Dealing with hair loss can often be overwhelming, especially since it can also be so confusing. With such a wide variety of different potential causes and so many different treatment options, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly where you should begin. One of the many exciting new treatments for hair loss that we frequently use at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research is Red Light Laser Therapy, but every case of hair loss is different and this advanced technology might not be appropriate for all patients. Here are the most basic facts you need to know about Red Light Laser Hair Loss Therapy so you can help determine if this option is right for you.
Red Light Laser Therapy came into being about fifty years ago when researchers studying the effects of low-level laser exposure found that the shaved rats that were exposed to low-frequency red light regrew hair noticeably faster than those that were not. Since then, further research determined that exposure to a very specific wavelength of red light not only helped reduce inflammation, but also helped accelerate the regeneration of damaged tissue. This same wavelength of light, when applied directly to the scalp, was found to increase the energy production around unhealthy hair follicle cells, stimulating them from dormancy into an active growth phase and increasing the production of thicker hair strands.
We have found that Red Light Laser Therapy has achieved excellent results in both male and female patients of all ages, particularly in those that are in the earliest stages of hair loss as well as in women who are experiencing general thinning along the sides, back, and top of the scalp that commonly results from genetic female pattern baldness. Because red light therapy works by stimulating hair follicles that have just begun to shrink and to produce thinner and finer hair, it is usually not effective on hair follicles that have not been producing any hair at all for more than five years.
Red Light Laser therapy works to treat the ongoing effects of progressive hair loss, and so requires treatments administered at regular intervals in order to achieve optimal results. An initial course of exposure usually takes between 4 and 6 months. Each session typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes, and should be performed two to four times per week, depending on the patient’s specific cause of hair loss and how far that hair loss has progressed. Thereafter we strongly recommend that additional “maintenance” sessions be administered 1 to 2 times a week, as needed, to keep the hair follicles active and healthy, as ongoing hair maintenance procedures are a vital part of any hair restoration plan.
Red Light Laser Therapy is generally administered at our offices using a hood type device, similar to the commercial hair dryers one might find at a hair salon. However, patients who are interested in a more convenient option can also choose to purchase the portable, in-home iGrow® hair growth system or the LaserCap®, a discreet device that can be worn unnoticed underneath an ordinary baseball cap. There are well done studies using the at-home devices that show nice results.
At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and the new Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, our board certified dermatologists, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis, are constantly exploring the latest innovations in hair loss treatment so that they can provide customized hair restoration plans to men and women suffering from a variety of different conditions. If you have questions about any of the procedures and treatments that may be able to help you, or would like to have the cause of your hair loss diagnosed by Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration at (404) 256-4369 to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.