red light therapy for hair loss

Multicultural Hair Loss and Treatments

Hair loss is universal, although men are much more likely to suffer from hair loss, it can also occur in women and children. People from many cultures experience hair loss due to age and genetics. Dr.  Edmond Griffin is committed to using the most advanced surgical techniques to provide optimal results for patients. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Griffin is highly skilled in performing hair restoration surgery for a wide-range of patients and has perfected specific techniques for African-American with very curly hair and for women hair loss.  Recently, Dr. Ashley Curtis joined Dr. Griffin and shares his high goals for hair loss patients.

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Generally, the hair of African- Americans provides good coverage. African- Americans with substantial hair loss may be candidates for hair restoration surgery, because fewer donor hairs are needed to create a fuller look. While increased hair density is an advantage to African-American hair transplant surgery, the curly hair texture of most African-American patients slows the dissection process. It’s important to note that hair restoration surgery should only be trusted to experienced surgeons skilled in working with specific hair types.

Hair transplant for women is specialized due to the unique pattern in which most women bald; fairly evenly from the front toward the crown. Special care is taken to avoid injuring the remaining follicles since women rarely go completely bald like men do. The angles of the hair follicles have to be meticulously followed so the hair will appear natural.

While surgical hair replacement is an option for some patients, other medical hair loss treatments can also prove effective. Non-surgical treatments that have beensuccessful include oral and topical prescription medications and red light therapy.

If you would like to learn more about your hair loss options, please call our office today to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest hair restoration and skincare news.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 Blog, Educational, Hair Loss No Comments

Red Light Therapy for Hair Loss

Hair loss can be discouraging for people which makes them look and feel older than they actually are. However, with improved hair restoration technology and scientific advancements, hair loss may be delayed and restored to a natural and normal appearance.  Many patients at the Griffin Center for Hair Restoration and Research first seek non-surgical options for hair loss.  Traditional, non-surgical hair loss treatments that have proven effective include topical and oral medications, finasteride (Propecia®) and minoxidil (Rogaine®).

With over 30 years of hair restoration experience, Dr. Edmond Griffin is continually seeking new and effective options for hair loss patients. Red light therapy is a non-surgical option for hair restoration that has come into its own.   You may have read in our previous blog about the Laser Cap which uses low level laser therapy (red light therapy) to help stimulate hair growth, through a portable cap that can be worn under any hat. This cap contains 224 LED lights emitting the red wavelength which stimulates growth of the hair follicles. This is the most convenient and can be used during exercise or while working or relaxing. The battery pack frees the patient to roam without cords.

At the Griffin Center we have 2 in-office red light machines which offer multiple uses. Besides accelerating hair growth, red light therapy can also be used to speed recovery and healing time after hair transplant surgery. According to the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, low level light on damaged tissue can induce a complex chain of physiological reactions to enhance wound healing and tissue regeneration, as well as reduce acute inflammation.  As for hair thinning, direct light to the scalp works by waking cells within the hair follicle from dormancy into an active growth phase.  Red light therapy can also be used to improve the take-rate or survival rate of transplanted grafts after hair restoration surgery.

Other known uses for red light therapy include acne scarring therapy and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions on the scalp.  If you are interested in learning more about red light therapy and how it may be beneficial for you, please contact our office today to set-up a consultation. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest hair restoration information and news.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 Blog, Hair Loss No Comments

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