Healthwatch: Hair Loss In Women

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CBS - Forty percent of hair loss sufferers are women, but there aren't many treatment options for them. Minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine, is the only FDA-approved medication for female pattern baldness. A common accessory is offering women more choices when it comes to re-growing their hair.

Pharmacist Seem Patel's hair loss made her feel embarrassed around her customers.

"No matter what you do, put on makeup, dress up, do whatever you want, but your hair doesn't look right."

Nine months ago, Dr. Vineeta Keswani introduced her to Lasercap LCPRO. It's a battery operated baseball cap with a special disc inside the dome. Just flip the switch and more than 200 pulsed lights hit the scalp and stimulate hair growth.

"It's basically low level laser light, which goes through the scalp and acts on the cellsĀ  and stimulates the energy factory of the cell so it produces an energy rich , oxygen rich environment for the hair follicle."

The device has been on the market for six years, but was recently FDA approved to promote hair growth. Patients can take the cap home instead of visiting their physician's office several times a week for laser therapy.

"Doctors recommend patients wear the cap three times a week for 15 minutes while they do routine activities."

Patel wears it on her drive to work. She combines the treatment with vitamins and other scalp therapies. The 43 year old says nearly half of her hair has grown back.

"People are like, wow you look really good today. So it feels good."

She feels confident facing her customers again.

There are other FDA approved laser caps on the market. LaserCap LCPRO retails for about $3000 and is only available through a doctor.

Sponsored by: Mercy Health System