Laser Hair Therapy FAQ 2017-10-13T07:44:21+00:00

Laser Hair Therapy FAQ

What is Laser Hair Therapy and How Does It Work?

HRI of DFW uses the FDA cleared MEP-90 in-clinic laser treatment system to treat hair thinning and hair loss. It’s the first FDA cleared clinical medical device for women’s hair re-growth, to treat women with androgenetic alopecia.

It is non-invasive, painless, causes no side effects and requires no surgery, drugs or hair pieces. Laser hair therapy uses cool, low-level lasers to stimulate cellular metabolism, protein synthesis, and tissue and cartilage regeneration, while dramatically increasing blood supply to the targeted area.

Laser Hair Therapy: An Overview

HRI of DFW uses the FDA cleared MEP-90 in-clinic laser treatment system to treat hair thinning and hair loss. It is the first FDA cleared clinical medical device for women’s hair re-growth, to treat women with androgenetic alopecia. It is non-invasive, painless, causes no side effects and requires no surgery, drugs or hair pieces. This type of therapy uses cool, low-level lasers to stimulate cellular metabolism, protein synthesis, and tissue and cartilage regeneration, while dramatically increasing blood supply to the targeted area.

Laser Hair Therapy works for all hair types and ethnicities. The MEP-90 is a Class II medical device that is FDA cleared and available by prescription only. During treatment, a patient’s head is placed under the MEP-90 hood, where 82 medical low-level lasers stimulate blood flow and cellular metabolism in the scalp and hair follicles, using a scientific principal called photo-biostimulation. The device utilizes a fixed schedule of computer-controlled Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to the scalp area. Unlike lasers used to cut, the MEP-90’s unique “cold” lasers stimulate hair growth with little or no sensation to the patient. There is no pain, discomfort or heat involved and no side effects.

The MEP-90 Laser Hair Therapy System

The MEP-90 is a Class II medical device that is FDA cleared and available by prescription only. During treatment, a patient’s head is placed under the MEP-90 hood, where 82 medical low-level lasers stimulate blood flow and cellular metabolism in the scalp and hair follicles, using a scientific principal called photobiostimulation. The device utilizes a fixed schedule of computer-controlled Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to the scalp area. Unlike lasers used to cut, the MEP-90’s unique “cold” lasers stimulate hair growth with little or no sensation to the patient.

Do I need a prescription?

The in-clinic MEP-90 laser hair treatment program is available by prescription only. Your regular doctor or dermatologist can write a prescription. We also have two doctors on staff at HRI of DFW who can write a prescription, if it is determined that you are a viable candidate for this treatment option.

What kind of Results can I expect and how soon?

Results don’t happen overnight with laser hair therapy, but for those who qualify for this treatment, they DO happen. A hair follicle needs time to produce new hair, exit the scalp, and grow to a measurable length before clients will notice results from these treatments. Typically, a client can see results in approximately three months, with significant results in about 6 months.

As a class two medical device, the number of sessions and frequency of use depends upon a physician’s recommendation. However, suggested treatment based on the FDA submitted study is 20-minute sessions twice a week for a minimum of 18 weeks. During the study, after only 20 treatments (10 weeks), 92 percent of the patients showed an increased hair count and 98 percent indicated a medically significant stabilization of their rate of hair loss. After the final (36th) treatment, 97 percent of patients demonstrated an increased hair count of at least 20 percent. Eighty-nine percent of all patients had an increased hair count of at least 30 percent, with 57 percent demonstrating an increased hair count of at least 50 percent. Sixty-five percent reported their visible bald spots had gotten smaller.

When is Laser Hair Treatment NOT an option?

This treatment is not a viable option for everyone. Those who are almost bald or who are already completely bald, especially if their hair loss occurred more than 2 years ago, are not good candidates for laser hair treatments. Hair is meant to fall out and re-grow from the roots. But when follicles begin to shrink and degenerate, the hair does not grow back and, subsequently, hair loss occurs. Once follicles are completely dead, the only way to get hair back is with a surgical hair transplant. That’s why it’s so important to start laser hair treatment as early as possible in the hair thinning and hair loss process.

What about Ongoing Maintenance?

Laser hair therapy helps “wake up” hair follicles that have shrunk or degenerated, halting hair loss and, in many cases, re-growing hair where it was extremely thin but the follicles were not yet dead. Depending on the cause of the original follicle damage (i.e., chemical treatments, heredity, stress, etc.), some clients do need occasional “maintenance” treatments after their laser hair treatment is finished, but others do not.

What about MEP-90 Treatments for Men?

While MEP-90 laser hair therapy treatment is FDA cleared for women, a doctor may prescribe such treatments for men, if in the doctor’s judgement, the treatment may be beneficial to the specific individual.

Information About the FDA Study

MEP-90 FDA Laser Study - Laser Hair Therapy FAQ

To gain FDA clearance, a comprehensive clinical test was completed at the Koher Center for Hair Restoration, with Institutional Review Board (IRB) preapproval and oversight. Each subject tested during the MEP-90 efficacy determination received a total of 36 treatments. The 20-minute treatments occurred over a period of 18 weeks.

During the study, after only 20 treatments (10 weeks), 92% of the patients showed an increased hair count of at least ten percent, with 57 percent of them having a minimum of a 30% increase. At the same time, 98% of the subjects indicated a medically significant stabilization of their rate of hair loss.

After the final (36th) treatment, 97% of patients demonstrated an increased hair count of at least 20%. Eighty-nine percent of all patients had an increased hair count of at least 30% , with 57% demonstrating an increased hair count of at least 50%. 65% reported their visible bald spots had gotten smaller. For full details of the FDA report, visit http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf9/K091496.pdf”

What is Androgenetic Alopecia?

Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In women, this condition is also known as female pattern baldness. The majority of women with androgenetic alopecia have diffuse thinning on all areas of the scalp. Androgenic alopecia in women is due to the action of androgens, hormones that are typically present in only small amounts in women. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to the actions of hormones, including some ovarian cysts, taking high androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy and menopause. The hormone DHT is at least partially to blame for the miniaturization of hair follicles in women suffering with female pattern baldness. Heredity also plays a factor in the disease.

What is the history of laser hair treatment and how did it start?

In 1964, Professor Andre Mester began experimenting with the use of low-power laser energy in Budapest, Hungary. In his experiments with wound treatment on mice, he noticed rapid healing due to microcirculation of blood supply. This healing was also obvious in Laser Hair Rejuvenation treatment of diabetic patients suffering with dystrophic sores.

This theory, through its evolution, has since been refined and is widely becoming one of the most popular non-invasive hair loss treatments. Until very recently, the use of low level laser treatment has been relatively underutilized in North America. Today, however, there is increasing awareness and acceptance of low level laser therapy.

Restore Your Hair and Your Confidence.

At Hair Restoration Institute of DFW in Fort Worth, our attention to total client and patient services always includes:

  • Free, no obligation hair loss and scalp evaluation.
  • Discreet, private, dignified and confidential service.
  • Totally private styling rooms for both men and women.
  • Professional, one-on-one personalized service.
  • Convenient locations with private, off-street parking.
  • The security of dealing with a firm that has been continuously in business since 1982.

Which Hair Loss Solution is Right for You?

WE INVITE YOU to schedule a private, no-obligation consultation at our state-of-the-art hair restoration center in Fort Worth, Texas and discuss your hair loss concerns with a trained HRI hair loss professional.

Whether you are just starting to experience baldness or are in the most advanced stages of hair loss, we can help with our full spectrum of professional treatment and hair restoration options.

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