Hair Biostimulation

1. WHAT IS LASER HAIR BIOSTIMULATION?

In the scalp the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT disrupts the binding of essential proteins and nutrients to cells in the hair follicle. In time, this lack of nutrients leads to a weakening of the hair follicles.

Laser biostimulation using lasers at 650nm and 670nm wavelengths can increase nutrient transport and cellular ATP production of cells in the scalp. This results in increased protein production, intracellular nutrient acquisition and cell proliferation. This process ultimately leads to a decrease in DHT-dependent disruption of follicular protein and nutrient loss and to the maintenance of healthy scalp hair.
 

2. HOW DOES THE ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER WORK?

The illumiWave Pro laser uses 181 multi-wavelength lasers (90 laser diodes at 670nm and 91 laser diodes at 650nm) to stimulate hair improvement effects. Laser bio-stimulation energy is delivered to the scalp which in turn opens up the vascular network within the scalp by using a cell signalling process. The laser energy delivered to the scalp initiate protein synthesis, increases cellular stimulation, increases microcirculation by mobilizing calcium stores and increases ATP production. The increased ATP (Adenosine-5'-triphosphate) production cascades into increased protein and nutrient production which is delivered up to the hair follicle site. 

Results :

  • Improvement in blood microcirculation
  • Increase nutrients to hair follicles
  • Regeneration of new and healthier cells in the scalp
  • Increase hair quality, hair thickness and hair regrowth

3. WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER?

As long as there are living follicles in the area to be treated, the laser can be effective in stabilizing and rejuvenating the hair.

This laser works well on both male and female patients. If the follicles are completely dead and the patient is completely bald, then unfortunately this laser is not the right treatment for them.
 

4. IS THE ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER TREATMENT SAFE?

The laser is completely safe to use and there are no reported side-effects.

However, it should not be used on people with active skin infection, eye problems (like glaucoma, cataracts or retinal detachment), active skin cancer and in pregnant women.
 

5. IS THE ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER TREATMENT PAINFUL?

The illumiWave Pro laser is completely pain-free and completely safe to use. Some people report a mild tingling or warming sensation which typically goes away within 20 min of completing the treatment.

The illumiWave Pro laser stimulates cell function. The effect is non-thermal. The laser’s low level energy does not alter molecular structures, but stimulates the body's mechanisms to repair and heal itself.
 

6. HOW MANY ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

Over the course of the year, most patients will receive an average of 44 TX. The most common protocol by Dr Joyce Lim is to put patients on 2-3 treatments per week for 8 weeks, then 1-2 treatment per week for 8 weeks and then every other week per month for the remainder of the year. There are also other protocols available. Protocols can be changed to a certain degree to fit the patient’s lifestyle. Treatment time is 20-30 min.

Patient has to wait a minimum of 48 hours in between treatments as to not over treat, but not wait longer than 2 weeks in between treatments for the first year.

After the first year is complete, patients come in every 1 to 2 treatments per month for maintenance.
 

7. WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Most patients will see full stabilization of hair loss within 3 months and hair regrowth can be seen as early as 6 months.
 

8. WHAT ARE THE PUBLISHED RESULTS ON ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER?

  • 100% patients have hair retention/resisted hair loss
  • 83-97% patients have increased hair regrowth in the vertex area
  • 75-85% patients have increased hair regrowth in the frontal area
     

9. CAN I COMBINE ILLUMIWAVE PRO LASER WITH OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS?

Yes. Patients can be on oral or topical medications, as well as using shampoos/ conditioners.