No doubt you’ve heard of Atlanta laser hair removal that uses varied wavelengths of laser light to damage hair follicles and impede future growth of unwanted body hair, but have you heard of laser light therapy as a hair growth option?
Several research groups have shown that the application of low intensity laser light is effective in encouraging healthy hair growth in hair loss patients with androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness or male pattern baldness) and non-patterned types of alopecia. Known as photobiomodulation of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) amongst hair restoration specialists, there are two schools of thought as to how this non-surgical hair restoration option really works. According to studies published in the 1997 edition of The Hair Transplant Forum, this treatment works by increasing circulation to the dermal papilla, or bulb-shaped layer of skin surrounding the base of the hair follicle, thereby promoting enhanced hair growth.
Conversely, there are those, such as stated in the September 2010 issue of Cosmetic Dermatology magazine, that believe that the low level laser therapy increases the metabolic activity within the skin cells of the scalp exposed to the light to maximize hair growth. Patients typically need 15-30 minutes of laser light exposure for 2-4 weeks followed by a series of equally long treatments 1-2 times per week over 6-12 months for maximum benefit. In addition, most laser light hair loss treatments should be performed as an ancillary technique along with more traditional methods known to be effective such as topical and/or oral finasteride (Propecia®) and minoxidil (Rogaine®) treatment.
Laser light hair loss treatment is currently available in two forms: 1) a hood type device (similar to commercial hair dryers) in your hair transplant surgeon or hair restoration physician’s office that emits low doses of laser light to the patient under the supervision of an experienced hair loss professional or 2.) a “helmet” type device known as Oaze that can be worn for concentrated light treatments for both male and female hair loss patients. The helmet shape has replaced the laser comb tool (also known as the laser hair brush) because of the head gear’s advantageous ability to maintain constant contact with treatment area whereas the older comb technology required constant brushing for extended amounts of time.
At The Griffin Center, LLLT treatment is currently used to help encourage successful growth of new follicular unit grafts in post-hair transplant surgery patients. Because hair transplant surgery results depend solely on the survival of the transplanted hair follicles in their new scalp location, LLLT is applied to increase circulation and metabolic activity amongst the hairs so that they can more easily acclimate to their new location; and trauma from the act of transplantation is minimized. Additionally, because medications like finasteride and minoxidil are traditionally seen as more of a hair preservation and hair loss prevention method, Dr. Edmond Griffin also thinks a non-surgical hair restoration method like LLLT could be useful in patients’ treatment regimes that’ve already experienced hair loss.
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