Treating Hair Loss: Lasers

Treating Hair Loss: Lasers

Treating Hair Loss: Lasers

Devices that emit low-energy laser light may help new hair grow. They’re available in some clinics and for home use. Several are approved for both men and women, and studies show they do work. But it might take 2-4 months before you see results. Keep in mind: The FDA doesn’t require the same rigorous testing for devices as for medicines. The long-term safety and effects aren’t known.

Hair Transplants in Women

This procedure involves moving hair to thinning scalp areas from fuller areas. The trouble is, female pattern baldness causes thin hair all over, so good donor sites may be limited. It works better if your hair loss comes from male pattern baldness or scarring.

Hair-Loss Products and Devices

A quick Internet search will turn up dozens of products designed to stop hair loss or regrow hair. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know whether before-and-after pictures have been doctored. To figure out if a hair-loss treatment really works, check with:

●             A dermatologist

●             The FDA medical devices division

●             The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Style TIps for Thinning Hair

Ask your stylist. She might suggest a short cut, a different part, maybe a gentle body wave. Try a styling product for thin hair to hide bare spots. Apply it to the root area then gently blow dry to build volume. Let your hair air dry for a while before you use the dryer. Special cosmetics can disguise parts of your scalp that show. Think about keratin fiber hair cosmetics. Sprinkle them over the thinning patch. Their static charge makes hair look thicker.

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How to Handle Major Hair Loss

It can be a challenge. If thin areas are easy to spot, consider a weave, a hairpiece, a scarf, or a hat. Good-quality wigs are more comfortable than ever — and they rarely have bad hair days. If hair loss affects your job or social life or makes you not want to leave the house, talk with a counselor.

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