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About iGrow Laser Therapy

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The iGrow is a portable, home-use Laser Therapy treatment for genetic hair loss. The iGrow delivers light energy directly to the scalp and can be used with minimal impact on lifestyle – as it only requires 3 x 25 minute cycles each week (on alternate days) for maximum benefits.

Laser light generated by low-powered (cold) lasers has recently come into use as a non-surgical/medication hair restoration treatment for genetic hair loss. There are several types (Hand-held "comb", "brush" or "cap" laser devices) are marketed for use at home. The dome versions not only allow the user a hands free experience but each cycle will be exactly the same as the last, eliminating what was one of the main user problems (exact repetitition).

At present Laser light is not approved or recommended for treatment of hair loss due to any other cause. If the cause of hair loss is questionable, you should see a Trichologist or hair restoration specialist for appropriate examination and diagnosis before using a Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).

The long-term effects of the LLLT are ongoing, but it is widely acknowledges that regular use could provide a long-lasting boost to hair growth.

Studies in 2013 and 2014 were scientists used the Tophat 655 (the predecessor of the iGrow unit) noted men and women averaging 39% hair increase over a 16-week period with no side effects to the user.

Iain says “I am proud to be an ambassador for iGrow, we are passionate in continuing the peer reviewed research, trialing the device ourselves to spread the word that LLLT is a great way of helping genetic hair loss” (results will be in and shared soon!!)

In my opinion LLLT is a very viable option for the person wanting to do something about genetic hair loss, but does not want to use ‘medication”, The iGrow is one of the best products on the market with some great research backing it up!”

Contact us on 0330 66 00 648 or info@hairmedic.co.uk for more information or to purchase an iGrow device.

Low Level Laser therapy how does it work?

LLLT: A Newer Medical Treatment for Pattern Hair Loss

Low Level Laser Therapy generated by low-powered (cold) lasers has recently come into use as a non-surgical hair restoration treatment for Genetic* hair loss. There are different kinds (Hand-held "comb", "brush" or "cap" laser devices) are ideal for Home use.

The "cold" lasers used as a hair replacement therapy for the treatment of Androgenetic alopecia deliver what is called low-level laser therapy (LLLT). The LLLT lasers are called "cold" because their light is absorbed by target tissue but does not heat the target tissue as occurs with lasers used to cut and remodel tissue.

LLLT works on the principal of photobiology, Photobiology can be subdivided into photochemical reactions and photophysical reactions—that is, stimulation of chemical or physical reactions by laser light.

The red light given off by the iGrow is in a narrow spectrum, which at low power is absorbed by hair follicle critical to stimulating hair growth or regrowth. Absorption of light by the hair follicle is essential in order for biological reaction to be stimulated in the hair cells in the follicle. If light is not absorbed, no photobiological reaction will occur.

Research has shown that visible red laser light in the 630-670 nanometer spectrum is absorbed by an intracellular enzyme (cytochrome c). Photobiological reactions stimulated in cytochrome c sends signals throughout cells of the hair follicle, stimulating enhanced gene activity, decreased apoptosis (gene-regulated cell death), and other changes that enhance cell activity and survival.

Experience has shown that stimulation of hair regrowth by LLLT is more likely to occur when hair loss is minimal to moderate, less likely when hair loss is major and/or long standing.

So LLLT does not stimulate hair regrowth in every person. If intracellular molecules are unable to absorb laser light, or unable to adequately respond to absorbed light, no stimulation of hair regrowth will occur. I would always advise a consultation with a qualified Trichologist or hair restoration surgeon before thinking about LLLT as a therapy.

It is also been noted that effects of the LLLT can become more effective when used in conjunction with other medical therapies such as minoxidil or finasteride, and vice-versa. It can be an added boost to your genetic treatment plan if you are unhappy with the results.

Some Hair restoration specialists have also reported that LLLT may enhance hair growth and reduce inflammation after hair transplantation.

LLLT is not a "permanent" treatment for genetic hair loss. As with other medical therapies, treatment must be repeated at intervals to maintain hair regrowth results. Remember this may be the future…but it is not a miracle cure!

Hair loss may not affect us physically, but can be devastating psychologically.

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