Many people turn to laser hair replacement and other types of hair restoration therapies because there are certain limitations when using medication to treat hair loss. Luckily, with new advances in technology and more surgeons who receive additional training in modern techniques, hair transplants and laser therapy has become more accessible to the general public. In fact, around 100,000 American men receive hair transplants every year. Forget the pluggy look of the past. Better technologies and better surgeons have made it a thing of the past.

An important consideration when planning for laser hair replacement is the qualifications of the surgeon who will performing the surgery. Costs of treatment can be very expensive, so it's important that you find a surgeon who will give the most for your money. You don't want a temporary solution. The results should be positive and long-lasting. These procedures usually aren't covered by insurance because it's considered to be a cosmetic surgery and isn't life-threatening.

When it comes to hair replacement options, low-level laser therapy is often used. This involves the use of lasers to stimulate hair growth in balding areas. Lasers work by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the area, which may stimulate the hair follicle to grow and cause weak or thin hair to become stronger and thicker. This theory has yet to be scientifically proven but many people have seen positive results. Many people will tell you that the lack of supporting evidence doesn't mean that the therapy doesn't work. However, we do need some in-depth and long-term studies to increase support among doctors and scientists.

Both men and women can benefit from laser therapy treatment. The best candidates seem to be those people that experience androgenic alopecia, or genetically induced pattern baldness. In addition, laser therapy may be more effective when used in combination with topical over the counter medications such as minoxidil or prescription medications like finasteride. Laser therapy doesn't seem to work well on bald areas. So women with diffuse hair thinning spread throughout the scalp are probably better candidates than men with areas on their head that are already bald.

Hair loss laser therapy involves the patient sitting under the machine for about 20 minutes, much like having your hair dried at the salon. Treatments are given two or three times per week for 6 weeks and then once weekly for the next 16 weeks (or 4 months). Re-check appointments may be necessary for touch-ups. There are also handheld do-it-yourself-type lasers that you can use at home. However, these lasers are expensive and cost between $300-500. You may better to seek treatment at a doctor's office because many people get tired of doing the treatments several times a week and sometimes forget. Results are also better-monitored by a doctor. You might have a hard time knowing whether or not the treatments are working or when and if to stop them. There are also some safety concerns associated with doing the laser treatments at home.

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