With upwards of 30 years of hair restoration experience, the board-certified dermatologists of The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research are continuously seeking new options for hair loss patients that, most importantly, produce results. Surgical hair restoration options, such as FUE (follicular unit extractions) as well as the standard FUG (follicular unit grafts) grafting are very popular among patients because of their natural source the patient s own hair. While these methods, prescription medications, and various non-surgical treatments can be effective in many cases, an increasing number of people are choosing alternative, supplementary treatments such as red light therapy in addition to PRP with ECM.
For hair thinning and loss, direct visible red light to the scalp increases the energy production around the hair follicles waking cells within the hair follicle from dormancy into an active growth phase. Red light therapy can be used in combination with hair transplantation to improve the survival rate of transplanted grafts after hair restoration surgery. The red light wavelength inhibits inflammation and speeds recovery while decreasing redness and swelling. Directing low level red light onto damaged tissue or for lower limb ulcertions can induce a chain of physiological reactions to improve wound healing and tissue regeneration, as well as reduce inflammation, according to a report by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Many more studies are needed to assess the usefulness of red light in treatments of all forms of alopecia including the scarring ones.
We offer two red light machines within The Griffin Center. For optimal results, most patients require 15-30 minutes of laser light exposure two to three times per week. The length of treatment is based on the specific type of hair loss present. In some cases, we recommend red light laser hair loss treatments to be performed as an accompanying technique along with more traditional methods known to be effective such as topical and/or oral Finasteride (Propecia ), topical and/or oral Avodart and Minoxidil (Rogaine )with RetinA topical treatments.
Another form of red light therapy is the LaserCap , an innovative hair restoration method which uses low level laser therapy to initiate hair growth through a portable cap. The LaserCap emits the red wavelengths through 224 LED lights which stimulates the hair follicles. Conveniently, the LaserCap features a battery pack and is disguisable under any normal ball cap. Additionally, it can be used during regular activity such as working, walking or relaxing. This option is better for patients who will need longer treatment intervals and do not want to travel to the office for their treatments.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of red light therapy, please contact our office today to set-up a consultation. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest hair restoration information and news.