Although it is often associated with removing bodily hair, Laser Hair Therapy is becoming increasingly popular as a medical treatment for hair loss. The laser programme is best suited for those with hair loss on a more diffused scale, such as those who are experiencing a receding hairline, general thinning of hair or male and female pattern hair loss.
What is Laser Hair Therapy?
Low-level Laser hair therapy is a safe, non-invasive and clinically proven treatment for stimulating hair follicles to grow fuller and thicker hair. Also known as red light therapy, the powerful clinical-strength laser devices treat hair loss, male pattern baldness and alopecia for both men and women. Laser therapy for hair is widely regarded as a safe and less invasive procedure than hair transplants.
Low-level Laser Therapy
The laser lights are used on a low level which irradiates photons into the human tissue, allowing them to be absorbed by weaker cells in order for them to restore their strength. After this has happened, the cells are given the opportunity to regain functionality, returning to their regular processes such as hair growth. To aid new growth and the maintenance of existing hair, the laser treatment increases blood flow to the scalp, something which is further assisted by Minoxidil, the only scientifically proven treatment for hair loss.
Why Do People Choose Laser Hair Therapy?
Most people will lose 100 hairs from the scalp on a daily basis but most of these grow back. However, certain circumstances and situations lead to a lack of hair regrowth including:
- Medical conditions
- Side effects of medical treatment
- Poor nutrition
While there are various treatments to promote hair growth such as medications and hair transplants, laser hair therapy is considered a good option for many. It’s also:
- A treatment without side effects
- A way to increase the strength of hair
Does Laser Hair Therapy Really Work?
As with all procedures, whether Laser Hair Therapy works or not is also dependent on the individual. The process of irradiating photons in scalp tissues to encourage hair growth is generally accepted as a safe procedure which is less invasive and less painful than a hair transplant. Low level laser therapy appeared to be safe and effective in promoting hair growth in both men and women according to a study in 2014.
As with all hair loss treatments, results will vary from client to client with some seeing hair growth quite quickly whilst others may have to wait some time. In some cases, clients may have to wait up to 26 weeks after receiving the treatment in order to see results.
Consistency is the key to making laser hair treatments work. Staying on top of your appointments will give your hair a better chance of growing. The earlier you start your treatment the better, as hair that is completely gone is harder to stimulate once more.
It is important to remember that the treatment will not necessarily work on everyone. For those with hereditary conditions or Androgenetic Alopecia, the treatment may produce more impressive results. On the other hand, those with little to no hair are unlikely to benefit from Laser Hair Therapy due to its reliance on certain cells.
Advice From Our Consultants
Annie, our consultant at Optima says, “Laser therapy is the perfect solution for anybody looking to regain their natural hair line and thicken their existing hair. The treatment is non-invasive and pain free, it’s just a matter of sticking to the programme to ensure the best possible results.”
Whether you’re suitable for laser hair therapy or not, a hair care professional will take you through all the options available to you to ensure you get the best treatment. By assessing the chances of success for regrowing hair, our team will get you started to make you feel happy about your hair again.