LASER THERAPY WORKS!

I had to share this testimonial from a new client of ours, Gaby. She started laser treatment back in December with our FDA cleared take-home device, and she is so excited about the results thus far. She was also kind enough to share her photos and her AWESOME progress so far! This is why I love what we do!

 

 

“I was at a loss when my hair was becoming thinner, super fine and falling out! Thankfully, I was referred to TM Hair by a relative! My hope for having a full head of hair has been restored! TM Hair (Mr. Tom, Leah and the rest of his staff), not only provided me with many options for hair restoration, but they gave me exceptional care and customer service. Personally, I chose the laser therapy treatment and in 2 short months, I can see results!! I can hardly wait to see the full results! I highly recommend this treatment for anyone, especially women suffering from female pattern baldness! This treatment really works!!! Nothing better than a successful treatment supervised and administered by knowledgeable and very professional staff!”

–Gaby

 

 

For more information on Laser Hair Therapy visit www.tmhair.com. To find out if you are a candidate, call 713-838-1880 to schedule your free consultation and scalp analysis.

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In case you missed it…

In case you missed our special story on Eden Green and her experience at my clinic, here’s the link to the ABC news story below…

http://abc13.com/health/man-with-hair-loss-solutions-gives-help-healing-with-products/1553599/  

Here’s a photo of Eden and I the day she got her new hair!

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Breast Cancer Prevention: Frequently Asked Questions

Knowledge is Power –  Continued

Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Exercise boosts the immune system and helps you to keep your weight in check. With as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!

Can a healthy diet help to prevent breast cancer?

A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

Does smoking cause breast cancer?

Smoking is a confirmed risk factor for many types of cancer. Recent research in the last year (2012) has confirmed that smoking is a contributing risk factor for developing breast cancer. Additionally, second hand smoke is also a risk factor for cancer. So if you are a smoker, help yourself in a significant way and join a smoking cessation program to help you stop. The day you stop smoking the healing can begin and each week in which you are smoke-free, you give yourself increasing advantages for a healthier life. Smoking also directly contributes to heart and other lung diseases, too.

Can drinking alcohol increase the risk of breast cancer?

Moderation is key. One drink per day has been shown to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Having more than one drink per day has shown to be a more significant risk factor, and the alcohol content doesn’t matter: wine, beer or a mixed drink. Alcohol also increases estrogen in your bloodstream.

Although we know that more than one drink per day increases risks, to date there are no studies that demonstrate directly that the more a person drinks, the greater their risk for cancer. And in some cases, drinking one glass of wine a day can offer heart-health benefit. If you drink alcohol, this is an important topic to discuss with your doctor so that you will know what limits are best for you to observe.

Is there a link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer?

There is an increased risk of breast cancer for women who have been using birth control pills for more than five years. However due to the low amount of hormones in birth control pills today, the risk is relatively small. But if a young woman has a significant family history of breast cancer, her gynecologist may recommend taking a break for a year from the pill at the 5-year time frame then resuming again for another 5 years. Although evidence-based research data does not offer strong support for this standard of care, it has nevertheless become an increasingly common practice.

Is there a link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and breast cancer?

Yes, there is. HRT was added to the carcinogenic list by the American Cancer Society in the early 2000s. It is recommended that women with known risks not be placed on HRT to control of menopausal symptoms. They should instead seek other safer alternatives.

How often should I do a breast self exam (BSE)?

Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.

If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. Though 8 out of 10 lumps are benign, all require evaluation to confirm that they are not cancerous.

Women should perform their breast self exam 7-10 days after their menstrual period starts which is also when their breasts are the least tender and lumpy. If they are no longer menstruating, then she should select the same day of the month (first of the month for example) and mark it on the calendar to remind herself when to perform this self exam. What to look for is a change from last month’s exam to this month’s exam. It is not unusual to have lumpy or bumpy breasts.

All women should know the geography of their own breasts. If having trouble remembering, draw a diagram of where the lumps, bumps, grooves, and other findings are felt so that this can be used as a reminder from month to month. There is no added value in doing breast self exams more often than monthly. Also the findings may be different as well, in relationship to where a woman is in her menstrual cycle.

Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?

Although women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

Are mammograms painful?

Mammography does compress the breasts and can sometimes cause slight discomfort for a very brief period of time. Patients who are sensitive should schedule their mammograms a week after their menstrual cycle so that the breasts are less tender. Your doctor may say it is fine to take acetaminophen an hour before the x-ray is performed to prevent discomfort too.

How does menstrual and reproductive history affect breast cancer risks?

Women who began their menstrual cycles before age 12, have no biological children, or had their first child at 30 or older, or began menopause after 55 are at a higher risk. This means that research has proven that the number of menstrual cycles a woman has over time influences risk.

How often should I go to my doctor for a check-up?

You should have a physical every year which should include a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam. If any unusual symptoms or changes in your breasts occur before your scheduled visit, do not hesitate to see the doctor immediately.

What kind of impact does stress have on breast cancer?

In 2012, some research studies have shown that factors such as traumatic events and losses can alter immune system functions, and when immune functions are altered cancer cells may have an opportunity to get themselves established within one’s body. What has been shown is that it is not the fact that a major life crisis has occurred but instead how the individual reacted to this event and coped (or didn’t cope). Therefore, identifying ways to keep your stress level in check is wise.

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For more information on prevention early detection related to breast cancer, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
For more information on hair loss related to chemotherapy treatments, visit www.tmhair.com.
 
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Cont.,

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER… Know the Risks

Some risk factors, like a person’s age or race, can’t be changed. Others are linked to cancer-causing factors in the environment. Still others are related to personal behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, and diet. Some factors influence risk more than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time, due to factors such as aging or lifestyle.

Common Genetic Factors

  • Age:  Two out of three women with invasive cancer are diagnosed after age 55.
  • Race:  Breast cancer is diagnosed more often in Caucasian women than women of other races.
  • Family History and Genetic Factors:  If your mother, sister, father or child has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. Your risk increases if your relative was diagnosed before the age of 50.
  • Personal Health History:  If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the other breast in the future. Also, your risk increases if abnormal breast cells have been detected before.
  • Menstrual and Reproductive History:  Early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after 55), having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth can also increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Dense Breast Tissue:  Having dense breast tissue can increase your risk for breast cancer and make lumps harder to detect. Several states have passed laws requiring physicians to disclose to women if their mammogram indicates that they have dense breasts so that they are aware of this risk. Be sure to ask your physician if you have dense breasts and what the implications of  having dense breasts are.

Environmental and Lifestyle Risk Factors

  • Lack of Physical Activity:  A sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Poor Diet:  A diet high in saturated fat and lacking fruits and vegetables can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Being Overweight or Obese:  Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for breast cancer. Your risk is increased if you have already gone through menopause.
  • Drinking Alcohol:  Frequent consumption of alcohol can increase your risk for breast cancer. The more alcohol you consume, the greater the risk.
  • Radiation to the Chest:  Having radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30 can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT):  Taking combined hormone replacement therapy, as prescribed for menopause, can increase your risk for breast cancer and increases the risk that the cancer will be detected at a more advanced stage.

 
For more information on the risk factors related to breast cancer, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
For more information on hair loss related to chemotherapy treatments, visit www.tmhair.com.
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Get Ready for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2016!

Every year during the month of October, people nation-wide come together to support and promote awareness for breast cancer.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we will be posting weekly facts on breast cancer prevention and early detection, healthy habits to reduce your risk factors and information on hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments. Stay tuned and support the cause!

 

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A Message From Tom Magliaro…

A Message from the Owner, Tom Magliaro

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Nothing lasts forever! Not the Houston summers! Not the struggles we endure! And not the hair on your head! We can’t always control all of these phenomena — and yet in Houston we don’t feel it, autumn has arrived. there are always life’s struggle, but my latest scans show I am cancer-free (yahoooo!) I am immensely grateful for my renewed energy and health!

As for the hair on your head, well, if you haven’t done something about that, I can say with certainty, you will continue to lose it! If that matters to you — if having hair on your head affects the way you feel about your appearance, then please do something about it! We have so many options for you to choose from.

Laser! Laser! Laser! I can’t say enough about the amazing results people are experiencing with our new Capillus Laser Cap, and the ease and convenience of using it. Some of our staff members walk around the office wearing it as they work. And it is good for every member of the household as it not only stimulates regrowth of hair for people who are beginning to lose it, it improves the health of everyone’s hair. You can wear it while you cook, clean, watch TV, study, nap, drive to or from work….. There is no way you can not find 30 minutes two or three times a week to wear it!                                                    

And for those who wear another form of hair replacement, the laser can still enhance and help retain the hair you do have on the sides and back. I now know from personal experience how important that little bit of hair I did have (before my chemo treatments) was in helping my hair system look so natural. So it’s essential to keep your existing hair intact.

Obviously, people with no hair at all have greater difficulty with creating a natural appearance since there is no existing hair to blend the system into. That said, because of my particular needs, I had my staff members almost pulling their own hair out to figure out how to keep me looking good. There is such an integral relationship between looking good and feeling good. I can say with great confidence that we’ve created the absolute best chemo hair system that I’ve ever seen.

My hair has to look good all the time. Like it or not, wherever I go, people are looking at my hair as an example of what we can do for them. Sometimes, yes, it feels like my head is under the lens of a microscope. So I am undoubtedly, more of a perfectionist than almost all of my clients. There was nothing in the market that satisfied me, so…….we created this expressly for me.

Please call and come in to find out all about our take-home lasers, newest chemo hair systems, and all that we have to offer. We are constantly researching, growing, and improving to provide you with the best there is to give you a hairier life!

 

Happiness,

Tom Magliaro


 

 

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