Laser hair therapy is one of the many options available to you when seeking solutions for your hair loss. It is a highly effective treatment for thinning hair and early stages of hair loss. However, many people worry about applying lasers to their scalp, as the treatment is highly advanced and can be intimidating. Here are the answers to some of the common questions that people have about laser hair therapy treatments to help you make an informed decision about treatment.
1. How Does Laser Hair Therapy Work?
Laser Hair Therapy Treatments utilize a low level laser light which is a cold laser, meaning it is part of the red spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. This type of laser is coherent, meaning it travels in a straight line, and columnated, allowing a concentration of its beam to a defined location. These attributes, combined with its single wavelength, allow light to penetrate the scalp without a heating effect, damage, or side effects. This laser light is applied to the scalp in order to stimulate blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles. This light penetrates your scalp tissue where it stimulates microcirculation, which promotes healing and growth.
2. How is it Administered?
The laser light can be administered at a hair loss clinic by certified professionals or from the comfort of your home. Typically, each treatment takes place in an 15-30 minute session. These sessions will take place 2-3 times per week for 6 months to 1 year. The laser is administered under a bonnet or head cap, or through a handheld comb or brush. Often times, this procedure is accompanied by a scalp treatment or a ROST (residue on scalp treatment).
3. Does it Hurt?
When people think of lasers, they often worry that their application will cause a burning sensation. However, this procedure uses diodes of 760 nanometers, commonly known as cold laser, meaning there is no UV exposure essentially no thermal component. The procedure is, in fact, painless and very comfortable. Some patients may experience a slight tingling feeling as a result of increased blood flow. You can watch TV, read, or just relax during the application. After the procedure is finished, you will be able to return to your normal activity immediately.
4. Is it Safe?
Because of the application of lasers, it is common to worry about the safety of the procedure in addition to the pain. This treatment utilizes a non-surgical therapeutic laser. It is the most powerful laser that is safe to use in cosmetic procedures. According to the FDA, the laser complies with its CDRH safety regulations, classifying the laser as a certified class 3A cosmetic laser. The laser is safe and non-invasive, complying with all regulations to ensure maximum safety to all patients.
5. What are the Advantages?
Laser hair loss treatment therapy will increase the blood supply to your scalp by up to 54% after only one treatment. While increasing blood flow, it will also stimulate your hair follicles. In 85% of patients, the laser will also stop the progression of hair loss. The procedure will increase the strength of your hair and its elasticity while repairing the damage normally caused by chemical services. After laser hair therapy, you will have fuller, shinier, softer, and thicker hair.
6. Is it Effective?
If you are the right candidate, laser hair therapy will be highly effective. In fact, it is one of the most effective methods of treating early stage androgenetic alopecia in both men ad women. The procedure is non-surgical and is clinically proven to be effective. Although the response to the treatment is different for each individual patient, this procedure is most effective on patients in early stages of hair loss and hair thinning.
7. Who is a Good Candidate?
Laser hair therapy is highly effective, but only if you’re the right candidate. It’s extremely important to consult with a doctor or hair restoration specialist to find out if you’re the right candidate for this procedure. If your hair loss is the result of a thyroid problem or iron deficiency, laser hair therapy may not improve your condition, as there are other causes beyond genetics. This treatment is typically used to treat hair loss caused by genetics such as male/female pattern balding and androgenetic alopecia. Additionally, this procedure is only useful for those in early stages of thinning and hair loss, typically a 1-3 on the Norwood Scale.