For the millions of people who suffer from androgenic alopecia, new, effective and accessible treatments are eagerly welcomed. This latest non-surgical, non-invasive laser product from the US-based hair restoration technology company Capillus has recently been granted FDA approval [click here to see details] and has seen many cases of hair regrowth in men and women – and, of supreme convenience, it can be used in the comfort of your own home. What is Androgenetic Alopecia? Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. Known as male or female pattern baldness, it is thought to affect approximately 50 per cent of men over 50 and about 50 per cent of women over the age of 65. This progressive hair loss condition presents differently in men and women. Men typically will first see a receding hairline potentially combined with thinning on the crown. Gradually, this receding hairline will move further back and often merge with the bald patch on the crown to create a horseshoe effect, leaving hair on the sides and back untouched. Female pattern baldness, on the other hand, presents more often as diffuse thinning across the central part of the scalp and most women retain their hairline. Androgenetic alopecia is a reaction to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes the hair follicles to become smaller and smaller until eventually they shrink completely and hair growth is suspended. Androgenetic alopecia does have a genetic factor in that a more marked susceptibility to DHT. There is no cure for androgenetic alopecia, but there are a number of treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, that either work to promote hair regrowth, such as the Capillus272 laser cap, or camouflage hair loss. What is it? The Capillus272 laser cap is a battery-operated low-level light therapy device that can be worn under a hat as you go about daily life – watching television, cooking or even while out jogging. Wear this cutting-edge low-level laser technology (LLLT) for just 30 minutes every other day, and you can promote healthy hair follicles, improve scalp health, reduce thinning and treat androgenic alopecia. Who is it Suitable For? The Capillus272 has been shown to promote hair regrowth in both men and women with androgenic alopecia. If you have Ludwig-Savin classifications of I-II, Norwood Hamilton classifications of IIa-V or Fitzpatrick Classification of Skin Phototypes I-IV, you would be a suitable candidate for these methods of hair loss treatment. The laser cap is not available over the counter, but can be prescribed by a hair loss professional; this way, a practitioner with specialist experience can assess your hair loss problem and recommend low-level laser technology if they believe you will benefit. How Does it Work? Using safe, low level lasers, the Capillus272 targets the root of the problem: dysfunctional hair follicles. It utilises the power of phototherapy to energise and recharge the follicles, spurring new hair growth. The application of red laser light from 272 laser diodes has been shown to successfully convert fine hairs into normal growing hairs, thereby halting and even reversing the onward march of baldness. Is it a Stand-Alone Treatment? The Capillus272 can be used on its own but, in reawakening hair follicles, it also complements other hair loss treatments, including topical foams and lotions, surgical hair restoration and prescription medications. Capillus also makes an in-clinic version, the 272 OfficePro model, which is administered by a hair loss practitioner. What Does FDA Approval Mean? When a medical product has been cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it means that sufficient evidence been seen to declare a product both safe and effective for its intended use. As with many hair loss treatments and procedures, the Capillus272 works best when hair loss and shedding is at it’s early stages. So, although it’s normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day on average, more than that is not normal. If you’re seeing signs of excessive hair loss – in the shower, the sink, on your brush, pillows or furniture, then take action fast. If you’re experiencing androgentic alopecia, then another effective non-surgical option is scalp micropigmentation or SMP. This is particularly suited to male patients, producing the appearance of a full head of closely-shaved hair, but it can also be useful for women who wish to camouflage areas of hair loss. If you’re interested in finding out more about SMP, give the experts at HisHair Clinic a call.