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Does Hair Restoration Really Work?

Does Hair Restoration Really Work?

If you’re like most people, the day will come when you start comparing the amount of hair in your shower drain to the hair on your scalp. Don’t panic, says laser treatment specialist Laurie Glodowski at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center in Cary, North Carolina.

We lose about 70 to 100 hairs every day. But if your hair thins out or perhaps you notice a bald spot, reach for your cellphone or computer, not a hat. There are many hair restoration treatment options to help you. And guess what? You don’t have to resort to surgery or messy topical products. Think of noninvasive laser treatment.

Healthy hair growth explained

A great place to start this discussion is to take a deep dive into how healthy hair growth happens. Hair consists of a protein called keratin. When everything is operating optimally, hair grows in a cycle. Remarkably, each hair follicle has its own life cycle, which divides its three stages — anagen, catagen, and telogen.

The first stage, anagen, lasts two to eight years and is all about active growth. Catagen lasts about two to three weeks and serves as a transitional phase. Telogen, the last stage, lasts about two to three months and serves as a resting stage. After telogen, hair sheds, and new hair comes in to replace it. Then the whole process starts all over again.

So essentially, we are losing hair all the time, but since new hair comes in to replace what we lost, we rarely notice it. That is, until something changes that disrupts the balance, and the hair loss outweighs the new hair coming in. Hair loss, sometimes called alopecia, doesn’t have a single specific cause, but can result from hormonal changes, heredity or family history, natural aging, or because of a medical condition.

Laser treatment stimulates new hair growth

Here at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center, our experts use the proprietary Fotona HAIRestart® system to help our patients suffering from hair loss. The way treatment plays out is your laser specialist uses a handheld laser device to stimulate dormant hair follicles.

They hold the device gently against your scalp. The device releases laser energy in controlled pulses to the tissue deep beneath the scalp. The laser energy enhances circulation and triggers blood flow in the treatment area while also enhancing the absorption of oxygen and essential nutrients. This scenario kicks the dormant hair follicles into gear to enter the growth stage.

Each laser treatment session lasts about 30 minutes. For optimal outcomes, laser hair restoration treatments should be performed regularly. About three months into your laser treatment plan, you’ll notice a decrease in the hair loss/shedding stage. Typically, at about four to six months, you’ll notice a significant improvement in hair growth.

Safe, non-invasive, no surgery option

If you know of friends or family who had hair transplant surgery, you know hair restoration surgery can be expensive and painful. In contrast, laser hair restoration is noninvasive and virtually pain-free, which all adds up to a more comfortable treatment experience that doesn’t require local anesthesia, incisions, or stitches.

More hair, zero downtime

But that’s not where the pluses of laser hair restoration end. Since laser hair restoration is noninvasive, you don’t have to worry about taking extra time from work or your normal activities. With HAIRestart treatment, you can resume and get back to your normal tasks and activities right after your treatment session. Your laser specialist will send you home with some basic safety precautions. For optimal outcomes, you’ll need to avoid showering for a day and stay away from direct sun exposure for the next several weeks.

Customized for your specific needs

While being safe, noninvasive, and requiring no downtime are great, perhaps the thing that sets laser hair restoration apart from other hair loss treatment modalities is that it is highly customizable. No two cases of hair loss manifest the same way, so tackling the issue with a treatment that’s dialed in just for you makes sense.

During your initial consultation, we’ll ask you questions so that we can better understand your preferences and needs so that we can design a personalized treatment plan that is the most efficient and effective strategy to address your unique issues.

If you are suffering from hair loss, topical products just aren’t working for you, and you aren’t interested in hair transplants, laser hair restoration may be a perfect solution. To learn if laser hair restoration is right for you, book a free consultation at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center. Contact us by calling 984-228-1521 or request a visit online today.

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