Treatment Level Goal
Level 1: Removes sebum from the follicles to reduce hair loss. Intended for those who are middle aged (30-55) who are just beginning to notice hair loss or are in the early stages of thinning.
This reduces pressure on the blood vessels bringing nutrients to the hair root (bulb), reduces oxidation, reduces exposure time to oxidized sebum which is toxic, and allows the walls of the follicle to grip the hair shaft instead of being too lubricated by sebum.
Level 2: Does the above, but also increase blood flow to the scalp. Intended for people who are older (55-95) who are having more advanced hair loss or who are not getting satisfactory benefits after 1-2 years on Level 1 treatment.
It also increases nutrient and oxygen delivery and waste removal so the cells in the hair root (bulb) can do their job more effectively.
Level 3: Does the two above, but also helps the follicles stay in the growth phase by giving them hormone signal every 12 hours with Minoxidil. Intended for younger (20-35) who are losing their hair early. Also recommended for those who are experiencing rapid hair loss or who are not getting satisfactory benefits after 1 year on the Level 2 treatment. Also recommended for people with overwhelming hair loss factors like medications or illness.
- Minoxidil helps the follicles into staying in the growth phase of hair production longer than would occur without hormone treatment.
- Once started, hormones are a permanent choice with consequences if stopped. If someone’s hair is growing better because of a hormone, removal of that hormone will let the follicles revert back to an untreated condition and those that are growing hair because of the Minoxidil will stop growing, release the hair, and go dormant in a matter of 2-3 weeks. We refer to this as a “hair loss event” which is something to be avoided. Either use Minoxidil twice each day or don’t start using it at all.
The image to the right shows the worst case of a follicle impacted with sebum. Like an inflated balloon, the follicle is under pressure and the sebum collecting in the cavity is mixing with dead cells, proteins, bacteria, and oxygen to form a toxic blend of hydrocarbons. This situation can lead to Seborrheic dermatitis in some people, but everyone will experience some degree of toxicity from this mix of waste products.
Our systems remove a small amount of this toxic mix with each use, relieving the pressure and removing the toxicity so the scalp can recover.
After a couple weeks, the pressure and toxicity of the old sebum in the follicles has been lowered enough to allow increased blood flow to begin naturally. At this point, excessive hair loss begins to slow down significantly which is the first indication that the system is working and will eventually regrow much of the hair that has been lost.
As sebum becomes softer, it begins to flow out of the follicle on its own. At this point, patients with extreme follicle impaction will notice plugs of sebum emerging from the follicles as waxy plugs wrapped around the hairs. Do not pull on them! Let the process happen naturally.
After 1-2 months, increased blood flow and reduced toxicity will allow the follicles to regain their youthful vigor and the new hairs that begin growing will begin to have more natural color, thickness, and be less prone to breakage. A new crop of fuzzy “new” hairs will begin to come in to be replaced soon after by a crop of real hairs with all the pigment and thickness of natural hair. As the treatment process continues, more and more follicles wake up and begin growing.
This stage can last 6 months to 2 years depending on the severity of the hair loss. Consistency, proper dose, and proper daily frequency are required to continue improvement.
Once the scalp has recovered and new hair has begun to fill in thinning areas, it is important to continue daily treatment to recover as much hair as possible. Follicles that have been “shut down” longer will take longer to wake up, so continue until months of observation reveal no new regrowth. At this stage, if your hair is satisfactory, simply continue with the treatment or reduce treatment to every other day. If the treatment worked but you want more hair to grow, then step up to the next higher treatment level.
Remember...consistency, proper dose, and daily frequency get the best results.