April 02, 2016. Filed under Hairloss and Recovery . No Comments

There are rumors that Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), whose scientific principles the Theradome relies on, does not work on African American or dark-skinned people. Not only is this completely false, but hair loss individuals with dark skin– as you can read in some of our testimonials– will actually experience superior results from undergoing 20-minute Theradome sessions! So first, where do these misconceptions come from? And why will dark-skinned individuals benefit even more from using the Theradome for hair growth?

To answer these questions, we need to understand what the Fitzpatrick scale is. Developed by Harvard dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, it comprises of a numerical classification model for the color of human skin. Used a standard tool in dermatology, the Fitzpatrick scale determines how different skin colors respond to ultraviolet sun rays (a.k.a.– the ones that can cause cancer), which varies based on the presence of melanin pigment. While individuals with types I, II and III all correspond to fairer skin tones (pale white to cream white, usually with lighter hair and eye color), and usually burn or freckle much more readily, type IV has a more Mediterranean flare with “moderate brown skin”. Individuals with skin types V and VI, on the other hand, are categorized as having “dark brown” and “darkest brown” skin, respectively. So just think as the Fitzpatrick scale as a medical term for the adopted classification scheme for human skin color.Thereadome laser for hair loss | Fitzpatrick Scale

So how is this relevant to using the Theradome for hair restoration?

Amongst other criteria, the Theradome LH80 PRO is FDA cleared for individuals with skin types I through IV on the Fitzpatrick scale. While this does not include darker skin types, it does not render these individuals incompatible for treatment. It simply means that the treatment of skin types V and VI has not been documented due to a limited number of test subjects. Due to regulations, low numbers are not considered statistically significant enough to be included in FDA clearance, which creates an artificial and inaccurate limit regarding the efficacy of the Theradome. This is the case for most clinical studies concerning the effectiveness of laser hair therapy; so incorrect conclusions have been made regarding how individuals with “light to medium skin” are the only ones that can benefit from LLLT technology.

The good news? Although there is no clinical data, darker-skinned individuals, as mentioned earlier on, will exhibit an even more positive response to LLLT than their fair-skinned compatriots. The reason is scientific in nature and you don’t need a Ph.D. in Physics to understand why. Here’s a hint: would you go out wearing black clothes in the middle of a sunny, sweltering 100o F day? Logic dictates the answer to our question is NO. And it has nothing to do with black-cloaked vampires that prefer the soothing dim of moonlight to the bright, hot sun towering over them in the sky.

So perhaps you’re beginning to put two and two together.... dark colors reach higher temperatures when exposed to light. Energy is light and light is energy. So in the case of our black-cloaked vampires foolishly stepping out in broad daylight, their black capes and other apparels will reach higher temperatures since they absorb more light– and thus more energy. We can therefore conclude that individuals with darker pigmentation (and darker scalps) undergoing Theradome LLLT sessions will have the have the ability to absorb extra amounts of laser light energy, allowing the base of their follicles to benefit even more from photobiostimulation.

If you have dark skin, have no fear– you won’t get burned while regrowing your hair. Undergoing LLLT for hair growth should still be safe for any type of skin tone, type, or color. You just need to conduct thorough research when selecting an effective and non-harmful LLLT device. The Theradome LH80 PRO, for instance, has 80 individual laser diodes, is manufactured with vents on its top surface and 80 gold-plated heat sink thermal pads to ensure adequate heat ventilation. Any type of legit LLLT device should have an efficient cooling mechanism to maintain a maximum energy output. With its top vents and heat sink thermal pads, the Theradome doesn’t generate more than 1Co of heat during each 20-minute session of treatment.

This is also why you should avoid overpriced contraptions constructed in China with an exorbitant amount of lasers. A high number of lasers may be marketed as a positive asset but think of it as nothing but superficial bling-bling. These contraptions require extra ventilation to avoid overheating, so in essence you’re not only paying for pricey marketing campaigns, but for extra lasers that in the end, add zero benefits to your laser hair restoration sessions.  

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