Up to 50% of men over the age of 40, and 75% of woman over the age of 65, will experience the effects of Androgenic Alopecia, or patterned hair loss. Finding a solution that is non-invasive, safe, and effective is essential to help combat the experience of hair loss in both men and women. The miracle-working power of the laser is well known: eye surgery, tattoo removal, even laser hair removal. How is it, then, that laser hair therapy, the same technology used to remove hair also helps it to regrow?
Laser hair therapy uses red or near-infrared light to stimulate cellular growth in the hair follicles, both slowing hair loss and encouraging growth. Here is what that means and why LLLT is a great option for battling the early stages of hair loss.
The Science Behind Laser Hair Therapy
Since the discovery of the laser in the 1960s, scientists have been exploring ways to harness and use the healing potential of red and near-infrared light. Much like low doses of sunlight can promote health, the use of near-infrared light is seen to help heal wounds, reduce inflammation, and even reduce pain.
Using low levels of light at specific wavelengths, LLLT targets cells and causes an increase in energy. The low-level lasers used in this type of therapy do not emit any heat or vibration. The light causes biostimulation at the cellular level, causing cellular regeneration.
How Lasers Stimulate Hair Growth
So, what do lasers and hair growth have in common? Hair follicles have a three-stage growth cycle: hair grows (anagen), begins to separate from the follicle (catagen), and then it rests before eventually falling out (telogen). In male and female patterned baldness, the hair often jumps prematurely from the growth stage, causing it to fall out more rapidly and in larger quantities. Laser therapy is used to stimulate the cells within the follicles back into the anagen phase, encouraging regrowth of the hair.
Does Laser Therapy Work?
In 2007, the FDA first approved LLLT as a method of hair regrowth. Since then, studies have shown that laser hair therapy is a very viable option for many people who experience the early stages of Androgenic Alopecia. Within long-term treatment programs, both men and women have seen increased hair growth as well as improvement in hair thickness, scalp health, and even a decrease in total hair loss.
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