a treatment for male pattern hair loss.
The makers of the system, Apira Science of Boca Raton, Florida, say it can reverse hair loss. The device does this by projecting red light onto the scalp using a laser and LEDs built into the helmet, what the company calls Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT).
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The company say that the therapy takes four to six months, and luckily for users, who may end up looking like an aspiring alien as they don the large contraption, it can be used in the privacy of your own home. The device even comes with headphones to enhance the user experience, and these can be connected to your laptop or music player.
Whilst the device may be the first of its kind from that company, using lasers to complement hair loss treatment is not a new idea, and Belgravia have been including the HairMax LaserComb in their comprehensive hair loss treatment plans for some time.
The LaserComb works on the same principal as the iGrow system, but operates as a comb device and is used by lightly and slowly combing your hair for 8 minutes for the PRO 12 device or 10-15 minutes for the Premium device three times per week.
So, what does the laser actually do? Scientific studies on cell cultures have shown that laser light energy penetrates soft tissue and increases the action of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that is a major carrier of energy from one reaction site to another. The LaserComb emits this energy onto the scalp, improving and speeding up hair growth and revitalising, thickening and strengthening your existing hair.
A Combined Approach Works Best
However, Belgravia do not recommend the laser as the sole approach to treating hair loss, but rather that it is used alongside the two clinically proven hair loss medications. The first of these, Propecia, works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that causes hair loss atop the scalp in men with a genetic predisposition.
The second treatment, minoxidil, is a topical formulation that is applied twice a day to the scalp, allowing for highly targeted treatment. Available in a variety of strengths up to Belgravia’s unique high strength minoxidil cream for particularly stubborn loss, the ideal dosage for your individual case can be decided by a hair loss specialist after diagnosis. Unlike Propecia, minoxidil and the LaserComb can be used to treat hair loss in women, too.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.