What Exactly is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a relatively new and potentially viable means to promote hair growth using red-light lasers. With androgenetic alopecia, the most common disorder causing hair loss, affecting a huge population of both men and women, many techniques and methods are constantly being created and studied to combat hair loss.
So How Does LLLT Work?
Each hair follicle on your head runs through a constant growth cycle consisting of three different stages: anagen (the growth phase), catagen (the transitional phase), and telogen (the resting phase). LLLT attempts to stimulate follicles in the telogen phase to re-enter the anagen phase and prolong the anagen phase for those follicles already producing hair. The light emitted from the laser therapy is also suggested to increase blood flow and stimulate collagen to increase the production of hair.
LLLT can be administered through FDA-approved laser combs in the comfort of your home or by a doctor using a stronger laser unit in their office. Treatments take up to 15 minutes and should be repeated at least twice a week to potentially see results in 12 to 26 weeks. The process is quick, painless and has no side effects. LLLT has also been suggested to speed up healing and growth following hair restoration surgery.
Unfortunately, little evidence exists to make LLLT a reliable means to combat hair loss. Many patients of LLLT have been disappointed to experience no results from the treatment. Being such a new type of treatment, research on LLLT is still active and may reveal it to be a more-reputable option in the years to come.
What Other Options Exist?
While LLLT shows some promise and may develop into a worthwhile treatment down the line, modern treatments do already exist to fight the effects of androgenetic alopecia. Medical products like Rogaine and Propecia have shown success in clinical trials to reduce hair loss, while advanced surgical procedures like follicular unit transplantation (FUT) can have transformative results in restoring a thinning hairline or filling in bald spots. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy on the scalp has also shown success in stimulating hair growth.
Dr. Cooley is an internationally-recognized expert in hair loss treatments and can help you restore your thinning hair. If hair loss has had an impact on your self-confidence, give Carolina Dermatology Hair Center a call today at 704-542-1601 to schedule your consultation and take the first step in restoring your hair.