As we head to towards the end of the first decade of the 21st century, there are few technological developments that seem impossible or unlikely. But iPhone’s new cosmetic application may change that. Due to be released early in 2010, the ‘AntiAgingApp’ claims it can reduce wrinkles, cellulite and hair loss.
The $2.99 application, which will be sold on iTunes, is sparking controversy worldwide. The company that developed the product, United Holdings Group, says that the application uses colour, light and sound therapy to “heal” wrinkles, acne, cellulite, joint pain, sleep disorders and stimulate hair growth. Ten more applications, for $0.99 each, will be launched for individual “treatments”.
Techology website Network World published a statement from the company which reads: “The healing strategy makes use of the wavelengths of light and sound in order to stimulate the body’s natural defense systems. When those cells get energized, they produce collagen and elastin. The result will be firmer and rejuvenated skin tone, and improved circulation.”
Light Therapy for Hair Loss
Light therapy, or laser treatment, aims to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair follicle. This helps to deliver nutrition to the follicle, keeping it in good condition and promoting healthy hair growth. The correct type of laser treatment can encourage hair growth and help to prevent hair loss if used as part of a tailored hair loss treatment programme that is based around proven medications Minoxidil and Propecia.
The Belgravia Centre has been treating male and female hair loss successfully for many years and offers laser therapy as part of a combined treatment course; it is not recommended as a stand-alone hair loss treatment. The HairMax Lasercomb is the only laser therapy that has been proven to be effective in helping with the treatment of hair loss and as such has been FDA-cleared. This particular lasercomb has a unique patented mechanism where the combs part the hair in such a way that the light shines directly on the scalp without the hair getting in the way. Many other lasercombs are less effective because they allow hair to obstruct the light.
Can the iPhone Anti-Aging Application Re-grow Hair?
So how accurate are these claims? Senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre, Leonora Doclis, says, “Incorporating light technology into a phone is simple so I am convinced that the technology is sound. However, unless they incorporate the (HairMax) lasercomb technology on the iPhone, there is no proof that it can help.” Furthermore, light therapy cannot, on its own, prevent the onset of Androgenetic Alopecia, more commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss. For a man or woman with this type of hair loss, in order to maintain hair growth, he or she needs to use proven hair loss treatments (Minoxidil/Propecia). “The question is, does it claim to help genetic or non-genetic hair loss?” says Doclis who explains that it definitely cannot help the first and is highly unlikely to help the latter.
So will iPhone users be setting themselves up for disappointment? “I’m sure the developers will make a fortune before people realise that it does not work,” says Doclis, “They know that a lot of iPhone users are going bald or most iphone owners have hair loss concerns to a certain degree. Since they have the device and the application is cheap, I am positive that a lot of iPhone owners will try it.” Doclis says it will not harm anyone to try the app, but points out that they will be wasting valuable time as the hair loss progresses.
While the world waits to see how iPhone will advertise and promote this product, the best advice for anyone suffering from thinning hair or hair loss is to see a specialist for a diagnosis and professional advice on treatment. As well as choosing the right treatment, it is important to take action early to ensure optimum results. For examples of how effective a tailored hair loss treatment can be, take a look at Belgravia’s large collection of Hair Loss Success Stories.
The Belgravia Centre offers a free consultation with a hair loss specialist. To book an appointment, call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete and submit the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you over the next two working days.