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Women Battling Hair loss
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For Jean Koss, it's impossible to ignore her hair loss, especially since her daughter is a beautician.  Jean was used to having a thick head of hair.

"I used to have so much, they used to thin my hair when I'd have it cut," says Jean.

Then she began noticing all of that hair in her combs and brushes. For women, losing their hair can be a traumatic experience and it doesn't help that their options are limited. For those who are willing to have surgery, doctors can do hair transplants, but not all women are candidates. Men usually lose hair on top of the head, so it's easy to take hair from other thicker areas and transplant it. Hair often thins on women all over.

"The other difficult part in women is that, most of the time,  they want a fuller head of hair everywhere," says plastic surgeon Dr. John Yousif.  "It's not like men that are accepting a little thickness in front and maybe thinning out behind that, because that's normal with male pattern baldness."

That's why hairloss specialist John Laudolff wanted to find a treatment that would give women something new.

"What we can do is take this thinner hair here and actually by the use of the laser and increase the density," says Laudloff.

Doctors in Europe discovered years ago that this low level laser caused hair to grow. The laser beam increases blood flow to the treated area and by doing that, it increases protein levels and actually feeds the hair, according to Laudloff.

There are no double blind scientific studies to prove the laser does grow hair, but Jean is pleased. She didn't want a wig, topical treatments or surgery. Before you do anything, you should figure out the cause of your hairloss, which can be anything from stress to hormonal changes to extreme weight loss.   Even the weight of your hair can play a role.  Longer hair does tend to fall out faster. Jean figures her hairloss is just part of aging but she and her daughter are glad to have found an answer.

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