If you want an in-clinic treatment to help regrow your hair but are not quite ready to go for the full-blown surgical option of a hair transplant, then laser therapy could be for you.
Although not effective in 100 per cent of cases, laser therapy for hair loss has been shown to provide a useful solution for many hair loss patients, and some studies into the treatment have produced encouraging results.
How does laser therapy for hair loss work?
The most popular form of laser therapy for hair loss today is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as red light therapy or cold laser therapy.
The treatment works by emitting red light deep into the scalp, increasing blood circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration and encourages the hair follicles to renew their activity, with the aim of eventually causing regrowth of hair on the scalp.
LLLT is a completely a non-invasive procedure which causes no discomfort and has no side effects. A session typically lasts around 30 minutes.
How many sessions are needed to see results?
To get the best results from laser therapy, it is recommended to have one to two sessions per week over a course of several months; results are usually seen around three to six months although hair regrowth can be detected earlier depending on the individual’s hair growth cycle.
It is important to bear in mind that the treatment begins its work deep beneath the surface of the skin, so just because you can’t see the results yet doesn’t mean it isn’t working – it can take several weeks for the hair to begin to appear.
Who is a suitable candidate for laser therapy for hair loss?
The laser can only stimulate those follicles that are still active, so it is best used in the early stages of hair loss.
Low Level Laser Therapy is most commonly used to treat androgenic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness), although it has also been used to combat conditions such as post-partum hair loss, alopecia areata and telogen effluvium.
It is important to consult with a hair loss specialist before undergoing laser therapy for hair loss, as the treatment will be ineffective if your hair loss is related to an underlying condition, such as thyroid problems or PCOS.
Because of the need to undergo multiple treatment sessions over an extended period of time, this can be an expensive and time-consuming option, but for many people suffering from hair loss, LLLT is still a more attractive option than surgery.
If you would like to know whether you could be a suitable candidate for laser therapy for hair loss, or simply want to find out more about what the treatment entails, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.