A reader we will call Michelle sent these photos. She has had 20 treatments since 1/20/2014. At this point she has not noticed any significant growth or improvements.
Michele's loss looks just like mine. Diffuse loss all over. I attribute my loss to low thyroid function which I have never been able to optimize. Please be patient with laser treatment. Your hair lags 3 to 6 months behind and hair growth is a very slow process. You are not going to notice much after only 20 treatments.
Thanks for the inspiration, Karen. I believe my hair loss is basically hereditary, and has gotten worse as I've gotten older. Have you used a laser...and if so, how were your results?
Michelle, my diffuse hairloss started in Sept. 2009 when my daughter left for college. I started treatments in Feb. 2010 at Jardin Medical Spa using the Revage 670. I live in Philadelphia. My treatments were 2x a week for one year. My hair never stopped shedding during the treatments but for some reason I kept a decent amount of hair volume. I wasn't able to afford the maintenance treatments after the year was up so I discontinued laser treatments. It wasn't until I stopped the treatments that my nape, sides and behind my ears fell out. My loss is diffuse, but those areas were hit the hardest. That's when I realized how helpful the laser treatments had been in mantaining my hair. I always wonder how much hair I could have saved if I had been able to continue the treatments. My Theradome finally arrived last night and I can't wait to start treatment and maybe gain some lost ground. The thing about laser treatment is you need to be consistent and patient. It may even take up to a year to see significant improvement depending on the loss. People on hair loss forums trash laser treatment mainly because they've never tried it. I'm a firm believer that women especially with diffuse loss can have success with laser treatment.
Karen, did you see any hair growth while using the laser, like were u noticing less scalp? I feel like the best way I will know if this is working for me is if I notice less scalp show when my hair is wet, praying for that moment :(
Hair loss is terrible for anyone, but especially devastating for women. About 3 years ago, I ws losing alot of hair, and began using Rogaine foam 2x a day. After the initial, horrible shed, it began to help. Brought back some hair...but really hs done nothing for miniaturization, which is getting to be a big problem all over. I still use it religiously, and have read that there is a synergistic relationship with laser and Rogaine (and Propecia for men). Certainly wouldn't recommend that you begin Rogaine when just starting Theradome. Just FYI. 30th treatment tonight. Holly and Karen, please keep posting. Hoping some other ladies join, too. Best of luck!
I'm here, too. My hair loss is mainly at the temples and across the hairline in front. My hair used to be quite coarse -- my daughter used to say I had doll hair as her hair is quite fine. My hair is no longer coarse. I think my hair looks even thinner than it is because it's now almost completely white. I dye it dark brown and after about a week, when I get some growth, I get that see-through look all along the front of my hair, where you can clearly see the scalp. I was a hippie in the 60s with hair down to my waist; now my hair at the temples and along the hairline will only grow 3" at most and then fall out forcing me to embrace what I call an old lady hairdo. If my Theradome can counteract the miniaturization process -- just that -- and make the hair that I have thicker and longer, that in itself will be great progress. Regrowing hair would be icing on the cake.
Alice, thicker hair is what I am hoping for, as well. I was a hippie, too, but always had baby fine hair that only grew just a bit past my shoulders. Now my hair is that length, but only because I am obsessed with taking care of it. But the diameter of each hair shaft is so thin, it feels like spider webs. And now it is beginning to be almost disappearing. Please keep us posted with your progress with Theradome. Hoping we hear from even more ladies, and we all get amazing results! Wishing you all the best...
I remember when I was young, I'd see "old ladies" with that kind of fuzzy hair. Well, my hair is starting to get that look and I find it totally unacceptable. Here's to Theradome making all our dreams come true, or at least some of them. ;)
I have a question that maybe Karen or another lady can answer. If/when the lllt begins working, what exactly happens early on? Does only the hair near the root become thicker? And then stays thicker as it grows? What happens to the lower part of that strand of hair? Does it stay thin? Will it look kinda weird until the thicker hair grows long? Theradome has been very good responding to my email questions, but I would rather hear from you guys on this. Thanks...
I wish I could be more helpful in describing the diameter of the hair while undergoing clinical laser treatment in 2010 but I really can't remember. I was new to hairloss and all I cared about was stopping the shed. Initially and throughout, I went through several periods of shedding and it never stopped but I always maintained a decent amount of hair. I guess my regrowth was keeping the loss at bay. At the time, I didn't think that the treatment was helpful because of the continuous shedding and didn't realize how helpful it had been until I completely stopped treatment. That's when my hairloss quadripled. That's why in my opinion, lasering works. I'm so jealous that you are able to take minox along with your laser. Minox gives me heart palpitations and shortness of breath and I'm unable to tolerate it. The combo along with Nizoral shampoo should give you great results. Patience and hope, my dear.
Hi Michelle, it might be wishful thinking but in the past couple of weeks, I've noticed that my hair seems a tad thicker. I've started getting my hair cut so it stops at about the top of my shoulder, but the past few months I haven't gotten to the salon for a cut so it's not about 1" or so past my shoulders. I started cutting it shorter because I'd lost so much, I'd get that see-through look at the bottom --- know what I mean? When we're young, our hair hangs lovely and fully and as we age it gets thinner and you can start to see through the hair. Anyway, I noticed that that see-through effect is much less prominent than it was. I was quite surprised because about a month earlier, I'd mentioned to my daughter that I need a hairpiece back there so my strands don't look so sad.
Theradome says after X number of sessions, our hair should feel fuller, so they have to be talking about our existing hair. Hair is basically dead, so I'm wondering if perhaps the lights have the efffect of plumping things up automatically, whether there's new growth or not. If so, that's a plus. Not the total result we're all hoping for but better that what we now have.
Alice, why do you think your hair might be thicker? From the a theradome? How long/how many treatments have you had? I am on treatment 32, using it almost everyday since 1/20/2014. No real improvement yet, but I am hopeful.
Karen, I had puffy eyes and some palpitations when I first started minox. Beginning w 2% helped, gradually getting to 5%. Also found that Saw Palmetto stopped the puffy eyes immediately.
Alice, just read your extensive description on another part of this blog re your Theradome experience/results thus far. Please ignore my question above. So glad to hear you are having some initial success!